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Michael Keiser, PhD

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address675 Nelson Rising Lane
San Francisco CA 94158
Phone415-502-7651
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    Title(s)UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences


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    Chan Zuckerberg Initiative2018Ben Barres Early Career Acceleration Award
    UCSF Program for Breakthrough Biomedical Research2016New Frontier Research Award
    Paul G. Allen Family Foundation2015Allen Distinguished Investigator
    Glenn Foundation2014Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging
    SF Business Times201440 Under Forty
    UCSF2010Frank M Goyan Award
    Wired2009Top 10 Scientific Breakthroughs of 2009
    NSF2006  - 2009Graduate Research Fellow
    US Dept. Education2003  - 2004Foreign Languages and Area Studies Fellow

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    Our lab investigates how small molecules perturb protein target networks to biological and therapeutic effect. In a forward polypharmacology campaign, we are using machine learning and computational methods such as the Similarity Ensemble Approach (SEA) to infer new combinations of targets underlying compound-induced phenotypes in cells and broader model systems. Thinking of each target as a musical note, we predict and test entire chords at a time via chemical-genetic epistasis experiments in models of complex diseases such as neurodegeneration.

    These systems pharmacology inquiries tell us where current understanding of drug action is weak, and because we use human pharmacology to mine for mechanisms, we can apply the therapeutic chords we find directly to the prediction of patient drug responses, adverse drug reactions, and personalized medicine.

