Jun Yang, PhD

Jun J. Yang, PhD

Associate Member, St. Jude Faculty


Pharmaceutical Sciences

Contact Information

Jun Yang, PhD
Pharmaceutical Sciences
MS 313, Room I5104
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Memphis, TN 38105-3678
Email: jun.yang@stjude.org
Phone: (901) 595-2517
FAX: (901) 595-8869


PhD - Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana (2006)

Research Interests

My primary research interest is to understand genetic basis of inter-patient variability in anticancer drug response, with particular focus on the following aspects of pharmacogenomics of childhood cancer:

Selected Publications

Xu H, Robinson GW, Huang J, Lim JY, Zhang H, Bass JK, Broniscer A, Chintagumpala M, Bartels U, Gururangan S, Hassall T, Fisher M, Cohn R, Yamashita T, Teitz T, Zuo J, Onar-Thomas A, Gajjar A, Stewart CF, Yang JJ. Common variants in ACYP2 influence susceptibility to cisplatin-induced hearing loss. Nat Genet Feb 9, 2015. doi:10.1038/ng.3217. [Epub ahead of print]

Yang JJ, Landier W, Yang W, Liu C, Hageman L, Cheng C, Pei D, Chen Y, Crews KR, Kornegay N, Wong FL, Evans WE, Pui CH, Bhatia S, Relling MV. Inherited NUDT15 Variant Is a Genetic Determinant of Mercaptopurine Intolerance in Children With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. J Clin Oncol Jan 26, 2015. doi:10.1200/JCO.2014.59.4671. [Epub ahead of print]

Bhojwani D, Yang JJ, Pui CH. Biology of Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Pediatr Clin North Am 62(1):47-60, 2015.

Kang G, Bi W, Zhao Y, Zhang JF, Yang JJ, Xu H, Loh ML, Hunger SP, Relling MV, Pounds S, Cheng C. A New System Identification Approach to Identify Genetic Variants in Sequencing Studies for a Binary Phenotype. Hum Hered 78(2):104-116, 2014.

Bhojwani D, Sabin ND, Pei D, Yang JJ, Khan RB, Panetta JC, Krull KR, Inaba H, Rubnitz JE, Metzger ML, Howard SC, Ribeiro RC, Cheng C, Reddick WE, Jeha S, Sandlund JT, Evans WE, Pui CH, Relling MV. Methotrexate-induced neurotoxicity and leukoencephalopathy in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. J Clin Oncol 32(9):949-959, 2014.

Mangum DS, Downie J, Mason CC, Jahromi MS, Joshi D, Rodic V, Muschen M, Meeker N, Trede N, Frazer JK, Zhou Y, Cheng C, Jeha S, Pui CH, Willman CL, Harvey RC, Hunger SP, Yang JJ, Barnette P, Mullighan CG, Miles RR, Schiffman JD. VPREB1 deletions occur independent of lambda light chain rearrangement in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Leukemia 28(1):216-220, 2014.

Perez-Andreu V, Xu H, Yang JJ. The novel susceptibility variants at 10p12.31-12.2 for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia in ethnically diverse populations. J Natl Cancer Inst 105(19):1512-1513, 2013.

Lim J, Bhatia S, Robison L, Yang J. Genomics of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Cancer Dec 30, 2013.

Perez-Andreu V, Roberts KG, Harvey RC, Yang W, Cheng C, Pei D, Xu H, Gastier-Foster J, E S, Lim JY, Chen IM, Fan Y, Devidas M, Borowitz MJ, Smith C, Neale G, Burchard EG, Torgerson DG, Klussmann FA, Villagran CR, Winick NJ, Camitta BM, Raetz E, Wood B, Yue F, Carroll WL, Larsen E, Bowman WP, Loh ML, Dean M, Bhojwani D, Pui CH, Evans WE, Relling MV, Hunger SP, Willman CL, Mullighan CG, Yang JJ. Inherited GATA3 variants are associated with Ph-like childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia and risk of relapse. Nat Genet Dec;45(12):1494-8, 2013.

