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Dora Dias-Santagata, Ph.D.

TitleAssistant Professor of Pathology
InstitutionMassachusetts General Hospital
DepartmentPathology
AddressMassachusetts General Hospital
GRJ-1028, Translational Research Lab
55 Fruit St
Boston MA 02114
Phone617/724-1261
Fax617/726-6974

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  1. Akhavanfard S, Vargas SO, Han M, Nitta M, Chang CB, Le LP, Fazlollahi L, Nguyen Q, Ma Y, Cosper A, Dias-Santagata D, Han JY, Bergethon K, Borger DR, Ellisen LW, Pomeroy SL, Haber DA, Iafrate AJ, Rivera MN. Inactivation of the tumor suppressor WTX in a subset of pediatric tumors. Genes Chromosomes Cancer. 2014 Jan; 53(1):67-77.
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  2. Routhier CA, Mochel MC, Lynch K, Dias-Santagata D, Louis DN, Hoang MP. Comparison of 2 monoclonal antibodies for immunohistochemical detection of BRAF V600E mutation in malignant melanoma, pulmonary carcinoma, gastrointestinal carcinoma, thyroid carcinoma, and gliomas. Hum Pathol. 2013 Nov; 44(11):2563-70.
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  3. Izar B, Sequist L, Lee M, Muzikansky A, Heist R, Iafrate J, Dias-Santagata D, Mathisen D, Lanuti M. The Impact of EGFR Mutation Status on Outcomes in Patients With Resected Stage I Non-Small Cell Lung Cancers. Ann Thorac Surg. 2013 Sep; 96(3):962-8.
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  4. Gainor JF, Varghese AM, Ou SH, Kabraji S, Awad MM, Katayama R, Pawlak A, Mino-Kenudson M, Yeap BY, Riely GJ, Iafrate AJ, Arcila ME, Ladanyi M, Engelman JA, Dias-Santagata D, Shaw AT. ALK Rearrangements Are Mutually Exclusive with Mutations in EGFR or KRAS: An Analysis of 1,683 Patients with Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2013 Aug 1; 19(15):4273-81.
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  5. Chi AS, Batchelor TT, Yang D, Dias-Santagata D, Borger DR, Ellisen LW, Iafrate AJ, Louis DN. BRAF V600E Mutation Identifies a Subset of Low-Grade Diffusely Infiltrating Gliomas in Adults. J Clin Oncol. 2013 May 10; 31(14):e233-6.
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  6. Tse JY, Pawlak AC, Boussahmain C, Routhier CA, Dias-Santagata D, Kalomiris D, Hoang MP. Basal cell carcinoma with osteosarcomatous component. Am J Dermatopathol. 2013 Apr; 35(2):261-5.
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  7. Ohashi K, Sequist LV, Arcila ME, Lovly CM, Chen X, Rudin CM, Moran T, Camidge DR, Vnencak-Jones CL, Berry L, Pan Y, Sasaki H, Engelman JA, Garon EB, Dubinett SM, Franklin WA, Riely GJ, Sos ML, Kris MG, Dias-Santagata D, Ladanyi M, Bunn PA, Pao W. Characteristics of lung cancers harboring NRAS mutations. Clin Cancer Res. 2013 May 1; 19(9):2584-91.
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  8. Onozato ML, Kovach AE, Yeap BY, Morales-Oyarvide V, Klepeis VE, Tammireddy S, Heist RS, Mark EJ, Dias-Santagata D, Iafrate AJ, Yagi Y, Mino-Kenudson M. Tumor Islands in Resected Early-stage Lung Adenocarcinomas are Associated With Unique Clinicopathologic and Molecular Characteristics and Worse Prognosis. Am J Surg Pathol. 2013 Feb; 37(2):287-94.
