Alana L. Welm, PhD
- Breast Cancer
- Neoplasm Metastasis
- Tumor Immunology
- Departments: Oncological Sciences - Associate Professor
- Cancer Center Programs: Cell Response & Regulation
Academic Office Information
Huntsman Cancer Institute
2000 Circle of Hope
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
Alana Welm, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences at the University of Utah, an Investigator at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, and Co-Leader of the Cell Response and Regulation Program at HCI. Welm's laboratory studies breast cancer metastasis.
Dr. Welm completed her PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX under the supervision of Gretchen Darlington, PhD. She then went on to conduct postdoctoral training in Dr. J. Michael Bishop’s laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco where her work focused on developing new models of breast cancer metastasis. Dr. Welm started her laboratory at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute in 2007, and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2013.
The research in Dr. Welm’s laboratory is focused on solving the problem of breast cancer metastasis using in vivo modeling of mouse and human breast cancers. Dr. Welm’s group discovered that the Ron kinase pathway is an important facilitator of breast cancer metastasis through its unique dual function in tumor cells and in resident macrophages. Current areas of research include (1) pre-clinical studies of various Ron inhibitors for treatment and prevention of metastatic breast cancer; (2) pre-clinical and early clinical studies of Ron/Met inhibitors in bone metastatic cancers; (3) discovering molecular mechanisms by which Ron kinases promote metastasis through cell-autonomous and non cell-autonomous pathways; and (4) refining “precision medicine” for metastatic breast cancer using functional assays in patient-derived breast tumor grafts.
|Postdoctoral Fellowship||University of California, San Francisco
|Doctoral Training||Baylor College of Medicine
Cell and Molecular Biology
|Undergraduate||University of Montana
- Andrade K, Fornetti J, Zhao L, Miller SC, Randall RL, Anderson N, Waltz SE, McHale M, Welm AL (2017). RON kinase: A target for treatment of cancer-induced bone destruction and osteoporosis.LID - eaai9338 [pii]LID - 10.1126/scitranslmed.aai9338 [doi]. Sci Transl Med, 9(374).
- Meehan TF, Conte N, Goldstein T, Inghirami G, Murakami MA, Brabetz S, Gu Z, Wiser JA, Dunn P, Begley DA, Krupke DM, Bertotti A, Bruna A, Brush MH, Byrne AT, Caldas C, Christie AL, Clark DA, Dowst H, Dry JR, Doroshow JH, Duchamp O, Evrard YA, Ferretti S, Frese KK, Goodwin NC, Greenawalt D, Haendel MA, Hermans E, Houghton PJ, Jonkers J, Kemper K, Khor TO, Lewis MT, Lloyd KCK, Mason J, Medico E, Neuhauser SB, Olson JM, Peeper DS, Rueda OM, Seong JK, Trusolino L, Vinolo E, Wechsler-Reya RJ, Weinstock DM, Welm A, Weroha SJ, Amant F, Pfister SM, Kool M, Parkinson H, Butte AJ, Bult CJ (2017). PDX-MI: Minimal Information for Patient-Derived Tumor Xenograft Models. Cancer Res, 77(21), e62-e66.
- Bruna A, Rueda OM, Greenwood W, Batra AS, Callari M, Batra RN, Pogrebniak K, Sandoval J, Cassidy JW, Tufegdzic-Vidakovic A, Sammut SJ, Jones L, Provenzano E, Baird R, Eirew P, Hadfield J, Eldridge M, McLaren-Douglas A, Barthorpe A, Lightfoot H, OConnor MJ, Gray J, Cortes J, Baselga J, Marangoni E, Welm AL, Aparicio S, Serra V, Garnett MJ, Caldas C (2016). A Biobank of Breast Cancer Explants with Preserved Intra-tumor Heterogeneity to Screen Anticancer Compounds. Cell, 167(1), 260-274.e22.
- Bieniasz M, Radhakrishnan P, Faham N, De La O JP, Welm AL (2015). Preclinical Efficacy of Ron Kinase Inhibitors Alone and in Combination with PI3K Inhibitors for Treatment of sfRon-Expressing Breast Cancer Patient-Derived Xenografts. Clin Cancer Res, 21(24), 5588-600.
- Shen L, OShea JM, Kaadige MR, Cunha S, Wilde BR, Cohen AL, Welm AL, Ayer DE (2015). Metabolic reprogramming in triple-negative breast cancer through Myc suppression of TXNIP. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A, 112(17), 5425-30.
- Chaturvedi A, Hoffman LM, Jensen CC, Lin YC, Grossmann AH, Randall RL, Lessnick SL, Welm AL, Beckerle MC (2014). Molecular dissection of the mechanism by which EWS/FLI expression compromises actin cytoskeletal integrity and cell adhesion in Ewing sarcoma. Mol Biol Cell, 25(18), 2695-709.
- Sikora MJ, Cooper KL, Bahreini A, Luthra S, Wang G, Chandran UR, Davidson NE, Dabbs DJ, Welm AL, Oesterreich S (2014). Invasive lobular carcinoma cell lines are characterized by unique estrogen-mediated gene expression patterns and altered tamoxifen response. Cancer Res, 74(5), 1463-74.
