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Last Updated: 05/10/22

Organoids Laboratory at the Frederick National Laboratories for Cancer Research

The Organoids Laboratory specializes in the establishment of human cancer organoid cultures. The organoid cultures are obtained from the patient-derived models’ program or are established from normal or malignant tissues obtained from surgical resections and patient biopsies or from mice to evaluate anticancer single agents or combinations. The organoids cultures are characterized for morphological properties and growth characteristics along with the establishment of appropriate culturing conditions, handling methodologies, and assays for automated drug screening.


El Touny LH, Hose C, Connelly J, Harris E, Monks A, Dull AB, Wilsker DF, Hollingshead MG, Gottholm-Ahalt M, Alcoser SY, Mullendore ME, Parchment RE, Doroshow JH, Teicher BA, Rapisarda A. ATR inhibition reverses the resistance of homologous recombination deficient MGMTlow/MMRproficient cancer cells to temozolomide. Oncotarget 2021; 12: 2114-30.

Krushkal J, Silvers T, Reinhold WC, Sonkin D, Vural S, Connelly J, Varma S, Meltzer PS, Kunkel M, Rapisarda A, Evans D, Pommier Y, Teicher BA. Epigenome-wide DNA methylation analysis of small cell lung cancer cell lines suggests potential chemotherapy targets. Clin Epigenetics 2020; 12: 93.

Shalova IN, Lim JY, Chittezhath M, Zinkernagel AS, Beasley F, Hernández-Jiménez E, Toledano V, Cubillos-Zapata C, Rapisarda A, Chen J, Duan K, Yang H, Poidinger M, Melillo G, Nizet V, Arnalich F, López-Collazo E, Biswas SK. Human monocytes undergo functional re-programming during sepsis mediated by hypoxia-inducible factor-1α. Immunity 2015; 42: 484-98.

Monks A, Zhao Y, Hose C, Hamed H, Krushkal J, Fang J, Sonkin D, Palmisano A, Polley EC, Fogli LK, Konaté MM, Miller SB, Simpson MA, Voth AR, Li MC, Harris E, Wu X, Connelly JW, Rapisarda A, Teicher BA, Simon R, Doroshow JH. The NCI Transcriptional Pharmacodynamics Workbench: A Tool to Examine Dynamic Expression Profiling of Therapeutic Response in the NCI-60 Cell Line Panel. Cancer Res 2018; 78: 6807-17.

Jeong W, Park SR, Rapisarda A, Fer N, Kinders RJ, Chen A, Melillo G, Turkbey B, Steinberg SM, Choyke P, Doroshow JH, Kummar S. Weekly EZN-2208 (PEGylated SN-38) in combination with bevacizumab in patients with refractory solid tumors. Invest New Drugs 2014; 32: 340-6.

Jeong W, Rapisarda A, Park SR, Kinders RJ, Chen A, Melillo G, Turkbey B, Steinberg SM, Choyke P, Doroshow JH, Kummar S. Pilot trial of EZN-2968, an antisense oligonucleotide inhibitor of hypoxia-inducible factor-1 alpha (HIF-1α), in patients with refractory solid tumors. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol 2014; 73: 343-8.

About the Branch Chief

Dr. Mary K. Wolpert, Ph.D. Dr. Beverly A. Teicher PhD is Chief of the Molecular Pharmaco-logy Branch at NCI, a position that she assumed in early 2011. One focus of the Molecular Pharmacology Branch is target and drug discovery for rare and recalcitrant cancers such as sarcoma and small cell lung cancer. Dr. Teicher completed a PhD in Bioorganic Chemistry at the Johns Hopkins University and postdoctoral training at Yale University School of Medicine. More…