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  9. Corcoran RB, Cheng KA, Hata AN, Faber AC, Ebi H, Coffee EM, Greninger P, Brown RD, Godfrey JT, Cohoon TJ, Song Y, Lifshits E, Hung KE, Shioda T, Dias-Santagata D, Singh A, Settleman J, Benes CH, Mino-Kenudson M, Wong KK, Engelman JA. Synthetic Lethal Interaction of Combined BCL-XL and MEK Inhibition Promotes Tumor Regressions in KRAS Mutant Cancer Models. Cancer Cell. 2013 Jan 14; 23(1):121-8.
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  10. Santamaria-Barria JA, Boland GM, Yeap BY, Nardi V, Dias-Santagata D, Cusack JC. Merkel cell carcinoma: 30-year experience from a single institution. Ann Surg Oncol. 2013 Apr; 20(4):1365-73.
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  11. Nardi V, Sadow PM, Juric D, Zhao D, Cosper AK, Bergethon K, Scialabba VL, Batten JM, Borger DR, Iafrate AJ, Heist RS, Lawrence DP, Flaherty KT, Bendell JC, Deschler D, Li Y, Wirth LJ, Dias-Santagata D. Detection of novel actionable genetic changes in salivary duct carcinoma helps direct patient treatment. Clin Cancer Res. 2013 Jan 15; 19(2):480-90.
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  12. Le LP, Dias-Santagata D, Pawlak AC, Cosper AK, Nguyen AT, Selim MA, Deng A, Horick NK, Iafrate AJ, Mihm MC, Hoang MP. Apocrine-eccrine carcinomas: molecular and immunohistochemical analyses. PLoS One. 2012; 7(10):e47290.
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  13. Louissaint A, Ackerman AM, Dias-Santagata D, Ferry JA, Hochberg EP, Huang MS, Iafrate AJ, Lara DO, Pinkus GS, Salaverria I, Siddiquee Z, Siebert R, Weinstein HJ, Zukerberg LR, Harris NL, Hasserjian RP. Pediatric-type nodal follicular lymphoma: an indolent clonal proliferation in children and adults with high proliferation index and no BCL2 rearrangement. Blood. 2012 Sep 20; 120(12):2395-404.
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  14. Chi AS, Batchelor TT, Dias-Santagata D, Borger D, Stiles CD, Wang DL, Curry WT, Wen PY, Ligon KL, Ellisen L, Louis DN, Iafrate AJ. Prospective, high-throughput molecular profiling of human gliomas. J Neurooncol. 2012 Oct; 110(1):89-98.
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  15. Ohashi K, Sequist LV, Arcila ME, Moran T, Chmielecki J, Lin YL, Pan Y, Wang L, de Stanchina E, Shien K, Aoe K, Toyooka S, Kiura K, Fernandez-Cuesta L, Fidias P, Yang JC, Miller VA, Riely GJ, Kris MG, Engelman JA, Vnencak-Jones CL, Dias-Santagata D, Ladanyi M, Pao W. Lung cancers with acquired resistance to EGFR inhibitors occasionally harbor BRAF gene mutations but lack mutations in KRAS, NRAS, or MEK1. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 Jul 31; 109(31):E2127-33.
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  16. Nishino M, Klepeis VE, Yeap BY, Bergethon K, Morales-Oyarvide V, Dias-Santagata D, Yagi Y, Mark EJ, Iafrate AJ, Mino-Kenudson M. Histologic and cytomorphologic features of ALK-rearranged lung adenocarcinomas. Mod Pathol. 2012 Nov; 25(11):1462-72.
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  17. Lovly CM, Dahlman KB, Fohn LE, Su Z, Dias-Santagata D, Hicks DJ, Hucks D, Berry E, Terry C, Duke M, Su Y, Sobolik-Delmaire T, Richmond A, Kelley MC, Vnencak-Jones CL, Iafrate AJ, Sosman J, Pao W. Routine multiplex mutational profiling of melanomas enables enrollment in genotype-driven therapeutic trials. PLoS One. 2012; 7(4):e35309.
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  18. Nardi V, Song Y, Santamaria-Barria JA, Cosper AK, Lam Q, Faber AC, Boland GM, Yeap BY, Bergethon K, Scialabba VL, Tsao H, Settleman J, Ryan DP, Borger DR, Bhan AK, Hoang MP, Iafrate AJ, Cusack JC, Engelman JA, Dias-Santagata D. Activation of PI3K signaling in Merkel cell carcinoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2012 Mar 1; 18(5):1227-36.
