James Downing, MD, Chief Executive Officer and President

James R. Downing, MD

Member, St. Jude Faculty

President and Chief Executive Officer, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
Associate Director of Basic Research, Cancer Center
Donald Pinkel Chair of Childhood Cancer Treatment
Director, Molecular Pathology Laboratory


Departments

Administration
Pathology

Contact Information

James Downing, MD
Administration
MS271, Room C-7045M
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678
Email: james.downing@stjude.org
Phone: (901) 595-3956
FAX: (901) 595-3749

Education

MD - University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1981)


Honors & Awards


Research Interests

The AML1/CBF beta transcription factor complex in normal and leukemic hematopoiesis


Selected Publications

Parker M, Chen X, Bahrami A, Dalton J, Rusch M, Wu G, Easton J, Cheung NK, Dyer M, Mardis ER, Wilson RK, Mullighan C, Gilbertson R, Baker SJ, Zambetti G, Ellison DW, Downing JR, Zhang J. Assessing telomeric DNA content in pediatric cancers using whole-genome sequencing data. Genome Biol December 11, 2012. (Epub ahead of print).

Loh ML, Zhang J, Harvey RC, Roberts K, Payne-Turner D, Kang H, Wu G, Chen X, Becksfort J, Edmonson M, Buetow KH, Carroll WL, Chen IM, Wood B, Borowitz MJ, Devidas M, Gerhard DS, Bowman P, Larsen E, Winick N, Raetz E, Smith M, Downing JR, Willman CL, Mullighan CG, Hunger SP. Tyrosine kinome sequencing of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia: a report from The Children's Oncology Group TARGET Project. Blood December 4, 2012. (Epub ahead of print).

Gruber TA, Larson Gedman A, Zhang J, Koss CS, Marada S, Huy TQ, Chen SH, Su X, Ogden SK, Dang J, Gang W, Vedant G, Andersson AK, Pounds S, Shi L, Easton J, Barbato MI, Mulder HL, Manne J, Wang J, Rusch M, Ranade S, Ganti R, Parker M, Ma J, Radtke I, Ding L, Cazzaniga G, Biondi A, Kornblau SM, Ravandi F, Kantarjian H, Nimer SD, D¨ohner K, D¨ohner H, Ley TJ, Ballerini P, Shurtleff S, Tomizawa D, Adachi S, Hayashi Y, Tawa A, Shih LY, Liang DC, Rubnitz JE, Pui CH, Mardis ER, Wilson RK, Downing JR. An Inv(16)(p13.3q24.3)-Encoded CBFA2T3-GLIS2 Fusion Protein Defines an Aggressive Subtype of Pediatric Acute Megakaryoblastic Leukemia. Cancer Cell 22:683-97, 2012.

Edelmann J, Holzmann K, Miller F, Winkler D, Bühler A, Zenz T, Bullinger L, Kühn MW, Gerhardinger A, Bloehdorn J, Radtke I, Su X, Ma J, Pounds S, Hallek M, Lichter P, Korbel J, Busch R, Mertens D, Downing JR, Stilgenbauer S, Döhner H. High-resolution genomic profiling of chronic lymphocytic leukemia reveals new recurrent genomic alterations. Blood 120:4783-94, 2012.

Inaba H, Coustan-Smith E, Cao X, Pounds SB, Shurtleff SA, Wang KY, Raimondi SC, Onciu M, Jacobsen J, Ribeiro RC, Dahl GV, Bowman WP, Taub JW, Degar B, Leung W, Downing JR, Pui CH, Rubnitz JE, Campana D. Comparative analysis of different approaches to measure treatment response in acute myeloid leukemia. J Clin Oncol 30:3625-32, 2012.

Downing JR, Wilson RK, Zhang J, Mardis ER, Pui CH, Ding L, Ley TJ, Evans WE. Erratum: the pediatric cancer genome project. Nat Genet 44:1072, 2012.

Roberts KG, Morin RD, Zhang J, Hirst M, Zhao Y, Su X, Chen SC, Payne-Turner D, Churchman ML, Harvey RC, Chen X, Kasap C, Yan C, Becksfort J, Finney RP, Teachey DT, Maude SL, Tse K, Moore R, Jones S, Mungall K, Birol I, Edmonson MN, Hu Y, Buetow KE, Chen IM, Carroll WL, Wei L, Ma J, Kleppe M, Levine RL, Garcia-Manero G, Larsen E, Shah NP, Devidas M, Reaman G, Smith M, Paugh SW, Evans WE, Grupp SA, Jeha S, Pui CH, Gerhard DS, Downing JR, Willman CL, Loh M, Hunger SP, Marra MA, Mullighan CG. Genetic alterations activating kinase and cytokine receptor signaling in high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Cancer Cell 22:153-66, 2012.

