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Rani E. George, MD, PhD


Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

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Physician

  • Physician
  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

Centers/Programs

Clinical Interests

  • Neuroblastoma
  • Oncology

Contact Information

  • Appointments888-733-4662 (new)
    617-632-3270 (established)
  • Office Phone Number617-632-5281
  • Fax617-632-4850

Bio

Dr George received her MD from the University of Liberia and her PhD from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK. She completed clinical training in pediatrics and hematology/oncology at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Boston Children's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. She conducted post-doctoral research at Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber. Her laboratory focuses on identifying molecular targets in cancer cells that can be translated into novel therapies with special emphasis on the pediatric solid tumor neuroblastoma. The translational research program in her laboratory integrates cancer biology, preclinical drug development and clinical trials targeting molecular aberrations in neuroblastoma and other pediatric solid tumors.

Board Certification:

  • Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Fellowship:

  • Boston Children's Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • Harvard Medical School, Pathology

Residency:

  • Boston Combined Residency Program, Boston Children's Hospital/Boston Medical Center, Pediatrics
  • The Royal Victoria Infirmary

Medical School:

  • A. M. Dogliotti College of Medicine, University of Liberia

Research

Choe J, Lin S, Zhang W, Liu Q, Wang L, Ramirez-Moya J, Du P, Kim W, Tang S, Sliz P, Santisteban P, George RE, Richards WG, Wong KK, Locker N, Slack FJ, Gregory RI. mRNA circularization by METTL3-eIF3h enhances translation and promotes oncogenesis. Nature. 2018 Sep; 561(7724):556-560.
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Powell CE, Gao Y, Tan L, Donovan KA, Nowak RP, Loehr A, Bahcall M, Fischer ES, Jänne PA, George RE, Gray NS. Chemically Induced Degradation of Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase (ALK). J Med Chem. 2018 May 10; 61(9):4249-4255.
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Gao Y, Zhang T, Terai H, Ficarro SB, Kwiatkowski N, Hao MF, Sharma B, Christensen CL, Chipumuro E, Wong KK, Marto JA, Hammerman PS, Gray NS, George RE. Overcoming Resistance to the THZ Series of Covalent Transcriptional CDK Inhibitors. Cell Chem Biol. 2018 02 15; 25(2):135-142.e5.
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Sengupta S, George RE. Super-Enhancer-Driven Transcriptional Dependencies in Cancer. Trends Cancer. 2017 04; 3(4):269-281.
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Sun M, Ha N, Pham DH, Frederick M, Sharma B, Naruse C, Asano M, Pipkin ME, George RE, Thai TH. Cbx3/HP1? deficiency confers enhanced tumor-killing capacity on CD8+ T cells. Sci Rep. 2017 02 21; 7:42888.
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Carter DR, Sutton SK, Pajic M, Murray J, Sekyere EO, Fletcher J, Beckers A, De Preter K, Speleman F, George RE, Haber M, Norris MD, Cheung BB, Marshall GM. Glutathione biosynthesis is upregulated at the initiation of MYCN-driven neuroblastoma tumorigenesis. Mol Oncol. 2016 06; 10(6):866-78.
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Versteeg R, George RE. Targeting ALK: The Ten Lives of a Tumor. Cancer Discov. 2016 Jan; 6(1):20-1.
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Hatcher JM, Bahcall M, Choi HG, Gao Y, Sim T, George R, Jänne PA, Gray NS. Discovery of Inhibitors That Overcome the G1202R Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase Resistance Mutation. J Med Chem. 2015 Dec 10; 58(23):9296-9308.
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Valentijn LJ, Koster J, Zwijnenburg DA, Hasselt NE, van Sluis P, Volckmann R, van Noesel MM, George RE, Tytgat GA, Molenaar JJ, Versteeg R. TERT rearrangements are frequent in neuroblastoma and identify aggressive tumors. Nat Genet. 2015 Dec; 47(12):1411-4.
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George RE. Seek and Ye Shall Find: Subclonal Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase Mutations. Clin Cancer Res. 2015 Nov 01; 21(21):4747-9.
