Ana I. Robles, Ph.D.

Ana I. Robles, Ph.D.
Staff Scientist

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My research interests include the bioinformatics analysis of microRNA and mRNA expression as it relates to lung cancer, cancer susceptibility syndromes and senescence, the effect of genetic variation on microRNA-mediated regulatory pathways, as well as the identification of lung cancer progenitor cells.

Areas of Expertise
1) lung cancer 2) epigenetics 3) microRNAs 4) molecular epidemiology 5) cancer biomarkers 6) tumor microenvironment

Contact Info

Ana I. Robles, Ph.D.
Center for Cancer Research
National Cancer Institute
Building 37, Room 3060D
Ph: 2407606848

Our research focuses on omics-based identification and functional characterization of clinically informative biomarkers of lung cancer. Our studies leverage the integrative analysis of genomic, epigenomic and transcriptomic data of well-characterized patient populations to uncover biomarkers that aid patient stratification into risk categories, and generate hypothesis that illuminate biology. As part of this effort, we are exploring DNA methylation biomarkers for diagnosis and prognosis of lung cancer utilizing droplet digital PCR. Following up on evidence from 16S rRNA and metagenomics sequencing indicating that specific bacteria are associated with the development of lung cancer in humans, we are investigating the role of the microbiome in lung cancer development using a transgenic mouse model conditionally expressing oncogenic Kras and a gain-of-function mutant p53 (a combination of mutations commonly found in human lung cancer) exposed to selected bacterial strains.

Scientific Focus Areas:
Cancer Biology, Cell Biology, Epidemiology, Genetics and Genomics, Stem Cell Biology

Selected Publications

  1. Robles AI, Zenklusen JC
    N Engl J Med. 376: 2190-1, 2017. [ Journal Article ]
  2. Robles AI, Harris CC
    Lung Cancer. 107: 50-8, 2017. [ Journal Article ]
  3. Lissa D, Robles AI
    Transl Lung Cancer Res. 5: 492-504, 2016. [ Journal Article ]
  4. Robles AI, Traverso G, Zhang M, Roberts NJ, Khan MA, Joseph C, Lauwers GY, Selaru FM, Popoli M, Pittman ME, Ke X, Hruban RH, Meltzer SJ, Kinzler KW, Vogelstein B, Harris CC, Papadopoulos N.
    Gastroenterology. 150: 931-43, 2016. [ Journal Article ]
  5. Robles AI, Arai E, Mathé EA, Okayama H, Schetter AJ, Brown D, Petersen D, Bowman ED, Noro R, Welsh JA, Edelman DC, Stevenson HS, Wang Y, Tsuchiya N, Kohno T, Skaug V, Mollerup S, Haugen A, Meltzer PS, Yokota J, Kanai Y, Harris CC
    J Thorac Oncol.. 10: 1037-48, 2015. [ Journal Article ]

Dr. Ana I. Robles received her Ph.D. degree from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas, for research done on mouse skin carcinogenesis under the mentorship of Dr. Claudio Conti, at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She joined the Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis as a postdoctoral fellow in 1996, and became a Staff Scientist in 2004.