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Mihaela Onciu, MD
Mihaela Onciu, MD

Mihaela Onciu, MD

Associate Member, St. Jude Faculty



Hematopathology Fellowship - UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Anatomic Pathology/Cytopathology Fellowship - Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Pathology Residency - Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
Pathology Residency - Hennepin County Medical Center and Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis, MN
Transitional Internship - Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN
Hematology Residency - Fundeni Hospital and Colentina Hospital, Bucharest, Romania
Internal Medicine Internship - St. John’s Hospital, Dept. of Medicine, Bucharest, Romania
MD - Carol Davila University for Medicine and Pharmacy, School of Medicine, Bucharest, Romania

Research Interests

  • Diagnostic and prognostic features of pediatric lymphoma, leukemia and bone marrow failure syndromes

Selected Publications

Sandlund JT, Hudson MM, Kennedy W, Onciu M, Kastan MB. Pilot study of modified LMB-based therapy for children with ataxia-telangiectasia and advanced stage high grade mature B-cell malignancies. Pediatr Blood Cancer Feb;61(2):360-2, 2014.

Sandlund JT, Pui CH, Zhou Y, Onciu M, Campana D, Hudson MM, Inaba H, Metzger ML, Bhojwani D, Ribeiro RC. Results of treatment of advanced-stage lymphoblastic lymphoma at St Jude Children's Research Hospital from 1962 to 2002. Ann Oncol Sep;24(9):2425-9, 2013.

Sandlund JT, Shurtleff SA, Onciu M, Horwitz E, Leung W, Howard V, Rencher R, Conley ME. Frequent mutations in SH2D1A (XLP) in males presenting with high-grade mature B-cell neoplasms. Pediatr Blood Cancer Sep;60(9):E85-7, 2013.

Wright KD, Onciu MM, Coustan-Smith E, Campana D, Raimondi SC, Inaba H, Ribeiro R, Pui CH, Sandlund JT. Successful treatment of pediatric plasmacytoid dendritic cell tumors with a contemporary regimen for acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Pediatr Blood Cancer Jul;60(7):E38-41, 2013.

Yasuda K, Cline C, Vogel P, Onciu M, Fatima S, Sorrentino BP, Thirumaran RK, Ekins S, Urade Y, Fujimori K, Schuetz EG. Drug transporters on arachnoid barrier cells contribute to the blood-cerebrospinal fluid barrier. Drug Metab Dispos Apr;41(4):923-31, 2013.

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 Oct 10;30(29):3625-32, 2012.

Bhojwani D, Pei D, Sandlund JT, Jeha S, Ribeiro RC, Rubnitz JE, Raimondi SC, Shurtleff S, Onciu M, Cheng C, Coustan-Smith E, Bowman WP, Howard SC, Metzger ML, Inaba H, Leung W, Evans WE, Campana D, Relling MV, Pui CH. ETV6-RUNX1-positive childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia: improved outcome with contemporary therapy. Leukemia Feb;26(2):265-70, 2012.

Furman WL, McGregor LM, McCarville MB, Onciu M, Davidoff AM, Kovach S, Hawkins D, McPherson V, Houghton PJ, Billups CA, Wu J, Stewart CF, Santana VM. A single-arm pilot phase II study of gefitinib and irinotecan in children with newly diagnosed high-risk neuroblastoma. Invest New Drugs Aug;30(4):1660-70, 2012.

Inaba H, Rubnitz JE, Coustan-Smith E, Li L, Furmanski BD, Mascara GP, Heym KM, Christensen R, Onciu M, Shurtleff SA, Pounds SB, Pui CH, Ribeiro RC, Campana D, Baker SD. Phase I pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic study of the multikinase inhibitor sorafenib in combination with clofarabine and cytarabine in pediatric relapsed/refractory leukemia. J Clin Oncol Aug 20;29(24):3293-300, 2011.

Inaba H, Londero M, Maurer SH, Onciu M, Ge Y, Taub JW, Rubnitz JE, Raimondi SC. Acute megakaryoblastic leukemia without GATA1 mutation after transient myeloproliferative disorder in an infant without Down syndrome. J Clin Oncol Mar 20;29(9):e230-3, 2011. 

Pui CH, Pei D, Campana D, Bowman WP, Sandlund JT, Kaste SC, Ribeiro RC, Rubnitz JE, Coustan-Smith E, Jeha S, Cheng C, Metzger ML, Bhojwani D, Inaba H, Raimondi SC, Onciu M, Howard SC, Leung W, Downing JR, Evans WE, Relling MV. Improved prognosis for older adolescents with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. J Clin Oncol Feb 1;29(4):386-91, 2011.

Onciu M. Pediatric Bone Marrow Interpretation. Surg Pathol Clin North Am Dec;3(4):1091-125, 2010.

Shildkrot Y, Onciu M, Hoehn ME, Wilson MW Mixed-phenotype acute leukemia relapse in the iris.. J AAPOS Oct;14(5):453-4, 2010.

Sandlund JT, Pui CH, Mahmoud H, Zhou Y, Lowe E, Kaste S, Kun LE, Krasin MJ, Onciu M, Behm FG, Ribeiro RC, Razzouk BI, Howard SC, Metzger ML, Hale GA, Rencher R, Graham K, Hudson MM. Efficacy of high-dose methotrexate, ifosfamide, etoposide and dexamethasone salvage therapy for recurrent or refractory childhood malignant lymphoma. Ann Oncol Feb;22(2):468-71, 2011.

