Christopher Heaphy, PhD
Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Hematology & Medical Oncology

PhD, University of New Mexico School of Medicine




Dr. Christopher Heaphy is a cancer biologist that has been conducting basic and translational studies focused on elucidating the role of telomere alterations across a range of cancer types (e.g. prostate, breast, brain, pancreatic, ovarian). Overall, his research program uses a combination of tissue-based, cell-based, and molecular approaches to study normal and abnormal telomere biology as it relates to cancer initiation and progression, with a particular interest in the Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres (ALT) phenotype – a telomerase-independent telomere maintenance mechanism. In addition, his laboratory focuses on how these findings may be readily translated into accurately predicting cancer risk, early detection, prognosis, and potential response to targeted therapies. Dr. Heaphy received his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and did his postdoctoral training at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is currently affiliated with Boston Medical Center and is a member of the Boston University-Boston Medical Center (BU-BMC) Cancer Center.

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Boston University
BU-BMC Cancer Center


Member
Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research


Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students)
Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences



2020 BU-BMC Cancer Center: American Cancer Society BU-BMC Cancer Center Pilot and Feasibility Program Awardee
2020 Boston University School of Medicine: Shipley Prostate Cancer Pilot Grant Awardee
2019 95th Annual American Association of Neuropathologists Meeting: Moore Award for the Best Clinico-Pathologic Paper in Neuropathology
2016 North American Neuroendocrine Tumor Society: Basic/Translational Science Investigator Award
2014 Patrick C. Walsh Prostate Cancer Research Fund: Dr. and Mrs. Peter S. Bing Scholar Award
2014 Prostate Cancer Foundation: Young Investigator Award
2013 Johns Hopkins Department of Pathology Young Investigator’s Day: Award for Excellence in Translational Research
2012 Johns Hopkins Fellow Research Day: 1st Place for Basic Research
2011 Johns Hopkins Department of Pathology Young Investigator’s Day: Award for Excellence in Translational Research
2011 United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology: Stowell-Orbison Award
2002 National Cancer Institute: Cancer Research Training Fellowship; Laboratory of Cellular Carcinogenesis and Tumor Promotion

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  1. Hempel Sullivan H, Maynard JP, Heaphy CM, Lu J, De Marzo AM, Lotan TL, Joshu CE, Sfanos KS. Differential mast cell phenotypes in benign versus cancer tissues and prostate cancer oncologic outcomes. J Pathol. 2021 Apr; 253(4):415-426. PMID: 33338262
     
  2. Joshu CE, Heaphy CM, Barber JR, Lu J, Zarinshenas R, Davis C, Han M, Lotan TL, Sfanos KS, De Marzo AM, Meeker AK, Platz EA. Obesity is Associated with Shorter Telomere Length in Prostate Stromal Cells in Men with Aggressive Prostate Cancer. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2020 Dec 22. PMID: 33355185
     
  3. Pieterman CRC, Sadowski SM, Maxwell JE, Katz MHG, Lines KE, Heaphy CM, Tirosh A, Blau JE, Perrier ND, Lewis MA, Metzcar JP, Halperin DM, Thakker RV, Valk GD. HEREDITARY ENDOCRINE TUMOURS: CURRENT STATE-OF-THE-ART AND RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES: MEN1-related pancreatic NETs: identification of unmet clinical needs and future directives. Endocr Relat Cancer. 2020 08; 27(8):T9-T25. PMID: 32069215
     
  4. Hackeng WM, Schelhaas W, Morsink FHM, Heidsma CM, van Eeden S, Valk GD, Vriens MR, Heaphy CM, Nieveen van Dijkum EJM, Offerhaus GJA, Dreijerink KMA, Brosens LAA. Alternative Lengthening of Telomeres and Differential Expression of Endocrine Transcription Factors Distinguish Metastatic and Non-metastatic Insulinomas. Endocr Pathol. 2020 Jun; 31(2):108-118. PMID: 32103422
     
  5. Esopi D, Graham MK, Brosnan-Cashman JA, Meyers J, Vaghasia A, Gupta A, Kumar B, Haffner MC, Heaphy CM, De Marzo AM, Meeker AK, Nelson WG, Wheelan SJ, Yegnasubramanian S. Pervasive promoter hypermethylation of silenced TERT alleles in human cancers. Cell Oncol (Dordr). 2020 Oct; 43(5):847-861. PMID: 32468444
     
  6. Heaphy CM, Haffner MC, Graham MK, Lim D, Davis C, Corey E, Epstein JI, Eisenberger MA, Wang H, De Marzo AM, Meeker AK, Lotan TL. Telomere lengths differ significantly between small-cell neuroendocrine prostate carcinoma and adenocarcinoma of the prostate. Hum Pathol. 2020 07; 101:70-79. PMID: 32389660
     
  7. Heaphy CM, Bi WL, Coy S, Davis C, Gallia GL, Santagata S, Rodriguez FJ. Telomere length alterations and ATRX/DAXX loss in pituitary adenomas. Mod Pathol. 2020 08; 33(8):1475-1481. PMID: 32203094
     
  8. Pea A, Yu J, Marchionni L, Noe M, Luchini C, Pulvirenti A, de Wilde RF, Brosens LA, Rezaee N, Javed A, Chianchiano P, Gobbo S, Regi P, Salvia R, Bassi C, He J, Weiss MJ, Cameron JL, Offerhaus GJA, Hruban RH, Lawlor RT, Scarpa A, Heaphy CM, Wood LD, Wolfgang CL. Genetic Analysis of Small Well-differentiated Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors Identifies Subgroups With Differing Risks of Liver Metastases. Ann Surg. 2020 03; 271(3):566-573. PMID: 30339629; DOI: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000003022;
     
  9. Kim JY, Brosnan-Cashman JA, Kim J, An S, Lee KB, Kim H, Park DY, Jang KT, Oh YH, Hruban RH, Heaphy CM, Hong SM. Pancreatic acinar cell carcinomas and mixed acinar-neuroendocrine carcinomas are more clinically aggressive than grade 1 pancreatic neuroendocrine tumours. Pathology. 2020 Apr; 52(3):336-347. PMID: 32111396
     
  10. Felsenstein M, Trujillo MA, Huang B, Nanda N, Jiang Z, Jeong YJ, Pflüger M, Goggins MG, Hruban RH, Thompson ED, Heaphy CM, Roberts NJ, Wood LD. Generation and characterization of a cell line from an intraductal tubulopapillary neoplasm of the pancreas. Lab Invest. 2020 07; 100(7):1003-1013. PMID: 32005909
     
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Bar chart showing 86 publications over 18 distinct years, with a maximum of 11 publications in 2020

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Telomeres
Alternative lengthening of telomeres
Cancer
Tissue-based biomarkers

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