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Vijay Sankaran, MD, PhD

Vijay Sankaran MD PhD
Lab:
Sankaran Laboratory
Research Center:
Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center
Department:
Medicine Research
Division
Hematology/Oncology Research
Hospital Title:
Clinical Fellow in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
Academic Title:
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Contact:
617-919-6270
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  1. Narla A, Yuan D, Kazerounian S, LaVasseur C, Ulirsch JC, Narla J, Glader B, Sankaran VG, Gazda H. A novel pathogenic mutation in RPL11 identified in a patient diagnosed with diamond Blackfan anemia as a young adult. Blood Cells Mol Dis. 2016 Oct; 61:46-7.
  2. Fukuda Y, Cheong PL, Lynch J, Brighton C, Frase S, Kargas V, Rampersaud E, Wang Y, Sankaran VG, Yu B, Ney PA, Weiss MJ, Vogel P, Bond PJ, Ford RC, Trent RJ, Schuetz JD. The severity of hereditary porphyria is modulated by the porphyrin exporter and Lan antigen ABCB6. Nat Commun. 2016 Aug 10; 7:12353.
  3. Polfus LM, Khajuria RK, Schick UM, Pankratz N, Pazoki R, Brody JA, Chen MH, Auer PL, Floyd JS, Huang J, Lange L, van Rooij FJ, Gibbs RA, Metcalf G, Muzny D, Veeraraghavan N, Walter K, Chen L, Yanek L, Becker LC, Peloso GM, Wakabayashi A, Kals M, Metspalu A, Esko T, Fox K, Wallace R, Franceshini N, Matijevic N, Rice KM, Bartz TM, Lyytikäinen LP, Kähönen M, Lehtimäki T, Raitakari OT, Li-Gao R, Mook-Kanamori DO, Lettre G, van Duijn CM, Franco OH, Rich SS, Rivadeneira F, Hofman A, Uitterlinden AG, Wilson JG, Psaty BM, Soranzo N, Dehghan A, Boerwinkle E, Zhang X, Johnson AD, O'Donnell CJ, Johnsen JM, Reiner AP, Ganesh SK, Sankaran VG. Whole-Exome Sequencing Identifies Loci Associated with Blood Cell Traits and Reveals a Role for Alternative GFI1B Splice Variants in Human Hematopoiesis. Am J Hum Genet. 2016 Aug 4; 99(2):481-8.
  4. Lacy JN, Ulirsch JC, Grace RF, Towne MC, Hale J, Mohandas N, Lux SE, Agrawal PB, Sankaran VG. Exome sequencing results in successful diagnosis and treatment of a severe congenital anemia. Cold Spring Harb Mol Case Stud. 2016 Jul; 2(4):a000885.
  5. Kim AR, Sankaran VG. Development of autologous blood cell therapies. Exp Hematol. 2016 Oct; 44(10):887-94.
  6. Ulirsch JC, Nandakumar SK, Wang L, Giani FC, Zhang X, Rogov P, Melnikov A, McDonel P, Do R, Mikkelsen TS, Sankaran VG. Systematic Functional Dissection of Common Genetic Variation Affecting Red Blood Cell Traits. Cell. 2016 Jun 2; 165(6):1530-45.
  7. Capellera-Garcia S, Pulecio J, Dhulipala K, Siva K, Rayon-Estrada V, Singbrant S, Sommarin MN, Walkley CR, Soneji S, Karlsson G, Raya Á, Sankaran VG, Flygare J. Defining the Minimal Factors Required for Erythropoiesis through Direct Lineage Conversion. Cell Rep. 2016 Jun 14; 15(11):2550-62.
  8. Joshi M, Anselm I, Shi J, Bale TA, Towne M, Schmitz-Abe K, Crowley L, Giani FC, Kazerounian S, Markianos K, Lidov HG, Folkerth R, Sankaran VG, Agrawal PB. Mutations in the substrate binding glycine-rich loop of the mitochondrial processing peptidase-a protein (PMPCA) cause a severe mitochondrial disease. Cold Spring Harb Mol Case Stud. 2016 May; 2(3):a000786.
  9. Basak A, Sankaran VG. Regulation of the fetal hemoglobin silencing factor BCL11A. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2016 Mar; 1368(1):25-30.
  10. Nandakumar SK, Ulirsch JC, Sankaran VG. Advances in understanding erythropoiesis: evolving perspectives. Br J Haematol. 2016 Apr; 173(2):206-18.
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  12. Sabath DE, Bender MA, Sankaran VG, Vamos E, Kentsis A, Yi HS, Greisman HA. Characterization of Deletions of the HBA and HBB Loci by Array Comparative Genomic Hybridization. J Mol Diagn. 2016 Jan; 18(1):92-9.
