Prof. Dr. med. Roman Thomas - Curriculum Vitae

Education and professional career

2017: CMMC associate member (Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne)
2015: DKTK fellow (German Cancer Consortium), German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ)
2012: Founder of Blackfield/ New Oncology AG, acquired by Siemens Healthcare in March 2016
2011: Full Professor of Translational Genomics (W3), Chair, Department of Translational Genomics, Center of Integrated Oncology (CIO) Köln – Bonn, University of Cologne
2008: Privatdozent, Faculty Member (Assistant Professor level), Medical Faculty, University of Cologne
2006: Principal Investigator, Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research, Cologne, Germany. Associate Member, Lung Cancer Group, Department I of Internal Medicine and Center of Integrated Oncology, University of Cologne
2004 – 2006: Postdoctoral Fellow with Matthew Meyerson, M.D., Ph.D., The Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard & Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA
2003 – 2004: Postdoctoral Fellow with Jürgen Wolf, M.D., Department I for Internal Medicine, University of Cologne and Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC)
2001 – 2002: Clinical residency (A.i.P.), Department I for Internal Medicine, University of Cologne, Medical Oncology/ Hematology
2002: Conferral of doctorate (Dr. med.), University of Cologne, Magna cum Laude: “Detektion von Allelverlusten und molekulare Analyse von zellzyklus-regulierenden Genen und Tumorsuppressorgenen in Hodgkin Reed-Sternberg Zellen” (Supervisor: Jürgen Wolf, M.D., Hodgkin Laboratory, Department I for Internal Medicine, University of Cologne, Head: Volker Diehl, M.D.)
2001: Graduation from Medical School, University of Cologne, Summa cum Laude
1994 – 2001: University of Cologne, Medical School

Awards, distinctions and professional activities

2017: Max-Delbrück-Preis der Universität zu Köln
2014: Walter und Christine Richtzenhain-Preis, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum
2014: Glaxo Smith Kline Scientific Award for Clinical Research 2014, GlaxoSmithKline Stiftung Deutschland
2013: Deutscher Krebspreis (German Cancer Award) 2013– Deutsche Krebsgesellschaft
2007: Young Investigator Award, IASLC
2006: Fellow of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) Award
2006: Fellow in Training Award, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
2005 – 2006: Mildred-Scheel Fellowship for Cancer Research, Deutsche Krebshilfe

Selected publications

George J, Walter V, Peifer M, Alexandrov LB, Seidel D, Leenders F, Maas L, Müller C, Dahmen I, Delhomme TM, Ardin M, Leblay N, Byrnes G, Sun R, De Reynies A, McLeer-Florin A, Bosco G, Malchers F, Menon R, Altmüller J, Becker C, Nürnberg P, Achter V, Lang U, Schneider PM, Bogus M, Soloway MG, Wilkerson MD, Cun Y, McKay JD, Moro-Sibilot D, Brambilla CG, Lantuejoul S, Lemaitre N, Soltermann A, Weder W, Tischler V, Brustugun OT, Lund-Iversen M, Helland Å, Solberg S, Ansén S, Wright G, Solomon B, Roz L, Pastorino U, Petersen I, Clement JH, Sänger J, Wolf J, Vingron M, Zander T, Perner S, Travis WD, Haas SA, Olivier M, Foll M, Büttner R, Hayes DN, Brambilla E, Fernandez-Cuesta L, Thomas RK. Integrative genomic profiling of large-cell neuroendocrine carcinomas reveals distinct subtypes of high-grade neuroendocrine lung tumors. Nat Commun. 2018 Mar 13;9(1):1048. doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-03099-x.

Drapkin BJ, George J, Christensen CL, Mino-Kenudson M, Dries R, Sundaresan T, Phat S, Myers DT, Zhong J, Igo P, Hazar-Rethinam MH, LiCausi JA, Gomez-Caraballo M, Kem M, Jani KN, Azimi R, Abedpour N, Menon R, Lakis S, Heist RS, Büttner R, Haas S, Sequist LV, Shaw AT, Wong KK, Hata AN, Toner M, Maheswaran S, Haber DA, Peifer M, Dyson N, Thomas RK, Farago AF. (co-corresponding author) Genomic and functional fidelity of small cell lung cancer patient-derived xenografts. Cancer Discov. 2018 Feb 26. pii: CD-17-0935. doi: 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-17-0935.

