Department of Surgery

Ripley-Xu Lab for Translational Thoracic Oncology Research


Funded Projects


1. R37 (R01) CA289419: ‘Targeting the Mitochondria to Overcome Resistance to Immune Checkpoint Inhibition in Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma

2. R01 CA290173-01: ‘Novel strategies to improve mesothelioma therapy’.

3. DeGregorio Family Foundation Grant for Gastric and Esophageal Malignancies: ‘Targeting Mitochondrial Resistance to Apoptosis after Neoadjuvant Therapy in Esophageal Adenocarcinoma.’

4. Dan L. Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. ‘Targeting Methionine Metabolic Pathway in Mesothelioma.’

5. U24 2U24OH009077-15-00 / RFA-OH-21-007 (U24). ‘Continuation and Expansion of the National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank for Translational Research.’

6. R21 CA256466: ‘Environmental Carcinogens Induce Minority MOMP to Initiate Carcinogenesis in Lung Cancer and Mesothelioma while Maintaining Apoptotic Resistance via Mcl-1.’

7. Combination of Induction Durvalumab and Tremelimumab alone versus Durvalumab and Tremelimumab with chemotherapy for Potentially Resectable Pleural Mesothelioma (Nemo). AstraZeneca. NCT05932199. IND: 165481.




1. Yuan Xu*, Deborah R. Surman*, Kate Brown*, Laurence Diggs*, Sichuan Xi, Shaojian Gao, Devikala Gurusamy, Kaitlin McLoughlin, Paul Feingold, Danny Wangsa, Darawalee Wangsa, Xi Zhang, Thomas Ried, Jeremy L Davis, Jonathan Hernandez, Chuong D. Hoang, Rhonda F. Souza, David S. Schrump, R. Taylor Ripley. ‘Bile Acid-Induced ‘Minority MOMP’ Promotes Esophageal Carcinogenesis while Maintaining Apoptotic Resistance via Mcl-1.’ Oncogene. 2020 Jan; 39(4): 877-89. doi: 10.1038/s41388-019-1029-6. Epub 2019 Sep 30. PMID: 31570787 PMCID: PMC8366558.

2. Deborah R. Surman*, Yuan Xu*, Min-Jung Lee, Jane B. Trepel, Kate Brown, Maheshwari Ramineni, Laurence P. Diggs, H. Courtney Hodges, Jeremy L. Davis, Hyun-Sung Lee, Bryan M. Burt, R. Taylor Ripley. *Authors contributed equally. Therapeutic Synergy in Esophageal Cancer and Mesothelioma is Predicted by Dynamic BH3 Profiling Mol Cancer Ther. 2021 Aug;20(8):1469-1480. doi: 10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-20-0887. Epub 2021 Jun 4. PMID: 34088830

3. Kate Brown*, Lisa M Miller Jenkins, Daniel R Crooks, Laurence P Diggs, Deborah R Surman, Sharlyn J Mazur, Stewart R Durell, Gaelyn C Lyons, Jerry C Dinan, Daniel Schilling, Marco Robello, Herman Nikolayevskiy, Robert O’Connor, Yuan Xu, Bhargav Srinivas Arimilli, Ye Yang, Andrew N Lane, Teresa W-M Fan, David S Schrump, W. Marston R Linehan, Daniel H Appella, Robert Taylor Ripley, and Ettore Appella. Targeting mutant p53 R248W reactivates WT p53 function and alters the onco-metabolic profile. Front Oncol. 2023 Jan 11:12:1094210. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2022.1094210. PMID: 36713582.

4. Paul L. Feingold*, Deborah R. Surman*, Kate Brown*, Yuan Xu*, Lucas A. McDuffie*, Vivek Shukla, Emily S. Reardon*, Daniel R. Crooks, Jane B. Trepel, Sunmin Lee, Min-Jung Lee, Laurence P. Diggs*, David G. Beer, Derek Nancarrow, Lenard M. Neckers, Jeremy L. Davis, Choung D. Hoang, Jonathan M. Hernandez, David S. Schrump, R. Taylor Ripley. Induction of Thioredoxin-Interacting Protein by the Histone Deacetylase Inhibitor, Entinostat, Enhances Cisplatin-Mediated DNA Damage and Apoptosis in Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Cells. Mol Cancer Ther. 2018 Sep; 17(9):2013-2023. doi: 10.1158/1535-7163.MCT-17-1240. Epub 2018 Jun 22. PMID: 29934340.

5. Yuan Xu, Paul L. Feingold, Deborah R. Surman, Kate Brown, Vivek Shukla, Sichuan Xi, Jeremy L, Davis, Jonathan Hernandez, David S. Schrump, R. Taylor Ripley. Bile Acid and Cigarette Smoke Enhance the Aggressive Phenotype of Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Cells by Downregulation of the Mitochondrial Uncoupling Protein-2. Oncotarget. 2017 Nov 10;8(60):101057-101071. PMID: 29254145

7. Anand Singh, Li Zhang, Nathanael Pruett, Christopher Plaisier, Robert T. Ripley, David Schrump, Chuong D. Hoang. microRNA-215-5p Treatment Suppresses Mesothelioma Progression via the MDM2-p53 Signaling Axis. Mol Ther. 2019 Sep 4;27(9):1665-1680. PMID: 3122739.

8. Anand Singh, Li Zhang, Nathanael Pruett, Christopher Plaisier, Robert T. Ripley, David Schrump, Chuong D. Hoang. Metadherin is a Prognostic Apoptosis Modulator in Mesothelioma Induced via NF-κB-mediated Signaling. Translational Oncol. 2019 June, 12(6): 859-70. doi: 10.1016/j.tranon.2019.03.005. PMID: 31054476.

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