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Research Interests

My laboratory uses genetic mouse modeling tools to study Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), an incurable brain cancer that arises in children. Our three aims are to develop improved DIPG mouse models, to study the mechanism of novel oncogenes implicated in DIPG pathogenesis (e.g., H3K27M, ACVR1/ALK2), and to evaluate novel therapeutics

My academic focus is research to identify effective treatments for children with brain tumors, particularly DIPG (Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma). I am also interested in mentoring the next generation of physician-scientists or scientists who have similar interests.

To provide the scientific rationale for improved clinical trials for children with brain tumors, particularly pediatric high-grade gliomas

Training Experience

2003Residency, Children's National Medical Center
2006Fellowship, New York Presbyterian Hospital
2007Fellowship, New York Presbyterian Hospital

Education/Academic qualification

MD, Johns Hopkins University

… → 2000

Research interests

  • Brain Cancer / Nervous System Cancer
  • Cancer Genetics
  • Epigenetics
  • Pediatrics

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Research Output

ABC Transporter Inhibition Plus Dexamethasone Enhances the Efficacy of Convection Enhanced Delivery in H3.3K27M Mutant Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma

Tsvankin, V., Hashizume, R., Katagi, H., Herndon, J. E., Lascola, C., Venkatraman, T. N., Picard, D., Burrus, B., Becher, O. J. & Thompson, E. M., May 1 2020, In : Neurosurgery. 86, 5, p. 742-751 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Scopus citations

    Epigenetic reprogramming and chromatin accessibility in pediatric diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas: A neural developmental disease

    Mendez, F. M., Núñez, F. J., Garcia-Fabiani, M. B., Haase, S., Carney, S., Gauss, J. C., Becher, O. J., Lowenstein, P. R. & Castro, M. G., Feb 20 2020, In : Neuro-oncology. 22, 2, p. 195-206 12 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • 1 Scopus citations

    ACVR1 R206H cooperates with H3.1K27M in promoting diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma pathogenesis

    Hoeman, C. M., Cordero, F. J., Hu, G., Misuraca, K., Romero, M. M., Cardona, H. J., Nazarian, J., Hashizume, R., McLendon, R., Yu, P., Procissi, D., Gadd, S. L. & Becher, O. J., Mar 4 2019, In : Nature communications. 10, 1, 1023.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 16 Scopus citations

    CDK4/6 and diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma - Evaluate at diagnosis?

    Becher, O. J., Jun 1 2019, In : EBioMedicine. 44, p. 16-17 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

    Open Access
    4 Scopus citations

    Delta-24-RGD combined with radiotherapy exerts a potent antitumor effect in diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma and pediatric high grade glioma models

    Martinez-Velez, N., Marigil, M., García-Moure, M., Gonzalez-Huarriz, M., Aristu, J. J., Ramos-García, L. I., Tejada, S., Díez-Valle, R., Patiño-García, A., Becher, O. J., Gomez-Manzano, C., Fueyo, J. & Alonso, M. M., Apr 29 2019, In : Acta Neuropathologica Communications. 7, 1, 1 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Scopus citations