Sendurai A. Mani, Ph.D.
Department of Translational Molecular Pathology
Co-Director, Metastasis Research Center
Co-Director, Center for Stem Cell & Developmental Biology
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
LSP9.2001, 2130 West Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77030
Office Phone: 713-792-9638
Sendurai A. Mani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Translational Molecular Pathology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is also the co-director of the Metastasis Research Center as well as the Center for Stem Cell and Developmental Biology at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Mani earned a Ph.D. from The Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India and then did postdoctoral work with Dr. Robert A. Weinberg at the Whitehead Institute/Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. He then joined the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas as an Assistant Professor in December of 2007 and has been promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2013. Dr. Mani has received numerous prizes and awards for his research, including a Jimmy V foundation’s V-Scholar Award and The American Cancer Society Research Scholar award. Dr. Mani’s original finding demonstrating the cancer cells acquire stem cell properties by activating latent embryonic epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) program provided the foundation and explanation for the presence of plasticity within the tumor as well as the development of resistance to various treatments.
Office Number: 713-792-9866
Provides support to the Co-Director by planning the Immunology Initiative Meeting & Stem Cells Cancer and EMT Meetings.
Rama Soundararajan, Ph.D.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2130 West Holcombe Boulevard, Life Science Plaza
Unit Number: 2951
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: LSP9.2003
Rama’s research interests can be broadly divided into 3 major categories –
1) understanding the context-dependent role of pleiotropic signaling cascades in the progression of variant/neuroendocrine prostate cancers;
2) investigating the molecular links between hypertension and cancer, and
3) identifying determinants of metastatic competence in breast and prostate carcinoma cells.
Our recent efforts have led to the discovery of a novel embryonic gene expression signature that predicts metastatic proficiency in tumor cells. We are currently refining this signature for better prediction of clinical outcome. We have also demonstrated that aggressive carcinoma cells that are insensitive to therapy, are characterized by elevated epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EMT) signaling, and that targeting these cascades using well-tolerated small molecule therapeutics (impacting pleiotropic kinase signaling) restores epithelial attributes and drug-sensitivity, and also reduces the shedding of circulating tumor cells in vivo, with significant shrinkage in the tumor mass (using a variety of models, including human-in-mouse xenografts). Validation of direct targets of EMT signaling has permitted the exploration of FDA-approved signaling inhibitors as novel treatment strategies for targeting cancer stem-cell (CSC) functions.
GSBS Faculty Profile
Petra Den Hollander, Ph.D.
Phone number: 713-563-7092
Robiya Joseph, Ph.D.
Phone number: 713-834-6059
Robiya earned Bachelors in ‘Biotechnology, Chemistry and Botany’ (Triple Main) from St. Aloysius College, University of Mangalore and Masters in Biotechnology form SIAS institute, University of Calicut. During her Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Münster, Germany [Cells in Motion (CiM) Graduate School and the International Max Planck Research School – Molecular Biomedicine (IMPRS-MBM)], she investigated the role of S100 proteins in the cellular dynamics of phagocytes. Currently she is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Dr. Sendurai Mani’s laboratory at the department of Translational Molecular Pathology at MD Anderson Cancer Center and my primary research interest is in Cancer Immunology, more precisely on the role of T lymphocytes in facilitating metastatic competence in breast cancer.
Suhas Vasaikar, Ph.D.
Phone number: 713-792-1389
Suhas received his Ph.D. in Systems Biology, from Indian Institute of Technology Delhi. He worked in Karolinska Institute, Sweden as a post-doctoral fellow. He worked on multiomics analysis at Baylor College of Medicine under Dr. Bing Zhang. He developed various online tools, among LinkedOmics (http://www.linkedomics.org/) a multi-cancer analysis platform widely used around globe. Currently he is working on integrative bioinformatics methods to stratify clinical cohorts undergoing clinical trials and identify suitable biomarkers for treating chemoresistant patients.