  13. Wakabayashi A, Sankaran VG. Society for Pediatric Research 2015 Young Investigator Award: genetics of human hematopoiesis-what patients can teach us about blood cell production. Pediatr Res. 2016 Mar; 79(3):366-70.
  14. Noh JY, Gandre-Babbe S, Wang Y, Hayes V, Yao Y, Gadue P, Sullivan SK, Chou ST, Machlus KR, Italiano JE, Kyba M, Finkelstein D, Ulirsch JC, Sankaran VG, French DL, Poncz M, Weiss MJ. Inducible Gata1 suppression expands megakaryocyte-erythroid progenitors from embryonic stem cells. J Clin Invest. 2015 Jun; 125(6):2369-74.
  15. Basak A, Hancarova M, Ulirsch JC, Balci TB, Trkova M, Pelisek M, Vlckova M, Muzikova K, Cermak J, Trka J, Dyment DA, Orkin SH, Daly MJ, Sedlacek Z, Sankaran VG. BCL11A deletions result in fetal hemoglobin persistence and neurodevelopmental alterations. J Clin Invest. 2015 Jun; 125(6):2363-8.
  16. Sankaran VG, Weiss MJ. Anemia: progress in molecular mechanisms and therapies. Nat Med. 2015 Mar; 21(3):221-30.
  17. Sankaran VG, Ulirsch JC, Tchaikovskii V, Ludwig LS, Wakabayashi A, Kadirvel S, Lindsley RC, Bejar R, Shi J, Lovitch SB, Bishop DF, Steensma DP. X-linked macrocytic dyserythropoietic anemia in females with an ALAS2 mutation. J Clin Invest. 2015 Apr; 125(4):1665-9.
  18. Ludwig LS, Cho H, Wakabayashi A, Eng JC, Ulirsch JC, Fleming MD, Lodish HF, Sankaran VG. Genome-wide association study follow-up identifies cyclin A2 as a regulator of the transition through cytokinesis during terminal erythropoiesis. Am J Hematol. 2015 May; 90(5):386-91.
  19. Ulirsch JC, Lacy JN, An X, Mohandas N, Mikkelsen TS, Sankaran VG. Altered chromatin occupancy of master regulators underlies evolutionary divergence in the transcriptional landscape of erythroid differentiation. PLoS Genet. 2014 Dec; 10(12):e1004890.
  20. Ludwig LS, Gazda HT, Eng JC, Eichhorn SW, Thiru P, Ghazvinian R, George TI, Gotlib JR, Beggs AH, Sieff CA, Lodish HF, Lander ES, Sankaran VG. Altered translation of GATA1 in Diamond-Blackfan anemia. Nat Med. 2014 Jul; 20(7):748-53.
  21. Pishesha N, Thiru P, Shi J, Eng JC, Sankaran VG, Lodish HF. Transcriptional divergence and conservation of human and mouse erythropoiesis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2014 Mar 18; 111(11):4103-8.
  22. Sankaran VG, Joshi M, Agrawal A, Schmitz-Abe K, Towne MC, Marinakis N, Markianos K, Berry GT, Agrawal PB. Rare complete loss of function provides insight into a pleiotropic genome-wide association study locus. Blood. 2013 Nov 28; 122(23):3845-7.
  23. Sankaran VG, Agrawal PB. Stimulating erythropoiesis in neonates. Am J Hematol. 2013 Nov; 88(11):930-1.
  24. Sankaran VG, Gallagher PG. Applications of high-throughput DNA sequencing to benign hematology. Blood. 2013 Nov 21; 122(22):3575-82.
  25. Musallam KM, Taher AT, Cappellini MD, Sankaran VG. Clinical experience with fetal hemoglobin induction therapy in patients with ß-thalassemia. Blood. 2013 Mar 21; 121(12):2199-212; quiz 2372.
  26. Sankaran VG, Orkin SH. The switch from fetal to adult hemoglobin. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med. 2013 Jan 01; 3(1):a011643.
  27. Sankaran VG, Ludwig LS, Sicinska E, Xu J, Bauer DE, Eng JC, Patterson HC, Metcalf RA, Natkunam Y, Orkin SH, Sicinski P, Lander ES, Lodish HF. Cyclin D3 coordinates the cell cycle during differentiation to regulate erythrocyte size and number. Genes Dev. 2012 Sep 15; 26(18):2075-87.
  28. Sankaran VG, Ghazvinian R, Do R, Thiru P, Vergilio JA, Beggs AH, Sieff CA, Orkin SH, Nathan DG, Lander ES, Gazda HT. Exome sequencing identifies GATA1 mutations resulting in Diamond-Blackfan anemia. J Clin Invest. 2012 Jul; 122(7):2439-43.
