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Director, Division of Oncology

Institute Co-Executive Director, Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute

Deb Kleisinger Endowed Chair

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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My Biography & Research

Biography

John P. Perentesis, MD, FAAP, is a nationally recognized expert in the development of new drugs and molecular therapies for pediatric and young adult cancers and leukemia. His laboratory has developed novel anticancer drugs and discovered genes important in the growth of normal and malignant cells. His laboratory is also using tumor patients genomics research for personalizing therapies. In national efforts for new anticancer drug development, he serves in key roles for the National Cancer Institute’s Investigational Drug Steering Committee and the NCI-funded Children’s Oncology Group (COG). The COG is the world's largest children's cancer research entity.

In 2010, Dr. Perentesis was elected by pediatric oncologists from across the country to the national COG Executive Committee. He also serves as vice-chair for the COG Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Steering Committee and as a member of the Hematology/Oncology and Institutional Performance Monitoring Steering Committees.

Dr. Perentesis has been elected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Doctors in America List since 1998.

Clinical Interests

Young adult cancers; acute myeloid & lymphoid leukemia; Hodgkin lymphoma; new anticancer therapy development

Research Interests

Molecular etiology and pharmacogenetics of pediatric cancers; Down syndrome-associated leukemia; new anticancer drug development

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Leukemia, Sarcoma, Cancer and Blood Diseases, Young Adult Cancer

Research Divisions

Oncology, Cancer and Blood Diseases



My Locations

My Education

MD: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, 1980.

Residency: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, 1983.

Fellowship: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, 1986.

Postdoctoral: University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, 1986.

Certification: Pediatrics, 1989; Hematology/Oncology, 1990.

My Publications

Selected Publication

Pilot study of intravenous melphalan combined with continuous infusion L-S,R-buthionine sulfoximine for children with recurrent neuroblastoma. Anderson, CP; Matthay, KK; Perentesis, JP; Neglia, JP; Bailey, HH; Villablanca, JG; Groshen, S; Hasenauer, B; Maris, JM; Seeger, RC; et al. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2015; 62:1739-1746.

Use of CD19-directed CAR T-Cell Therapy in an Infant With Refractory Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Breese, EH; Krupski, C; Nelson, AS; Perentesis, JP; Phillips, CL. Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. 2021; 43:152-154.

PD-1 Inhibition Enhances Blinatumomab Response in a UCB/PDX Model of Relapsed Pediatric B-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Wunderlich, M; Manning, N; Sexton, C; O’Brien, E; Byerly, L; Stillwell, C; Perentesis, JP; Mulloy, JC; Mizukawa, B. Frontiers in Oncology. 2021; 11.

FLASH Proton Pencil Beam Scanning Irradiation Minimizes Radiation-Induced Leg Contracture and Skin Toxicity in Mice. Cunningham, S; McCauley, S; Vairamani, K; Speth, J; Girdhani, S; Abel, E; Sharma, RA; Perentesis, JP; Wells, SI; Mascia, A; et al. Cancers. 2021; 13.

Differential transcriptome response to proton versus X-ray radiation reveals novel candidate targets for combinatorial PT therapy in lymphoma. Sertorio, M; Nowrouzi, A; Akbarpour, M; Chetal, K; Salomonis, N; Brons, S; Mascia, A; Ionascu, D; McCauley, S; Kupneski, T; et al. Radiotherapy and Oncology. 2021; 155:293-303.

A POETIC Phase II study of continuous oral everolimus in recurrent, radiographically progressive pediatric low-grade glioma. Wright, KD; Yao, X; London, WB; Kao, PC; Gore, L; Hunger, S; Geyer, R; Cohen, KJ; Allen, JC; Katzenstein, HM; et al. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2021; 68.

Whole brain proton irradiation in adult Sprague Dawley rats produces dose dependent and non-dependent cognitive, behavioral, and dopaminergic effects. Williams, MT; Sugimoto, C; Regan, SL; Pitzer, EM; Fritz, AL; Mascia, AE; Sertorio, M; Vatner, RE; Perentesis, JP; Vorhees, CV. Scientific Reports. 2020; 10.

A phase II study of continuous oral mTOR inhibitor everolimus for recurrent, radiographic-progressive neurofibromatosis type 1-associated pediatric low-grade glioma: a Neurofibromatosis Clinical Trials Consortium study. Ullrich, NJ; Prabhu, SP; Reddy, AT; Fisher, MJ; Packer, R; Goldman, S; Robison, NJ; Gutmann, DH; Viskochil, DH; Allen, JC; et al. Neuro-Oncology. 2020; 22:1527-1535.

Methylation profiling of hypomethylating agent response and treatment failure in pediatric and young adult MDS/AML. Jones, LM; O'Brien, MM; Breese, EH; Absalon, M; Burns, KC; Grimley, M; Mizukawa, B; Lee, LH; Perentesis, JP; Phillips, CL. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2020; 38:e22502-e22502.

Targeting AML-associated FLT3 mutations with a type I kinase inhibitor. Jones, LM; Melgar, K; Bolanos, L; Hueneman, K; Walker, MM; Jiang, J; Wilson, KM; Zhang, X; Shen, J; Jiang, F; et al. Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2020; 130:2017-2023.