CLINICAL RESEARCH
Oncology Data Science (ODysSey) Group

RODRIGO DIENSTMANN

RODRIGO DIENSTMANN
Principal Investigator
Biosketch

STRATEGIC GOALS

  • Integration of clinical translational research with genomics for precision cancer therapy
  • Clinical-molecular databases of matched targeted agents and standardized reports of next-generation sequencing tests
  • Collaborative research in cancer genomics/computational oncology and its clinical implications

CURRENT OBJECTIVES

  • Facilitate clinical-molecular correlative studies at VHIO:
  • Provide guidance to medical oncologists and cancer biologists during the development, validation and interpretation of omics-based tests that have direct clinical application;
  • Development and maintenance of clinical-molecular databases, a resource for medical oncologists, molecular pathologists and translational investigators from the institution;
  • Maintenance of the Gene Drug Knowledge Database (GDKD) (doi:10.7303/syn2370773), a structured database that uses standardized terminology to describe associations integrating different layers of annotations: tumor types, genes, variants, response/resistance patterns to approved and experimental agents under clinical investigation linked to PubMed identifiers.
  • Encourage collaborative research activities among computational oncology scientists, with focus on predictive and prognostic modeling, identification of cancer drivers and druggability in solid tumors.

TEAM

Oncology Data Science (ODysSey) Group
  • Principal Investigator
    • Rodrigo Dienstmann
  • Biostatistician
    • Guillermo Villacampa
  • Data Curators
    • Fiorella Ruiz
    • Sara Torres
    • Cristina Viaplana