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    Relating GPCRs by biased ligands for enhanced therapeutic efficacy
    NIH/NIMH R43MH099712Jan 18, 2013 - Jan 17, 2015
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Calculating target bias in small molecules for library design
    NIH/NIGMS R43GM097912Sep 15, 2011 - Aug 31, 2013
    Role: Principal Investigator
    A platform to predict side-effect targets for drugs
    NIH/NIGMS R44GM093456Jun 1, 2010 - Jul 31, 2015
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Drug Repurposing using Pharmacological Networks
    NIH/NIGMS R43GM093456Jun 1, 2010 - May 31, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Learning Molecular Representations for Medicinal Chemistry. J Med Chem. 2020 Aug 27; 63(16):8705-8722. Chuang KV, Gunsalus LM, Keiser MJ. PMID: 32366098.
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    2. Validation of machine learning models to detect amyloid pathologies across institutions. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2020 04 28; 8(1):59. Vizcarra JC, Gearing M, Keiser MJ, Glass JD, Dugger BN, Gutman DA. PMID: 32345363.
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    3. Artificial Intelligence in Dermatology: A Primer. J Invest Dermatol. 2020 Aug; 140(8):1504-1512. Young AT, Xiong M, Pfau J, Keiser MJ, Wei ML. PMID: 32229141.
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    4. Differential methylation and expression of genes in the hypoxia-inducible factor 1 signaling pathway are associated with paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy in breast cancer survivors and with preclinical models of chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain. Mol Pain. 2020 Jan-Dec; 16:1744806920936502. Kober KM, Lee MC, Olshen A, Conley YP, Sirota M, Keiser M, Hammer MJ, Abrams G, Schumacher M, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. PMID: 32586194.
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    5. Zebrafish behavioural profiling identifies GABA and serotonin receptor ligands related to sedation and paradoxical excitation. Nat Commun. 2019 09 09; 10(1):4078. McCarroll MN, Gendelev L, Kinser R, Taylor J, Bruni G, Myers-Turnbull D, Helsell C, Carbajal A, Rinaldi C, Kang HJ, Gong JH, Sello JK, Tomita S, Peterson RT, Keiser MJ, Kokel D. PMID: 31501447.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    6. Interpretable classification of Alzheimer's disease pathologies with a convolutional neural network pipeline. Nat Commun. 2019 05 15; 10(1):2173. Tang Z, Chuang KV, DeCarli C, Jin LW, Beckett L, Keiser MJ, Dugger BN. PMID: 31092819.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    7. Comment on "Predicting reaction performance in C-N cross-coupling using machine learning". Science. 2018 11 16; 362(6416). Chuang KV, Keiser MJ. PMID: 30442776.
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    8. Adversarial Controls for Scientific Machine Learning. ACS Chem Biol. 2018 10 19; 13(10):2819-2821. Chuang KV, Keiser MJ. PMID: 30336670.
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    9. The Psychiatric Cell Map Initiative: A Convergent Systems Biological Approach to Illuminating Key Molecular Pathways in Neuropsychiatric Disorders. Cell. 2018 07 26; 174(3):505-520. Willsey AJ, Morris MT, Wang S, Willsey HR, Sun N, Teerikorpi N, Baum TB, Cagney G, Bender KJ, Desai TA, Srivastava D, Davis GW, Doudna J, Chang E, Sohal V, Lowenstein DH, Li H, Agard D, Keiser MJ, Shoichet B, von Zastrow M, Mucke L, Finkbeiner S, Gan L, Sestan N, Ward ME, Huttenhain R, Nowakowski TJ, Bellen HJ, Frank LM, Khokha MK, Lifton RP, Kampmann M, Ideker T, State MW, Krogan NJ. PMID: 30053424.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 9     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. THE USE OF CONVOLUTIONAL NEURAL NETWORKS TO QUANTIFY AMYLOID PLAQUES IN POSTMORTEM HUMAN BRAIN. Alzheimer's & Dementia. 2018 Jul 1; 14(7):p1446. Kangway Chuang, Ziqi Tang, Michael Keiser, Laurel Beckett, Charlie S. DeCarli, Lee-Way Jin, Brittany N. Dugger. .
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    11. Predicted Biological Activity of Purchasable Chemical Space. J Chem Inf Model. 2018 01 22; 58(1):148-164. Irwin JJ, Gaskins G, Sterling T, Mysinger MM, Keiser MJ. PMID: 29193970.
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    12. Evolutionarily Conserved Roles for Blood-Brain Barrier Xenobiotic Transporters in Endogenous Steroid Partitioning and Behavior. Cell Rep. 2017 Oct 31; 21(5):1304-1316. Hindle SJ, Munji RN, Dolghih E, Gaskins G, Orng S, Ishimoto H, Soung A, DeSalvo M, Kitamoto T, Keiser MJ, Jacobson MP, Daneman R, Bainton RJ. PMID: 29091768.
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    13. A Simple Representation of Three-Dimensional Molecular Structure. J Med Chem. 2017 09 14; 60(17):7393-7409. Axen SD, Huang XP, Cáceres EL, Gendelev L, Roth BL, Keiser MJ. PMID: 28731335.
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    14. Zebrafish behavioral profiling identifies multitarget antipsychotic-like compounds. Nat Chem Biol. 2016 07; 12(7):559-66. Bruni G, Rennekamp AJ, Velenich A, McCarroll M, Gendelev L, Fertsch E, Taylor J, Lakhani P, Lensen D, Evron T, Lorello PJ, Huang XP, Kolczewski S, Carey G, Caldarone BJ, Prinssen E, Roth BL, Keiser MJ, Peterson RT, Kokel D. PMID: 27239787.
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    15. Polygenic overlap between schizophrenia risk and antipsychotic response: a genomic medicine approach. Lancet Psychiatry. 2016 Apr; 3(4):350-7. Ruderfer DM, Charney AW, Readhead B, Kidd BA, Kähler AK, Kenny PJ, Keiser MJ, Moran JL, Hultman CM, Scott SA, Sullivan PF, Purcell SM, Dudley JT, Sklar P. PMID: 26915512.
