Kalin Research Lab

Our laboratory focuses on the transcriptional regulation of carcinogenesis. We use mouse cancer models to gain insight into regulation of cell signaling pathways required for tumor initiation, progression, metastasis and tumor angiogenesis. The ultimate goal of our research program is to identify novel target genes for diagnosis, prevention and treatment of lung and prostate cancers.


Lab Publications

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Bolte C, Ren X, Tomley T, Ustiyan V, Pradhan A, Hoggatt A, Kalin TV, Herring BP, Kalinichenko VV. Forkhead box F2 regulation of platelet-derived growth factor and myocardin/serum response factor signaling is essential for intestinal development. J Biol Chem. 2015 Mar 20;290(12):7563-75.

Xia H, Ren X, Bolte CS, Ustiyan V, Zhang Y, Shah TA, Kalin TV, Whitsett JA, Kalinichenko VV. Foxm1 regulates resolution of hyperoxic lung injury in newborns. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2015 May;52(5):611-21.

Ren X, Ustiyan V, Pradhan A, Cai Y, Havrilak JA, Bolte CS, Shannon JM, Kalin TV, Kalinichenko VV. FOXF1 transcription factor is required for formation of embryonic vasculature by regulating VEGF signaling in endothelial cells. Circ Res. 2014 Sep 26;115(8):709-20.

Cheng XH, Black M, Ustiyan V, Le T, Fulford L, Sridharan A, Medvedovic M, Kalinichenko VV, Whitsett JA, Kalin TV. SPDEF inhibits prostate carcinogenesis by disrupting a positive feed-back loop in regulation of the Foxm1 oncogene. PLoS Genet. 2014 Sep 25;10(9):e1004656.

Sen P, Dharmadhikari AV, Majewski T, Mohammad MA, Kalin TV, Zabielska J, Ren X, Bray M, Brown HM, Welty S, Thevananther S, Langston C, Szafranski P, Justice MJ, Kalinichenko VV, Gambin A, Belmont J, Stankiewicz P. Comparative analyses of lung transcriptomes in patients with alveolar capillary dysplasia with misalignment of pulmonary veins and in foxf1 heterozygous knockout mice. PLoS One. 2014 Apr 10;9(4):e94390.

Varma S, Mahavadi P, Sasikumar S, Cushing L, Hyland T, Rosser AE, Riccardi D, Lu J, Kalin TV, Kalinichenko VV, Guenther A, Ramirez MI, Pardo A, Selman M, Warburton D. Grainyhead-like 2 (GRHL2) distribution reveals novel pathophysiological differences between human idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and mouse models of pulmonary fibrosis. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2014 Mar 1;306(5):L405-19.

Wang IC, Ustiyan V, Zhang Y, Cai Y, Kalin TV, Kalinichenko VV. Foxm1 transcription factor is required for the initiation of lung tumorigenesis by oncogenic Kras(G12D.). Oncogene. 2014 Nov 13;33(46):5391-6.

Hoggatt AM, Kim JR, Ustiyan V, Ren X, Kalin TV, Kalinichenko VV, Herring BP. The transcription factor Foxf1 binds to serum response factor and myocardin to regulate gene transcription in visceral smooth muscle cells. J Biol Chem.2013 Oct 4;288(40):28477-87.

Cai Y, Balli D, Ustiyan V, Fulford L, Hiller A, Misetic V, Zhang Y, Paluch A, Waltz SE, Kasper S, Kalin TV. Foxm1 expression in prostate epithelial cells is essential for prostate carcinogenesis. J Biol Chem. 2013 Aug 2;288(31):22527-41.

Balli D, Ustiyan V, Zhang Y, Wang IC, Ren X, Masino A, Whitsett JA, Kalinichenko VV, Kalin TV. Foxm1 transcription factor is required for lung fibrosis and epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition. EMBO J. 2013 Jan 23;32(2):231-44.

Ren X, Shah TA, Ustiyan V, Zhang Y, Shinn J, Chen G, Whitsett JA, Kalin TV, Kalinichenko VV. FOXM1 promotes allergen-induced goblet cell metaplasia and pulmonary inflammation. Mol Cell Biol. 2013 Jan;33(2):371-86.

