Education & Certifications

  • B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, Molecular, Cell & Developmental Biology, minor in Biomedical Research (2016)

Service, Volunteer and Community Work

  • Departmental Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, Stanford University


    Palo Alto, CA

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  • Second Primary Lung Cancer Among Lung Cancer Survivors Who Never Smoked. JAMA network open Choi, E., Su, C. C., Wu, J. T., Aredo, J. V., Neal, J. W., Leung, A. N., Backhus, L. M., Lui, N. S., Le Marchand, L., Stram, D. O., Liang, S. Y., Cheng, I., Wakelee, H. A., Han, S. S. 2023; 6 (11): e2343278


    Lung cancer among never-smokers accounts for 25% of all lung cancers in the US; recent therapeutic advances have improved survival among patients with initial primary lung cancer (IPLC), who are now at high risk of developing second primary lung cancer (SPLC). As smoking rates continue to decline in the US, it is critical to examine more closely the epidemiology of lung cancer among patients who never smoked, including their risk for SPLC.To estimate and compare the cumulative SPLC incidence among lung cancer survivors who have never smoked vs those who have ever smoked.This population-based prospective cohort study used data from the Multiethnic Cohort Study (MEC), which enrolled participants between April 18, 1993, and December 31, 1996, with follow-up through July 1, 2017. Eligible individuals for this study were aged 45 to 75 years and had complete smoking data at baseline. These participants were followed up for IPLC and further SPLC development through the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results registry. The data were analyzed from July 1, 2022, to January 31, 2023.Never-smoking vs ever-smoking exposure at MEC enrollment.The study had 2 primary outcomes: (1) 10-year cumulative incidence of IPLC in the entire study cohort and 10-year cumulative incidence of SPLC among patients with IPLC and (2) standardized incidence ratio (SIR) (calculated as the SPLC incidence divided by the IPLC incidence) by smoking history.Among 211 414 MEC participants, 7161 (3.96%) developed IPLC over 4 038 007 person-years, and 163 (2.28%) developed SPLC over 16 470 person-years. Of the participants with IPLC, the mean (SD) age at cohort enrollment was 63.6 (7.7) years, 4031 (56.3%) were male, and 3131 (43.7%) were female. The 10-year cumulative IPLC incidence was 2.40% (95% CI, 2.31%-2.49%) among ever-smokers, which was 7 times higher than never-smokers (0.34%; 95% CI, 0.30%-0.37%). However, the 10-year cumulative SPLC incidence following IPLC was as high among never-smokers (2.84%; 95% CI, 1.50%-4.18%) as ever-smokers (2.72%; 95% CI, 2.24%-3.20%), which led to a substantially higher SIR for never-smokers (14.50; 95% CI, 8.73-22.65) vs ever-smokers (3.50; 95% CI, 2.95-4.12).The findings indicate that SPLC risk among lung cancer survivors who never smoked is as high as among those with IPLC who ever-smoked, highlighting the need to identify risk factors for SPLC among patients who never smoked and to develop a targeted surveillance strategy.

    View details for DOI 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.43278

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  • Overall Survival Among Patients With De Novo Stage IV Metastatic and Distant Metastatic Recurrent Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. JAMA network open Su, C. C., Wu, J. T., Choi, E., Myall, N. J., Neal, J. W., Kurian, A. W., Stehr, H., Wood, D., Henry, S. M., Backhus, L. M., Leung, A. N., Wakelee, H. A., Han, S. S. 2023; 6 (9): e2335813