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    16. Leveraging Large-scale Behavioral Profiling in Zebrafish to Explore Neuroactive Polypharmacology. ACS Chem Biol. 2016 Apr 15; 11(4):842-9. McCarroll MN, Gendelev L, Keiser MJ, Kokel D. PMID: 26845413.
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    17. Prediction and validation of enzyme and transporter off-targets for metformin. J Pharmacokinet Pharmacodyn. 2015 Oct; 42(5):463-75. Yee SW, Lin L, Merski M, Keiser MJ, Gupta A, Zhang Y, Chien HC, Shoichet BK, Giacomini KM. PMID: 26335661.
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    18. In Silico Prediction of Drug Side Effects. Antitargets and Drug Safety. 2015 Apr 22; 19-44. Michael J. Keiser. .
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    19. Systems pharmacology augments drug safety surveillance. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2015 Feb; 97(2):151-8. Lorberbaum T, Nasir M, Keiser MJ, Vilar S, Hripcsak G, Tatonetti NP. PMID: 25670520.
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    20. In silico molecular comparisons of C. elegans and mammalian pharmacology identify distinct targets that regulate feeding. PLoS Biol. 2013 Nov; 11(11):e1001712. Lemieux GA, Keiser MJ, Sassano MF, Laggner C, Mayer F, Bainton RJ, Werb Z, Roth BL, Shoichet BK, Ashrafi K. PMID: 24260022.
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    21. Large-scale prediction and testing of drug activity on side-effect targets. Nature. 2012 Jun 10; 486(7403):361-7. Lounkine E, Keiser MJ, Whitebread S, Mikhailov D, Hamon J, Jenkins JL, Lavan P, Weber E, Doak AK, Côté S, Shoichet BK, Urban L. PMID: 22722194.
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    22. Chapter 4. Designing Multi-Target Drugs. 2012 Jan 1; 50-65. Elisabet Gregori-Puigjané, Michael J. Keiser. .
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    23. Chemical informatics and target identification in a zebrafish phenotypic screen. Nat Chem Biol. 2011 Dec 18; 8(2):144-6. Laggner C, Kokel D, Setola V, Tolia A, Lin H, Irwin JJ, Keiser MJ, Cheung CY, Minor DL, Roth BL, Peterson RT, Shoichet BK. PMID: 22179068.
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    24. The chemical basis of pharmacology. Biochemistry. 2010 Dec 07; 49(48):10267-76. Keiser MJ, Irwin JJ, Shoichet BK. PMID: 21058655.
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    25. The presynaptic component of the serotonergic system is required for clozapine's efficacy. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2011 Feb; 36(3):638-51. Yadav PN, Abbas AI, Farrell MS, Setola V, Sciaky N, Huang XP, Kroeze WK, Crawford LK, Piel DA, Keiser MJ, Irwin JJ, Shoichet BK, Deneris ES, Gingrich J, Beck SG, Roth BL. PMID: 21048700.
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    26. Complementarity between a docking and a high-throughput screen in discovering new cruzain inhibitors. J Med Chem. 2010 Jul 08; 53(13):4891-905. Ferreira RS, Simeonov A, Jadhav A, Eidam O, Mott BT, Keiser MJ, McKerrow JH, Maloney DJ, Irwin JJ, Shoichet BK. PMID: 20540517.
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    27. Prediction and evaluation of protein farnesyltransferase inhibition by commercial drugs. J Med Chem. 2010 Mar 25; 53(6):2464-71. DeGraw AJ, Keiser MJ, Ochocki JD, Shoichet BK, Distefano MD. PMID: 20180535.
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    28. A pilot study of the pharmacodynamic impact of SSRI drug selection and beta-1 receptor genotype (ADRB1) on cardiac vital signs in depressed patients: a novel pharmacogenetic approach. Psychopharmacol Bull. 2010; 43(1):11-22. Thomas KL, Ellingrod VL, Bishop JR, Keiser MJ. PMID: 20581797.
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    29. Predicting new molecular targets for known drugs. Nature. 2009 Nov 12; 462(7270):175-81. Keiser MJ, Setola V, Irwin JJ, Laggner C, Abbas AI, Hufeisen SJ, Jensen NH, Kuijer MB, Matos RC, Tran TB, Whaley R, Glennon RA, Hert J, Thomas KL, Edwards DD, Shoichet BK, Roth BL. PMID: 19881490.
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    30. A mapping of drug space from the viewpoint of small molecule metabolism. PLoS Comput Biol. 2009 Aug; 5(8):e1000474. Adams JC, Keiser MJ, Basuino L, Chambers HF, Lee DS, Wiest OG, Babbitt PC. PMID: 19701464.
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    31. Quantifying biogenic bias in screening libraries. Nat Chem Biol. 2009 Jul; 5(7):479-83. Hert J, Irwin JJ, Laggner C, Keiser MJ, Shoichet BK. PMID: 19483698.
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    32. Off-target networks derived from ligand set similarity. Methods Mol Biol. 2009; 575:195-205. Keiser MJ, Hert J. PMID: 19727616.
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    33. ChemInform Abstract: Quantifying the Relationships among Drug Classes. ChemInform. 2008 Jul 15; 39(29). Jerome Hert, Michael J. Keiser, John J. Irwin, Tudor I. Oprea, Brian K. Shoichet. .
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    34. Quantifying the relationships among drug classes. J Chem Inf Model. 2008 Apr; 48(4):755-65. Hert J, Keiser MJ, Irwin JJ, Oprea TI, Shoichet BK. PMID: 18335977.
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    35. Relating protein pharmacology by ligand chemistry. Nat Biotechnol. 2007 Feb; 25(2):197-206. Keiser MJ, Roth BL, Armbruster BN, Ernsberger P, Irwin JJ, Shoichet BK. PMID: 17287757.
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