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Peter Karl Sorger, Ph.D.

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Biography
Harvard College, Cambridge MAA.B1984Biochemistry
Cambridge University, Cambridge UKPhD1987Biochemistry
UCSF-Varmus Lab, San FranciscoPosdoc1993Cancer Biology
1984
A.B. Summa Cum Laude, Hoopes Prizes for Undergraduate Thesis
1988
Ph.D. in Biochemistry
2003
Director, Cell Decision Processes Center

Overview
Research in the Sorger Lab focuses on signal transduction networks controlling cell proliferation and death, dysregulation of these networks in cancer and inflammation and mechanisms of action of therapeutic drugs targeting signaling proteins. His group uses mathematical and experimental approaches to construct and test computational models of oncogenic and signaling networks in cell lines, patient-derived cells and murine disease models. The Sorger Lab also develops open-source software for analyzing biological networks and drug mechanism of action and it participates in multiple collaborative programs working to improve data access and reproducibility. Recent research extends a systems pharmacology approach to high-dimensional analysis of biopsy samples and the interpretation of clinical trials.

As founding head of the Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science (HiTS) and its Laboratory Systems Pharmacology (LSP) Peter leads a multi-institutional effort to advance the basic and translational science used to develop new medicines, create novel drug combinations and identify responsive patients. The LSP applies systems approaches to understanding and mitigating adverse drug effects and to designing new clinical trials. The recently established Harvard-MIT Center of Regulatory Sciences focuses on improving how drugs are evaluated, brought to market and used in patients. HiTS includes faculty from seven institutions.

Research
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  1. U2CCA233262 (SORGER, PETER KARL) Sep 30, 2018 - Jun 30, 2023
    NIH
    Pre-cancer atlases of cutaneous and hematologic origin (PATCH Center)
    Role: Principal Investigator
  2. R01AG058063 (ALBERS, MARK W) Sep 30, 2018 - May 31, 2023
    NIH
    Harnessing Diverse BioInformatic Approaches to Repurpose Drugs for Alzheimers Disease
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  3. U54CA225088 (SORGER, PETER KARL) Mar 8, 2018 - Feb 28, 2023
    NIH
    Systems Pharmacology of Therapeutic and Adverse Responses to ImmuneCheckpoint and Small Molecule Drugs
    Role: Principal Investigator
  4. R56AG058063 (ALBERS, MARK W) Sep 30, 2017 - Sep 29, 2018
    NIH
    Harnessing Diverse BioInformatic Approaches to Repurpose Drugs for Alzheimer's Disease
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
  5. U54HL127365 (SORGER, PETER KARL) Sep 10, 2014 - Jun 30, 2021
    NIH
    Pharmaco Response Signatures and Disease Mechanism
    Role: Principal Investigator

Bibliographic
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  1. Gaglia G, Kabraji S, Rammos D, Dai Y, Verma A, Wang S, Mills CE, Chung M, Bergholz JS, Coy S, Lin JR, Jeselsohn R, Metzger O, Winer EP, Dillon DA, Zhao JJ, Sorger PK, Santagata S. Temporal and spatial topography of cell proliferation in cancer. Nat Cell Biol. 2022 Mar; 24(3):316-326. PMID: 35292783.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  2. Schapiro D, Yapp C, Sokolov A, Reynolds SM, Chen YA, Sudar D, Xie Y, Muhlich J, Arias-Camison R, Arena S, Taylor AJ, Nikolov M, Tyler M, Lin JR, Burlingame EA, Chang YH, Farhi SL, Thorsson V, Venkatamohan N, Drewes JL, Pe'er D, Gutman DA, Herrmann MD, Gehlenborg N, Bankhead P, Roland JT, Herndon JM, Snyder MP, Angelo M, Nolan G, Swedlow JR, Schultz N, Merrick DT, Mazzili SA, Cerami E, Rodig SJ, Santagata S, Sorger PK. MITI minimum information guidelines for highly multiplexed tissue images. Nat Methods. 2022 Mar; 19(3):262-267. PMID: 35277708.