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  19. Corcoran RB, Ebi H, Turke AB, Coffee EM, Nishino M, Cogdill AP, Brown RD, Della Pelle P, Dias-Santagata D, Hung KE, Flaherty KT, Piris A, Wargo JA, Settleman J, Mino-Kenudson M, Engelman JA. EGFR-mediated re-activation of MAPK signaling contributes to insensitivity of BRAF mutant colorectal cancers to RAF inhibition with vemurafenib. Cancer Discov. 2012 Mar; 2(3):227-35.
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  20. Borger DR, Tanabe KK, Fan KC, Lopez HU, Fantin VR, Straley KS, Schenkein DP, Hezel AF, Ancukiewicz M, Liebman HM, Kwak EL, Clark JW, Ryan DP, Deshpande V, Dias-Santagata D, Ellisen LW, Zhu AX, Iafrate AJ. Frequent mutation of isocitrate dehydrogenase (IDH)1 and IDH2 in cholangiocarcinoma identified through broad-based tumor genotyping. Oncologist. 2012; 17(1):72-9.
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  21. Sequist LV, Heist RS, Shaw AT, Fidias P, Rosovsky R, Temel JS, Lennes IT, Digumarthy S, Waltman BA, Bast E, Tammireddy S, Morrissey L, Muzikansky A, Goldberg SB, Gainor J, Channick CL, Wain JC, Gaissert H, Donahue DM, Muniappan A, Wright C, Willers H, Mathisen DJ, Choi NC, Baselga J, Lynch TJ, Ellisen LW, Mino-Kenudson M, Lanuti M, Borger DR, Iafrate AJ, Engelman JA, Dias-Santagata D. Implementing multiplexed genotyping of non-small-cell lung cancers into routine clinical practice. Ann Oncol. 2011 Dec; 22(12):2616-24.
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  22. Linskey KR, Dias-Santagata D, Nazarian RM, Le LP, Lam Q, Bellucci KS, Robinson-Bostom L, Mihm MC, Hoang MP. Malignant neurocristic hamartoma: a tumor distinct from conventional melanoma and malignant blue nevus. Am J Surg Pathol. 2011 Oct; 35(10):1570-7.
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  23. Faber AC, Corcoran RB, Ebi H, Sequist LV, Waltman BA, Chung E, Incio J, Digumarthy SR, Pollack SF, Song Y, Muzikansky A, Lifshits E, Roberge S, Coffman EJ, Benes CH, Gómez HL, Baselga J, Arteaga CL, Rivera MN, Dias-Santagata D, Jain RK, Engelman JA. BIM expression in treatment-naive cancers predicts responsiveness to kinase inhibitors. Cancer Discov. 2011 Sep; 1(4):352-65.
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  24. Demicco EG, Farris AB, Baba Y, Agbor-Etang B, Bergethon K, Mandal R, Daives D, Fukuoka J, Shimizu M, Dias-Santagata D, Ogino S, Iafrate AJ, Gaissert HA, Mino-Kenudson M. The dichotomy in carcinogenesis of the distal esophagus and esophagogastric junction: intestinal-type vs cardiac-type mucosa-associated adenocarcinoma. Mod Pathol. 2011 Sep; 24(9):1177-90.
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  25. Xiao HD, Yamaguchi H, Dias-Santagata D, Kuboki Y, Akhavanfard S, Hatori T, Yamamoto M, Shiratori K, Kobayashi M, Shimizu M, Fernandez-Del Castillo C, Mino-Kenudson M, Furukawa T. Molecular characteristics and biological behaviours of the oncocytic and pancreatobiliary subtypes of intraductal papillary mucinous neoplasms. J Pathol. 2011 Aug; 224(4):508-16.