Most relevant scientific publications

  • Dienstmann R, Vermeulen L, Guinney J, Kopetz S, Tejpar S, Tabernero J. Consensus molecular subtypes and the evolution of precision medicine in colorectal cancer. Nat Rev Cancer. 2017;7(2):79-92.
  • Dienstmann R, Mason MJ, Sinicrope FA, Phipps AI, Tejpar S, Nesbakken A, Danielsen SA, Sveen A, Buchanan DD, Clendenning M, Rosty C, Bot B, Alberts SR, Milburn Jessup J, Lothe RA, Delorenzi M, Newcomb PA, Sargent D, Guinney J. Prediction of overall survival in stage II and III colon cancer beyond the American Joint Commission on Cancer TNM system: a retrospective, pooled biomarker study. Ann Oncol. 2017;28(5):1023-1031.
  • Dienstmann R, Elez E, Argiles G, Matos I, Sanz-Garcia E, Ortiz C, Macarulla T, Capdevila J, Alsina M, Sauri T, Verdaguer H, Vilaro M, Ruiz-Pace F, Viaplana C, Garcia A, Landolfi S, Palmer HG, Nuciforo P, Rodon J, Vivancos A, Tabernero J. Analysis of mutant allele fractions in driver genes in colorectal cancer – biological and clinical insights. Mol Oncol. 2017;11(9):1263-1272.
  • Dienstmann R, Tabernero J. Cancer: A precision approach to tumor treatment. Nature. 2017 Aug 3;548(7665):40-41.
  • Arques O, Chicote I, Puig I, Tenbaum SP, Argiles G, Dienstmann R, Fernandez N, Caratu G, Matito J, Silberschmidt D, Rodon J, Landolfi S, Prat A, Espin E, Charco R, Nuciforo P, Vivancos A, Shao W, Tabernero J, Palmer HG. Tankyrase inhibition blocks Wnt/β-catenin pathway and reverts resistance to PI3K and AKT inhibitors in the treatment of colorectal cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2016;22(3):644-56.
  • Azuara D, Santos C, Lopez-Doriga A, Grasselli J, Nadal M, Sanjuan X, Marin F, Vidal J, Montal R, Moreno V, Bellosillo B, Argiles G, Elez E, Dienstmann R, Montagut C, Tabernero J, Capellá G, Salazar R. Nanofluidic Digital PCR and Extended Genotyping of RAS and BRAF for Improved Selection of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Patients for Anti-EGFR Therapies. Mol Cancer Ther. 2016;15(5):1106-12.
  • Dienstmann R, Lassen U, Cebon J, Desai J, Brown MP, Evers S, Su F, Zhang W, Doisserie F, Lestini B, Schostack K, Meresse V, Tabernero J. First-in-man dose-escalation study of the selective BRAF inhibitor RG7256 in patients with BRAF V600-mutated advanced solid tumors.Target Oncol. 2016;11(2):149-56.
  • Dienstmann R, Tabernero J. Spectrum of Gene Mutations in Colorectal Cancer: Implications for Treatment. Cancer J. 2016;22(3):149-55.
  • Dienstmann R, Jang IS, Bot B, Friend S, Guinney J. Database of genomic biomarkers for cancer drugs and clinical targetability in solid tumors. Cancer Discov 2015 Feb; 5(2): 118-23
  • Jang IS, Dienstmann R, Margolin AA, Guinney J. Stepwise group sparse regression (SGSR): gene-set-based pharmacogenomic predictive models with stepwise selection of functional priors. Pac Symp Biocomput 2015; : 32-43
  • Sinicrope FA, Shi Q, Smyrk TC, Thibodeau SN, Dienstmann R, Guinney J, Bot BM, Tejpar S, Delorenzi M, Goldberg RM, Mahoney M, Sargent DJ, Alberts SR. Molecular markers identify subtypes of stage III colon cancer associated with patient outcomes. Gastroenterology 2015 Jan; 148(1): 88-99
  • Dienstmann R, Rodón J, Tabernero J. Optimal design of trials to demonstrate the utility of genomically-guided therapy: Putting Precision Cancer Medicine to the test. Mol Oncol 2015 May; 9(5): 940-50
  • Dienstmann R, Patnaik A, Garcia-Carbonero R, Cervantes A, Benavent M, Roselló S, Tops BB, van der Post RS, Argiles G, Skartved NJ, Hansen UH, Hald R, Pedersen MW, Kragh M, Horak ID, Braun S, Van Cutsem E, Tolcher AW, Tabernero J. Safety and Activity of the First-in-Class Sym004 Anti-EGFR Antibody Mixture in Patients with Refractory Colorectal Cancer. Cancer Discov 2015 Jun; 5(6): 598-609
  • Guinney J, Dienstmann R, Wang X, de Reyniès A, Schlicker A, Soneson C, Marisa L, Roepman P, Nyamundanda G, Angelino P, Bot BM, Morris JS, Simon IM, Gerster S, Fessler E, De Sousa E Melo F, Missiaglia E, Ramay H, Barras D, Homicsko K, Maru D, Manyam GC, Broom B, Boige V, Perez-Villamil B, Laderas T, Salazar R, Gray JW, Hanahan D, Tabernero J, Bernards R, Friend SH, Laurent-Puig P, Medema JP, Sadanandam A, Wessels L, Delorenzi M, Kopetz S, Vermeulen L, Tejpar S. The consensus molecular subtypes of colorectal cancer. Nat. Med. 2015 Nov; 21(11): 1350-6
  • García-García C, Rivas MA, Ibrahim YH, Calvo MT, Gris-Oliver A, Rodriguez O, Grueso J, Anton P, Guzman M, Aura C, Nuciforo P, Jessen K, Argiles G, Dienstmann R, Bertotti A, Trusolino L, Matito J, Vivancos A, Chicote I, Pálmer HG, Tabernero J, Scaltriti M, Baselga J, Serra V. MEK plus PI3K/mTORC1/2 Therapeutic Efficacy Is Impacted by TP53 Mutation in Preclinical Models of Colorectal Cancer. Clin. Cancer Res. 2015 Dec; 21(24): 5499-510

