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Head and Neck Cancer Research Lab



Erich M. Sturgis, M.D. , M.P.H


Xu L, Dahlstrom KR, Lairson DR, Sturgis EM. "Projected oropharyngeal carcinoma incidence among middle-aged US men." Head and Neck 2019. 2019 May 24; 41 (9): 3226-3234. Pubmed PMID: 31125167

Chandrasekharappa SC, Chinn SB, Donovan FX, Chowdhury NI, Kamat A, Adeyemo AA, Thomas JW, Mullikin JC, Reid HH, Vemulapalli M, Hussey CS, Reid HH, Mullikin JC, Wei Q, Sturgis EM. "Assessing the spectrum of germline variation in Fanconi anemia genes among patients with head and neck carcinoma before age 50." Cancer 2017. 2017 July 5; 123 (20): 3943-3954. Pubmed PMID: 28678401

Dahlstrom KR, Anderson KS, Field MS, Chowell D, Ning J, Li N, Wei Q, Li G, Sturgis EM "Diagnostic accuracy of serum antibodies to human papillomavirus (HPV) type 16 early antigens in detection of HPV-related oropharyngeal cancer." Cancer 2017. 2017 September 12; 123 (24): 4886-4894. Pubmed PMID: 28898394

Lairson DR, Wu CF, Chan W, Dahlstrom KR, Tam S, Sturgis EM "Medical care cost of oropharyngeal cancer among Texas patients." Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention 2017. 2017 August 24; 26 (9): 1443-1449. Pubmed PMID: 28838945

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Vlad Sandulache, M.D., Ph.D.


Sandulache VC, Lei YL, Heasley LEet al. Innovations in risk-stratification and treatment of Veterans with oropharynx cancer; roadmap of the 2019 Field Based Meeting. Oral Oncol 2019:104440.

Piyarathna DWB, Balasubramanian A, Arnold JMet al. ERR1 and PGC1alpha associated mitochondrial alterations correlate with pan-cancer disparity in African Americans. J Clin Invest 2019; 129:2351-2356.

Pham N, Ludwig MS, Wang Met al. Topical Esomeprazole Mitigates Radiation-Induced Dermal Inflammation and Fibrosis. Radiation research 2019; 192:473-482.

Kansara S, Wang T, Koochakzadeh Set al. Prognostic factors associated with achieving total oral diet following osteocutaneous microvascular free tissue transfer reconstruction of the oral cavity. Oral Oncol 2019; 98:1-7.

Harms A, Kansara S, Stach Cet al. Swallowing Function in Survivors of Oropharyngeal Cancer Is Associated With Advanced T Classification. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol 2019; 128:696-703.

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Mitchell Frederick, Ph.D.


Frederick, M., Skinner, H.D., Kazi, S.A. et al. High expression of oxidative phosphorylation genes predicts improved survival in squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck and lung. Sci Rep 10, 6380 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-63448-z

Molkentine JM, Molkentine DP, Bridges KA, Xie T, Yang L, Sheth A, Heffernan TP, Clump DA, Faust AZ, Ferris RL, Myers JN, Frederick MJ, Mason KA, Meyn RE, Pickering CR, Skinner HD. Targeting DNA damage response in head and neck cancers through abrogation of cell cycle checkpoints. Int J Radiat Biol. 2020;25:1-8.

Sandulache VC, Lei YL, Heasley LE, Chang M, Amos CI, Sturgis EM, Graboyes E, Chiao EY, Rogus-Pulia N, Lewis J, Madabhushi A, Frederick MJ, Sabichi A, Ittmann M, Yarbrough WG, Chung CH, Ferrarotto R, Mai W, Skinner HD, Duvvuri U, Gerngross P, Sikora AG. Innovations in risk-stratification and treatment of Veterans with oropharynx cancer; roadmap of the 2019 Field Based Meeting. Oral Oncol. 2019;21(104440):104440.

Sambandam V, Frederick MJ, Shen L, Tong P, Rao X, Peng S, Singh R, Mazumdar T, Huang C, Li Q, Pickering CR, Myers JN, Wang J, Johnson FM. PDK1 Mediates NOTCH1-Mutated Head and Neck Squamous Carcinoma Vulnerability to Therapeutic PI3K/mTOR Inhibition. Clinical Cancer Research. 2019;15:15. PubMed PMID: 30770351.

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