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  26. Dias-Santagata D, Lam Q, Vernovsky K, Vena N, Lennerz JK, Borger DR, Batchelor TT, Ligon KL, Iafrate AJ, Ligon AH, Louis DN, Santagata S. BRAF V600E mutations are common in pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma: diagnostic and therapeutic implications. PLoS One. 2011; 6(3):e17948.
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  27. Sequist LV, Waltman BA, Dias-Santagata D, Digumarthy S, Turke AB, Fidias P, Bergethon K, Shaw AT, Gettinger S, Cosper AK, Akhavanfard S, Heist RS, Temel J, Christensen JG, Wain JC, Lynch TJ, Vernovsky K, Mark EJ, Lanuti M, Iafrate AJ, Mino-Kenudson M, Engelman JA. Genotypic and histological evolution of lung cancers acquiring resistance to EGFR inhibitors. Sci Transl Med. 2011 Mar 23; 3(75):75ra26.
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  28. Dias-Santagata D, Lam Q, Bergethon K, Baker GM, Iafrate AJ, Rakheja D, Hoang MP. A potential role for targeted therapy in a subset of metastasizing adnexal carcinomas. Mod Pathol. 2011 Jul; 24(7):974-82.
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  29. Camelo-Piragua S, Jansen M, Ganguly A, Kim JC, Cosper AK, Dias-Santagata D, Nutt CL, Iafrate AJ, Louis DN. A sensitive and specific diagnostic panel to distinguish diffuse astrocytoma from astrocytosis: chromosome 7 gain with mutant isocitrate dehydrogenase 1 and p53. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2011 Feb; 70(2):110-5.
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  30. Su Z, Dias-Santagata D, Duke M, Hutchinson K, Lin YL, Borger DR, Chung CH, Massion PP, Vnencak-Jones CL, Iafrate AJ, Pao W. A platform for rapid detection of multiple oncogenic mutations with relevance to targeted therapy in non-small-cell lung cancer. J Mol Diagn. 2011 Jan; 13(1):74-84.
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  31. Growdon WB, Roussel BN, Scialabba VL, Foster R, Dias-Santagata D, Iafrate AJ, Ellisen LW, Tambouret RH, Rueda BR, Borger DR. Tissue-specific signatures of activating PIK3CA and RAS mutations in carcinosarcomas of gynecologic origin. Gynecol Oncol. 2011 Apr; 121(1):212-7.
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  32. Corcoran RB, Dias-Santagata D, Bergethon K, Iafrate AJ, Settleman J, Engelman JA. BRAF gene amplification can promote acquired resistance to MEK inhibitors in cancer cells harboring the BRAF V600E mutation. Sci Signal. 2010; 3(149):ra84.
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  33. Irahara N, Baba Y, Nosho K, Shima K, Yan L, Dias-Santagata D, Iafrate AJ, Fuchs CS, Haigis KM, Ogino S. NRAS mutations are rare in colorectal cancer. Diagn Mol Pathol. 2010 Sep; 19(3):157-63.
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  34. Dias-Santagata D, Akhavanfard S, David SS, Vernovsky K, Kuhlmann G, Boisvert SL, Stubbs H, McDermott U, Settleman J, Kwak EL, Clark JW, Isakoff SJ, Sequist LV, Engelman JA, Lynch TJ, Haber DA, Louis DN, Ellisen LW, Borger DR, Iafrate AJ. Rapid targeted mutational analysis of human tumours: a clinical platform to guide personalized cancer medicine. EMBO Mol Med. 2010 May; 2(5):146-58.
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  35. Turke AB, Zejnullahu K, Wu YL, Song Y, Dias-Santagata D, Lifshits E, Toschi L, Rogers A, Mok T, Sequist L, Lindeman NI, Murphy C, Akhavanfard S, Yeap BY, Xiao Y, Capelletti M, Iafrate AJ, Lee C, Christensen JG, Engelman JA, Jänne PA. Preexistence and clonal selection of MET amplification in EGFR mutant NSCLC. Cancer Cell. 2010 Jan 19; 17(1):77-88.
