The Sarat Chandarlapaty Lab: Overview


My lab focuses on understanding the regulation of growth factor signal transduction pathways that are aberrantly activated in cancers, with a focus on those implicated in breast cancer pathogenesis.

Mutational landscape of hormone refractory, metastatic ER+ breast cancer

Mutational landscape of hormone refractory, metastatic ER+ breast cancer -- What are the consequences of recurrent mutations such as ESR1 and KMT2C on breast cancer pathogenesis?

One major effort in the lab is examining the regulation of the PI3K pathway, including the identification and characterization of feedback and cross-talk pathways among the different subtypes of breast cancer that feature PI3K/AKT/mTOR activation, the determination of the biological significance of the negative feedback in tumor phenotypes, preclinical and early-phase clinical development of pharmacologic strategies to overcome feedback-mediated resistance to PI3K/AKT/mTOR inhibitors, and analysis of human tumor samples to more comprehensively understand therapeutic resistance to targeted therapy in breast cancer.

A second major effort is geared toward examining the significance of mutations in the estrogen receptor in cancer, including the identification of different means of hormone independent ER activation in cancer, determination of the consequences of specific mutations on ER activation and action, and development of inhibitors that potently antagonize both wild type and mutant forms of ER.