  29. Zhang L, Sankaran VG, Lodish HF. MicroRNAs in erythroid and megakaryocytic differentiation and megakaryocyte-erythroid progenitor lineage commitment. Leukemia. 2012 Nov; 26(11):2310-6.
  30. Musallam KM, Sankaran VG, Cappellini MD, Duca L, Nathan DG, Taher AT. Fetal hemoglobin levels and morbidity in untransfused patients with ß-thalassemia intermedia. Blood. 2012 Jan 12; 119(2):364-7.
  31. Xu J, Peng C, Sankaran VG, Shao Z, Esrick EB, Chong BG, Ippolito GC, Fujiwara Y, Ebert BL, Tucker PW, Orkin SH. Correction of sickle cell disease in adult mice by interference with fetal hemoglobin silencing. Science. 2011 Nov 18; 334(6058):993-6.
  32. Sankaran VG, Sapp MV. Persistence of fetal hemoglobin expression in an older child with trisomy 13. J Pediatr. 2012 Feb; 160(2):352.
  33. Sankaran VG, Menne J, Heller R. Heterozygous disruption of human SOX6 is insufficient to impair erythropoiesis or silencing of fetal hemoglobin. Blood. 2011 Apr 21; 117(16):4396-7.
  34. Singbrant S, Russell MR, Jovic T, Liddicoat B, Izon DJ, Purton LE, Sims NA, Martin TJ, Sankaran VG, Walkley CR. Erythropoietin couples erythropoiesis, B-lymphopoiesis, and bone homeostasis within the bone marrow microenvironment. Blood. 2011 May 26; 117(21):5631-42.
  35. Sankaran VG, Menne TF, Šcepanovic D, Vergilio JA, Ji P, Kim J, Thiru P, Orkin SH, Lander ES, Lodish HF. MicroRNA-15a and -16-1 act via MYB to elevate fetal hemoglobin expression in human trisomy 13. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011 Jan 25; 108(4):1519-24.
  36. Sankaran VG. Targeted therapeutic strategies for fetal hemoglobin induction. Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program. 2011; 2011:459-65.
  37. Wilber A, Hargrove PW, Kim YS, Riberdy JM, Sankaran VG, Papanikolaou E, Georgomanoli M, Anagnou NP, Orkin SH, Nienhuis AW, Persons DA. Therapeutic levels of fetal hemoglobin in erythroid progeny of ß-thalassemic CD34+ cells after lentiviral vector-mediated gene transfer. Blood. 2011 Mar 10; 117(10):2817-26.
  38. Sankaran VG, Nathan DG. Reversing the hemoglobin switch. N Engl J Med. 2010 Dec 2; 363(23):2258-60.
  39. Sankaran VG, Nathan DG. Thalassemia: an overview of 50 years of clinical research. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am. 2010 Dec; 24(6):1005-20.
  40. Sankaran VG, Lettre G, Orkin SH, Hirschhorn JN. Modifier genes in Mendelian disorders: the example of hemoglobin disorders. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2010 Dec; 1214:47-56.
  41. Sankaran VG. Hemoglobin disorders in the developing world: a perspective from Sri Lanka. Am J Hematol. 2010 Sep; 85(9):732.
  42. Sankaran VG, Xu J, Orkin SH. Transcriptional silencing of fetal hemoglobin by BCL11A. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2010 Aug; 1202:64-8.
  43. Xu J, Sankaran VG, Ni M, Menne TF, Puram RV, Kim W, Orkin SH. Transcriptional silencing of {gamma}-globin by BCL11A involves long-range interactions and cooperation with SOX6. Genes Dev. 2010 Apr 15; 24(8):783-98.
  44. Sankaran VG, Xu J, Orkin SH. Advances in the understanding of haemoglobin switching. Br J Haematol. 2010 Apr; 149(2):181-94.
  45. Sankaran VG, Xu J, Ragoczy T, Ippolito GC, Walkley CR, Maika SD, Fujiwara Y, Ito M, Groudine M, Bender MA, Tucker PW, Orkin SH. Developmental and species-divergent globin switching are driven by BCL11A. Nature. 2009 Aug 27; 460(7259):1093-7.
  46. Sankaran VG, Menne TF, Xu J, Akie TE, Lettre G, Van Handel B, Mikkola HK, Hirschhorn JN, Cantor AB, Orkin SH. Human fetal hemoglobin expression is regulated by the developmental stage-specific repressor BCL11A. Science. 2008 Dec 19; 322(5909):1839-42.
  47. Walkley CR, Sankaran VG, Orkin SH. Rb and hematopoiesis: stem cells to anemia. Cell Div. 2008; 3:13.
  48. Lettre G, Sankaran VG, Bezerra MA, Araújo AS, Uda M, Sanna S, Cao A, Schlessinger D, Costa FF, Hirschhorn JN, Orkin SH. DNA polymorphisms at the BCL11A, HBS1L-MYB, and beta-globin loci associate with fetal hemoglobin levels and pain crises in sickle cell disease. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Aug 19; 105(33):11869-74.