    Citations:    Fields:    
  3. Plana D, Palmer AC, Sorger PK. Independent Drug Action in Combination Therapy: Implications for Precision Oncology. Cancer Discov. 2022 Mar 01; 12(3):606-624. PMID: 34983746.
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  4. Plana D, Fell G, Alexander BM, Palmer AC, Sorger PK. Cancer patient survival can be parametrized to improve trial precision and reveal time-dependent therapeutic effects. Nat Commun. 2022 02 15; 13(1):873. PMID: 35169116.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Vickovic S, Schapiro D, Carlberg K, Lötstedt B, Larsson L, Hildebrandt F, Korotkova M, Hensvold AH, Catrina AI, Sorger PK, Malmström V, Regev A, Ståhl PL. Three-dimensional spatial transcriptomics uncovers cell type localizations in the human rheumatoid arthritis synovium. Commun Biol. 2022 02 11; 5(1):129. PMID: 35149753.
    Citations: 1     
  6. Launonen IM, Lyytikäinen N, Casado J, Anttila EA, Szabó A, Haltia UM, Jacobson CA, Lin JR, Maliga Z, Howitt BE, Strickland KC, Santagata S, Elias K, D'Andrea AD, Konstantinopoulos PA, Sorger PK, Färkkilä A. Single-cell tumor-immune microenvironment of BRCA1/2 mutated high-grade serous ovarian cancer. Nat Commun. 2022 02 11; 13(1):835. PMID: 35149709.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  7. Palmer AC, Izar B, Hwangbo H, Sorger PK. Predictable Clinical Benefits without Evidence of Synergy in Trials of Combination Therapies with Immune-Checkpoint Inhibitors. Clin Cancer Res. 2022 01 15; 28(2):368-377. PMID: 35045958.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  8. Jessup J, Krueger R, Warchol S, Hoffer J, Muhlich J, Ritch CC, Gaglia G, Coy S, Chen YA, Lin JR, Santagata S, Sorger PK, Pfister H. Scope2Screen: Focus+Context Techniques for Pathology Tumor Assessment in Multivariate Image Data. IEEE Trans Vis Comput Graph. 2022 01; 28(1):259-269. PMID: 34606456.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. 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 Mar; 19(3):311-315. PMID: 34824477.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    
  10. Rashid R, Chen YA, Hoffer J, Muhlich JL, Lin JR, Krueger R, Pfister H, Mitchell R, Santagata S, Sorger PK. Narrative online guides for the interpretation of digital-pathology images and tissue-atlas data. Nat Biomed Eng. 2021 Nov 08. PMID: 34750536.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  11. Duraiswamy J, Turrini R, Minasyan A, Barras D, Crespo I, Grimm AJ, Casado J, Genolet R, Benedetti F, Wicky A, Ioannidou K, Castro W, Neal C, Moriot A, Renaud-Tissot S, Anstett V, Fahr N, Tanyi JL, Eiva MA, Jacobson CA, Montone KT, Westergaard MCW, Svane IM, Kandalaft LE, Delorenzi M, Sorger PK, Färkkilä A, Michielin O, Zoete V, Carmona SJ, Foukas PG, Powell DJ, Rusakiewicz S, Doucey MA, Dangaj Laniti D, Coukos G. Myeloid antigen-presenting cell niches sustain antitumor T cells and license PD-1 blockade via CD28 costimulation. Cancer Cell. 2021 12 13; 39(12):1623-1642.e20. PMID: 34739845.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  12. AlQuraishi M, Sorger PK. Differentiable biology: using deep learning for biophysics-based and data-driven modeling of molecular mechanisms. Nat Methods. 2021 10; 18(10):1169-1180. PMID: 34608321.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Cells
  13. Kothakonda A, Atta L, Plana D, Ward F, Davis C, Cramer A, Moran R, Freake J, Tian E, Mazor O, Gorelik P, Van C, Hansen C, Yang H, Li Y, Sinha MS, Li J, Yu SH, LeBoeuf NR, Sorger PK. De Novo Powered Air-Purifying Respirator Design and Fabrication for Pandemic Response. Front Bioeng Biotechnol. 2021; 9:690905. PMID: 34552915.