    Despite recent breakthroughs in therapy, advanced lung cancer still poses a therapeutic challenge. The survival profile of patients with metastatic lung cancer remains poorly understood by metastatic disease type (ie, de novo stage IV vs distant recurrence).To evaluate the association of metastatic disease type on overall survival (OS) among patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and to identify potential mechanisms underlying any survival difference.Cohort study of a national US population based at a tertiary referral center in the San Francisco Bay Area using participant data from the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) who were enrolled between 2002 and 2004 and followed up for up to 7 years as the primary cohort and patient data from Stanford Healthcare (SHC) for diagnoses between 2009 and 2019 and followed up for up to 13 years as the validation cohort. Participants from NLST with de novo metastatic or distant recurrent NSCLC diagnoses were included. Data were analyzed from January 2021 to March 2023.De novo stage IV vs distant recurrent metastatic disease.OS after diagnosis of metastatic disease.The NLST and SHC cohort consisted of 660 and 180 participants, respectively (411 men [62.3%] vs 109 men [60.6%], 602 White participants [91.2%] vs 111 White participants [61.7%], and mean [SD] age of 66.8 [5.5] vs 71.4 [7.9] years at metastasis, respectively). Patients with distant recurrence showed significantly better OS than patients with de novo metastasis (adjusted hazard ratio [aHR], 0.72; 95% CI, 0.60-0.87; P < .001) in NLST, which was replicated in SHC (aHR, 0.64; 95% CI, 0.43-0.96; P = .03). In SHC, patients with de novo metastasis more frequently progressed to the bone (63 patients with de novo metastasis [52.5%] vs 19 patients with distant recurrence [31.7%]) or pleura (40 patients with de novo metastasis [33.3%] vs 8 patients with distant recurrence [13.3%]) than patients with distant recurrence and were primarily detected through symptoms (102 patients [85.0%]) as compared with posttreatment surveillance (47 patients [78.3%]) in the latter. The main finding remained consistent after further adjusting for metastasis sites and detection methods.In this cohort study, patients with distant recurrent NSCLC had significantly better OS than those with de novo disease, and the latter group was associated with characteristics that may affect overall survival. This finding can help inform future clinical trial designs to ensure a balance for baseline patient characteristics.

    View details for DOI 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2023.35813