Bolte C, Zhang Y, York A, Kalin TV, Schultz Jel J, Molkentin JD, Kalinichenko VV. Postnatal ablation of Foxm1 from cardiomyocytes causes late onset cardiac hypertrophy and fibrosis without exacerbating pressure overload-induced cardiac remodeling. PLoS One. 2012;7(11):e48713.

Ustiyan V, Wert SE, Ikegami M, Wang IC, Kalin TV, Whitsett JA, Kalinichenko VV. Foxm1 transcription factor is critical for proliferation and differentiation of Clara cells during development of conducting airways. Dev Biol. 2012 Oct 15;370(2):198-212.

Wang IC, Snyder J, Zhang Y, Lander J, Nakafuku Y, Lin J, Chen G, Kalin TV, Whitsett JA, Kalinichenko VV. Foxm1 mediates cross talk between Kras/mitogen-activated protein kinase and canonical Wnt pathways during development of respiratory epithelium. Mol Cell Biol. 2012 Oct;32(19):3838-50.

Balli D, Ren X, Chou F, Cross E, Zhang Y, Kalinichenko VV, Kalin TV. Foxm1 transcription factor is required for macrophage migration during lung inflammation and tumor formation. Oncogene. 2012 Aug 23;31(34):3875-88.

Balli D, Zhang Y, Snyder J, Kalinichenko VV, Kalin TV. Endothelial cell-specific deletion of transcription factor FoxM1 increases urethane-induced lung carcinogenesis. Cancer Res. 2011 Jan 1;71(1):40-50.

Kalin TV, Ustiyan V, Kalinichenko VV. Multiple faces of FoxM1 transcription factor: lessons from transgenic mouse models. Cell Cycle. 2011 Feb 1;10(3):396-405.

Wang I-C, Meliton L, Ren X, Zhang Y, Balli D, Snyder J, Whitsett JA, Kalinichenko VV, Kalin TV. Deletion of Forkhead Box M1 transcription factor from respiratory epithelial cells inhibits pulmonary tumorigenesis. PLoS One. 2009 Aug 12;4(8):e6609.

Wang I-C, Meliton L, Tretiakova M, Kalinichenko VV, Kalin TV. Transgenic expression of the forkhead box M1 transcription factor induces formation of lung tumors. Oncogene. 2008 Jul 10;27(30):4137-49.

Kalin TV, Meliton L, Meliton AY, Zhu X, Whitsett JA, Kalinichenko VV. Pulmonary mastocytosis and enhanced lung inflammation in mice heterozygous null for the Foxf1 gene. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2008 Oct;39(4):390-9.

Kalin TV*, Wang IC, Meliton L, Zhang Y, Wert SE, Ren X, Snyder J, Bell SM, Graf L Jr, Whitsett JA, Kalinichenko VV*. Forkhead Box m1 transcription factor is required for perinatal lung function. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Dec 9;105(49):19330-5. *Corresponding authors.

Kalin TV, Wang IC, Ackerson TJ, Major ML, Detrisac CJ, Kalinichenko VV, Lyubimov A, Costa RH. Increased levels of the FoxM1 transcription factor accelerate development and progression of prostate carcinomas in both TRAMP and LADY transgenic mice. Cancer Res. 2006 Feb 1;66(3):1712-20.

Current Lab Funding

  • 1R01CA142724-01A1 (PI Kalin) NIH / NCI: Role of Foxm1 in Lung Cancer Microenvironment.
  • Department of Defense #PC080478 (PI Kalin): Transcriptional regulation of Prostate Cancer Initiation and Progression.
  • Concern Foundation (PI Kalin): Role of lung inflammation during lung carcinogenesis.


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Tanya Kalin, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
UC Department of Pediatrics

Member, Pulmonary Biology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Mailing Address:
3333 Burnet Ave.
MLC 7009
Cincinnati, OH 45229

Phone: 513-803-1201
Email: tatiana.kalin@cchmc.org