Joanna Phillips, MD


Dr. Joanna Phillips is a neuropathologist at UCSF Medical Center who helps diagnose neurologic disease through the examination of central nervous system tissue. As an academic neuropathologist, her goal is to improve the treatment of brain tumors through research and patient care. Her research focuses on understanding how invading tumor cells interact with the components of the brain tumor microenvironment, and how these key interactions influence glioma development and response to therapy.

Phillips earned a medical degree and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. She completed a pathology residency at the University of Washington in Seattle, followed by a fellowship in neuropathology at UCSF. Phillips is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society for Investigative Pathology, American Association of Neuropathologists, American Association for Cancer Research and Glycobiology Research and Training Program. She is an associate professor in the Department of Neurological Surgery and Department of Pathology in the Division of Neuropathology.

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University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 2002


University of Washington Medical Center 2004


UCSF Medical Center 2006

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Goode B, Joseph NM, Stevers M, Van Ziffle J, Onodera C, Talevich E, Grenert JP, Yeh I, Bastian BC, Phillips JJ, Garg K, Rabban JT, Zaloudek C, Solomon DA. Adenomatoid tumors of the male and female genital tract are defined by TRAF7 mutations that drive aberrant NF-kB pathway activation. Mod Pathol. 2017 Nov 17.
  2. Hayes J, Yu Y, Jalbert LE, Mazor T, Jones LE, Wood MD, Walsh KM, Bengtsson H, Hong C, Oberndorfer S, Roetzer T, Smirnov IV, Clarke JL, Aghi MK, Chang SM, Nelson SJ, Woehrer A, Phillips JJ, Solomon DA, Costello JF. Genomic analysis of the origins and evolution of multicentric diffuse lower-grade gliomas. Neuro Oncol. 2017 Oct 25.
  3. Lopez GY, Oberheim Bush NA, Phillips JJ, Bouffard JP, Moshel YA, Jaeckle K, Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK, Rosenblum MK, Perry A, Solomon DA. Diffuse midline gliomas with subclonal H3F3A K27M mutation and mosaic H3.3 K27M mutant protein expression. Acta Neuropathol. 2017 Oct 23.
  4. Mazor T, Chesnelong C, Pankov A, Jalbert LE, Hong C, Hayes J, Smirnov IV, Marshall R, Souza CF, Shen Y, Viswanath P, Noushmehr H, Ronen SM, Jones SJM, Marra MA, Cairncross JG, Perry A, Nelson SJ, Chang SM, Bollen AW, Molinaro AM, Bengtsson H, Olshen AB, Weiss S, Phillips JJ, Luchman HA, Costello JF. Clonal expansion and epigenetic reprogramming following deletion or amplification of mutant IDH1. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2017 Sep 15.
  5. Tran VM, Wade A, McKinney A, Chen K, Lindberg OR, Engler JR, Persson AI, Phillips JJ. Heparan Sulfate Glycosaminoglycans in Glioblastoma Promote Tumor Invasion. Mol Cancer Res. 2017 Aug 04.
  6. Jalbert LE, Elkhaled A, Phillips JJ, Neill E, Williams A, Crane JC, Olson MP, Molinaro AM, Berger MS, Kurhanewicz J, Ronen SM, Chang SM, Nelson SJ. Metabolic Profiling of IDH Mutation and Malignant Progression in Infiltrating Glioma. Sci Rep. 2017 Mar 22; 7:44792.
  7. Fan Q, Aksoy O, Wong RA, Ilkhanizadeh S, Novotny CJ, Gustafson WC, Truong AY, Cayanan G, Simonds EF, Haas-Kogan D, Phillips JJ, Nicolaides T, Okaniwa M, Shokat KM, Weiss WA. A Kinase Inhibitor Targeted to mTORC1 Drives Regression in Glioblastoma. Cancer Cell. 2017 Mar 13; 31(3):424-435.