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Krishnadas DK, Shusterman S, Bai F, Diller L, Sullivan JE, Cheerva AC, George RE, Lucas KG. A phase I trial combining decitabine/dendritic cell vaccine targeting MAGE-A1, MAGE-A3 and NY-ESO-1 for children with relapsed or therapy-refractory neuroblastoma and sarcoma. Cancer Immunol Immunother. 2015 Oct; 64(10):1251-60.
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Christensen CL, Kwiatkowski N, Abraham BJ, Carretero J, Al-Shahrour F, Zhang T, Chipumuro E, Herter-Sprie GS, Akbay EA, Altabef A, Zhang J, Shimamura T, Capelletti M, Reibel JB, Cavanaugh JD, Gao P, Liu Y, Michaelsen SR, Poulsen HS, Aref AR, Barbie DA, Bradner JE, George RE, Gray NS, Young RA, Wong KK. Targeting transcriptional addictions in small cell lung cancer with a covalent CDK7 inhibitor. Cancer Cell. 2014 Dec 08; 26(6):909-922.
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Chipumuro E, Marco E, Christensen CL, Kwiatkowski N, Zhang T, Hatheway CM, Abraham BJ, Sharma B, Yeung C, Altabef A, Perez-Atayde A, Wong KK, Yuan GC, Gray NS, Young RA, George RE. CDK7 inhibition suppresses super-enhancer-linked oncogenic transcription in MYCN-driven cancer. Cell. 2014 Nov 20; 159(5):1126-1139.
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Moore NF, Azarova AM, Bhatnagar N, Ross KN, Drake LE, Frumm S, Liu QS, Christie AL, Sanda T, Chesler L, Kung AL, Gray NS, Stegmaier K, George RE. Molecular rationale for the use of PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway inhibitors in combination with crizotinib in ALK-mutated neuroblastoma. Oncotarget. 2014 Sep 30; 5(18):8737-49.
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Jamin Y, Glass L, Hallsworth A, George R, Koh DM, Pearson AD, Chesler L, Robinson SP. Intrinsic susceptibility MRI identifies tumors with ALKF1174L mutation in genetically-engineered murine models of high-risk neuroblastoma. PLoS One. 2014; 9(3):e92886.
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Pei D, Luther W, Wang W, Paw BH, Stewart RA, George RE. Distinct neuroblastoma-associated alterations of PHOX2B impair sympathetic neuronal differentiation in zebrafish models. PLoS Genet. 2013 Jun; 9(6):e1003533.
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Berry T, Luther W, Bhatnagar N, Jamin Y, Poon E, Sanda T, Pei D, Sharma B, Vetharoy WR, Hallsworth A, Ahmad Z, Barker K, Moreau L, Webber H, Wang W, Liu Q, Perez-Atayde A, Rodig S, Cheung NK, Raynaud F, Hallberg B, Robinson SP, Gray NS, Pearson AD, Eccles SA, Chesler L, George RE. The ALK(F1174L) mutation potentiates the oncogenic activity of MYCN in neuroblastoma. Cancer Cell. 2012 Jul 10; 22(1):117-30.
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Matthay KK, George RE, Yu AL. Promising therapeutic targets in neuroblastoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2012 May 15; 18(10):2740-53.
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Zhu S, Lee JS, Guo F, Shin J, Perez-Atayde AR, Kutok JL, Rodig SJ, Neuberg DS, Helman D, Feng H, Stewart RA, Wang W, George RE, Kanki JP, Look AT. Activated ALK collaborates with MYCN in neuroblastoma pathogenesis. Cancer Cell. 2012 Mar 20; 21(3):362-73.
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George RE, Perez-Atayde AR, Yao X, London WB, Shamberger RC, Neuberg D, Diller L. Tumor histology during induction therapy in patients with high-risk neuroblastoma. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2012 Sep; 59(3):506-10.
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Azarova AM, Gautam G, George RE. Emerging importance of ALK in neuroblastoma. Semin Cancer Biol. 2011 Oct; 21(4):267-75.
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Deng X, Wang J, Zhang J, Sim T, Kim ND, Sasaki T, Luther W, George RE, Jänne PA, Gray NS. Discovery of 3,5-Diamino-1,2,4-triazole Ureas as Potent Anaplastic Lymphoma Kinase Inhibitors. ACS Med Chem Lett. 2011 May 12; 2(5):379-384.
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Garcia I, Mayol G, Rodríguez E, Suñol M, Gershon TR, Ríos J, Cheung NK, Kieran MW, George RE, Perez-Atayde AR, Casala C, Galván P, de Torres C, Mora J, Lavarino C. Expression of the neuron-specific protein CHD5 is an independent marker of outcome in neuroblastoma. Mol Cancer. 2010 Oct 15; 9:277.
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George RE, Lahti JM, Adamson PC, Zhu K, Finkelstein D, Ingle AM, Reid JM, Krailo M, Neuberg D, Blaney SM, Diller L. Phase I study of decitabine with doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide in children with neuroblastoma and other solid tumors: a Children's Oncology Group study. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2010 Oct; 55(4):629-38.