    Citations:    
  14. Patiño-Galindo JÁ, Filip I, Chowdhury R, Maranas CD, Sorger PK, AlQuraishi M, Rabadan R. Recombination and lineage-specific mutations linked to the emergence of SARS-CoV-2. Genome Med. 2021 08 06; 13(1):124. PMID: 34362430.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  15. Bouatta N, Sorger P, AlQuraishi M. Protein structure prediction by AlphaFold2: are attention and symmetries all you need? Acta Crystallogr D Struct Biol. 2021 Aug 01; 77(Pt 8):982-991. PMID: 34342271.
    Citations: 5     Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  16. Plana D, Tian E, Cramer AK, Yang H, Carmack MM, Sinha MS, Bourgeois FT, Yu SH, Masse P, Boyer J, Kim M, Mo J, LeBoeuf NR, Li J, Sorger PK. Assessing the filtration efficiency and regulatory status of N95s and nontraditional filtering face-piece respirators available during the COVID-19 pandemic. BMC Infect Dis. 2021 Jul 29; 21(1):712. PMID: 34325673.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  17. Rodriguez S, Sahin A, Schrank BR, Al-Lawati H, Costantino I, Benz E, Fard D, Albers AD, Cao L, Gomez AC, Evans K, Ratti E, Cudkowicz M, Frosch MP, Talkowski M, Sorger PK, Hyman BT, Albers MW. Genome-encoded cytoplasmic double-stranded RNAs, found in C9ORF72 ALS-FTD brain, propagate neuronal loss. Sci Transl Med. 2021 07 07; 13(601). PMID: 34233951.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  18. McAvoy M, Bui AN, Hansen C, Plana D, Said JT, Yu Z, Yang H, Freake J, Van C, Krikorian D, Cramer A, Smith L, Jiang L, Lee KJ, Li SJ, Beller B, Huggins K, Short MP, Yu SH, Mostaghimi A, Sorger PK, LeBoeuf NR. 3D Printed frames to enable reuse and improve the fit of N95 and KN95 respirators. BMC Biomed Eng. 2021 Jun 07; 3(1):10. PMID: 34099062.
    Citations: 5     
  19. Liu D, Lin JR, Robitschek EJ, Kasumova GG, Heyde A, Shi A, Kraya A, Zhang G, Moll T, Frederick DT, Chen YA, Wang S, Schapiro D, Ho LL, Bi K, Sahu A, Mei S, Miao B, Sharova T, Alvarez-Breckenridge C, Stocking JH, Kim T, Fadden R, Lawrence D, Hoang MP, Cahill DP, Malehmir M, Nowak MA, Brastianos PK, Lian CG, Ruppin E, Izar B, Herlyn M, Van Allen EM, Nathanson K, Flaherty KT, Sullivan RJ, Kellis M, Sorger PK, Boland GM. Evolution of delayed resistance to immunotherapy in a melanoma responder. Nat Med. 2021 06; 27(6):985-992. PMID: 33941922.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  20. Patiño-Galindo JÁ, Filip I, Chowdhury R, Maranas CD, Sorger PK, AlQuraishi M, Rabadan R. Recombination and lineage-specific mutations linked to the emergence of SARS-CoV-2. bioRxiv. 2021 Apr 06. PMID: 32511304.
    Citations:    
  21. Kothakonda A, Atta L, Plana D, Ward F, Davis C, Cramer A, Moran R, Freake J, Tian E, Mazor O, Gorelik P, Van C, Hansen C, Yang H, Sinha MS, Li J, Yu SH, LeBoeuf NR, Sorger PK. De novo Powered Air-Purifying Respirator Design and Fabrication for Pandemic Response. medRxiv. 2021 Mar 29. PMID: 33821290.
