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profileJun Qi, PH.D.

TitleAssistant Professor of Medicine
InstitutionDana-Farber Cancer Institute
DepartmentMedicine
AddressDana-Farber Cancer Institute
L C-2111 A
450 Brookline Ave
Boston MA 02215
Phone617/582-9031
Fax617/582-7370
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University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MIPh.D.09/2006Chemistry

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Our research focuses on exploring novel therapeutic strategies for cancer through a multi-disciplinary approach, including synthetic chemistry, medicinal chemistry, chemical biology, and biology. We study gene regulatory pathways including epigenetic proteins, chromatin modification enzymes, and transcription factors. We start our effort with designing and developing novel small molecule inhibitors. Using chemical probes and chemical biology tools, we seek understanding of the biological relevance of these targets in cancer with the goal of establishing a biological rationale for cancer therapy. Located at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, our ultimate goal is to develop compounds and strategies that can be used in cancer treatment.


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  1. Chakraborty AA, Nakamura E, Qi J, Creech A, Jaffe JD, Paulk J, Novak JS, Nagulapalli K, McBrayer SK, Cowley GS, Pineda J, Song J, Wang YE, Carr SA, Root DE, Signoretti S, Bradner JE, Kaelin WG. HIF activation causes synthetic lethality between the VHL tumor suppressor and the EZH1 histone methyltransferase. Sci Transl Med. 2017 Jul 12; 9(398). PMID: 28701475.
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  2. Hideshima T, Mazitschek R, Qi J, Mimura N, Tseng JC, Kung AL, Bradner JE, Anderson KC. HDAC6 inhibitor WT161 downregulates growth factor receptors in breast cancer. Oncotarget. 2017 Jul 05. PMID: 28708596.
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  3. Ayoub AM, Hawk LML, Herzig RJ, Jiang J, Wisniewski AJ, Gee CT, Zhao P, Zhu JY, Berndt N, Offei-Addo NK, Scott TG, Qi J, Bradner JE, Ward TR, Schönbrunn E, Georg GI, Pomerantz WCK. BET Bromodomain Inhibitors with One-Step Synthesis Discovered from Virtual Screen. J Med Chem. 2017 Jun 22; 60(12):4805-4817. PMID: 28535045.
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  4. Song Y, Li S, Ray A, Das DS, Qi J, Samur MK, Tai YT, Munshi N, Carrasco RD, Chauhan D, Anderson KC. Blockade of deubiquitylating enzyme Rpn11 triggers apoptosis in multiple myeloma cells and overcomes bortezomib resistance. Oncogene. 2017 Oct 05; 36(40):5631-5638. PMID: 28581522.
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  5. Bian B, Bigonnet M, Gayet O, Loncle C, Maignan A, Gilabert M, Moutardier V, Garcia S, Turrini O, Delpero JR, Giovannini M, Grandval P, Gasmi M, Ouaissi M, Secq V, Poizat F, Nicolle R, Blum Y, Marisa L, Rubis M, Raoul JL, Bradner JE, Qi J, Lomberk G, Urrutia R, Saul A, Dusetti N, Iovanna J. Gene expression profiling of patient-derived pancreatic cancer xenografts predicts sensitivity to the BET bromodomain inhibitor JQ1: implications for individualized medicine efforts. EMBO Mol Med. 2017 Apr; 9(4):482-497. PMID: 28275007.
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  6. Hideshima T, Qi J, Paranal RM, Tang W, Greenberg E, West N, Colling ME, Estiu G, Mazitschek R, Perry JA, Ohguchi H, Cottini F, Mimura N, Görgün G, Tai YT, Richardson PG, Carrasco RD, Wiest O, Schreiber SL, Anderson KC, Bradner JE. Discovery of selective small-molecule HDAC6 inhibitor for overcoming proteasome inhibitor resistance in multiple myeloma. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Nov 15; 113(46):13162-13167. PMID: 27799547.
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  7. Duan Q, Xiao Y, Zhu L, Liu Z, Mao X, Zhou Z, Liao C, Cai J, Huang F, Liu Z, Zeng J, Xia K, Chang C, Qi J, Chen Z, Huang H, Yang T. BET bromodomain is a novel regulator of TAZ and its activity. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2016 12; 1859(12):1527-1537. PMID: 27717711.