Shah S, Schrader KA, Waanders E, Timms AE, Vijai J, Miething C, Wechsler J, Yang J, Hayes J, Klein RJ, Zhang J, Wei L, Wu G, Rusch M, Nagahawatte P, Ma J, Chen SC, Song G, Cheng J, Meyers P, Bhojwani D, Jhanwar S, Maslak P, Fleisher M, Littman J, Offit L, Rau-Murthy R, Fleischut MH, Corines M, Murali R, Gao X, Manschreck C, Kitzing T, Murty VV, Raimondi SC, Kuiper RP, Simons A, Schiffman JD, Onel K, Plon SE, Wheeler DA, Ritter D, Ziegler DS, Tucker K, Sutton R, Chenevix-Trench G, Li J, Huntsman DG, Hansford S, Senz J, Walsh T, Lee M, Hahn CN, Roberts KG, King MC, Lo SM, Levine RL, Viale A, Socci ND, Nathanson KL, Scott HS, Daly M, Lipkin SM, Lowe SW, Downing JR, Altshuler D, Sandlund JT, Horwitz MS, Mullighan CG, Offit K. A recurrent germline PAX5 mutation confers susceptibility to pre-B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Nat Genet Oct;45(10):1226-31, 2013. doi: 10.1038/ng.2754.

Yang JJ, Lim JY, Huang J, Bass J, Wu J, Wang C, Fang J, Stewart E, Harstead EH, E S, Robinson GW, Evans WE, Pappo A, Zuo J, Relling MV, Onar-Thomas A, Gajjar A, Stewart CF. The role of inherited TPMT and COMT genetic variation in cisplatin-induced ototoxicity in children with cancer. Clin Pharmacol Ther 94(2):252-9, 2013.

Yang JJ, Bhojwani D. Thiopurine s-methyltransferase pharmacogenetics in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Methods Mol Biol 999:273-84, 2013.

Xu H, Yang W, Perez-Andreu V, Devidas M, Fan Y, Cheng C, Pei D, Scheet P, Burchard EG, Eng C, Huntsman S, Torgerson DG, Dean M, Winick NJ, Martin PL, Camitta BM, Bowman WP, Willman CL, Carroll WL, Mullighan CG, Bhojwani D, Hunger SP, Pui CH, Evans WE, Relling MV, Loh ML, Yang JJ. Novel susceptibility variants at 10p12.31-12.2 for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia in ethnically diverse populations. J Natl Cancer Inst 105(10):733-42, 2013.

Meyer JA, Wang J, Hogan LE, Yang JJ, Dandekar S, Patel JP, Tang Z, Zumbo P, Li S, Zavadil J, Levine RL, Cardozo T, Hunger SP, Raetz EA, Evans WE, Morrison DJ, Mason CE, Carroll WL. Relapse-specific mutations in NR5C2 in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Nat Genet 45(3):290-294, 2013.

Yang JJ, Cheng C, Devidas M, Cao X, Campana D, Yang W, Fan Y, Neale G, Cox N, Scheet P, Borowitz MJ, Winick NJ, Martin PL, Bowman WP, Camitta B, Reaman GH, Carroll WL, Willman CL, Hunger SP, Evans WE, Pui CH, Loh M, Relling MV. Genome-wide association study identifies germline polymorphisms associated with relapse of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Blood 120(20):4197-4204, 2012.

Xu H, Cheng C, Devidas M, Pei D, Fan Y, Yang W, Neale G, Scheet P, Burchard EG, Torgerson DG, Eng C, Dean M, Antillon F, Winick NJ, Martin PL, Willman CL, Camitta BM, Reaman GH, Carroll WL, Loh M, Evans WE, Pui CH, Hunger SP, Relling MV, Yang JJ. ARID5B genetic polymorphisms contribute to racial disparities in the incidence and treatment outcome of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. J Clin Oncol 30(7):751-7, 2012.

Hogan LE, Meyer JA, Yang J, Wang J, Wong N, Yang W, Condos G, Hunger SP, Raetz E, Saffery R, Relling MV, Bhojwani D, Morrison DJ, Carroll WL, Plenge RM. Integrated genomic analysis of relapsed childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia reveals therapeutic strategies. Blood 118(19):5218-26, 2011.