- Cunha S, Lin YC, Goossen EA, DeVette CI, Albertella MR, Thomson S, Mulvihill MJ, Welm AL (2014). The RON receptor tyrosine kinase promotes metastasis by triggering MBD4-dependent DNA methylation reprogramming. Cell Rep, 6(1), 141-54.
- DeRose YS, Gligorich KM, Wang G, Georgelas A, Bowman P, Courdy SJ, Welm AL, Welm BE (2013). Patient-derived models of human breast cancer: protocols for in vitro and in vivo applications in tumor biology and translational medicine. Curr Protoc Pharmacol, Chapter 14, Unit14.23.
- Eyob H, Ekiz HA, Derose YS, Waltz SE, Williams MA, Welm AL (2013). Inhibition of ron kinase blocks conversion of micrometastases to overt metastases by boosting antitumor immunity. Cancer Discov, 3(7), 751-60.
- McKenzie JA, Liu T, Jung JY, Jones BB, Ekiz HA, Welm AL, Grossman D (2013). Survivin promotion of melanoma metastasis requires upregulation of alpha5 integrin. Carcinogenesis, 34(9), 2137-44.
- Eyob H, Ekiz HA, Welm AL (2013). RON promotes the metastatic spread of breast carcinomas by subverting antitumor immune responses. Oncoimmunology, 2(9), e25670.
- Tsai HC, Li H, Van Neste L, Cai Y, Robert C, Rassool FV, Shin JJ, Harbom KM, Beaty R, Pappou E, Harris J, Yen RW, Ahuja N, Brock MV, Stearns V, Feller-Kopman D, Yarmus LB, Lin YC, Welm AL, Issa JP, Minn I, Matsui W, Jang YY, Sharkis SJ, Baylin SB, Zahnow CA (2012). Transient low doses of DNA-demethylating agents exert durable antitumor effects on hematological and epithelial tumor cells. Cancer Cell, 21(3), 430-46.
- Lum DH, Matsen C, Welm AL, Welm BE (2012). Overview of human primary tumorgraft models: comparisons with traditional oncology preclinical models and the clinical relevance and utility of primary tumorgrafts in basic and translational oncology research. Curr Protoc Pharmacol, Chapter 14, Unit 14.22.
- Powers MA, Fay MM, Factor RE, Welm AL, Ullman KS (2011). Protein arginine methyltransferase 5 accelerates tumor growth by arginine methylation of the tumor suppressor programmed cell death 4. Cancer Res, 71(16), 5579-87.
- DeRose YS, Wang G, Lin YC, Bernard PS, Buys SS, Ebbert MT, Factor R, Matsen C, Milash BA, Nelson E, Neumayer L, Randall RL, Stijleman IJ, Welm BE, Welm AL (2011). Tumor grafts derived from women with breast cancer authentically reflect tumor pathology, growth, metastasis and disease outcomes. Nat Med, 17(11), 1514-20.
- Liu X, Zhao L, Derose YS, Lin YC, Bieniasz M, Eyob H, Buys SS, Neumayer L, Welm AL (2011). Short-Form Ron Promotes Spontaneous Breast Cancer Metastasis through Interaction with Phosphoinositide 3-Kinase. Genes Cancer, 2(7), 753-62.
- Wong CH, Baehner FL, Spassov DS, Ahuja D, Wang D, Hann B, Blair J, Shokat K, Welm AL, Moasser MM (2009). Phosphorylation of the SRC epithelial substrate Trask is tightly regulated in normal epithelia but widespread in many human epithelial cancers. Clin Cancer Res, 15(7), 2311-22.
- McCoy EL, Iwanaga R, Jedlicka P, Abbey NS, Chodosh LA, Heichman KA, Welm AL, Ford HL (2009). Six1 expands the mouse mammary epithelial stem/progenitor cell pool and induces mammary tumors that undergo epithelial-mesenchymal transition. J Clin Invest, 119(9), 2663-77.
- Dobrolecki LE, Airhart SD, Alferez DG, Aparicio S, Behbod F, Bentires-Alj M, Brisken C, Bult CJ, Cai S, Clarke RB, Dowst H, Ellis MJ, Gonzalez-Suarez E, Iggo RD, Kabos P, Li S, Lindeman GJ, Marangoni E, McCoy A, Meric-Bernstam F, Piwnica-Worms H, Poupon MF, Reis-Filho J, Sartorius CA, Scabia V, Sflomos G, Tu Y, Vaillant F, Visvader JE, Welm A, Wicha MS, Lewis MT (2016). Patient-derived xenograft (PDX) models in basic and translational breast cancer research. [Review]. Cancer Metastasis Rev, 35(4), 547-573.
- Faham N, Welm AL (2016). RON Signaling Is a Key Mediator of Tumor Progression in Many Human Cancers. [Review]. Cold Spring Harb Symp Quant Biol, 81, 177-188.
- Kretschmann KL, Welm AL (2012). Mouse models of breast cancer metastasis to bone. [Review]. Cancer Metastasis Rev, 31(3-4), 579-83.
- Kretschmann KL, Eyob H, Buys SS, Welm AL (2010). The macrophage stimulating protein/Ron pathway as a potential therapeutic target to impede multiple mechanisms involved in breast cancer progression. [Review]. Curr Drug Targets, 11(9), 1157-68.
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