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  8. Xie H, Peng C, Huang J, Li BE, Kim W, Smith EC, Fujiwara Y, Qi J, Cheloni G, Das PP, Nguyen M, Li S, Bradner JE, Orkin SH. Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia- Initiating Cells Require Polycomb Group Protein EZH2. Cancer Discov. 2016 Nov; 6(11):1237-1247. PMID: 27630126.
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  9. Xiao Y, Liu Z, Liao C, Mao X, Cai J, Xia K, Qi J, Huang H, Yang T, Duan Q. Inhibition of BET bromodomain improves anemia in APCmin mice. Leuk Lymphoma. 2017 Apr; 58(4):989-992. PMID: 27545270.
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  10. Mishra A, La Perle K, Kwiatkowski S, Sullivan LA, Sams GH, Johns J, Curphey DP, Wen J, McConnell K, Qi J, Wong H, Russo G, Zhang J, Marcucci G, Bradner JE, Porcu P, Caligiuri MA. Mechanism, Consequences, and Therapeutic Targeting of Abnormal IL15 Signaling in Cutaneous T-cell Lymphoma. Cancer Discov. 2016 Sep; 6(9):986-1005. PMID: 27422033.
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  11. Zhang H, Qi J, Reyes JM, Li L, Rao PK, Li F, Lin CY, Perry JA, Lawlor MA, Federation A, De Raedt T, Li YY, Liu Y, Duarte MA, Zhang Y, Herter-Sprie GS, Kikuchi E, Carretero J, Perou CM, Reibel JB, Paulk J, Bronson RT, Watanabe H, Brainson CF, Kim CF, Hammerman PS, Brown M, Cichowski K, Long H, Bradner JE, Wong KK. Oncogenic Deregulation of EZH2 as an Opportunity for Targeted Therapy in Lung Cancer. Cancer Discov. 2016 Sep; 6(9):1006-21. PMID: 27312177; PMCID: PMC5010480 [Available on 09/01/17].
  12. Jiang X, Bugno J, Hu C, Yang Y, Herold T, Qi J, Chen P, Gurbuxani S, Arnovitz S, Strong J, Ferchen K, Ulrich B, Weng H, Wang Y, Huang H, Li S, Neilly MB, Larson RA, Le Beau MM, Bohlander SK, Jin J, Li Z, Bradner JE, Hong S, Chen J. Eradication of Acute Myeloid Leukemia with FLT3 Ligand-Targeted miR-150 Nanoparticles. Cancer Res. 2016 Aug 01; 76(15):4470-80. PMID: 27280396; PMCID: PMC4970973 [Available on 08/01/17].
  13. Souroullas GP, Jeck WR, Parker JS, Simon JM, Liu JY, Paulk J, Xiong J, Clark KS, Fedoriw Y, Qi J, Burd CE, Bradner JE, Sharpless NE. An oncogenic Ezh2 mutation induces tumors through global redistribution of histone 3 lysine 27 trimethylation. Nat Med. 2016 Jun; 22(6):632-40. PMID: 27135738; PMCID: PMC4899144 [Available on 11/02/16].
  14. Drier Y, Cotton MJ, Williamson KE, Gillespie SM, Ryan RJ, Kluk MJ, Carey CD, Rodig SJ, Sholl LM, Afrogheh AH, Faquin WC, Queimado L, Qi J, Wick MJ, El-Naggar AK, Bradner JE, Moskaluk CA, Aster JC, Knoechel B, Bernstein BE. An oncogenic MYB feedback loop drives alternate cell fates in adenoid cystic carcinoma. Nat Genet. 2016 Mar; 48(3):265-72. PMID: 26829750; PMCID: PMC4767593.
  15. Shu S, Lin CY, He HH, Witwicki RM, Tabassum DP, Roberts JM, Janiszewska M, Huh SJ, Liang Y, Ryan J, Doherty E, Mohammed H, Guo H, Stover DG, Ekram MB, Brown J, D'Santos C, Krop IE, Dillon D, McKeown M, Ott C, Qi J, Ni M, Rao PK, Duarte M, Wu SY, Chiang CM, Anders L, Young RA, Winer E, Letai A, Barry WT, Carroll JS, Long H, Brown M, Liu XS, Meyer CA, Bradner JE, Polyak K. Response and resistance to BET bromodomain inhibitors in triple-negative breast cancer. Nature. 2016 Jan 21; 529(7586):413-417. PMID: 26735014; PMCID: PMC4854653.