Yang JJ, Plenge RM. Genomic technology applied to pharmacological traits. JAMA 306(6):652-3, 2011.

Mikkelsen TS, Thorn CF, Yang JJ, Ulrich CM, French D, Zaza G, Dunnenberger HM, Marsh S, McLeod HL, Giacomini K, Becker ML, Gaedigk R, Leeder JS, Kager L, Relling MV, Evans W, Klein TE, Altman RB. PharmGKB summary: methotrexate pathway. Pharmacogenet Genomics February 11, 2011.

Yang JJ, Cheng C, Devidas M, Cao X, Fan Y, Campana D, Yang W, Neale G, Cox NJ, Scheet P, Borowitz MJ, Winick NJ, Martin PL, Willman CL, Bowman WP, Camitta BM, Carroll A, Reaman GH, Carroll WL, Loh M, Hunger SP, Pui CH, Evans WE, Relling MV. Ancestry and pharmacogenomics of relapse in acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Nat Genet February 6, 2011.

Pounds S, Cao X, Cheng C, Yang JJ, Campana D, Pui CH, Evans WE, Relling MV. Integrated analysis of pharmacologic, clinical and SNP microarray data using Projection Onto the Most Interesting Statistical Evidence with adaptive permutation testing. Int J Data Min Bioinform 5(2):143-57, 2011.

Harvey RC, Mullighan CG, Wang X, Dobbin KK, Davidson GS, Bedrick EJ, Chen IM, Atlas SR, Kang H, Ar K, Wilson CS, Wharton W, Murphy M, Devidas M, Carroll AJ, Borowitz MJ, Bowman WP, Downing JR, Relling M, Yang J, Bhojwani D, Carroll WL, Camitta B, Reaman GH, Smith M, Hunger SP, Willman CL. Identification of novel cluster groups in pediatric high-risk B-precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia with gene expression profiling: correlation with genome-wide DNA copy number alterations, clinical characteristics, and outcome. Blood 116(23):4874-4884, 2010.

Chen SH, Yang W, Fan Y, Stocco G, Crews KR, Yang JJ, Paugh SW, Pui CH, Evans WE, Relling MV. A genome-wide approach identifies that the aspartate metabolism pathway contributes to asparaginase sensitivity. Leukemia November 12, 2010.

Meeker ND, Yang JJ, Schiffman JD. Pharmacogenomics of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Expert Opin Pharmacother 11(10):1621-1632, 2010.

Atkinson EJ, McDonnell SK, Witte JS, Crawford DC, Fan Y, Fridley B, Li D, Li L, Rodin A, Sadee W, Speed T, Weiss ST, Yang JJ, Yerges L, Schaid DJ. Lessons learned from the Fifth Statistical Analysis Workshop of the Pharmacogenetics Research Network. Pharmacogenomics 2010 (in press).

Yang W, Treviño LR, Yang JJ, Pui CH, Evans WE, Relling MV. ARID5B SNP rs10821936 is associated with risk of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia in blacks and contributes to racial differences in leukemia incidence. Leukemia 24(4):894-896, 2010.

Kularatne SA, Zhou Z, Yang JJ, Post CB, Low PS. Design, synthesis, and preclinical evaluation of prostate-specific membrane antigen targeted (99m) Tc-radioimaging agents. Mol Pharm 6(3):790-800, 2009.

Yang JJ, Bogni A, Schuetz EG, Ratain M, Eileen Dolan M, McLeod H, Gong L, Thorn C, Relling MV, Klein TE, Altman RB. Etoposide pathway. Pharmacogenet Genomics 19(7):552-3, 2009.

Yang JJ, Cheng C, Yang W, Pei D, Cao X, Fan Y, Pounds S, Treviño LR, French D, Campana D, Downing JR, Evans WE, Pui C, Devidas M, Bowman WP, Camitta BM, Willman C, Davies SM, Borowitz MJ, Carroll WL, Hunger SP, Relling MV. Genome-wide interrogation of germline genetic variation associated with treatment response in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. JAMA 301(4):393-403, 2009.

Last updated: January 2015