Peifer M, Hertwig F, Roels F, Dreidax D, Gartlgruber M, Menon R, Krämer A, Roncaioli JL, Sand F, Heuckmann JM, Ikram F, Schmidt R, Ackermann S, Engesser A, Kahlert Y, Vogel W, Altmüller J, Nürnberg P, Thierry-Mieg J, Thierry-Mieg D, Mariappan A, Heynck S, Mariotti E, Henrich KO, Glöckner C, Bosco G, Leuschner I, Schweiger MR, Savelyeva L, Watkins SC, Shao C, Bell E, Höfer T, Achter V, Lang U, Theissen J, Volland R, Saadati M, Eggert A, de Wilde B, Berthold F, Peng Z, Zhao C, Shi L, Ortmann M, Büttner R, Perner S, Hero B, Schramm A, Schulte JH, Herrmann C, O'Sullivan RJ, Westermann F, Thomas RK, Fischer M. (co-corresponding author). Telomerase activation by genomic rearrangements in high-risk neuroblastoma. Nature. 2015 Oct 14. doi: 10.1038/nature14980.
 
George J, Lim JS, Jang SJ, Cun Y, Ozretic L, Kong G, Leenders F, Lu X, Fernández-Cuesta L, Bosco G, Müller C, Dahmen I, Jahchan NS, Park KS, Yang D, Karnezis AN, Vaka D,  Torres A, Wang MS, Korbel JO, Menon R, Chun SM, Kim D, Wilkerson M, Hayes N, Engelmann D, Pützer P, Bos M, Michels S, Vlasic I, Seidel D, Pinther B, Schaub P, Becker C, Janine Altmüller J, Yokota J, Kohno T, Iwakawa R, Tsuta K, Noguchi M, Muley T, Hoffmann H, Schnabel PA, Petersen I, Yuan Chen Y, Soltermann A, Tischler V, Choi CM, Kim YH, Massion PP, Zou Y, Jovanovic D, Kontic M, Wright GM, Russell PA, Solomon B, Koch I, Lindner M, Muscarella LA, la Torre A, Field JK,  Jakopovic M, Knezevic J, Castaños-Vélez E, Roz L, Pastorino U, Brustugun OT, Lund-Iversen M, Thunnissen E, Köhler K, Schuler M, Botling J, Sandelin M, Sanchez-Cespedes M, Salvesen HB, Achter V, Ulrich Lang U, Bogus M, Schneider PM, Zander T, Ansén S, Hallek M, Wolf J, Vingron M, Yatabe Y, Travis WD, Nürnberg P, Reinhardt C, Perner S, Heukamp L, Büttner R, Haas SA, Brambilla E, Peifer M, Sage J, Thomas RK. Comprehensive genomic profiles of small cell lung cancer. Nature. 2015 Aug 6;524(7563):47-53.

Fernandez-Cuesta L, Peifer M, Lu X, Sun R, Ozretic L, Seidel D, Zander T, Leenders F, George J, Müller C, Dahmen I, Pinther B, Bosco G, Konrad K, Altmüller J, Nürnberg P, Achter V, Lang U, Schneider PM, Bogus M, Soltermann A, Brustugun OT, Helland Å, Solberg S, Lund-Iversen M, Ansén S, Stoelben E, Wright GM, Russell P, Wainer Z, Solomon B, Field JK, Hyde R, Davies MP, Heukamp LC, Petersen I, Perner S, Lovly CM, Cappuzzo F, Travis WD, Wolf J, Vingron M, Brambilla E, Haas SA, Buettner R, Thomas RK. Frequent mutations in chromatin-remodelling genes in pulmonary carcinoids. Nat Commun. 2014 Mar 27;5:3518.
 
Fernandez-Cuesta L, Plenker D, Osada H, Sun R, Menon R, Leenders F, Ortiz-Cuaran S, Peifer M, Bos M, Dabler J, Malchers F, Schottle J, Vogel W, Dahmen I, Koker M, Ullrich RT, Wright GM, Russell PA, Wainer Z, Solomon B, Brambilla E, Nagy-Mignotte H, Moro-Sibilot D, Brambilla CG, Lantuejoul S, Altmuller J, Becker C, Nurnberg P, Heuckmann JM, Stoelben E, Petersen I, Clement JH, Sanger J, Muscarella LA, la Torre A, Fazio VM, Lahortiga I, Perera T, Ogata S, Parade M, Brehmer D, Vingron M, Heukamp LC, Buettner R, Zander T, Wolf J, Perner S, Ansen S, Haas SA, Yatabe Y, Thomas RK. CD74-NRG1 fusions in lung adenocarcinoma. Cancer Discov. 2014 Jan 30.
 
