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Pavithra Viswanath, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor, Radiology
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1700 4th Street
San Francisco CA 94158
Phone415-514-4839
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    St. Xavier's college, Goa, IndiaBS08/2000Microbiology
    Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, IndiaMS08/2003Biochemistry
    Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, IndiaPhD08/2007Biochemistry
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    UCSF Brain Tumor Center2017  - 2018Career Enhancement Program Award
    UCSF Brain Tumor Center2018  - 2019Career Enhancement Program Award
    Society for Neuro-oncology2019Inaugural Women in Neuro-oncology Basic/Translational Science Research Award
    Dept. of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, UCSF2019Margaret Hart Surbeck Travel Award

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    Dr. Pavithra Viswanath is an Associate Professor in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at UCSF. She graduated with a Ph D in Biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore, India. The overall vision of her research is to harness insights from tumor genetics, epigenetics and biology to drive the preclinical development of novel, metabolic imaging biomarkers that will ultimately benefit patients by enabling the non-invasive assessment of tumor burden and response to therapy. In parallel, she will pinpoint metabolic vulnerabilities that can be exploited for the development of novel therapeutic and theranostic agents. Her long-term goal is to work with clinical and translational colleagues at UCSF and beyond to enable clinical translation of the imaging methods, therapeutics and theranostics that come out of her preclinical studies.

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    Imaging a Hallmark of Cancer: Noninvasive Metabolic Imaging of TERT Expression in Brain Tumors
    Department of Defense CDMRP W81XWH201055315Sep 15, 2020 - Sep 14, 2022
    Role: Principal Investigator
    IMAGING TELOMERE MAINTENANCE MECHANISMS IN GLIOMAS
    NIH/NCI R01CA239288Feb 11, 2020 - Jan 31, 2025
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Glutamate is a non-invasive metabolic biomarker of IDH1 mutant glioma response to temozolomide treatment. Cancer Res. 2020 Sep 21. Subramani E, Radoul M, Najac C, Batsios G, Molloy AR, Hong D, Gillespie AM, Delos Santos R, Viswanath P, Costello JF, Pieper RO, Ronen SM. PMID: 32958546.
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    2. MR-detectable metabolic biomarkers of response to mutant IDH inhibition in low-grade glioma. Theranostics. 2020; 10(19):8757-8770. Molloy AR, Najac C, Viswanath P, Lakhani A, Subramani E, Batsios G, Radoul M, Gillespie AM, Pieper RO, Ronen SM. PMID: 32754276.
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    3. In vivo detection of γ-glutamyl-transferase up-regulation in glioma using hyperpolarized γ-glutamyl-[1-13C]glycine. Sci Rep. 2020 04 10; 10(1):6244. Batsios G, Najac C, Cao P, Viswanath P, Subramani E, Saito Y, Gillespie AM, Yoshihara HAI, Larson P, Sando S, Ronen SM. PMID: 32277103.
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    4. PI3K/mTOR inhibition of IDH1 mutant glioma leads to reduced 2HG production that is associated with increased survival. Sci Rep. 2019 07 19; 9(1):10521. Batsios G, Viswanath P, Subramani E, Najac C, Gillespie AM, Santos RD, Molloy AR, Pieper RO, Ronen SM. PMID: 31324855.
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    5. In vivo investigation of hyperpolarized [1,3-13C2]acetoacetate as a metabolic probe in normal brain and in glioma. Sci Rep. 2019 03 04; 9(1):3402. Najac C, Radoul M, Le Page LM, Batsios G, Subramani E, Viswanath P, Gillespie AM, Ronen SM. PMID: 30833594.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    6. HDAC inhibition in glioblastoma monitored by hyperpolarized 13 C MRSI. NMR Biomed. 2019 02; 32(2):e4044. Radoul M, Najac C, Viswanath P, Mukherjee J, Kelly M, Gillespie AM, Chaumeil MM, Eriksson P, Delos Santos R, Pieper RO, Ronen SM. PMID: 30561869.
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    7. Mutant IDH1 gliomas downregulate phosphocholine and phosphoethanolamine synthesis in a 2-hydroxyglutarate-dependent manner. Cancer Metab. 2018; 6:3. Viswanath P, Radoul M, Izquierdo-Garcia JL, Luchman HA, Gregory Cairncross J, Pieper RO, Phillips JJ, Ronen SM. PMID: 29619216.
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    8. 2-Hydroxyglutarate-Mediated Autophagy of the Endoplasmic Reticulum Leads to an Unusual Downregulation of Phospholipid Biosynthesis in Mutant IDH1 Gliomas. Cancer Res. 2018 05 01; 78(9):2290-2304. Viswanath P, Radoul M, Izquierdo-Garcia JL, Ong WQ, Luchman HA, Cairncross JG, Huang B, Pieper RO, Phillips JJ, Ronen SM. PMID: 29358170.
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    9. Clonal expansion and epigenetic reprogramming following deletion or amplification of mutant IDH1. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 10 03; 114(40):10743-10748. Mazor T, Chesnelong C, Pankov A, Jalbert LE, Hong C, Hayes J, Smirnov IV, Marshall R, Souza CF, Shen Y, Viswanath P, Noushmehr H, Ronen SM, Jones SJM, Marra MA, Cairncross JG, Perry A, Nelson SJ, Chang SM, Bollen AW, Molinaro AM, Bengtsson H, Olshen AB, Weiss S, Phillips JJ, Luchman HA, Costello JF. PMID: 28916733.
