Wolfe Lab | Translational Radiation Oncology
The Wolfe Lab is an interdisciplinary research lab that spans the interface between DNA repair and radiation therapy in deadly cancers. The lab studies aspects of oncogenic DNA repair regulation, homologous recombination dynamics, and radiation mouse models of human cancer.
The Wolfe Lab investigates DNA repair pathways leading to treatment resistance to radiation therapy, novel DNA damage radiation biomarkers, and the development of novel DNA repair targets to improve responses to radiation therapy. We are interested in understanding the molecular drivers of radiation resistance. Our main disease of focus is pancreatic cancer. We utilize genetic and proteomic approaches to address the fundamental mechanisms of genetic alterations in cancer cells, resulting in heightened DNA repair leading to radiation resistance. We have developed relevant in vitro and in vivo models of human cancer that mimic the disease phenotype in the patients.
The projects that we currently are working on in the lab are:
Role of DNA repair proteins in Radiation Resistance in KRAS mutant Pancreatic Cancer. DNA repair is critically important for maintaining the radioresistant phenotype of KRAS mutant pancreatic cancer. We are studying ways to target upregulated DNA repair pathways that can enhance tumor control and clinical outcomes through “biological dose escalation” to the tumor while sparing the surrounding critical structures.
Translational model of radiation therapy in pancreatic cancer. We have developed a clinically relevant pancreatic pre-clinical model to understand better the role of DNA repair on therapeutic response. We use a Small Animal Radiation Research Platform combined with the high field MRI available at UAMS. We are testing novel radiosensitizers that could be moved into Phase I clinical trials using this model.
DNA Damage biomarkers for treatment guidance. We utilize the quantitative immunohistochemistry for DNA repair proteins on pre-treatment biopsy samples to correlate clinical outcomes following radiation. We can discover novel DNA damage biomarkers to personalize treatments for our cancer patients.
Clinical Cancer Research (Journal)
Radiosensitizers are powerful drugs that synergize with radiation therapy doses to destroy cancer cells while preserving healthy tissues. In this publication we investigate miRNA as a novel radiosensitizer.
Stay Informed About Wolfe Lab | Radiation Oncology Research
Dr. Wolfe is awarded a KL2 award!
Dr. Wolfe was awarded a KL2 Mentored Research Career Development Scholar Award from the UAMS Translational Research Institute. This award will fund the research in Dr. Wolfe's lab for 2 years.
Adam Wolfe joins the faculty and starts new lab at UAMS!
As a cancer survivor, Dr. Wolfe brings a passion to pancreatic cancer research that few others can. A recent recipient of a TRI Career Development Award, Wolfe is investigating the role of oncogenic KRAS in regulating the DNA repair of RAD18, an enzyme with a major role in pancreatic cancer DNA repair.
Adam Wolfe MD, PhD
Dr. Wolfe is a physician-scientist in Radiation Oncology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS). He is an assistant professor as of 2021. He is passionate about translational oncology research to provide better treatment outcomes for our patients. In the clinic, he treats patients with gastrointestinal cancers. In the lab, he researches new strategies to improve radiation therapy.
Oscar joined the Wolfe Lab in 2021 and is a student at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. His long term aspirations are to enter into medical school.
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The Wolfe lab is actively recruiting new members to join our team! We have funded positions for postdoctoral fellows and research scientists. Please apply below if you are interested in joining!