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Ajit Johnson Nirmal, Ph.D.

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University of Edinburgh, UKPhD2018Immuno-Oncology
University College London, UKMS2011Molecular Medicine
Karunya University, IndiaB.Tech2010Biotechnology

Ajit Johnson Nirmal is a Research Fellow at DFCI and HMS, working under the mentorship of Prof. David Weinstock and Prof. Peter Sorger. He works on multi dimensional characterization of minimal residual disease (MRDs) in lymphoma to delineate their genetic, transcriptional, spatial and biophysical attributes at a single-cell level to identify MRD-specific vulnerabilities, thereby to shift the paradigm of lymphoma treatment from maximum tumor debulking to cure. The study also catalyzes advances across other cancer types by providing the necessary platform technologies, resources and computational tools. The ultimate impact is a paradigm shift toward biomarker-based approaches for converting deep remissions of lymphomas into cures.

Ajit received a PhD in cancer genetics and genomics from the University of Edinburgh. He used large cancer datasets to identify, characterize and model the immune system across different tumour types. He developed ImSig, a network-based computational framework that facilitates the characterization of immune cells within the tumor microenvironment.

Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Laboratory of Systems Pharmacology, Harvard Medical School
The Broad Institute

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  1. K99CA256497 (NIRMAL , AJIT JOHNSON) Mar 1, 2021 - Feb 28, 2023
    Integrative Prediction of Therapeutic Response in T-cell Lymphoma by Omic and Spatial Modeling
    Role: Principal Investigator

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  1. Mills CE, Subramanian K, Hafner M, Niepel M, Gerosa L, Chung M, Victor C, Gaudio B, Yapp C, Nirmal AJ, Clark N, Sorger PK. Multiplexed and reproducible high content screening of live and fixed cells using Dye Drop. Nat Commun. 2022 Nov 14; 13(1):6918. PMID: 36376301; PMCID: PMC9663587.
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  2. Warchol S, Krueger R, Nirmal AJ, Gaglia G, Jessup J, Ritch CC, Hoffer J, Muhlich J, Burger ML, Jacks T, Santagata S, Sorger PK, Pfister H. Visinity: Visual Spatial Neighborhood Analysis for Multiplexed Tissue Imaging Data. IEEE Trans Vis Comput Graph. 2022 Sep 28; PP. PMID: 36170403.
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  3. Nirmal AJ, Maliga Z, Vallius T, Quattrochi B, Chen AA, Jacobson CA, Pelletier RJ, Yapp C, Arias-Camison R, Chen YA, Lian CG, Murphy GF, Santagata S, Sorger PK. The Spatial Landscape of Progression and Immunoediting in Primary Melanoma at Single-Cell Resolution. Cancer Discov. 2022 06 02; 12(6):1518-1541. PMID: 35404441; PMCID: PMC9167783.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  4. Wu W, Nelson GM, Koch R, Donovan KA, Nowak RP, Heavican-Foral TB, Nirmal AJ, Liu H, Yang L, Duffy J, Powers F, Stevenson KE, Jones MK, Ng SY, Wu G, Jain S, Xu R, Amaka S, Trevisani C, Donaldson NL, Hagner PR, de Leval L, Gaulard P, Iqbal J, Thakurta A, Fischer ES, Adelman K, Weinstock DM. Overcoming IMiD resistance in T-cell lymphomas through potent degradation of ZFP91 and IKZF1. Blood. 2022 03 31; 139(13):2024-2037. PMID: 34936696; PMCID: PMC8972091.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  5. Schapiro D, Sokolov A, Yapp C, Chen YA, Muhlich JL, Hess J, Creason AL, Nirmal AJ, Baker GJ, Nariya MK, Lin JR, Maliga Z, Jacobson CA, Hodgman MW, Ruokonen J, Farhi SL, Abbondanza D, McKinley ET, Persson D, Betts C, Sivagnanam S, Regev A, Goecks J, Coffey RJ, Coussens LM, Santagata S, Sorger PK. MCMICRO: a scalable, modular image-processing pipeline for multiplexed tissue imaging. Nat Methods. 2022 03; 19(3):311-315. PMID: 34824477; PMCID: PMC8916956.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Sandercock DA, Barnett MW, Coe JE, Downing AC, Nirmal AJ, Di Giminiani P, Edwards SA, Freeman TC. Transcriptomics Analysis of Porcine Caudal Dorsal Root Ganglia in Tail Amputated Pigs Shows Long-Term Effects on Many Pain-Associated Genes. Front Vet Sci. 2019; 6:314. PMID: 31620455; PMCID: PMC6760028.
    Citations: 9     
  7. Nirmal AJ, Regan T, Shih BB, Hume DA, Sims AH, Freeman TC. Immune Cell Gene Signatures for Profiling the Microenvironment of Solid Tumors. Cancer Immunol Res. 2018 11; 6(11):1388-1400. PMID: 30266715.
    Citations: 64     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  8. Lee SS, Sivalingam J, Nirmal AJ, Ng WH, Kee I, Song IC, Kiong CY, Gales KA, Chua F, Pena EM, Ogden BE, Kon OL. Durable engraftment of genetically modified FVIII-secreting autologous bone marrow stromal cells in the intramedullary microenvironment. J Cell Mol Med. 2018 07; 22(7):3698-3702. PMID: 29682884.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  9. Pridans C, Sauter KA, Irvine KM, Davis GM, Lefevre L, Raper A, Rojo R, Nirmal AJ, Beard P, Cheeseman M, Hume DA. Macrophage colony-stimulating factor increases hepatic macrophage content, liver growth, and lipid accumulation in neonatal rats. Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2018 03 01; 314(3):G388-G398. PMID: 29351395.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
  10. Shih BB, Nirmal AJ, Headon DJ, Akbar AN, Mabbott NA, Freeman TC. Derivation of marker gene signatures from human skin and their use in the interpretation of the transcriptional changes associated with dermatological disorders. J Pathol. 2017 04; 241(5):600-613. PMID: 28008606.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  11. Sivalingam J, Kenanov D, Han H, Nirmal AJ, Ng WH, Lee SS, Masilamani J, Phan TT, Maurer-Stroh S, Kon OL. Multidimensional Genome-wide Analyses Show Accurate FVIII Integration by ZFN in Primary Human Cells. Mol Ther. 2016 Mar; 24(3):607-19. PMID: 26689265; PMCID: PMC4786920.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  12. Bartnik A, Nirmal AJ, Yang SY. Peptide Vaccine Therapy in Colorectal Cancer. Vaccines (Basel). 2012 Aug 24; 1(1):1-16. PMID: 26343847; PMCID: PMC4552199.
    Citations: 8     
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