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Shridar Ganesan, MD, PhD
Associate Director for Translational Science
Associate Professor of Medicine
Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Chief, Molecular Oncology
Rutgers University Cancer Institute of New Jersey
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Seeking to identify novel anti-cancer drugs.
Laboratory studies are conducted to test a promising series of new compounds in BRCA and triple negative breast cancer.
Generating a new pipeline of novel therapeutics for the treatment of BRCA1 mutant tumors.
TP53 is a potent suppressor of tumor growth, but is the most commonly mutated gene in cancers, particularly in basal-like, triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), and BRCA1-driven cancers. Restoring the anti-cancer function of mutant TP53 with a small molecule drug has long been considered one of the “holy grails” of cancer drug development.
Dr. Carpizo's laboratory identified a new class of anti-cancer drugs called zinc metallochaperones (ZMCs) that targets tumors with mutations in TP53. ZMCs impairs the ability of the p53 protein to bind zinc, allowing it to function normally and kill the cancer cell.
In the upcoming year, Drs. Ganesan and Carpezo will perform key translational research to accelerate the development of ZMCs to the clinic. They hope to identify a novel ZMC with drug-like properties that shows efficacy in laboratory cancer models.
In addition, they have identified a new series of compounds and a new candidate for the treatment of triple negative breast cancer and will investigate these in laboratory models of TNBC.
These studies are paving the way to new, targeted therapies for very aggressive breast cancers.
Dr. Shridar Ganesan is the Associate Director for Translational Science at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Chief of the Section of Molecular Oncology, and Associate Professor of Medicine at the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Dr. Ganesan received an A.B. from Princeton University, and completed his medical and graduate studies at Yale University, followed by post-graduate and post-doctoral training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.
He is a medical oncologist with clinical interest in triple-negative breast cancer and rare cancers. His research interests include genomic classification of cancer and investigations of mechanisms of DNA repair with a focus on the biology of BRCA1 and BRCA2 and their role in genomic and epigenetic stability. The overall goal of this project is to better understand the genomic evolution of cancers and develop novel targeted therapeutic strategies.