BBS Faculty Member - Michael Goldberg

Michael Goldberg

Department of Microbiology & Immunobiology (HMS)
Department of Cancer Immunology & AIDS (DFCI)

Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Smith Building, Room 770C
450 Brookline Ave.
Boston, MA 02215
Tel: 617-909-8181
Fax: 617-582-9610
Visit my lab page here.

Our laboratory is interested to develop and deliver novel therapeutics to address cancer. Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, and ­ unlike other leading causes of death such as heart disease and infectious disease ­ its incidence is increasing. Indeed, cancer is now the primary cause of death among Americans under the age of 85. Conventional therapeutic approaches involve harsh treatment regimens that entail severe side effects. Clearly, the establishment of disruptive therapeutic molecules and platforms would be desirable.

The ability to regulate the expression of specific genes either positively or negatively in specific cells in animal models and in patients would be of great utility. To this end, our laboratory seeks to develop targeted systems for the delivery of mRNA and RNAi therapeutics. These molecules provide the tremendous specificity of genetic therapies but, owing to their impermanence, allow for dosage control like traditional therapeutic modalities. By combining applied chemical tools with an understanding of basic RNA biology and immunology, we aim to generate innovative technologies.

Indeed, through evolution, the immune system has been selected to serve as the greatest drug delivery system developed to date. By modulating genes encoding stimulatory and inhibitory signals, we will attempt to leverage the host immune system's ability to expand, to communicate with complementary cell types, to penetrate deeply into tumor parenchyma, and to develop a memory response. This strategy is designed to be as broadly applicable as possible as it is indifferent to the type of cancer and its underlying mutations. Three current areas of research in the lab are:

I) Targeting RNA delivery to specific immune cells
II) Generating improved cancer vaccines
III) Developing tumor-homing and tumor-penetrating drug delivery systems

While the principal focus of our work is to develop tools to study and treat cancer, the same tools should be relevant to the evaluation and manipulation of other biological systems of inquiry, ranging from autoimmune disease to virology.

Last Update: 5/29/2014


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Schroeder A*, Goldberg M*, Kastrup C, Levins CG, Langer RS, Anderson DG. Remotely-activated protein-producing nanoparticles. Nano Lett. Epub ahead of print (2012).

Goldberg MS*, Xing D*, Ren Y, Orsulic S, Bhatia S, Sharp PA. Nanoparticle-mediated delivery of siRNA targeting Parp1 extends survival of mice bearing tumors derived from Brca1-deficient ovarian cancer cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 108(2):745-50 (2011).

Goldberg MS, Sharp PA. Pyruvate kinase M2-specific siRNA induces apoptosis and tumor regression. J Exp Med. 209(2):217-24 (2012).

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