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  • A functional genomics screen identifying blood cell development genes in Drosophila by undergraduates participating in a course-based research experience. G3 (Bethesda, Md.) Evans, C. J., Olson, J. M., Mondal, B. C., Kandimalla, P., Abbasi, A., Abdusamad, M. M., Acosta, O., Ainsworth, J. A., Akram, H. M., Albert, R. B., Alegria-Leal, E., Alexander, K. Y., Ayala, A. C., Balashova, N. S., Barber, R. M., Bassi, H., Bennion, S. P., Beyder, M., Bhatt, K. V., Bhoot, C., Bradshaw, A. W., Brannigan, T. G., Cao, B., Cashell, Y. Y., Chai, T., Chan, A. W., Chan, C., Chang, I., Chang, J., Chang, M. T., Chang, P. W., Chang, S., Chari, N., Chassiakos, A. J., Chen, I. E., Chen, V. K., Chen, Z., Cheng, M. R., Chiang, M., Chiu, V., Choi, S., Chung, J. H., Contreras, L., Corona, E., Cruz, C. J., Cruz, R. L., Dang, J. M., Dasari, S. P., De La Fuente, J. R., Del Rio, O. M., Dennis, E. R., Dertsakyan, P. S., Dey, I., Distler, R. S., Dong, Z., Dorman, L. C., Douglass, M. A., Ehresman, A. B., Fu, I. H., Fua, A., Full, S. M., Ghaffari-Rafi, A., Ghani, A. A., Giap, B., Gill, S., Gill, Z. S., Gills, N. J., Godavarthi, S., Golnazarian, T., Goyal, R., Gray, R., Grunfeld, A. M., Gu, K. M., Gutierrez, N. C., Ha, A. N., Hamid, I., Hanson, A., Hao, C., He, C., He, M., Hedtke, J. P., Hernandez, Y. K., Hlaing, H., Hobby, F. A., Hoi, K., Hope, A. C., Hosseinian, S. M., Hsu, A., Hsueh, J., Hu, E., Hu, S. S., Huang, S., Huang, W., Huynh, M., Javier, C., Jeon, N. E., Ji, S., Johal, J., John, A., Johnson, L., Kadakia, S., Kakade, N., Kamel, S., Kaur, R., Khatra, J. S., Kho, J. A., Kim, C., Kim, E. J., Kim, H. J., Kim, H. W., Kim, J. H., Kim, S. A., Kim, W. K., Kit, B., La, C., Lai, J., Lam, V., Le, N. K., Lee, C. J., Lee, D., Lee, D. Y., Lee, J., Lee, J., Lee, J., Lee, J., Lee, S., Lee, T. C., Lee, V., Li, A. J., Li, J., Libro, A. M., Lien, I. C., Lim, M., Lin, J. M., Liu, C. Y., Liu, S. C., Louie, I., Lu, S. W., Luo, W. Y., Luu, T., Madrigal, J. T., Mai, Y., Miya, D. I., Mohammadi, M., Mohanta, S., Mokwena, T., Montoya, T., Mould, D. L., Murata, M. R., Muthaiya, J., Naicker, S., Neebe, M. R., Ngo, A., Ngo, D. Q., Ngo, J. A., Nguyen, A. T., Nguyen, H. C., Nguyen, R. H., Nguyen, T. T., Nguyen, V. T., Nishida, K., Oh, S., Omi, K. M., Onglatco, M. C., Almazan, G. O., Paguntalan, J., Panchal, M., Pang, S., Parikh, H. B., Patel, P. D., Patel, T. H., Petersen, J. E., Pham, S., Phan-Everson, T. M., Pokhriyal, M., Popovich, D. W., Quaal, A. T., Querubin, K., Resendiz, A., Riabkova, N., Rong, F., Salarkia, S., Sama, N., Sang, E., Sanville, D. A., Schoen, E. R., Shen, Z., Siangchin, K., Sibal, G., Sin, G., Sjarif, J., Smith, C. J., Soeboer, A. N., Sosa, C., Spitters, D., Stender, B., Su, C. C., Summapund, J., Sun, B. J., Sutanto, C., Tan, J. S., Tan, N. L., Tangmatitam, P., Trac, C. K., Tran, C., Tran, D., Tran, D., Tran, V., Truong, P. A., Tsai, B. L., Tsai, P., Tsui, C. K., Uriu, J. K., Venkatesh, S., Vo, M., Vo, N., Vo, P., Voros, T. C., Wan, Y., Wang, E., Wang, J., Wang, M. K., Wang, Y., Wei, S., Wilson, M. N., Wong, D., Wu, E., Xing, H., Xu, J. P., Yaftaly, S., Yan, K., Yang, E., Yang, R., Yao, T., Yeo, P., Yip, V., Yogi, P., Young, G. C., Yung, M. M., Zai, A., Zhang, C., Zhang, X. X., Zhao, Z., Zhou, R., Zhou, Z., Abutouk, M., Aguirre, B., Ao, C., Baranoff, A., Beniwal, A., Cai, Z., Chan, R., Chien, K. C., Chaudhary, U., Chin, P., Chowdhury, P., Dalie, J., Du, E. Y., Estrada, A., Feng, E., Ghaly, M., Graf, R., Hernandez, E., Herrera, K., Ho, V. W., Honeychurch, K., Hou, Y., Huang, J. M., Ishii, M., James, N., Jang, G., Jin, D., Juarez, J., Kesaf, A. E., Khalsa, S. K., Kim, H., Kovsky, J., Kuang, C. L., Kumar, S., Lam, G., Lee, C., Lee, G., Li, L., Lin, J., Liu, J., Ly, J., Ma, A., Markovic, H., Medina, C., Mungcal, J., Naranbaatar, B., Patel, K., Petersen, L., Phan, A., Phung, M., Priasti, N., Ruano, N., Salim, T., Schnell, K., Shah, P., Shen, J., Stutzman, N., Sukhina, A., Tian, R., Vega-Loza, A., Wang, J., Wang, J., Watanabe, R., Wei, B., Xie, L., Ye, J., Zhao, J., Zimmerman, J., Bracken, C., Capili, J., Char, A., Chen, M., Huang, P., Ji, S., Kim, E., Kim, K., Ko, J., Laput, S. L., Law, S., Lee, S. K., Lee, O., Lim, D., Lin, E., Marik, K., Mytych, J., O'Laughlin, A., Pak, J., Park, C., Ryu, R., Shinde, A., Sosa, M., Waite, N., Williams, M., Wong, R., Woo, J., Woo, J., Yepuri, V., Yim, D., Huynh, D., Wijiewarnasurya, D., Shapiro, C., Levis-Fitzgerald, M., Jaworski, L., Lopatto, D., Clark, I. E., Johnson, T., Banerjee, U. 2021; 11 (1)


    Undergraduate students participating in the UCLA Undergraduate Research Consortium for Functional Genomics (URCFG) have conducted a two-phased screen using RNA interference (RNAi) in combination with fluorescent reporter proteins to identify genes important for hematopoiesis in Drosophila. This screen disrupted the function of approximately 3500 genes and identified 137 candidate genes for which loss of function leads to observable changes in the hematopoietic development. Targeting RNAi to maturing, progenitor, and regulatory cell types identified key subsets that either limit or promote blood cell maturation. Bioinformatic analysis reveals gene enrichment in several previously uncharacterized areas, including RNA processing and export and vesicular trafficking. Lastly, the participation of students in this course-based undergraduate research experience (CURE) correlated with increased learning gains across several areas, as well as increased STEM retention, indicating that authentic, student-driven research in the form of a CURE represents an impactful and enriching pedagogical approach.

