Matthew Stachler, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Pathology
+1 415 514-1902
Research Description: 

Clinically, I am a Molecular Pathologist focused on using advanced, cutting edge tests to drive personalized medicine in cancer diagnostics and treatment.

My lab works to understand the process of premalignant progression to invasive cancer, specifically focusing on cancers (esophageal and gastric adenocarcinoma) and pre-malignant conditions (columnar and intestinal metaplasia or Barrett’s esophagus) of the upper gastrointestinal tract as a model system.

As a disease that is often closely monitored and sampled, Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma provides an idea system to study the changes leading up to and driving invasive disease. Additionally, Barrett’s esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma are extremely important diseases to understand in their own as esophageal adenocarcinoma has one of the fastest rising incidences of any solid tumor and despite our understanding that it arises from a metaplastic field, we still do an extremely poor job of identifying patients early before advanced disease develops.

We have taken the approach to first understand the factors important in human tissues through advanced ‘omics’ and digital imaging approaches and then use this understanding to build model systems and functional studies. It is our goal to use the knowledge and understanding gained in these studies to develop novel biomarkers, screening strategies, and treatments to identify and treat people early before advanced disease develops.

Primary Thematic Area: 
Cancer Biology & Cell Signaling
Secondary Thematic Area: 
Human Genetics
Research Summary: 
We strive to understand the events that drive progression of pre-malignant disease into invasive cancer, focusing on gastric and esophageal adenocarcinoma.
Publications: 

Abnormal TP53 Predicts Risk of Progression in Patients With Barrett's Esophagus Regardless of a Diagnosis of Dysplasia.

Gastroenterology

Redston M, Noffsinger A, Kim A, Akarca FG, Rara M, Stapleton D, Nowden L, Lash R, Bass AJ, Stachler MD

Twists and Turns from 'Tumor in Tumor' Profiling: Surveillance of CLL leads to detection of a lung adenocarcinoma, whose genomic characterization alters the original hematologic diagnosis.

Cold Spring Harbor molecular case studies

Terraf P, Sholl LM, Davids MS, Awad MM, Garcia EP, MacConaill LE, Dal Cin P, Kim A, Lindeman NI, Stachler M, Hwang DH, Dubuc AM

Molecular Pathology of Gastroesophageal Cancer.

Surgical pathology clinics

Stachler MD, Jin RU

Reprogramming of the esophageal squamous carcinoma epigenome by SOX2 promotes ADAR1 dependence.

Nature genetics

Wu Z, Zhou J, Zhang X, Zhang Z, Xie Y, Liu JB, Ho ZV, Panda A, Qiu X, Cejas P, Cañadas I, Akarca FG, McFarland JM, Nagaraja AK, Goss LB, Kesten N, Si L, Lim K, Liu Y, Zhang Y, Baek JY, Liu Y, Patil DT, Katz JP, Hai J, Bao C, Stachler M, Qi J, Ishizuka JJ, Nakagawa H, Rustgi AK, Wong KK, Meyerson M, Barbie DA, Brown M, Long H, Bass AJ