  16. Sun B, Shah B, Fiskus W, Qi J, Rajapakshe K, Coarfa C, Li L, Devaraj SG, Sharma S, Zhang L, Wang ML, Saenz DT, Krieger S, Bradner JE, Bhalla KN. Synergistic activity of BET protein antagonist-based combinations in mantle cell lymphoma cells sensitive or resistant to ibrutinib. Blood. 2015 Sep 24; 126(13):1565-74. PMID: 26254443; PMCID: PMC4582333.
  17. Devaraj SG, Fiskus W, Shah B, Qi J, Sun B, Iyer SP, Sharma S, Bradner JE, Bhalla KN. HEXIM1 induction is mechanistically involved in mediating anti-AML activity of BET protein bromodomain antagonist. Leukemia. 2016 Feb; 30(2):504-8. PMID: 26148704; PMCID: PMC4809433.
  18. Garcia PL, Miller AL, Kreitzburg KM, Council LN, Gamblin TL, Christein JD, Heslin MJ, Arnoletti JP, Richardson JH, Chen D, Hanna CA, Cramer SL, Yang ES, Qi J, Bradner JE, Yoon KJ. The BET bromodomain inhibitor JQ1 suppresses growth of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma in patient-derived xenograft models. Oncogene. 2016 Feb 18; 35(7):833-45. PMID: 25961927.
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  19. Chen CW, Koche RP, Sinha AU, Deshpande AJ, Zhu N, Eng R, Doench JG, Xu H, Chu SH, Qi J, Wang X, Delaney C, Bernt KM, Root DE, Hahn WC, Bradner JE, Armstrong SA. DOT1L inhibits SIRT1-mediated epigenetic silencing to maintain leukemic gene expression in MLL-rearranged leukemia. Nat Med. 2015 Apr; 21(4):335-43. PMID: 25822366; PMCID: PMC4390532.
  20. Schölz C, Weinert BT, Wagner SA, Beli P, Miyake Y, Qi J, Jensen LJ, Streicher W, McCarthy AR, Westwood NJ, Lain S, Cox J, Matthias P, Mann M, Bradner JE, Choudhary C. Acetylation site specificities of lysine deacetylase inhibitors in human cells. Nat Biotechnol. 2015 Apr; 33(4):415-23. PMID: 25751058.
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  21. Stubbs MC, Kim W, Bariteau M, Davis T, Vempati S, Minehart J, Witkin M, Qi J, Krivtsov AV, Bradner JE, Kung AL, Armstrong SA. Selective Inhibition of HDAC1 and HDAC2 as a Potential Therapeutic Option for B-ALL. Clin Cancer Res. 2015 May 15; 21(10):2348-58. PMID: 25688158; PMCID: PMC4433811.
  22. Yi JS, Federation AJ, Qi J, Dhe-Paganon S, Hadler M, Xu X, St Pierre R, Varca AC, Wu L, Marineau JJ, Smith WB, Souza A, Chory EJ, Armstrong SA, Bradner JE. Structure-guided DOT1L probe optimization by label-free ligand displacement. ACS Chem Biol. 2015 Mar 20; 10(3):667-74. PMID: 25397901; PMCID: PMC4504433.
  23. Tanaka M, Roberts JM, Qi J, Bradner JE. Inhibitors of emerging epigenetic targets for cancer therapy: a patent review (2010-2014). Pharm Pat Anal. 2015; 4(4):261-84. PMID: 26174566.
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  24. McKeown MR, Shaw DL, Fu H, Liu S, Xu X, Marineau JJ, Huang Y, Zhang X, Buckley DL, Kadam A, Zhang Z, Blacklow SC, Qi J, Zhang W, Bradner JE. Biased multicomponent reactions to develop novel bromodomain inhibitors. J Med Chem. 2014 Nov 13; 57(21):9019-27. PMID: 25314271; PMCID: PMC4234447.
  25. Chan CT, Qi J, Smith W, Paranol R, Mazitschek R, West N, Reeves R, Chiosis G, Schreiber SL, Bradner JE, Paulmurugan R, Gambhir SS. Syntheses and discovery of a novel class of cinnamic hydroxamates as histone deacetylase inhibitors by multimodality molecular imaging in living subjects. Cancer Res. 2014 Dec 15; 74(24):7475-86. PMID: 25320008; PMCID: PMC4315624.