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    10. Development of a rapid and reliable assay for in vitro determination of compound cidality against the asexual stages of Plasmodium falciparum. Acta Parasitol. 2016 Dec 01; 61(4):828-835. Viswanath P, Morayya S, Rautela N, Sinha A. PMID: 27787213.
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    11. Mutant IDH1 Expression Drives TERT Promoter Reactivation as Part of the Cellular Transformation Process. Cancer Res. 2016 11 15; 76(22):6680-6689. Ohba S, Mukherjee J, Johannessen TC, Mancini A, Chow TT, Wood M, Jones L, Mazor T, Marshall RE, Viswanath P, Walsh KM, Perry A, Bell RJ, Phillips JJ, Costello JF, Ronen SM, Pieper RO. PMID: 27758882.
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    12. Rapid Conversion of Mutant IDH1 from Driver to Passenger in a Model of Human Gliomagenesis. Mol Cancer Res. 2016 10; 14(10):976-983. Johannessen TA, Mukherjee J, Viswanath P, Ohba S, Ronen SM, Bjerkvig R, Pieper RO. PMID: 27430238.
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    13. Hyperpolarized (13)C MR imaging detects no lactate production in mutant IDH1 gliomas: Implications for diagnosis and response monitoring. Neuroimage Clin. 2016; 12:180-9. Chaumeil MM, Radoul M, Najac C, Eriksson P, Viswanath P, Blough MD, Chesnelong C, Luchman HA, Cairncross JG, Ronen SM. PMID: 27437179.
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    14. Mutant IDH1 expression is associated with down-regulation of monocarboxylate transporters. Oncotarget. 2016 Jun 07; 7(23):34942-55. Viswanath P, Najac C, Izquierdo-Garcia JL, Pankov A, Hong C, Eriksson P, Costello JF, Pieper RO, Ronen SM. PMID: 27144334.
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    15. Molecular Imaging of Metabolic Reprograming in Mutant IDH Cells. Front Oncol. 2016; 6:60. Viswanath P, Chaumeil MM, Ronen SM. PMID: 27014635.
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    16. Metabolic reprogramming of pyruvate dehydrogenase is essential for the proliferation of glioma cells expressing mutant IDH1. Mol Cell Oncol. 2016 Apr 01; 3(2):e1077922. Viswanath P, Ronen SM. PMID: 26985452.
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    17. IDH1 Mutation Induces Reprogramming of Pyruvate Metabolism. Cancer Res. 2015 Aug 01; 75(15):2999-3009. Izquierdo-Garcia JL, Viswanath P, Eriksson P, Cai L, Radoul M, Chaumeil MM, Blough M, Luchman HA, Weiss S, Cairncross JG, Phillips JJ, Pieper RO, Ronen SM. PMID: 26045167.
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    18. Triaminopyrimidine is a fast-killing and long-acting antimalarial clinical candidate. Nat Commun. 2015 Mar 31; 6:6715. Hameed P S, Solapure S, Patil V, Henrich PP, Magistrado PA, Bharath S, Murugan K, Viswanath P, Puttur J, Srivastava A, Bellale E, Panduga V, Shanbag G, Awasthy D, Landge S, Morayya S, Koushik K, Saralaya R, Raichurkar A, Rautela N, Roy Choudhury N, Ambady A, Nandishaiah R, Reddy J, Prabhakar KR, Menasinakai S, Rudrapatna S, Chatterji M, Jiménez-Díaz MB, Martínez MS, Sanz LM, Coburn-Flynn O, Fidock DA, Lukens AK, Wirth DF, Bandodkar B, Mukherjee K, McLaughlin RE, Waterson D, Rosenbrier-Ribeiro L, Hickling K, Balasubramanian V, Warner P, Hosagrahara V, Dudley A, Iyer PS, Narayanan S, Kavanagh S, Sambandamurthy VK. PMID: 25823686.
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    19. Metabolic reprogramming in mutant IDH1 glioma cells. PLoS One. 2015; 10(2):e0118781. Izquierdo-Garcia JL, Viswanath P, Eriksson P, Chaumeil MM, Pieper RO, Phillips JJ, Ronen SM. PMID: 25706986.
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    20. Aminoazabenzimidazoles, a novel class of orally active antimalarial agents. J Med Chem. 2014 Jul 10; 57(13):5702-13. Hameed P S, Chinnapattu M, Shanbag G, Manjrekar P, Koushik K, Raichurkar A, Patil V, Jatheendranath S, Rudrapatna SS, Barde SP, Rautela N, Awasthy D, Morayya S, Narayan C, Kavanagh S, Saralaya R, Bharath S, Viswanath P, Mukherjee K, Bandodkar B, Srivastava A, Panduga V, Reddy J, Prabhakar KR, Sinha A, Jiménez-Díaz MB, Martínez MS, Angulo-Barturen I, Ferrer S, Sanz LM, Gamo FJ, Duffy S, Avery VM, Magistrado PA, Lukens AK, Wirth DF, Waterson D, Balasubramanian V, Iyer PS, Narayanan S, Hosagrahara V, Sambandamurthy VK, Ramachandran S. PMID: 24914738.
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    21. Repositioning: the fast track to new anti-malarial medicines? Malar J. 2014 Apr 14; 13:143. Lotharius J, Gamo-Benito FJ, Angulo-Barturen I, Clark J, Connelly M, Ferrer-Bazaga S, Parkinson T, Viswanath P, Bandodkar B, Rautela N, Bharath S, Duffy S, Avery VM, Möhrle JJ, Guy RK, Wells T. PMID: 24731288.
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