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George RE, Diller L, Bernstein ML. Pharmacotherapy of neuroblastoma. Expert Opin Pharmacother. 2010 Jun; 11(9):1467-78.
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Volchenboum SL, Li C, Li S, Attiyeh EF, Reynolds CP, Maris JM, Look AT, George RE. Comparison of primary neuroblastoma tumors and derivative early-passage cell lines using genome-wide single nucleotide polymorphism array analysis. Cancer Res. 2009 May 15; 69(10):4143-9.
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Webb TR, Slavish J, George RE, Look AT, Xue L, Jiang Q, Cui X, Rentrop WB, Morris SW. Anaplastic lymphoma kinase: role in cancer pathogenesis and small-molecule inhibitor development for therapy. Expert Rev Anticancer Ther. 2009 Mar; 9(3):331-56.
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George RE, Sanda T, Hanna M, Fröhling S, Luther W, Zhang J, Ahn Y, Zhou W, London WB, McGrady P, Xue L, Zozulya S, Gregor VE, Webb TR, Gray NS, Gilliland DG, Diller L, Greulich H, Morris SW, Meyerson M, Look AT. Activating mutations in ALK provide a therapeutic target in neuroblastoma. Nature. 2008 Oct 16; 455(7215):975-8.
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Schlisio S, Kenchappa RS, Vredeveld LC, George RE, Stewart R, Greulich H, Shahriari K, Nguyen NV, Pigny P, Dahia PL, Pomeroy SL, Maris JM, Look AT, Meyerson M, Peeper DS, Carter BD, Kaelin WG. The kinesin KIF1Bbeta acts downstream from EglN3 to induce apoptosis and is a potential 1p36 tumor suppressor. Genes Dev. 2008 Apr 01; 22(7):884-93.
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Hansford LM, McKee AE, Zhang L, George RE, Gerstle JT, Thorner PS, Smith KM, Look AT, Yeger H, Miller FD, Irwin MS, Thiele CJ, Kaplan DR. Neuroblastoma cells isolated from bone marrow metastases contain a naturally enriched tumor-initiating cell. Cancer Res. 2007 Dec 01; 67(23):11234-43.
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George RE, Attiyeh EF, Li S, Moreau LA, Neuberg D, Li C, Fox EA, Meyerson M, Diller L, Fortina P, Look AT, Maris JM. Genome-wide analysis of neuroblastomas using high-density single nucleotide polymorphism arrays. PLoS One. 2007 Feb 28; 2(2):e255.
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Moreau LA, McGrady P, London WB, Shimada H, Cohn SL, Maris JM, Diller L, Look AT, George RE. Does MYCN amplification manifested as homogeneously staining regions at diagnosis predict a worse outcome in children with neuroblastoma? A Children's Oncology Group study. Clin Cancer Res. 2006 Oct 01; 12(19):5693-7.
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George RE, Li S, Medeiros-Nancarrow C, Neuberg D, Marcus K, Shamberger RC, Pulsipher M, Grupp SA, Diller L. High-risk neuroblastoma treated with tandem autologous peripheral-blood stem cell-supported transplantation: long-term survival update. J Clin Oncol. 2006 Jun 20; 24(18):2891-6.
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Stewart RA, Arduini BL, Berghmans S, George RE, Kanki JP, Henion PD, Look AT. Zebrafish foxd3 is selectively required for neural crest specification, migration and survival. Dev Biol. 2006 Apr 01; 292(1):174-88.
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George RE, London WB, Cohn SL, Maris JM, Kretschmar C, Diller L, Brodeur GM, Castleberry RP, Look AT. Hyperdiploidy plus nonamplified MYCN confers a favorable prognosis in children 12 to 18 months old with disseminated neuroblastoma: a Pediatric Oncology Group study. J Clin Oncol. 2005 Sep 20; 23(27):6466-73.
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George RE, Lipshultz SE, Lipsitz SR, Colan SD, Diller L. Association between congenital cardiovascular malformations and neuroblastoma. J Pediatr. 2004 Apr; 144(4):444-8.
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Carlin S, Mairs RJ, McCluskey AG, Tweddle DA, Sprigg A, Estlin C, Board J, George RE, Ellershaw C, Pearson AD, Lunec J, Montaldo PG, Ponzoni M, van Eck-Smit BL, Hoefnagel CA, van den Brug MD, Tytgat GA, Caron HN. Development of a real-time polymerase chain reaction assay for prediction of the uptake of meta-[(131)I]iodobenzylguanidine by neuroblastoma tumors. Clin Cancer Res. 2003 Aug 15; 9(9):3338-44.
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