Arun  Rajan, M.D.

Arun Rajan, M.D.

  • Center for Cancer Research
  • National Cancer Institute


Dr. Rajan's clinical research studies focus on developing new therapies for patients with lung cancer and thymic malignancies.

Areas of Expertise

Thymic Malignancies
Drug Development

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Selected Publications

Efficacy and tolerability of anti-programmed death-ligand 1 (PD-L1) antibody (Avelumab) treatment in advanced thymoma.

Rajan A, Heery CR, Thomas A, Mammen AL, Perry S, O'Sullivan Coyne G, Guha U, Berman A, Szabo E, Madan RA, Ballester LY, Pittaluga S, Donahue RN, Tsai YT, Lepone LM, Chin K, Ginty F, Sood A, Hewitt SM, Schlom J, Hassan R, Gulley JL.
J Immunother Cancer. 7(1): 269, 2019. [ Journal Article ]

Pre-existing antiacetylcholine receptor autoantibodies and B cell lymphopaenia are associated with the development of myositis in patients with thymoma treated with avelumab, an immune checkpoint inhibitor targeting programmed death-ligand 1.

Mammen AL, Rajan A, Pak K, Lehky T, Casciola-Rosen L, Donahue RN, Lepone LM, Zekeridou A, Pittock SJ, Hassan R, Schlom J, Gulley JL.
Ann Rheum Dis. 78(1): 150-152, 2019.

Efficacy and immune-related adverse event associations in avelumab-treated patients.

Kelly K, Manitz J, Patel MR, D'Angelo SP, Apolo AB, Rajan A, Kasturi V, Speit I, Bajars M, Warth J, Gulley JL.
J Immunother Cancer. 8(2): e001427, 2020. [ Journal Article ]

Sicca Syndrome Associated with Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Therapy.

Warner BM, Baer AN, Lipson EJ, Allen C, Hinrichs C, Rajan A, Pelayo E, Beach M, Gulley JL, Madan RA, Feliciano J, Grisius M, Long L, Powers A, Kleiner DE, Cappelli L, Alevizos I.
Oncologist. 24(9): 1259-1269, 2019. [ Journal Article ]

Lymphocyte-driven regional immunopathology in pneumonitis caused by impaired central immune tolerance.

Ferré EMN, Break TJ, Burbelo PD, Allgäuer M, Kleiner DE, Jin D, Xu Z, Folio LR, Mollura DJ, Swamydas M, Gu W, Hunsberger S, Lee CR, Bondici A, Hoffman KW, Lim JK, Dobbs K, Niemela JE, Fleisher TA, Hsu AP, Snow LN, Darnell DN, Ojaimi S, Cooper MA, Bozzola M, Kleiner GI, Martinez JC, Deterding RR, Kuhns DB, Heller T, Winer KK, Rajan A, Holland SM, Notarangelo LD, Fennelly KP, Olivier KN, Lionakis MS.
Sci Transl Med. . 11(495): eaav5597, 2019. [ Journal Article ]

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Postbaccalaureate Fellow (CRTA)
Madison Ballman
Nurse Practitioner (Contr.)
Cristina Mullenix, DNP, FNP
Patient Care Coordinator (Contr.)
Susan Sansone
Research Nurse
Shannon Swift, BSN, RN


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