All publications

  • CIViC: A knowledgebase for expert-crowdsourcing the clinical interpretation of variants in cancer. Griffith M, Spies NC, Krysiak K, Coffman AC, McMichael JF, Ainscough BJ, Rieke DJ, Danos AM, Kujan L, Ramirez CA, Wagner AH, Skidmore ZL, Liu CJ, Jones M, Bilski RL, Lesurf R, Barnell EK, Shah NM, Bonakdar M, Trani L, Matlock M, Ramu A, Campbell KM, Spies GC, Graubert AP, Karthik G, Eldred JM, Larson DE, Walker JR, Chu S, Bryan JN, Good BN, Wu C, Su AI, Dienstmann R, Jones SJM, Bose R, Spencer DH, Wartman LD, Wilson RK, Mardis ER, Griffith OL. Nat Genetics 2017;49(2):170-174.
  • Consensus Molecular Subtyping and the Evolution of Precision Medicine in Colorectal Cancer. Dienstmann R, Vermeulen L, Guinney J, Kopetz S, Tejpar S, Tabernero J. Nat Rev Cancer 2017;7(2):79-92.
  • Prediction of overall survival in stage II and III colon cancer beyond the American Joint Commission on Cancer TNM system: a retrospective, pooled biomarker study. DienstmannR, Mason MJ, Sinicrope FA, Phipps AI, Tejpar S, Nesbakken A, Danielsen SA, Sveen A, Buchanan DD, Clendenning M, Rosty C, Bot B, Alberts SR, Milburn Jessup J, Lothe RA, Delorenzi M, Newcomb PA, Sargent D, Guinney J.Ann Oncol2017;28(5):1023-1031.
  • Concordance of blood- and tumor-based detection of RAS mutations to guide anti-EGFR therapy in metastatic colorectal cancer. Grasselli J, Elez E, Caratù G, Matito J, Santos C, Macarulla T, Vidal J, Garcia M, Viéitez JM, Paéz D, Falcó E, Lopez Lopez C, Aranda E, Jones F, Sikri V, Nuciforo P, Fasani R, Tabernero J, Montagut C, Azuara D, Dienstmann R, Salazar R, Vivancos A. Ann Oncol 2017 Jun 1;28(6):1294-1301.
  • Pharmacokinetic/Pharmacodynamic Modeling for Drug Development in Oncology. Garralda E, Dienstmann R, Tabernero J. Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book 2017;37:210-215.
  • Personalizing Adjuvant Therapy for Stage II/III Colorectal Cancer. McCleary NJ, Benson AB 3rd, Dienstmann R. Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book 2017;37:232-245.
  • Analysis of mutant allele fractions in driver genes in colorectal cancer – biological and clinical insights. Dienstmann R, Elez E, Argiles G, Matos I, Sanz-Garcia E, Ortiz C, Macarulla T, Capdevila J, Alsina M, Sauri T, Verdaguer H, Vilaro M, Ruiz-Pace F, Viaplana C, Garcia A, Landolfi S, Palmer HG, Nuciforo P, Rodon J, Vivancos A, Tabernero J.Mol Oncol 2017;11(9):1263-1272.
  • Genomic Determinants of Protein Abundance Variation in Colorectal Cancer Cells. Roumeliotis TI, Williams SP, Gonçalves E, Alsinet C, Del Castillo Velasco-Herrera M, Aben N, Ghavidel FZ, Michaut M, Schubert M, Price S, Wright JC, Yu L, Yang M, Dienstmann R, Guinney J, Beltrao P, Brazma A, Pardo M, Stegle O, Adams DJ, Wessels L, Saez-Rodriguez J, McDermott U, Choudhary JS. Cell Rep 2017;20(9):2201-2214.
  • Cancer: A precision approach to tumour treatment. Dienstmann R, Tabernero J. Nature. 2017;548(7665):40-41.
  • Reply to the letter to the editor ‘Including lynch syndrome in personalized prognostication and follow-up of stage II and III colon cancer’ by Sciallero et al. Dienstmann R, Guinney J. Annals Oncol 2017;28(11):2889-2890.
