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Xu Chen, PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentDermatology
Address1450 3rd Street
San Francisco CA 94158
EmailXu.Chen@ucsf.edu
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    Tsinghua University, Beijing, ChinaB.S.06/1992biology
    Tsinghua University, Beijing, ChinaM.S06/1995Biochemistry
    Cornell University Weill Medical College, New York, USAPh.D.01/2003Biochemistry
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    Tsinghua University1990Excellent student scholarship (third class)
    Tsinghua University1988 Mathematic Contest third class prize
    Tsinghua University1993Guanghua Scholarship
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center2007  - 2009Tri-Institute T32 Endocrine Research Fellow
    Melanoma Research Alliance2014  - 2017Young Investigator Award

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    I am a biomedical scientist with training and experience in cancer biology, biochemistry, cell biology, mouse modeling, and translational research. My current research interests lie in the following fields: (1) To dissect the downstream signaling pathways of oncogenic GNAQ and GNA11 to identify therapeutic targets for human uveal melanoma; (2) To develop uveal melanoma mouse models to validate the role of candidate melanoma genes in tumor formation and progression and to evaluate potential therapies in a preclinical setting; (3) To investigate the role of liver microenvironment in uveal melanoma liver metastasis.


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    1. Montero-Conde C, Leandro-Garcia LJ, Chen X, Oler G, Ruiz-Llorente S, Ryder M, Landa I, Sanchez-Vega F, La K, Ghossein RA, Bajorin DF, Knauf JA, Riordan JD, Dupuy AJ, Fagin JA. Transposon mutagenesis identifies chromatin modifiers cooperating with Ras in thyroid tumorigenesis and detects ATXN7 as a cancer gene. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Jun 05. PMID: 28584132.
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    2. Chen X, Wu Q, Depeille P, Chen X, Thornton S, Kalirai H, Coupland SE, Roose JP, Bastian BC. RasGRP3 Mediates MAPK Pathway Activation in GNAQ Mutant Uveal Melanoma. Cancer Cell. 2017 May 08; 31(5):685-696.e6. PMID: 28486107.
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    3. Yu FX, Luo J, Mo JS, Liu G, Kim YC, Meng Z, Zhao L, Peyman G, Ouyang H, Jiang W, Zhao J, Chen X, Zhang L, Wang CY, Bastian BC, Zhang K, Guan KL. Mutant Gq/11 promote uveal melanoma tumorigenesis by activating YAP. Cancer Cell. 2014 Jun 16; 25(6):822-30. PMID: 24882516; PMCID: PMC4075337.
    4. Chen X, Makarewicz JM, Knauf JA, Johnson LK, Fagin JA. Transformation by Hras(G12V) is consistently associated with mutant allele copy gains and is reversed by farnesyl transferase inhibition. Oncogene. 2014 Nov 20; 33(47):5442-9. PMID: 24240680; PMCID: PMC4025988.
    5. Chen X, Wu Q, Tan L, Porter D, Jager MJ, Emery C, Bastian BC. Combined PKC and MEK inhibition in uveal melanoma with GNAQ and GNA11 mutations. Oncogene. 2014 Sep 25; 33(39):4724-34. PMID: 24141786; PMCID: PMC4524511.
    6. Chen X, Mitsutake N, LaPerle K, Akeno N, Zanzonico P, Longo VA, Mitsutake S, Kimura ET, Geiger H, Santos E, Wendel HG, Franco A, Knauf JA, Fagin JA. Endogenous expression of Hras(G12V) induces developmental defects and neoplasms with copy number imbalances of the oncogene. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 May 12; 106(19):7979-84. PMID: 19416908; PMCID: PMC2674938.
    7. Croyle M, Akeno N, Knauf JA, Fabbro D, Chen X, Baumgartner JE, Lane HA, Fagin JA. RET/PTC-induced cell growth is mediated in part by epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) activation: evidence for molecular and functional interactions between RET and EGFR. Cancer Res. 2008 Jun 01; 68(11):4183-91. PMID: 18519677; PMCID: PMC4341915.
    8. Carter M, Chen X, Slowinska B, Minnerath S, Glickstein S, Shi L, Campagne F, Weinstein H, Ross ME. Crooked tail (Cd) model of human folate-responsive neural tube defects is mutated in Wnt coreceptor lipoprotein receptor-related protein 6. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2005 Sep 06; 102(36):12843-8. PMID: 16126904; PMCID: PMC1200260.
    9. Chen X, Resh MD. Cholesterol depletion from the plasma membrane triggers ligand-independent activation of the epidermal growth factor receptor. J Biol Chem. 2002 Dec 20; 277(51):49631-7. PMID: 12397069.
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    10. Chen X, Resh MD. Activation of mitogen-activated protein kinase by membrane-targeted Raf chimeras is independent of raft localization. J Biol Chem. 2001 Sep 14; 276(37):34617-23. PMID: 11457834.
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