    View details for DOI 10.1093/g3journal/jkaa028

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  • The Survival Impact of Second Primary Lung Cancer in Patients with Lung Cancer. Journal of the National Cancer Institute Choi, E., Luo, S. J., Aredo, J. V., Backhus, L. M., Wilkens, L. R., Su, C. C., Neal, J. W., Le Marchand, L., Cheng, I., Wakelee, H. A., Han, S. S. 2021


    Lung cancer survivors have a high risk of developing second primary lung cancer (SPLC), but little is known about the survival impact of SPLC diagnosis.We analyzed data from 138,969 patients in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER), who were surgically treated for initial primary lung cancer (IPLC) in 1988-2013. Each patient was followed from the date of IPLC diagnosis to SPLC diagnosis (for those with SPLC) and last vital status through 2016. We performed multivariable Cox regression to evaluate the association between overall survival and SPLC diagnosis as a time-varying predictor. To investigate potential effect modification, we tested interaction between SPLC and IPLC stage. Using data from the Multiethnic Cohort Study (MEC) (N = 1,540 IPLC patients with surgery), we evaluated the survival impact of SPLC by smoking status. All statistical tests were 2-sided.A total of 12,115 (8.7%) patients developed SPLC in SEER over 700,421 person-years of follow up. Compared to patients with single primary lung cancer, those with SPLC had statistically significantly reduced overall survival (hazard ratio [HR]=2.12, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 2.06-2.17; P < .001). The effect of SPLC on reduced survival was more pronounced among patients with early-stage IPLC vs. advanced-stage IPLC (HR = 2.14 [95% CI = 2.08-2.20] vs. 1.43 [95% CI = 1.21-1.70], respectively; Pinteraction <0.001). Analysis using MEC data showed that the effect of SPLC on reduced survival was statistically significantly larger among persons who actively smoked at initial diagnosis vs. those who formerly or never smoked (HR = 2.31 [95% CI = 1.48-3.61] vs. 1.41 [95% CI = 0.98-2.03], respectively; Pinteraction=0.04).SPLC diagnosis is statistically significantly associated with decreased survival in SEER and MEC. Intensive surveillance targeting patients with early-stage IPLC and active smoking at IPLC diagnosis may lead to a larger survival benefit.

    View details for DOI 10.1093/jnci/djab224

    View details for PubMedID 34893871

  • Impact of Low-Dose CT Screening for Primary Lung Cancer on Subsequent Risk of Brain Metastasis. Journal of thoracic oncology : official publication of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer Su, C. C., Wu, J. T., Neal, J. W., Popat, R. A., Kurian, A. W., Backhus, L. M., Nagpal, S., Leung, A. N., Wakelee, H. A., Han, S. S. 2021


    Brain metastasis (BM) is one of the most common metastases from primary lung cancer (PLC). Recently, the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) demonstrated the efficacy of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening on LC mortality reduction. However, it remains unknown if early detection of PLC through LDCT may be potentially beneficial in reducing the risk of subsequent metastases. Our study aimed to investigate the impact of LDCT screening for PLC on the risk of developing BM after PLC diagnosis.We used NLST data to identify 1,502 participants who were diagnosed with PLC in 2002-2009 and have follow-up data for BM. Cause-specific competing risk regression was applied to evaluate an association between BM risk and the mode of PLC detection-i.e., LDCT screen-detected versus non-LDCT screen-detected. Subgroup analyses were conducted in early-stage PLC patients and those who underwent surgery for PLC.Of 1502 participants, 41.4% had PLC detected through LDCT-screening versus 58.6% detected through other methods, e.g., chest X-Ray or incidental detection. Patients whose PLC was detected with LDCT-screening had a significantly lower 3-year incidence of BM (6.5%) versus those without (11.9%), with a cause-specific hazard ratio (HR) of 0.53 (p=0.001), adjusting for PLC stage, histology, diagnosis age and smoking status. This significant reduction in BM risk among PLCs detected through LDCT-screening persisted in subgroups of early-stage PLC participants (HR 0.47, p=0.002) and those who underwent surgery (HR 0.37, p=0.001).Early detection of PLC using LDCT-screening is associated with lower risk of BM after PLC diagnosis based on a large population-based study.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jtho.2021.05.010

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