Rubnitz JE, Inaba H, Dahl G, Ribeiro RC, Bowman WP, Taub J, Pounds S, Razzouk BI, Lacayo NJ, Cao X, Meshinchi S, Degar B, Airewele G, Raimondi SC, Onciu M, Coustan-Smith E, Downing JR, Leung W, Pui CH, Campana D. Minimal residual disease-directed therapy for childhood acute myeloid leukaemia: results of the AML02 multicentre trial. Lancet Oncol Jun;11(6):543-52, 2010.

Hankins JS, Smeltzer MP, McCarville MB, Aygun B, Hillenbrand CM, Ware RE, Onciu M. Patterns of liver iron accumulation in patients with sickle cell disease and thalassemia with iron overload. Eur J Haematol Jul;85(1):51-7, 2010.

Pui CH, Pei D, Sandlund JT, Ribeiro RC, Rubnitz JE, Raimondi SC, Onciu M, Campana D, Kun LE, Jeha S, Cheng C, Howard SC, Metzger ML, Bhojwani D, Downing JR, Evans WE, Relling MV. Long-term results of St Jude Total Therapy Studies 11, 12, 13A, 13B, and 14 for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Leukemia Feb;24(2):371-82, 2010.

Pui CH, Campana D, Pei D, Bowman WP, Sandlund JT, Kaste SC, Ribeiro RC, Rubnitz JE, Raimondi SC, Onciu M, Coustan-Smith E, Kun LE, Jeha S, Cheng C, Howard SC, Simmons V, Bayles A, Metzger ML, Boyett JM, Leung W, Handgretinger R, Downing JR, Evans WE, Relling MV. Acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Onciu M. Hematol Oncol Clin North Am Aug;23(4):655-74, 2009.

Pui CH, Campana D, Pei D, Bowman WP, Sandlund JT, Kaste SC, Ribeiro RC, Rubnitz JE, Raimondi SC, Onciu M, Coustan-Smith E, Kun LE, Jeha S, Cheng C, Howard SC, Simmons V, Bayles A, Metzger ML, Boyett JM, Leung W, Handgretinger R, Downing JR, Evans WE, Relling MV.Treating childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia without cranial irradiation. N Engl J Med Jun 25;360(26):2730-41, 2009.

Niu C, Zhang J, Breslin P, Onciu M, Ma Z, Morris SW. c-Myc is a target of RNA-binding motif protein 15 in the regulation of adult hematopoietic stem cell and megakaryocyte development. Blood Sep 3;114(10):2087-96, 2009.

Jeha S, Pei D, Raimondi SC, Onciu M, Campana D, Cheng C, Sandlund JT, Ribeiro RC, Rubnitz JE, Howard SC, Downing JR, Evans WE, Relling MV, Pui CH. Increased risk for CNS relapse in pre-B cell leukemia with the t(1;19)/TCF3-PBX1. Leukemia Aug;23(8):1406-9, 2009.

Hankins JS, McCarville MB, Loeffler RB, Smeltzer MP, Onciu M, Hoffer FA, Li CS, Wang WC, Ware RE, Hillenbrand CM. R2* magnetic resonance imaging of the liver in patients with iron overload. Blood May 14;113(20):4853-5, 2009.

Sandlund JT, Pui CH, Zhou Y, Behm FG, Onciu M, Razzouk BI, Hijiya N, Campana D, Hudson MM, Ribeiro RC. Effective treatment of advanced-stage childhood lymphoblastic lymphoma without prophylactic cranial irradiation: results of St Jude NHL13 study. Leukemia Jun;23(6):1127-30, 2009.

Coustan-Smith E, Mullighan CG, Onciu M, Behm FG, Raimondi SC, Pei D, Cheng C, Su X, Rubnitz JE, Basso G, Biondi A, Pui CH, Downing JR, Campana D. Early T-cell precursor leukaemia: a subtype of very high-risk acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. Lancet Oncol Feb;10(2):147-56, 2009.

Rubnitz JE, Onciu M, Pounds S, Shurtleff S, Cao X, Raimondi SC, Behm FG, Campana D, Razzouk BI, Ribeiro RC, Downing JR, Pui CH. Acute mixed lineage leukemia in children: the experience of St Jude Children's Research Hospital. Blood May 21;113(21):5083-9, 2009.

Kadin ME, Pinkus JL, Pinkus GS, Duran IH, Fuller CE, Onciu M, Kawaguchi H, Morris SW. Am Primary cutaneous ALCL with phosphorylated/activated cytoplasmic ALK and novel phenotype: EMA/MUC1+, cutaneous lymphocyte antigen negative. J Surg Pathol Sep;32(9):1421-6, 2008.

Sandlund JT, Santana VM, Hudson MM, Onciu M, Head D, Murry DJ, Ribeiro R, Wallace D, Rencher R, Pui CH. Combination of dexamethasone, high-dose cytarabine, and carboplatin is effective for advanced large-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma of childhood. Cancer Aug 15;113(4):782-90, 2008.

Garrison SP, Jeffers JR, Yang C, Nilsson JA, Hall MA, Rehg JE, Yue W, Yu J, Zhang L, Onciu M, Sample JT, Cleveland JL, Zambetti GP. Selection against PUMA gene expression in Myc-driven B-cell lymphomagenesis. Mol Cell Biol Sep;28(17):5391-402, 2008.

Roberson JR, Onciu M, Pounds S, Rubnitz JE, Pui CH, Razzouk BI. Prognostic significance of myeloperoxidase expression in childhood acute myeloid leukemia. Pediatr Blood Cancer Mar;50(3):542-8, 2008.

Last update: November 2019