Sridevi Addanki, Ph.D.
Phone number: 713-834-6059
Advances in the field of Biology interests and intrigues Sridevi. Along this line, Sridevi pursued her B.S in Biology and Biochemistry and M.S. in Biotechnology from Osmania University, India. She briefly worked as a research assistant at California State University Fullerton and conducted research in developing C. elegans as a model system for pathogenic bacteria resistant to amikacin. For her predoctoral training, she investigated the antiproliferative effects of LXR agonists in the malignancy of the pancreas. To further her passion and uncover novel biomarkers and treatment strategies for breast cancer, she joined the laboratory of Dr. Sendurai Mani at the department of Translational Molecular Pathology, MDACC, where she is co-mentored by Dr. Mani as well as clinical oncologist Dr. Stacy Moulder. Unfortunately, while a number of drugs are approved for the treatment of breast cancer, biomarkers to identify the patients for personalized medicine are lacking. This is true in case of highly aggressive Triple Negative Breast Cancers (TNBCs). Her career goal is to embark on her scientific career and identify predictive markers for precision medicine for TNBCs, an unmet clinical need.
Abhijeet Deshmukh, B.S, M.S, Ph.D.
Office Number: 713-745 2331
Abhijeet received his M.S. degree in Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine from University of Sheffield, UK and Ph.D. in Chemo-Sensitization/ Epigenetics and Metabolism of Cancer Stem Cells from Curtin University, Australia. In the Mani Lab, Abhijeet research interest is focused on demonstrating the different stages of EMT and its role in tumor metastasis. He joined Mani lab in 2018 as a postdoctoral fellow following his completion of Ph.D. and taking forward his interest in understanding the cancer stem-like cells and its therapy-resistance.
Nick Kuburich, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Office Number: 713-834-6063
Nick received Ph.D. in Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, and Cell biology from Oklahoma State University, where he worked in Dr. Hadwiger's lab. He studied cellular signaling of the model organism Dictyostelium. His research focused on characterizing post-translational modifications of a phosphodiesterase and on characterizing the functionality and regulation of an atypical MAPK. In Dr. Mani’s lab, Nick work on breast cancer development and metastasis to identify and characterize inhibitors of epithelial to mesenchymal transition through targeting the FOXC2 transcription factor. His end goal is to develop targeted therapies that will be given with standard chemotherapies to treat TNBC.
Office Number: 713-792-8995
Former Lab Members
|1||K. W. Evans||2007-12||RA||Research Instructor
|2||B. G. Hollier||2008-10||PDA||Senior Research Fellow, Faculty of Health Queensland University, Australia|
|3||S. Vijaykumar||2008-10||RA||Research Assistant|
|4||E. Munthe||2010||Visiting Scholar||Postdoc|
|5||P. Ramachandran||2010-12||RA||Research Assistant|
|6||M. Shariati||2010-12||Master Student||Graduate Student|
|7||A. Tinnirello||2009-12||PDA||Cytotechnologist, MD Anderson Cancer Center|
|8||A. Serguienko||2013||Visiting Scholar||Graduate student|
|9||H. Tu||2012-14||RA||Graduate student|
|10||R. Romero||2010-14||Graduate student||Postdoc|
|11||V. Barsan||2013-14||Graduate student||Consultant, Illumina, San Diego, USA|
|13||T. Roysarkar||2011-14||PDA||Research Assistant Professor, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas|
|14||J. Taube||2009-15||PDA||Assistant Professor (Tenure Track), Baylor University, Wako Texas|
|15||A. Paranjape||2012-15||PDA||Post Doc|
|16||M. Pietila||2013-15||PDA||Post Doc|
|18||G. Raja||2011-17||Graduate Student||Postdoc|
||Graduate Student||Postdoc (Rice University)|
|20||E. Ramirez-Pena||2012-18||Graduate Student||Cancer Prevention Fellow, NCI|
||2014-18||Undergraduate||Medical Student, Stanford University|