    Citations: 1     
  22. Vemulapalli V, Chylek LA, Erickson A, Pfeiffer A, Gabriel KH, LaRochelle J, Subramanian K, Cao R, Stegmaier K, Mohseni M, LaMarche MJ, Acker MG, Sorger PK, Gygi SP, Blacklow SC. Time-resolved phosphoproteomics reveals scaffolding and catalysis-responsive patterns of SHP2-dependent signaling. Elife. 2021 03 23; 10. PMID: 33755016.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  23. Jiang B, Gao Y, Che J, Lu W, Kaltheuner IH, Dries R, Kalocsay M, Berberich MJ, Jiang J, You I, Kwiatkowski N, Riching KM, Daniels DL, Sorger PK, Geyer M, Zhang T, Gray NS. Discovery and resistance mechanism of a selective CDK12 degrader. Nat Chem Biol. 2021 06; 17(6):675-683. PMID: 33753926.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  24. Antonini MJ, Plana D, Srinivasan S, Atta L, Achanta A, Yang H, Cramer AK, Freake J, Sinha MS, Yu SH, LeBoeuf NR, Linville-Engler B, Sorger PK. A Crisis-Responsive Framework for Medical Device Development Applied to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Front Digit Health. 2021 Mar; 3. PMID: 33899045.
    Citations: 4     
  25. Rodriguez S, Hug C, Todorov P, Moret N, Boswell SA, Evans K, Zhou G, Johnson NT, Hyman BT, Sorger PK, Albers MW, Sokolov A. Machine learning identifies candidates for drug repurposing in Alzheimer's disease. Nat Commun. 2021 02 15; 12(1):1033. PMID: 33589615.
    Citations: 12     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  26. Ietswaart R, Gyori BM, Bachman JA, Sorger PK, Churchman LS. GeneWalk identifies relevant gene functions for a biological context using network representation learning. Genome Biol. 2021 02 02; 22(1):55. PMID: 33526072.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  27. Färkkilä A, Rodríguez A, Oikkonen J, Gulhan DC, Nguyen H, Domínguez J, Ramos S, Mills CE, Pérez-Villatoro F, Lazaro JB, Zhou J, Clairmont CS, Moreau LA, Park PJ, Sorger PK, Hautaniemi S, Frias S, D'Andrea AD. Heterogeneity and Clonal Evolution of Acquired PARP Inhibitor Resistance in TP53- and BRCA1-Deficient Cells. Cancer Res. 2021 05 15; 81(10):2774-2787. PMID: 33514515.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  28. Jerby-Arnon L, Neftel C, Shore ME, Weisman HR, Mathewson ND, McBride MJ, Haas B, Izar B, Volorio A, Boulay G, Cironi L, Richman AR, Broye LC, Gurski JM, Luo CC, Mylvaganam R, Nguyen L, Mei S, Melms JC, Georgescu C, Cohen O, Buendia-Buendia JE, Segerstolpe A, Sud M, Cuoco MS, Labes D, Gritsch S, Zollinger DR, Ortogero N, Beechem JM, Petur Nielsen G, Chebib I, Nguyen-Ngoc T, Montemurro M, Cote GM, Choy E, Letovanec I, Cherix S, Wagle N, Sorger PK, Haynes AB, Mullen JT, Stamenkovic I, Rivera MN, Kadoch C, Wucherpfennig KW, Rozenblatt-Rosen O, Suvà ML, Riggi N, Regev A. Opposing immune and genetic mechanisms shape oncogenic programs in synovial sarcoma. Nat Med. 2021 02; 27(2):289-300. PMID: 33495604.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  29. Kassamali B, Yu Z, Davis C, Carmack M, Bui AN, Said JT, Plana D, Yang H, Sorger P, LeBoeuf NR, LaChance AH. Conversion of Existing UVB Phototherapy Units to UVC Germicidal Chambers for N95 Decontamination: Lessons Learned. Photobiomodul Photomed Laser Surg. 2021 02; 39(2):83-85. PMID: 33481669.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