  • Colorectal cancer Consensus Molecular Subtypes translated to preclinical models uncover potentially targetable cancer-cell dependencies. Sveen A, Bruun J, Eide PW, Eilertsen IA, Ramirez L, Murumägi A, Arjama MA, Danielsen SA, Kryeziu K, Elez E, Tabernero J, Guinney J, Palmer HG, Nesbakken A, Kallioniemi O, Dienstmann R, Lothe RA. Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Dec 14. 
  • Tumor side as model of integrative molecular classification of colorectal cancer. Dienstmann R. Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Dec 21.
  • Arques O, Chicote I, Puig I, Tenbaum SP, Argiles G, Dienstmann R, Fernandez N, Caratu G, Matito J, Silberschmidt D, Rodon J, Landolfi S, Prat A, Espin E, Charco R, Nuciforo P, Vivancos A, Shao W, Tabernero J, Palmer HG. Tankyrase inhibition blocks Wnt/β-catenin pathway and reverts resistance to PI3K and AKT inhibitors in the treatment of colorectal cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2016;22(3):644-56.
  • Azuara D, Santos C, Lopez-Doriga A, Grasselli J, Nadal M, Sanjuan X, Marin F, Vidal J, Montal R, Moreno V, Bellosillo B, Argiles G, Elez E, Dienstmann R, Montagut C, Tabernero J, Capellá G, Salazar R. Nanofluidic Digital PCR and Extended Genotyping of RAS and BRAF for Improved Selection of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Patients for Anti-EGFR Therapies. Mol Cancer Ther. 2016;15(5):1106-12.
  • Dienstmann R, Lassen U, Cebon J, Desai J, Brown MP, Evers S, Su F, Zhang W, Doisserie F, Lestini B, Schostack K, Meresse V, Tabernero J. First-in-man dose-escalation study of the selective BRAF inhibitor RG7256 in patients with BRAF V600-mutated advanced solid tumors.Target Oncol. 2016;11(2):149-56.
  • Dienstmann R, Tabernero J. Spectrum of Gene Mutations in Colorectal Cancer: Implications for Treatment. Cancer J. 2016;22(3):149-55.
  • Dienstmann R, Jang IS, Bot B, Friend S, Guinney J. Database of genomic biomarkers for cancer drugs and clinical targetability in solid tumors. Cancer Discov 2015 Feb; 5(2): 118-23
  • Jang IS, Dienstmann R, Margolin AA, Guinney J. Stepwise group sparse regression (SGSR): gene-set-based pharmacogenomic predictive models with stepwise selection of functional priors. Pac Symp Biocomput 2015; : 32-43
  • Sinicrope FA, Shi Q, Smyrk TC, Thibodeau SN, Dienstmann R, Guinney J, Bot BM, Tejpar S, Delorenzi M, Goldberg RM, Mahoney M, Sargent DJ, Alberts SR. Molecular markers identify subtypes of stage III colon cancer associated with patient outcomes. Gastroenterology 2015 Jan; 148(1): 88-99
  • Dienstmann R, Rodón J, Tabernero J. Optimal design of trials to demonstrate the utility of genomically-guided therapy: Putting Precision Cancer Medicine to the test. Mol Oncol 2015 May; 9(5): 940-50
  • Dienstmann R, Patnaik A, Garcia-Carbonero R, Cervantes A, Benavent M, Roselló S, Tops BB, van der Post RS, Argiles G, Skartved NJ, Hansen UH, Hald R, Pedersen MW, Kragh M, Horak ID, Braun S, Van Cutsem E, Tolcher AW, Tabernero J. Safety and Activity of the First-in-Class Sym004 Anti-EGFR Antibody Mixture in Patients with Refractory Colorectal Cancer. Cancer Discov 2015 Jun; 5(6): 598-609