Robinson G, Parker M, Kranenburg TA, Lu C, Chen X, Ding L, Phoenix TN, Hedlund E, Wei L, Zhu X, Chalhoub N, Baker SJ, Huether R, Kriwacki R, Curley N, Thiruvenkatam R, Wang J, Wu G, Rusch M, Hong X, Becksfort J, Gupta P, Ma J, Easton J, Vadodaria B, Onar-Thomas A, Lin T, Li S, Pounds S, Paugh S, Zhao D, Kawauchi D, Roussel MF, Finkelstein D, Ellison DW, Lau CC, Bouffet E, Hassall T, Gururangan S, Cohn R, Fulton RS, Fulton LL, Dooling DJ, Ochoa K, Gajjar A, Mardis ER, Wilson RK, Downing JR, Zhang J, Gilbertson RJ. Novel mutations target distinct subgroups of medulloblastoma. Nature 488:43-8, 2012.

Downing JR, Wilson RK, Zhang J, Mardis ER, Pui CH, Ding L, Ley TJ, Evans WE. The Pediatric Cancer Genome Project. Nat Genet 44:619-22, 2012.

Pui CH, Pei D, Pappo AS, Howard SC, Cheng C, Sandlund JT, Furman WL, Ribeiro RC, Spunt SL, Rubnitz JE, Jeha S, Hudson MM, Kun LE, Merchant TE, Kocak M, Broniscer A, Metzger ML, Downing JR, Leung W, Evans WE, Gajjar A. Treatment Outcomes in Black and White Children With Cancer: Results From the SEER Database and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 1992 Through 2007. J Clin Oncol 30:2005-12, 2012.

Cheung NK, Zhang J, Lu C, Parker M, Bahrami A, Tickoo SK, Heguy A, Pappo AS, Federico S, Dalton J, Cheung IY, Ding L, Fulton R, Wang J, Chen X, Becksfort J, Wu J, Billups CA, Ellison D, Mardis ER, Wilson RK, Downing JR, Dyer MA; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-Washington University Pediatric Cancer Genome Project. Association of age at diagnosis and genetic mutations in patients with neuroblastoma. JAMA 307:1062-71, 2012.

Wu G, Broniscer A, McEachron TA, Lu C, Paugh BS, Becksfort J, Qu C, Ding L, Huether R, Parker M, Zhang, J, Gajjar A, Dyer MA, Mullighan CG, Gilbertson RJ, Mardis ER, Wilson RK, Downing JR, Ellison DW, Zhang J, Baker SJ. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital-Washington University Pediatric Genome Project. Somatic histone H3 alterations in pediatric diffuse intrinsic pontine gliomas and non-brainstem glioblastomas. Nat Genetics 44:251-3, 2012.

Zhang J, Benavente CA, McEvoy J, Flores-Otero J, Ding L, Chen X, Ulyanov A, Wu G, Wilson M, Wang J, Brennan R, Rusch M, Manning AL, Ma J, Easton J, Shurtleff S, Mullighan C, Pounds S, Mukatira S, Gupta P, Neale G, Zhao D, Lu C, Fulton RS, Fulton LL, Hong X, Dooling DJ, Ochoa K, Naeve C, Dyson NJ, Mardis ER, Bahrami A, Ellison D, Wilson RK, Downing JR, Dyer MA. A novel retinoblastoma therapy from genomic and epigenetic analyses. Nature 481:329-34, 2012.

Zhang J, Ding L, Holmfeldt L, Wu G, Heatley SL, Payne-Turner D, Easton J, Chen X, Wang J, Rusch M, Lu C, Chen SC, Wei L, Collins-Underwood JR, Ma J, Roberts KG, Pounds SB, Ulyanov A, Becksfort J, Gupta P, Huether R, Kriwacki RW, Parker M, McGoldrick DJ, Zhao D, Alford D, Espy S, Bobba KC, Song G, Pei D, Cheng C, Roberts S, Barbato MI, Campana D, Coustan-Smith E, Shurtleff SA, Raimondi SC, Kleppe M, Cools J, Shimano KA, Hermiston ML, Doulatov S, Eppert K, Laurenti E, Notta F, Dick JE, Basso G, Hunger SP, Loh ML, Devidas M, Wood B, Winter S, Dunsmore KP, Fulton RS, Fulton LL, Hong X, Harris CC, Dooling DJ, Ochoa K, Johnson KJ, Obenauer JC, Evans WE, Pui CH, Naeve CW, Ley TJ, Mardis ER, Wilson RK, Downing JR, Mullighan CG. The genetic basis of early T-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Nature 481:157-63, 2012.