  26. Fiskus W, Sharma S, Qi J, Shah B, Devaraj SG, Leveque C, Portier BP, Iyer S, Bradner JE, Bhalla KN. BET protein antagonist JQ1 is synergistically lethal with FLT3 tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) and overcomes resistance to FLT3-TKI in AML cells expressing FLT-ITD. Mol Cancer Ther. 2014 Oct; 13(10):2315-27. PMID: 25053825; PMCID: PMC4185220.
  27. Tang Y, Gholamin S, Schubert S, Willardson MI, Lee A, Bandopadhayay P, Bergthold G, Masoud S, Nguyen B, Vue N, Balansay B, Yu F, Oh S, Woo P, Chen S, Ponnuswami A, Monje M, Atwood SX, Whitson RJ, Mitra S, Cheshier SH, Qi J, Beroukhim R, Tang JY, Wechsler-Reya R, Oro AE, Link BA, Bradner JE, Cho YJ. Epigenetic targeting of Hedgehog pathway transcriptional output through BET bromodomain inhibition. Nat Med. 2014 Jul; 20(7):732-40. PMID: 24973920; PMCID: PMC4108909.
  28. Reynolds C, Roderick JE, LaBelle JL, Bird G, Mathieu R, Bodaar K, Colon D, Pyati U, Stevenson KE, Qi J, Harris M, Silverman LB, Sallan SE, Bradner JE, Neuberg DS, Look AT, Walensky LD, Kelliher MA, Gutierrez A. Repression of BIM mediates survival signaling by MYC and AKT in high-risk T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Leukemia. 2014 Sep; 28(9):1819-27. PMID: 24552990; PMCID: PMC4139485.
  29. Cho H, Herzka T, Zheng W, Qi J, Wilkinson JE, Bradner JE, Robinson BD, Castillo-Martin M, Cordon-Cardo C, Trotman LC. RapidCaP, a novel GEM model for metastatic prostate cancer analysis and therapy, reveals myc as a driver of Pten-mutant metastasis. Cancer Discov. 2014 Mar; 4(3):318-33. PMID: 24444712; PMCID: PMC4084646.
  30. Liu S, Walker SR, Nelson EA, Cerulli R, Xiang M, Toniolo PA, Qi J, Stone RM, Wadleigh M, Bradner JE, Frank DA. Targeting STAT5 in hematologic malignancies through inhibition of the bromodomain and extra-terminal (BET) bromodomain protein BRD2. Mol Cancer Ther. 2014 May; 13(5):1194-205. PMID: 24435449; PMCID: PMC4013223.
  31. Fiskus W, Sharma S, Qi J, Valenta JA, Schaub LJ, Shah B, Peth K, Portier BP, Rodriguez M, Devaraj SG, Zhan M, Sheng J, Iyer SP, Bradner JE, Bhalla KN. Highly active combination of BRD4 antagonist and histone deacetylase inhibitor against human acute myelogenous leukemia cells. Mol Cancer Ther. 2014 May; 13(5):1142-54. PMID: 24435446.
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  32. Anders L, Guenther MG, Qi J, Fan ZP, Marineau JJ, Rahl PB, Lovén J, Sigova AA, Smith WB, Lee TI, Bradner JE, Young RA. Genome-wide localization of small molecules. Nat Biotechnol. 2014 Jan; 32(1):92-6. PMID: 24336317; PMCID: PMC4189815.
  33. Chapuy B, McKeown MR, Lin CY, Monti S, Roemer MG, Qi J, Rahl PB, Sun HH, Yeda KT, Doench JG, Reichert E, Kung AL, Rodig SJ, Young RA, Shipp MA, Bradner JE. Discovery and characterization of super-enhancer-associated dependencies in diffuse large B cell lymphoma. Cancer Cell. 2013 Dec 09; 24(6):777-90. PMID: 24332044; PMCID: PMC4018722.