  49. Walkley CR, Qudsi R, Sankaran VG, Perry JA, Gostissa M, Roth SI, Rodda SJ, Snay E, Dunning P, Fahey FH, Alt FW, McMahon AP, Orkin SH. Conditional mouse osteosarcoma, dependent on p53 loss and potentiated by loss of Rb, mimics the human disease. Genes Dev. 2008 Jun 15; 22(12):1662-76.
  50. Sankaran VG, Orkin SH, Walkley CR. Rb intrinsically promotes erythropoiesis by coupling cell cycle exit with mitochondrial biogenesis. Genes Dev. 2008 Feb 15; 22(4):463-75.
  51. Uda M, Galanello R, Sanna S, Lettre G, Sankaran VG, Chen W, Usala G, Busonero F, Maschio A, Albai G, Piras MG, Sestu N, Lai S, Dei M, Mulas A, Crisponi L, Naitza S, Asunis I, Deiana M, Nagaraja R, Perseu L, Satta S, Cipollina MD, Sollaino C, Moi P, Hirschhorn JN, Orkin SH, Abecasis GR, Schlessinger D, Cao A. Genome-wide association study shows BCL11A associated with persistent fetal hemoglobin and amelioration of the phenotype of beta-thalassemia. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Feb 5; 105(5):1620-5.
  52. Sankaran VG, Klein DE, Sachdeva MM, Lemmon MA. High-affinity binding of a FYVE domain to phosphatidylinositol 3-phosphate requires intact phospholipid but not FYVE domain oligomerization. Biochemistry. 2001 Jul 24; 40(29):8581-7.
  53. Ferguson KM, Kavran JM, Sankaran VG, Fournier E, Isakoff SJ, Skolnik EY, Lemmon MA. Structural basis for discrimination of 3-phosphoinositides by pleckstrin homology domains. Mol Cell. 2000 Aug; 6(2):373-84.
  54. Sankaran VG, Xu J, Byron R, Greisman HA, Fisher C, Weatherall DJ, Sabath DE, Groudine M, Orkin SH, Premawardhena A, Bender MA. A functional element necessary for fetal hemoglobin silencing. N Engl J Med. 2011 Sep 1; 365(9):807-14.
  55. Galarneau G, Palmer CD, Sankaran VG, Orkin SH, Hirschhorn JN, Lettre G. Fine-mapping at three loci known to affect fetal hemoglobin levels explains additional genetic variation. Nat Genet. 2010 Dec; 42(12):1049-51.
  56. Sankaran VG, Orkin SH. Genome-wide association studies of hematologic phenotypes: a window into human hematopoiesis. Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2013 Jun; 23(3):339-44.
  57. Giani FC, Fiorini C, Wakabayashi A, Ludwig LS, Salem RM, Jobaliya CD, Regan SN, Ulirsch JC, Liang G, Steinberg-Shemer O, Guo MH, Esko T, Tong W, Brugnara C, Hirschhorn JN, Weiss MJ, Zon LI, Chou ST, French DL, Musunuru K, Sankaran VG. Targeted Application of Human Genetic Variation Can Improve Red Blood Cell Production from Stem Cells. Cell Stem Cell. 2016 Jan 7; 18(1):73-8.
  58. Wakabayashi A, Ulirsch JC, Ludwig LS, Fiorini C, Yasuda M, Choudhuri A, McDonel P, Zon LI, Sankaran VG. Insight into GATA1 transcriptional activity through interrogation of cis elements disrupted in human erythroid disorders. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Apr 19; 113(16):4434-9.
  59. Liddicoat BJ, Hartner JC, Piskol R, Ramaswami G, Chalk AM, Kingsley PD, Sankaran VG, Wall M, Purton LE, Seeburg PH, Palis J, Orkin SH, Lu J, Li JB, Walkley CR. Adenosine-to-inosine RNA editing by ADAR1 is essential for normal murine erythropoiesis. Exp Hematol. 2016 Oct; 44(10):947-63.
  60. Ludwig LS, Khajuria RK, Sankaran VG. Emerging cellular and gene therapies for congenital anemias. Am J Med Genet C Semin Med Genet. 2016 Oct 28.
  61. Han X, Zhang J, Peng Y, Peng M, Chen X, Chen H, Song J, Hu X, Ye M, Li J, Sankaran VG, Hillyer CD, Mohandas N, An X, Liu J. Unexpected role for p19INK4d in post-transcriptional regulation of GATA1 and modulation of human terminal erythropoiesis. Blood. 2016 Nov 22.
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