Sos ML, Dietlein F, Peifer M, Schöttle J, Balke-Want H, Müller C, Koker M, Richters A, Heynck S, Malchers F, Heuckmann JM, Seidel D, Eyers PA, Ullrich RT, Antonchick AP, Vintonyak VV, Schneider PM, Ninomiya T, Waldmann H, Büttner R, Rauh D, Heukamp LC, and Thomas RK.  A framework for identification of actionable cancer genome dependencies in small cell lung cancer. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. Oct 3, 2012.
 
Peifer M, Fernández-Cuesta L, Sos ML, George J, Seidel D, Kasper LH, Plenker D, Leenders F, Sun R, Zander T, Menon R, Koker M, Dahmen I, Müller C, Di Cerbo V, Schildhaus HU, Altmüller J, Baessmann I, Becker C, de Wilde B, Vandesompele J, Böhm D, Ansén S, Gabler F, Wilkening I, Heynck S, Heuckmann JM, Lu X, Carter SL, Cibulskis K, Banerji S, Getz G, Park KS, Rauh D, Grütter C, Fischer M, Pasqualucci L, Wright G, Wainer Z, Russell P, Petersen I, Chen Y, Stoelben E, Ludwig C, Schnabel P, Hoffmann H, Muley T, Brockmann M, Engel-Riedel W, Muscarella LA, Fazio VM, Groen H, Timens W, Sietsma H, Thunnissen E, Smit E, Heideman DA, Snijders PJ, Cappuzzo F, Ligorio C, Damiani S, Field J, Solberg S, Brustugun OT, Lund-Iversen M, Sänger J, Clement JH, Soltermann A, Moch H, Weder W, Solomon B, Soria JC, Validire P, Besse B, Brambilla E, Brambilla C, Lantuejoul S, Lorimier P, Schneider PM, Hallek M, Pao W, Meyerson M, Sage J, Shendure J, Schneider R, Büttner R, Wolf J, Nürnberg P, Perner S, Heukamp LC, Brindle PK, Haas S, and Thomas RK. Integrative genome analyses identify key somatic driver mutations of small-cell lung cancer. Nat Genet. 2012 Oct;44(10):1104-10.

Weiss J, Sos ML, Seidel D, Peifer M, Zander T, Heuckmann JM, Ullrich RT, Menon R, Maier S, Soltermann A, Moch H, Wagener P, Fischer F, Heynck S, Koker M, Schöttle J, Leenders F, Gabler F, Dabow I, Querings S, Heukamp LC, Balke-Want H, Ansén S, Rauh D, Baessmann I, Altmüller J, Wainer Z, Conron M, Wright G, Russell P, Solomon B, Brambilla E, Brambilla C, Lorimier P, Sollberg S, Brustugun OT, Engel-Riedel W, Ludwig C, Petersen I, Sänger J, Clement J, Groen H, Timens W, Sietsma H, Thunnissen E, Smit E, Heideman D, Cappuzzo F, Ligorio C, Damiani S, Hallek M, Beroukhim R, Pao W, Klebl B, Baumann M, Buettner R, Ernestus K, Stoelben E, Wolf J, Nürnberg P, Perner S, Thomas RK. Frequent and Focal FGFR1 Amplification Associates With Therapeutically Tractable FGFR1 Dependency in Squamous-cell Lung Cancer. Sci Transl Med. 2010 Dec 15;2(62):62ra93.

Sos ML, Fischer S, Ullrich R, Peifer M, Heuckmann JM, Koker M, Heynck S, Stückrath I, Weiss J, Fischer F, Michel K, Goel A, Regales L, Politi KA, Perera S, Getlik M, Heukamp LC, Ansén S, Zander T, Beroukhim R, Kashkar H, Shokat KM, Sellers WR, Rauh D, Orr C, Hoeflich KP, Friedman L, Wong KK, Pao W, Thomas RK. Identifying genotype-dependent efficacy of single and combined PI3K- and MAPK-pathway inhibition in cancer. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Oct 5.