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  36. Staats PN, Garcia JJ, Dias-Santagata DC, Kuhlmann G, Stubbs H, McCluggage WG, De Nictolis M, Kommoss F, Soslow RA, Iafrate AJ, Oliva E. Uterine tumors resembling ovarian sex cord tumors (UTROSCT) lack the JAZF1-JJAZ1 translocation frequently seen in endometrial stromal tumors. Am J Surg Pathol. 2009 Aug; 33(8):1206-12.
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  37. Growdon WB, Boisvert SL, Akhavanfard S, Oliva E, Dias-Santagata DC, Kojiro S, Horowitz NS, Iafrate AJ, Borger DR, Rueda BR. Decreased survival in EGFR gene amplified vulvar carcinoma. Gynecol Oncol. 2008 Nov; 111(2):289-97.
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  38. Nanda A, Dias-Santagata DC, Stubbs H, O'Hara CJ, Zaner KS, Lynch TJ, Willers H. Unusual tumor response and toxicity from radiation and concurrent erlotinib for non-small-cell lung cancer. Clin Lung Cancer. 2008 Sep; 9(5):285-7.
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  39. Montagut C, Sharma SV, Shioda T, McDermott U, Ulman M, Ulkus LE, Dias-Santagata D, Stubbs H, Lee DY, Singh A, Drew L, Haber DA, Settleman J. Elevated CRAF as a potential mechanism of acquired resistance to BRAF inhibition in melanoma. Cancer Res. 2008 Jun 15; 68(12):4853-61.
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  40. Xu X, Sarikas A, Dias-Santagata DC, Dolios G, Lafontant PJ, Tsai SC, Zhu W, Nakajima H, Nakajima HO, Field LJ, Wang R, Pan ZQ. The CUL7 E3 ubiquitin ligase targets insulin receptor substrate 1 for ubiquitin-dependent degradation. Mol Cell. 2008 May 23; 30(4):403-14.
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  41. Steinhilb ML, Dias-Santagata D, Fulga TA, Felch DL, Feany MB. Tau phosphorylation sites work in concert to promote neurotoxicity in vivo. Mol Biol Cell. 2007 Dec; 18(12):5060-8.
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  42. Steinhilb ML, Dias-Santagata D, Mulkearns EE, Shulman JM, Biernat J, Mandelkow EM, Feany MB. S/P and T/P phosphorylation is critical for tau neurotoxicity in Drosophila. J Neurosci Res. 2007 May 1; 85(6):1271-8.
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  43. Dowell JD, Tsai SC, Dias-Santagata DC, Nakajima H, Wang Z, Zhu W, Field LJ. Expression of a mutant p193/CUL7 molecule confers resistance to MG132- and etoposide-induced apoptosis independent of p53 or Parc binding. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2007 Mar; 1773(3):358-66.
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  44. Dias-Santagata D, Fulga TA, Duttaroy A, Feany MB. Oxidative stress mediates tau-induced neurodegeneration in Drosophila. J Clin Invest. 2007 Jan; 117(1):236-45.
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  45. Huber C, Dias-Santagata D, Glaser A, O'Sullivan J, Brauner R, Wu K, Xu X, Pearce K, Wang R, Uzielli ML, Dagoneau N, Chemaitilly W, Superti-Furga A, Dos Santos H, Mégarbané A, Morin G, Gillessen-Kaesbach G, Hennekam R, Van der Burgt I, Black GC, Clayton PE, Read A, Le Merrer M, Scambler PJ, Munnich A, Pan ZQ, Winter R, Cormier-Daire V. Identification of mutations in CUL7 in 3-M syndrome. Nat Genet. 2005 Oct; 37(10):1119-24.
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  46. Mohn D, Chen SW, Dias DC, Weinstein DC, Dyer MA, Sahr K, Ducker CE, Zahradka E, Keller G, Zaret KS, Gudas LJ, Baron MH. Mouse Mix gene is activated early during differentiation of ES and F9 stem cells and induces endoderm in frog embryos. Dev Dyn. 2003 Mar; 226(3):446-59.
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