Kuhn MW, Radtke I, Bullinger L, Goorha S, Cheng J, Edelmann J, Gohlke J, Su X, Paschka P, Pounds S, Krauter J, Ganser A, Quessar A, Ribeiro R, Gaidzik VI, Shurtleff SA, Kronke J, Holzmann K, Ma J, Schlenk RF, Rubnitz JE, Dohner K, Dohner H, Downing JR. High-resolution genomic profiling of adult and pediatric core-binding-factor acute myeloid leukemia reveals new recurrent genomic alterations. Blood 119:e67-75, 2012.

Rudner LA, Brown KH, Dobrinski KP, Bradley DF, Garcia MI, Smith AC, Downie JM, Meeker ND, Look AT, Downing JR, Gutierrez A, Mullighan CG, Schiffman JD, Lee C, Trede NS, Frazer JK. Shared acquired genomic changes in zebrafish and human T-ALL. Oncogene 30:4289-96, 2011.

Gutierrez A, Kentsis A, Sanda T, Holmfeldt L, Chen SC, Zhang J, Protopopov A, Chin L, Dahlberg SE, Neuberg DS, Silverman LB, Winter SS, Hunger SP, Sallan SE, Zha S, Alt FW, Downing JR, Mullighan CG, Look AT. The BCL11B tumor suppressor is mutated across the major molecular subtypes of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Blood 118:4169-73, 2011.

Diouf B, Cheng Q, Krynetskaia NF, Yang W, Cheok M, Pei D, Fan Y, Cheng C, Krynetskiy EY, Geng H, Chen S, Thierfelder WE, Mullighan CG, Downing JR, Hsieh P, Pui CH, Relling MV, Evans WE. Somatic Deletions of Genes Regulatin MSH2 Protein Stability Cause DNA Mismatch Repair Deficiency and Drug Resistance in Human Leukemia Cells. Nat Med 17:1298-303, 2011.

Zhang J, Mullighan, CG, Harvey RC, Wu G, Chen X, Edmonson M, Buetow KH, Carroll WL, Chen IM, Devidas M, Gerhard DS, Loh ML, Reaman GH, Relling MV, Camitta BM, Bowman WP, Smith MA, Willman CL, Downing JR, Hunger SP. Key pathways are frequently mutated in high risk childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia: a report from the Children’s Oncology Group. Blood 118:3080-7, 2011.

Wang J, Mullighan CG, Easton J, Roberts S, Heatley SL, Ma J, Rusch MC, Chen K, Harris CC, Ding L, Holmfeldt L, Payne-Turner D, Fan X, Wei L, Zhao D, Obenauer JC, Naeve C, Mardis ER, Wilson RK, Downing JR, Zhang J. CREST maps somatic structural variation in cancer genomes with base-pair resolution. Nat Methods 8:652-4, 2011.

Andersson AK, Miller DW, Lynch JA, Lemoff AS, Cai Z, Pounds SB, Radtke I, Yan B, Schuetz JD, Rubnitz JE, Ribeiro RC, Raimondi SC, Zhang J, Mullighan CG, Shurtleff SA, Schulman BA, Downing JR. IDH1 and IDH2 mutations in pediatric acute leukemia. Leukemia 25:1570-7, 2011.

Mitra AK, Crews K, Pounds S, Cao X, Downing JR, Raimondi S, Campana D, Ribeiro RC, Rubnitz JE, Lamba JK. Impact of genetic variation in FKBP5 on clinical response in pediatric acute myeloid leukemia patients: a pilot study. Leukemia 25:1354-6, 2011.

Coustan-Smith E, Song G, Clark C, Key L, Liu P, Mehrpooya M, Stow P, Su X, Shurtleff S, Pui CH, Downing JR, Campana D. New Markers for minimal residual disease detection in acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Blood 117:6267-76, 2011.

Lamba JK, Crews KR, Pounds SB, Cao X, Gandhi V, Plunkett W, Razzouk BI, Lamba V, Baker SD, Raimondi SC, Campana D, Pui CH, Downing JR, Rubnitz JE, Ribeiro RC. Identification of predictive markers of cytarabine response in AML by integrative analysis of gene-expression profiles with multiple phenotypes. Pharmacogenomics 12:327-39, 2011.

Mullighan CG, Zhang J, Kasper LH, Lerach S, Payne-Turner D, Phillips LA, Heatley SL, Holmfeld L, Collins-Underwood JR, Ma J, Buetow KH, Pui C-H, Baker SD, Brindle PK, Downing JR. CREBBP mutations in relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Nature 471:235-39, 2011.

Notta F, Mullighan CG, Wang JC, Poeppl A, Doulatov S, Phillips LA, Ma J, Minden MD, Downing JR, Dick JE. Evolution of human BCR-ABL1 lymphoblastic leukaemia-initiating cells. Nature 469:362-67, 2011.

Last update: February 2013