  8. Wahl M, Phillips JJ, Molinaro AM, Lin Y, Perry A, Haas-Kogan DA, Costello JF, Dayal M, Butowski N, Clarke JL, Prados M, Nelson S, Berger MS, Chang SM. Chemotherapy for adult low-grade gliomas: clinical outcomes by molecular subtype in a phase II study of adjuvant temozolomide. Neuro Oncol. 2017 02 01; 19(2):242-251.
  9. Neill E, Luks T, Dayal M, Phillips JJ, Perry A, Jalbert LE, Cha S, Molinaro A, Chang SM, Nelson SJ. Quantitative multi-modal MR imaging as a non-invasive prognostic tool for patients with recurrent low-grade glioma. J Neurooncol. 2017 Mar; 132(1):171-179.
  10. Miroshnikova YA, Mouw JK, Barnes JM, Pickup MW, Lakins JN, Kim Y, Lobo K, Persson AI, Reis GF, McKnight TR, Holland EC, Phillips JJ, Weaver VM. Tissue mechanics promote IDH1-dependent HIF1a-tenascin C feedback to regulate glioblastoma aggression. Nat Cell Biol. 2016 Dec; 18(12):1336-1345.
  11. Vatsavayai SC, Yoon SJ, Gardner RC, Gendron TF, Vargas JN, Trujillo A, Pribadi M, Phillips JJ, Gaus SE, Hixson JD, Garcia PA, Rabinovici GD, Coppola G, Geschwind DH, Petrucelli L, Miller BL, Seeley WW. Timing and significance of pathological features in C9orf72 expansion-associated frontotemporal dementia. Brain. 2016 Dec; 139(Pt 12):3202-3216.
  12. Ge X, Gong H, Dumas K, Litwin J, Phillips JJ, Waisfisz Q, Weiss MM, Hendriks Y, Stuurman KE, Nelson SF, Grody WW, Lee H, Kwok PY, Shieh JT. Missense-depleted regions in population exomes implicate ras superfamily nucleotide-binding protein alteration in patients with brain malformation. NPJ Genom Med. 2016; 1.
  13. Han SJ, Reis G, Kohanbash G, Shrivastav S, Magill ST, Molinaro AM, McDermott MW, Theodosopoulos PV, Aghi MK, Berger MS, Butowski NA, Barani I, Phillips JJ, Perry A, Okada H. Expression and prognostic impact of immune modulatory molecule PD-L1 in meningioma. J Neurooncol. 2016 Dec; 130(3):543-552.
  14. Phillips JJ, Gong H, Chen K, Joseph NM, van Ziffle J, Jin LW, Bastian BC, Bollen AW, Perry A, Nicolaides T, Solomon DA, Shieh JT. Activating NRF1-BRAF and ATG7-RAF1 fusions in anaplastic pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma without BRAF p.V600E mutation. Acta Neuropathol. 2016 Nov; 132(5):757-760.
  15. Wood MD, Reis GF, Reuss DE, Phillips JJ. Protein Analysis of Glioblastoma Primary and Posttreatment Pairs Suggests a Mesenchymal Shift at Recurrence. J Neuropathol Exp Neurol. 2016 Oct; 75(10):925-935.
  16. Mukherjee J, Ohba S, See WL, Phillips JJ, Molinaro AM, Pieper RO. PKM2 uses control of HuR localization to regulate p27 and cell cycle progression in human glioblastoma cells. Int J Cancer. 2016 Jul 01; 139(1):99-111.
  17. Jalbert LE, Neill E, Phillips JJ, Lupo JM, Olson MP, Molinaro AM, Berger MS, Chang SM, Nelson SJ. Magnetic resonance analysis of malignant transformation in recurrent glioma. Neuro Oncol. 2016 Aug; 18(8):1169-79.
  18. Radoul M, Chaumeil MM, Eriksson P, Wang AS, Phillips JJ, Ronen SM. MR Studies of Glioblastoma Models Treated with Dual PI3K/mTOR Inhibitor and Temozolomide:Metabolic Changes Are Associated with Enhanced Survival. Mol Cancer Ther. 2016 May; 15(5):1113-22.
  19. Solomon DA, Wood MD, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Gupta N, Phillips JJ, Perry A. Diffuse Midline Gliomas with Histone H3-K27M Mutation: A Series of 47 Cases Assessing the Spectrum of Morphologic Variation and Associated Genetic Alterations. Brain Pathol. 2016 Sep; 26(5):569-80.
  20. Lerner RG, Grossauer S, Kadkhodaei B, Meyers I, Sidorov M, Koeck K, Hashizume R, Ozawa T, Phillips JJ, Berger MS, Nicolaides T, James CD, Petritsch CK. Targeting a Plk1-Controlled Polarity Checkpoint in Therapy-Resistant Glioblastoma-Propagating Cells. Cancer Res. 2015 Dec 15; 75(24):5355-66.

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