Maria J. Merino, M.D.

Maria J. Merino, M.D.

  • Center for Cancer Research
  • National Cancer Institute
Laboratory of Pathology


Dr. Merino's research aim is to study and investigate the role of different tumor markers as prognostic tools in the diagnosis of breast, gynecological, and thyroid cancers, as well as other endocrine tumors and soft tissue sarcomas. She and her colleagues are investigating the potential role that genetic alterations may have in recognizing premalignant lesions of the breast. The purpose of these studies is to investigate the presence of tumor suppressor genes in these locations and the possible role they may play in the development of sporadic human breast cancer. Dr. Merino is interested in studying precancerous conditions that may lead to the development of invasive cancers.

Areas of Expertise

Tumor Suppressor Genes


Selected Key Publications

Growth Rates of Genetically Defined Renal Tumors: Implications for Active Surveillance and Intervention

Ball MW, An JY, Gomella PT, Gautam R, Ricketts CJ, Vocke CD, Schmidt LS, Merino MJ, Srinivasan R, Malayeri AA, Metwalli AR, Linehan WM.
J Clin Oncol. 38(11): 1146-53, 2020. [ Journal Article ]

A case report of multiple primary prostate tumors with differential drug sensitivity

Wilkinson S, Harmon SA, Terrigino NT, Karzai F, Pinto PA, Madan RA, VanderWeele DJ, Lake R, Atway R, Bright JR, Carrabba NV, Trostel SY, Lis RT, Chun G, Gulley JL, Merino MJ, Choyke PL, Ye H, Dahut WL, Turkbey B, Sowalsky AG.
Nat Commun. 11(1): 837, 2020. [ Journal Article ]

Familial Kidney Cancer: Implications of New Syndromes and Molecular Insights

Carlo MI, Hakimi AA, Stewart GD, Bratslavsky G, Brugarolas J, Chen YB, Linehan WM, Maher ER, Merino MJ, Offit K, Reuter VE, Shuch B, Coleman JA.
Eur Urol. 76(6): 754-64, 2019. [ Journal Article ]

A Grading System for the Assessment of Risk of Extraprostatic Extension of Prostate Cancer at Multiparametric MRI

Mehralivand S, Shih JH, Harmon S, Smith C, Bloom J, Czarniecki M, Gold S, Hale G, Rayn K, Merino MJ, Wood BJ, Pinto PA, Choyke PL, Turkbey B.
Radiology. 290(3): 709-19, 2019. [ Journal Article ]

A Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Based Prediction Model for Prostate Biopsy Risk Stratification

Mehralivand S, Shih JH, Rais-Bahrami S, Oto A, Bednarova S, Nix JW, Thomas JV, Gordetsky JB, Gaur S, Harmon SA, Siddiqui MM, Merino MJ, Parnes HL, Wood BJ, Pinto PA, Choyke PL, Turkbey B.
JAMA Oncol. 4(5): 678-85, 2018. [ Journal Article ]

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Postdoctoral Fellow (CRTA)
Vanessa Moreno, Ph.D.
Xu Naizhen, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow (Visiting)
Gustavo Nava Barranco, Ph.D.
Guest Researcher
Rafael Santiago Parra Medina, Ph.D.
Guest Researcher
Rafael Parra Medina, Ph.D.
Patient Care Coordinator
Christine M. Skeens


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