  • Guinney J, Dienstmann R, Wang X, de Reyniès A, Schlicker A, Soneson C, Marisa L, Roepman P, Nyamundanda G, Angelino P, Bot BM, Morris JS, Simon IM, Gerster S, Fessler E, De Sousa E Melo F, Missiaglia E, Ramay H, Barras D, Homicsko K, Maru D, Manyam GC, Broom B, Boige V, Perez-Villamil B, Laderas T, Salazar R, Gray JW, Hanahan D, Tabernero J, Bernards R, Friend SH, Laurent-Puig P, Medema JP, Sadanandam A, Wessels L, Delorenzi M, Kopetz S, Vermeulen L, Tejpar S. The consensus molecular subtypes of colorectal cancer. Nat. Med. 2015 Nov; 21(11): 1350-6
  • García-García C, Rivas MA, Ibrahim YH, Calvo MT, Gris-Oliver A, Rodriguez O, Grueso J, Anton P, Guzman M, Aura C, Nuciforo P, Jessen K, Argiles G, Dienstmann R, Bertotti A, Trusolino L, Matito J, Vivancos A, Chicote I, Pálmer HG, Tabernero J, Scaltriti M, Baselga J, Serra V. MEK plus PI3K/mTORC1/2 Therapeutic Efficacy Is Impacted by TP53 Mutation in Preclinical Models of Colorectal Cancer. Clin. Cancer Res. 2015 Dec; 21(24): 5499-510
  • Dienstmann R, Salazar R, Tabernero J. Personalizing colon cancer adjuvant therapy: selecting optimal treatments for individual patients. J. Clin. Oncol. 2015 Jun; 33(16): 1787-96
  • Tabernero J, Bahleda R, Dienstmann R, Infante JR, Mita A, Italiano A, Calvo E, Moreno V, Adamo B, Gazzah A, Zhong B, Platero SJ, Smit JW, Stuyckens K, Chatterjee-Kishore M, Rodón J, Peddareddigari V, Luo FR, Soria JC. Phase I Dose-Escalation Study of JNJ-42756493, an Oral Pan-Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor Inhibitor, in Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors. J. Clin. Oncol. 2015 Oct; 33(30): 3401-8
  • Juric D, Dienstmann R, Cervantes A, Hidalgo M, Messersmith W, Blumenschein GR, Tabernero J, Roda D, Calles A, Jimeno A, Wang X, Bohórquez SS, Leddy C, Littman C, Kapp AV, Shames DS, Penuel E, Amler LC, Pirzkall A, Baselga J. Safety and Pharmacokinetics/Pharmacodynamics of the First-in-Class Dual Action HER3/EGFR Antibody MEHD7945A in Locally Advanced or Metastatic Epithelial Tumors. Clin. Cancer Res. 2015 Jun; 21(11): 2462-70
  • Dienstmann R, Salazar R, Tabernero J. Overcoming Resistance to Anti-EGFR Therapy in Colorectal Cancer. Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book 2015; : e149-56
  • Dienstmann R, Salazar R, Tabernero J. Genomic testing in colorectal cancer: how much is enough?Oncology (Williston Park, N.Y.) 2015 Mar; 29(3): 186-8
  • Dienstmann R, Cervantes A. Heterogeneity of driver genes and therapeutic implications in colorectal cancer. Ann. Oncol. 2015 Aug; 26(8): 1523-5
  • Dienstmann R, Rodón J, Prat A, Pérez-García J, Adamo B, Felip E, Cortes J, Iafrate AJ, Nuciforo P, Tabernero J. Genomic aberrations in the FGFR pathway: opportunities for targeted therapies in solid tumors. Ann. Oncol. 2014 Mar; 25(3): 552-63
  • Dienstmann R, Dong F, Borger D, Dias-Santagata D, Ellisen LW, Le LP, Iafrate AJ. Standardized decision support in next generation sequencing reports of somatic cancer variants. Mol Oncol 2014 Jul; 8(5): 859-73
  • Soria JC, Debraud F, Bahleda R, Adamo B, André F, Dienstmann R, Dientsmann R, Delmonte A, Cereda R, Isaacson J, Litten J, Allen A, Dubois F, Saba C, Robert R, D’Incalci M, Zucchetti M, Camboni MG, Tabernero J. Phase I/IIa study evaluating the safety, efficacy, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics of lucitanib in advanced solid tumors. Ann. Oncol. 2014 Nov; 25(11): 2244-51