  34. Shimamura T, Chen Z, Soucheray M, Carretero J, Kikuchi E, Tchaicha JH, Gao Y, Cheng KA, Cohoon TJ, Qi J, Akbay E, Kimmelman AC, Kung AL, Bradner JE, Wong KK. Efficacy of BET bromodomain inhibition in Kras-mutant non-small cell lung cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2013 Nov 15; 19(22):6183-92. PMID: 24045185; PMCID: PMC3838895.
  35. Frumm SM, Fan ZP, Ross KN, Duvall JR, Gupta S, VerPlank L, Suh BC, Holson E, Wagner FF, Smith WB, Paranal RM, Bassil CF, Qi J, Roti G, Kung AL, Bradner JE, Tolliday N, Stegmaier K. Selective HDAC1/HDAC2 inhibitors induce neuroblastoma differentiation. Chem Biol. 2013 May 23; 20(5):713-25. PMID: 23706636; PMCID: PMC3919449.
  36. Puissant A, Frumm SM, Alexe G, Bassil CF, Qi J, Chanthery YH, Nekritz EA, Zeid R, Gustafson WC, Greninger P, Garnett MJ, McDermott U, Benes CH, Kung AL, Weiss WA, Bradner JE, Stegmaier K. Targeting MYCN in neuroblastoma by BET bromodomain inhibition. Cancer Discov. 2013 Mar; 3(3):308-23. PMID: 23430699; PMCID: PMC3672953.
  37. Ott CJ, Kopp N, Bird L, Paranal RM, Qi J, Bowman T, Rodig SJ, Kung AL, Bradner JE, Weinstock DM. BET bromodomain inhibition targets both c-Myc and IL7R in high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Blood. 2012 Oct 04; 120(14):2843-52. PMID: 22904298; PMCID: PMC3466965.
  38. Matzuk MM, McKeown MR, Filippakopoulos P, Li Q, Ma L, Agno JE, Lemieux ME, Picaud S, Yu RN, Qi J, Knapp S, Bradner JE. Small-molecule inhibition of BRDT for male contraception. Cell. 2012 Aug 17; 150(4):673-84. PMID: 22901802; PMCID: PMC3420011.
  39. Yu W, Chory EJ, Wernimont AK, Tempel W, Scopton A, Federation A, Marineau JJ, Qi J, Barsyte-Lovejoy D, Yi J, Marcellus R, Iacob RE, Engen JR, Griffin C, Aman A, Wienholds E, Li F, Pineda J, Estiu G, Shatseva T, Hajian T, Al-Awar R, Dick JE, Vedadi M, Brown PJ, Arrowsmith CH, Bradner JE, Schapira M. Catalytic site remodelling of the DOT1L methyltransferase by selective inhibitors. Nat Commun. 2012; 3:1288. PMID: 23250418.
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  40. Delmore JE, Issa GC, Lemieux ME, Rahl PB, Shi J, Jacobs HM, Kastritis E, Gilpatrick T, Paranal RM, Qi J, Chesi M, Schinzel AC, McKeown MR, Heffernan TP, Vakoc CR, Bergsagel PL, Ghobrial IM, Richardson PG, Young RA, Hahn WC, Anderson KC, Kung AL, Bradner JE, Mitsiades CS. BET bromodomain inhibition as a therapeutic strategy to target c-Myc. Cell. 2011 Sep 16; 146(6):904-17. PMID: 21889194; PMCID: PMC3187920.
  41. Zuber J, Shi J, Wang E, Rappaport AR, Herrmann H, Sison EA, Magoon D, Qi J, Blatt K, Wunderlich M, Taylor MJ, Johns C, Chicas A, Mulloy JC, Kogan SC, Brown P, Valent P, Bradner JE, Lowe SW, Vakoc CR. RNAi screen identifies Brd4 as a therapeutic target in acute myeloid leukaemia. Nature. 2011 Aug 03; 478(7370):524-8. PMID: 21814200; PMCID: PMC3328300.
  42. Filippakopoulos P, Qi J, Picaud S, Shen Y, Smith WB, Fedorov O, Morse EM, Keates T, Hickman TT, Felletar I, Philpott M, Munro S, McKeown MR, Wang Y, Christie AL, West N, Cameron MJ, Schwartz B, Heightman TD, La Thangue N, French CA, Wiest O, Kung AL, Knapp S, Bradner JE. Selective inhibition of BET bromodomains. Nature. 2010 Dec 23; 468(7327):1067-73. PMID: 20871596; PMCID: PMC3010259.
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