Human Oncology & Pathogenesis Program

The Joe Chan Lab


Joe Chan
Joe Chan, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

The Joe Chan Lab combines machine learning with disruptive single-cell sequencing and multiplex spatial imaging to study lineage plasticity in cancer, with a particular focus on histological transformation, as a mechanism of acquired resistance, immune escape, and metastasis. The lab has a special interest in quantifying plasticity across space, time, and cancer types.

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Joe Chan Lab

Publications Highlights

Chan JM*, Zaidi S, Love JR, Setty M, Wadosky KM, Gopalan A, Choo Z, Persad S, Choi J, LaClair J, Lawrence K, Chaudhary O, Xu T, Masilionis I, Linkov I, Wang S, Lee C, Barlas A, Morris MJ, Mazutis L, Chaligne R, Chen Y, Goodrich DW, Karthaus WR, Pe’er D, Sawyers CL. Lineage plasticity in prostate cancer depends on JAK/STAT inflammatory signaling. Science, Aug 2022; 377(6611): 1180-1191. PMID: PMC9653178.

Chan JM*, Quintanal-Villalonga A, Gao VR, Xie Y, Allaj V, Chaudhary O, Masilionis I, Egger J, Chow A, Walle T, Mattar M, Yarlagadda D, Wang JL, Uddin F, Offin M, Ciampricotti M, Qeriqi M, Bahr A, de Stanchina E, Bhanot UK, Lai WV, Bott MJ, Jones DR, Ruiz A, Baine MK, Li Y, Rekhtman N, Poirier JT, Nawy T, Sen T, Mazutis L, Hollmann TJ, Pe’er D, Rudin CM. Signatures of plasticity, metastasis, and immunosuppression in an atlas of human small cell lung cancer. Cancer Cell, 2021 Nov 8;39(11):1479-1496.e18. PMCID: PMC8628860.

Quintanal-Villalonga A, Taniguchi H, Zhan YA, Hasan MM, Chavan SS, Meng F, Uddin F, Manoj P, Donoghue M, Won HH, Chan JM, Ciampricotti M, Chow A, Offin M, Chang JC, Ray-Kirton J, Tischfield SE, Egger J, Bhanot UK, I Linkov, Asher M, Sinha S, Silber J, Iacobuzio-Donahue CA, Roehrl MH, Hollmann TJ, Yu HA, Qiu J, de Stanchina E, Baine MK, Rekhtman N, Poirier JT, Loomis B, Koche RP, Rudin CM, Sen T. Multi-omic analysis of lung tumors defines pathways activated in neuroendocrine transformation. Cancer Discovery, 2021. 11(12):3028-3047. doi: 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-20-1863. PMCID: PMC9437746.

Quintanal-Villalonga A, Taniguchi H, Zhan YA, Hasan MM, Chavan SS, Meng F, Uddin F, Allaj V, Manoj P, Shah NS, Chan JM, Ciampricotti M, Chow A, Offin M, Ray-Kirton J, Egger JD, Bhanot UK, Linkov I, Asher M, Roehrl MH, Ventura K, Qiu J, de Stanchina E, Chang JC, Rekhtman N, Houck-Loomis B, Koche RP, Yu HA, Sen T, Rudin CM. Comprehensive molecular characterization of lung tumors implicates AKT and MYC signaling in adenocarcinoma to squamous cell transdifferentiation. J Hematol Oncol, 2021. 14(1):170. doi: 10.1186/s13045-021-01186-z. PMCID: PMC8520275.

Quintanal-Villalonga A, Chan JM*, Yu HA, Pe’er D, Sawyers CL, Sen T, Rudin CM. Lineage plasticity in cancer: a shared pathway of therapeutic resistance. Nature Reviews: Clinical Oncology, 03/2020. 17(6):360-371. doi: 10.1038/s41571-020-0340-z. PMCID: PMC7397755.

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Joe Chan

Joe Chan, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor

  • MD, PhD, Columbia University Physicians & Surgeons
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Britney Forsyth

Bioinformatics Software Engineer

Morgan Lallo
Morgan Lallo

Bioinformatics Intern

Christina Marciante

Administrative Assistant

Swanand Rakhade

Medical Student

Riazat Ryan

Postdoctoral Fellow

Eric Sun
Eric Sun

MD/PhD Graduate Student

Xinjun Wang

Assistant Attending

Lab Affiliations


  • Clinical Investigator Award, K08CA259161, National Cancer Institute (2021-Current)
  • Young Investigator Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology & Conquer Cancer Foundation (2021-Current)
  • Lung Cancer Research Fellowship, American Association for Cancer Research (2021)
  • Harborside Endowed Merit Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology & Conquer Cancer Foundation (2021)
  • World Conference on Lung Cancer Early Career Award, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (2021)
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  • Gerry Fellowship, Alan and Sandra Gerry Metastasis and Tumor Ecosystems Center (2020-2021)
  • Distinguished Young Investigator Award, EGFR Resisters (2020)

Open Positions

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Career Opportunities

The laboratory has funding for multiple positions, including graduate students, postdocs, and bioinformatics engineers. Experience in programming is strongly preferred.

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