Molecular Pharmacology Program

The Michael Kharas Lab

Research

Pictured: Michael Kharas
Michael G. Kharas, PhD

The Kharas lab is working to identify critical pathways in both normal and leukemic hematopoietic cells.

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Publications

Savino AM, Fernandes SI, Olivares O, Zemlyansky A, Cousins A, Markert EK, Barel S, Geron I, Frishman L, Birger Y, Eckert C, Tumanov S, MacKay G, Kamphorst JJ, Herzyk P, Fernández-García J, Abramovich I, Mor I, Bardini M, Barin E, Janaki-Raman S, Cross JR, Kharas MG, Gottlieb E, Izraeli S, Halsey C Metabolic adaptation of acute lymphoblastic leukemia to the central nervous system microenvironment is dependent on Stearoyl CoA desaturase..Nat Cancer. 2020 Oct;1(10):998-1009. doi: 10.1038/s43018-020-00115-2. Epub 2020 Sep 28. [PMID: 33479702]

Cheng Y*, Xie W*, Pickering BF, Chu KL, Savino AM, Yang X, Luo H, Nguyen DTT,  Mo S,  Barin E, Velleca A, Rohwetter T, Patel DJ,  Jaffrey SR, Kharas MG*. N6-methyladenosine on mRNA facilitates a phase-separated nuclear body that suppresses myeloid leukemic differentiation Cancer Cell. July 2021. 

Jeong S, Savino AM, Chirayil R, Cheng Y, Barin E, Park SM, Schurer A, Mullarky E, Cantley LC, Kharas MG*, Keshari KR*. Serine synthesis pathway flux is essential for acute myeloid leukemia cells to proliferate in fructose-rich conditions. Cell Metab. 5 January 2021, Pages 145-159. 

Cheng Y, Luo H, Izzo F, Pickering BF, Nguyen D, Byers R, Schurer A, Gourkanti S, Bruning J, Vu L, Jaffrey S, Landau D, Kharas MG*. RNA methylation maintains hematopoietic stem cell identity and symmetric commitment. Cell Reports. 2019 August 13. 7:1703-11716

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People

Pictured: Michael Kharas

Michael G. Kharas, PhD

  • Cancer biologist Michael Kharas studies RNA regulators of self-renewal in both normal and leukemic hematopoiesis.
  • PhD, University of California Irvine
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Members

Tatiana Erazo Andrade
Tatiana Erazo Andrade

Research Scholar

Mandy Chan

Research Technician

Kathryn Chang

Research Technician

Karen Chu
Karen Chu
Chiara Evans
Chiara Evans
Grace Han

Research Technician

Florisela Herrejon Chavez
Florisela Herrejon Chavez

Graduate Student

Michael Kharas, PhD
Michael Kharas

Associate Member

Hanzhi Luo
Hanzhi Luo

Research Fellow

Diu Nguyen
Diu Nguyen

Research Scholars

Sun Mi Park
Sun Mi Park

Research Associate

Angela Savino
Angela Savino
GSK Student
Isaac Wakiro
Laura Wilson
Laura Wilson

Administrative Assistant

Xuejing Yang
Xuejing Yang
Lab Alumni
Cynthia Almonte
Cynthia Almonte

Administrative Assistant

Elianna Amin

Research Fellow

Ersilia Barin
Ersilia Barin

Graduate Student at Weill Cornell

Trevor Barlowe

Research Technician

Aaron Chang

Graduate Student

Yuanming  Cheng
Yuanming Cheng

Research Scholars

Timothy Chou
Timothy Chou

Research Technician

Arthur Chow
Arthur Chow

Research Technician

Pooja Desai

Lab Intern

Gerard Minuesa  Dinares , PhD
Gerard Minuesa Dinares

Biotech

Kim Do
Kim Do

Technician, Ly Vu Lab, BC Cancer Agency

Saroj Gourkanti
Saroj Gourkanti

Graduate Student at University of California, San Diego

Tzu-Chieh Kate Ho
Tzu-Chieh Kate Ho

Research Scholar

Ming Jiang

Graduate Student

Rachel Okabe

Lab Intern

Camila Prieto
Camila Prieto

Graduate Student

Thomas Rohwetter
Thomas Rohwetter
Alex Schurer
Alex Schurer

Medical Student at Albert Einstein

James Taggart

Research Technician

Patrick Tivnan
Patrick Tivnan

Research Technician

Anthony Velleca
Anthony Velleca
Ly Vu
Ly Vu

Assistant Professor, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Lab Affiliations

Achievements

  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Career Development Award (2017)
  • Alex Lemonade Stand Foundation ‘A’ Award (2016)
  • American Society of Hematology Junior Faculty Scholar Award (2011)
  • Kimmel Scholar Award (2013)
  • V-Scholar Award (2013)

Open Positions

Career Opportunities

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Research Technician

As a Research Technician you will perform research activities in collaboration with internal/external personnel to complete science-based projects. You will normally receive detailed instructions while making observations, analyzing data and interpreting results according to laboratory procedures. The Research Technician will provide support to all technical/research staff and postdocs.

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Disclosures

Doctors and faculty members often work with pharmaceutical, device, biotechnology, and life sciences companies, and other organizations outside of MSK, to find safe and effective cancer treatments, to improve patient care, and to educate the health care community.

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