  30. Cramer AK, Plana D, Yang H, Carmack MM, Tian E, Sinha MS, Krikorian D, Turner D, Mo J, Li J, Gupta R, Manning H, Bourgeois FT, Yu SH, Sorger PK, LeBoeuf NR. Analysis of SteraMist ionized hydrogen peroxide technology in the sterilization of N95 respirators and other PPE. Sci Rep. 2021 01 21; 11(1):2051. PMID: 33479334.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
  31. Hemming ML, Coy S, Lin JR, Andersen JL, Przybyl J, Mazzola E, Abdelhamid Ahmed AH, van de Rijn M, Sorger PK, Armstrong SA, Demetri GD, Santagata S. HAND1 and BARX1 Act as Transcriptional and Anatomic Determinants of Malignancy in Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor. Clin Cancer Res. 2021 03 15; 27(6):1706-1719. PMID: 33451979.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  32. Berginski ME, Moret N, Liu C, Goldfarb D, Sorger PK, Gomez SM. The Dark Kinase Knowledgebase: an online compendium of knowledge and experimental results of understudied kinases. Nucleic Acids Res. 2021 01 08; 49(D1):D529-D535. PMID: 33079988.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    
  33. Mehta AK, Cheney EM, Hartl CA, Pantelidou C, Oliwa M, Castrillon JA, Lin JR, Hurst KE, de Oliveira Taveira M, Johnson NT, Oldham WM, Kalocsay M, Berberich MJ, Boswell SA, Kothari A, Johnson S, Dillon DA, Lipschitz M, Rodig S, Santagata S, Garber JE, Tung N, Yélamos J, Thaxton JE, Mittendorf EA, Sorger PK, Shapiro GI, Guerriero JL. Targeting immunosuppressive macrophages overcomes PARP inhibitor resistance in BRCA1-associated triple-negative breast cancer. Nat Cancer. 2021 Jan; 2(1):66-82. PMID: 33738458.
    Citations: 21     
  34. Ringel AE, Drijvers JM, Baker GJ, Catozzi A, García-Cañaveras JC, Gassaway BM, Miller BC, Juneja VR, Nguyen TH, Joshi S, Yao CH, Yoon H, Sage PT, LaFleur MW, Trombley JD, Jacobson CA, Maliga Z, Gygi SP, Sorger PK, Rabinowitz JD, Sharpe AH, Haigis MC. Obesity Shapes Metabolism in the Tumor Microenvironment to Suppress Anti-Tumor Immunity. Cell. 2020 12 23; 183(7):1848-1866.e26. PMID: 33301708.
    Citations: 67     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
  35. Keenan TE, Li T, Vallius T, Guerriero JL, Tayob N, Kochupurakkal B, Davis J, Pastorello R, Tahara RK, Anderson L, Conway J, He MX, Shannon E, Godin RE, Sorger PK, D'Andrea A, Overmoyer B, Winer EP, Mittendorf EA, Van Allen EM, Shapiro GI, Tolaney SM. Clinical Efficacy and Molecular Response Correlates of the WEE1 Inhibitor Adavosertib Combined with Cisplatin in Patients with Metastatic Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2021 02 15; 27(4):983-991. PMID: 33257427.
    Citations: 9     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  36. Iorgulescu JB, Gokhale PC, Speranza MC, Eschle BK, Poitras MJ, Wilkens MK, Soroko KM, Chhoeu C, Knott A, Gao Y, Lim-Fat MJ, Baker GJ, Bonal DM, Nguyen QD, Grant GRL, Ligon KL, Sorger PK, Chiocca EA, Anderson AC, Kirschmeier PT, Sharpe AH, Freeman GJ, Reardon DA. Concurrent Dexamethasone Limits the Clinical Benefit of Immune Checkpoint Blockade in Glioblastoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2021 01 01; 27(1):276-287. PMID: 33239433.
    Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells