Anish  Thomas, MBBS, M.D.

Anish Thomas, MBBS, M.D.

  • Center for Cancer Research
  • National Cancer Institute
Developmental Therapeutics Branch


I am a clinical researcher with a focus on small cell lung cancer (SCLC), one of the most aggressive cancers. The goals of my research program are: 1) to systematically develop more effective therapies for patients with SCLC and similar chemotherapy-refractory tumors by targeting key pathways involved in DNA replication, repair, and chromatin remodeling, and 2) genomic characterization of SCLC to understand the biology of treatment response and resistance, and to translate these findings into new treatment approaches.

Areas of Expertise

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Selected Recent Publications

Clinical and Genomic Characteristics of Small Cell Lung Cancer in Never Smokers: Results From a Retrospective Multicenter Cohort Study

Thomas A, Mian I, Tlemsani C, Pongor L, Takahashi N, Maignan K, Snider J, Li G, Frampton G, Ali S, Kim S, Nichols S, Rajapakse V, Guha U, Sharon E, Fujimoto J, Moran CA, Wistuba II, Wei JS, Khan J, Szabo E, Torres AZ, Carson KR
Chest. Oct;158(4):1723-1733: 2020. [ Journal Article ]

Durvalumab in Combination with Olaparib in Patients with Relapsed SCLC: Results from a Phase II Study

Thomas A, Vilimas R, Trindade C, Erwin-Cohen R, Roper N, Xi L, Krishnasamy V, Levy E, Mammen A, Nichols S, Chen Y, Velcheti V, Yin F, Szabo E, Pommier Y, Steinberg SM, Trepel JB, Raffeld M, Young HA, Khan J, Hewitt S, Lee JM.
J Thorac Oncol. 14(8): 1447-57, 2019. [ Journal Article ]

Phase I Study of ATR inhibitor M6620 in Combination with Topotecan in Patients with Advanced Solid tumors

Thomas A, Redon C, Sciuto L, Padiernos E, Jiuping Ji, Lee M-J, Lee S, Zhang Y, Tran L, Yutzy W, Rajan A, Guha U, Chen H, Hassan R, Alewine C, Bates S, Kinders R, Steinberg S, Doroshow J, Aladjem M, Trepel J, Pommier Y
J Clin Oncol. 36(16): 1594-1602, 2018. [ Journal Article ]

Small cell lung cancer: time to revisit the DNA damaging chemotherapy strategy

Thomas A, Pommier Y.
Sci Transl Med. 8(346): 346fs12, 2016. [ Journal Article ]

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Physician Assistant (Contr.)
Samantha Nichols
Scientist (Contr.)
Vinod Rajapakse, Ph.D.
Research Nurse Specialist
Linda Sciuto, R.N., B.S.N., O.C.N.
Research Nurse Specialist
Rasa Vilimas, R.N., B.S.N.
Yang Zhang, Ph.D.