  • Dienstmann R, Rodón J, Serra V, Tabernero J. Picking the point of inhibition: a comparative review of PI3K/AKT/mTOR pathway inhibitors. Mol. Cancer Ther. 2014 May; 13(5): 1021-31
  • Dienstmann R, Tabernero J. TGR analysis in phase I clinical trials–letter. Clin. Cancer Res. 2014 May; 20(9): 2495-6
  • Rodón J, Dienstmann R, Serra V, Tabernero J. Development of PI3K inhibitors: lessons learned from early clinical trials. Nat Rev Clin Oncol 2013 Mar; 10(3): 143-53
  • Dienstmann R, Rodón J, Tabernero J. Biomarker-driven patient selection for early clinical trials. Curr Opin Oncol 2013 May; 25(3): 305-12
  • Dienstmann R, Rodón J, Barretina J, Tabernero J. Genomic medicine frontier in human solid tumors: prospects and challenges. J. Clin. Oncol. 2013 May; 31(15): 1874-84
  • Dienstmann R, De Dosso S, Felip E, Tabernero J. Drug development to overcome resistance to EGFR inhibitors in lung and colorectal cancer. Mol Oncol 2012 Feb; 6(1): 15-26
  • Dienstmann R, Serpico D, Rodón J, Saura C, Macarulla T, Elez E, Alsina M, Capdevila J, Pérez-García J, Sánchez-Ollé G, Aura C, Prudkin L, Landolfi S, Hernandez-Losa J, Vivancos A, Tabernero J. Molecular profiling of patients with colorectal cancer and matched targeted therapy in phase I clinical trials. Mol. Cancer Ther. 2012 Sep; 11(9): 2062-71
  • Argiles G, Dienstmann R, Elez E, Tabernero J. Panitumumab: a summary of clinical development in colorectal cancer and future directions. Future Oncol 2012 Apr; 8(4): 373-89
  • Rodón J, Saura C, Dienstmann R, Vivancos A, Ramón y Cajal S, Baselga J, Tabernero J. Molecular prescreening to select patient population in early clinical trials. Nat Rev Clin Oncol 2012 Jun; 9(6): 359-66
  • Dienstmann R, Felip E. Necitumumab in the treatment of advanced non-small cell lung cancer: translation from preclinical to clinical development. Expert Opin Biol Ther 2011 Sep; 11(9): 1223-31
  • Dienstmann R, Martínez P, Felip E. Personalizing therapy with targeted agents in non-small cell lung cancer. Oncotarget 2011 Mar; 2(3): 165-77
  • Dienstmann R, Tabernero J. BRAF as a target for cancer therapy. Anticancer Agents Med Chem 2011 Mar; 11(3): 285-95
  • Dienstmann R, Rodón J, Markman B, Tabernero J. Recent developments in anti-cancer agents targeting PI3K, Akt and mTORC1/2. Recent Pat Anticancer Drug Discov 2011 May; 6(2): 210-36
  • De Mattos-Arruda L, Dienstmann R, Tabernero J. Development of molecular biomarkers in individualized treatment of colorectal cancer. Clin Colorectal Cancer 2011 Dec; 10(4): 279-89
  • Dienstmann R, Braña I, Rodón J, Tabernero J. Toxicity as a biomarker of efficacy of molecular targeted therapies: focus on EGFR and VEGF inhibiting anticancer drugs. Oncologist 2011; 16(12): 1729-40
  • Dienstmann R, Tabernero J. Necitumumab, a fully human IgG1 mAb directed against the EGFR for the potential treatment of cancer. Curr Opin Investig Drugs 2010 Dec; 11(12): 1434-41
  • Markman B, Dienstmann R, Tabernero J. Targeting the PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway–beyond rapalogs.Oncotarget 2010 Nov; 1(7): 530-43