Sabrina Ronen, PhD

Professor
Professor in Residence

Biography

Sabrina M. Ronen, PhD, is a Professor in Residence in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Ronen completed her BS in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, received her MS in Chemistry from San Jose State University, and obtained her PhD in Chemical Physics from The Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. She then trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institut Curie in Paris, France, and started her academic career at the Institute of Cancer Research in London, England.

Dr. Ronen’s Laboratory focuses on developing and mechanistically validating robust non-invasive translatable magnetic resonance (MR)–based biomarkers that can be used to monitor oncogenic transformation and response to therapy. Dr. Ronen has ongoing research projects on monitoring PI3K signaling, detecting the mutational status of isocitrate dehydrogenase, probing the metabolism of brain tumors, and determining the metabolomic profile of pancreatic cancer.

Expertise:
Magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS), spectroscopic imaging (MRSI), imaging (MRI), metabolism, cancer, bioengineering

Specialty:
Preclinical cancer models

Professional Interests:
Magnetic resonance, spectroscopy, imaging, cancer, metabolism, cell signaling, biomarkers

Education and Training:
• Bachelor of Science: Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel - Cum Laude, Chemistry and Biochemistry
• Masters of Science: San Jose State University, San Jose - Chemistry
• Doctor of Philosophy: Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel - Chemical Physics
• Postdoctoral Fellowship: Institut Curie, Paris, France - Imaging
• Postdoctoral Fellowship: Harefield Hospital, London, England - Imaging

Honors and Awards

Senior Fellowship Award, International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), 2016
Board of Trustees, World Molecular Imaging Society, 2015-2018
Distinguished Investigator, Academy of Radiology Research, 2013
Annual Meeting Program Committee (AMPC), International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine (ISMRM), 2008-2011
ICR Fellowship, CRUK Institute of Cancer Research, 1996
Eshkol Scholarship, Israel Ministry of Science, 1987

Publications

Kuang R, Jahangiri A, Mascharak S, Nguyen A, Chandra A, Flanigan PM, Yagnik G, Wagner JR, De Lay M, Carrera D, Castro BA, Hayes J, Sidorov M, Garcia JL, Eriksson P, Ronen S, Phillips J, Molinaro A, Koliwad S, Aghi MK. GLUT3 upregulation promotes metabolic reprogramming associated with antiangiogenic therapy resistance. JCI Insight. 2017 Jan 26; 2(2):e88815.
Ohba S, Mukherjee J, Johannessen TC, Mancini A, Chow TT, Wood M, Jones L, Mazor T, Marshall RE, Viswanath P, Walsh KM, Perry A, Bell RJ, Phillips JJ, Costello JF, Ronen SM, Pieper RO. Mutant IDH1 Expression Drives TERT Promoter Reactivation as Part of the Cellular Transformation Process. Cancer Res. 2016 Nov 15; 76(22):6680-6689.
Najac C, Chaumeil MM, Kohanbash G, Guglielmetti C, Gordon JW, Okada H, Ronen SM. Detection of inflammatory cell function using (13)C magnetic resonance spectroscopy of hyperpolarized [6-(13)C]-arginine. Sci Rep. 2016; 6:31397.
Johannessen TA, Mukherjee J, Viswanath P, Ohba S, Ronen SM, Bjerkvig R, Pieper RO. Rapid Conversion of Mutant IDH1 from Driver to Passenger in a Model of Human Gliomagenesis. Mol Cancer Res. 2016 Oct; 14(10):976-983.
Chaumeil MM, Radoul M, Najac C, Eriksson P, Viswanath P, Blough MD, Chesnelong C, Luchman HA, Cairncross JG, Ronen SM. Hyperpolarized (13)C MR imaging detects no lactate production in mutant IDH1 gliomas: Implications for diagnosis and response monitoring. Neuroimage Clin. 2016; 12:180-9.
Viswanath P, Najac C, Izquierdo-Garcia JL, Pankov A, Hong C, Eriksson P, Costello JF, Pieper RO, Ronen SM. Mutant IDH1 expression is associated with down-regulation of monocarboxylate transporters. Oncotarget. 2016 Jun 7; 7(23):34942-55.
Reed GD, von Morze C, Verkman AS, Koelsch BL, Chaumeil MM, Lustig M, Ronen SM, Bok RA, Sands JM, Larson PE, Wang ZJ, Larsen JH, Kurhanewicz J, Vigneron DB. Imaging Renal Urea Handling in Rats at Millimeter Resolution using Hyperpolarized Magnetic Resonance Relaxometry. Tomography. 2016 Jun; 2(2):125-135.
Cao P, Shin PJ, Park I, Najac C, Marco-Rius I, Vigneron DB, Nelson SJ, Ronen SM, Larson PE. Accelerated high-bandwidth MR spectroscopic imaging using compressed sensing. Magn Reson Med. 2016 Aug; 76(2):369-79.
Viswanath P, Chaumeil MM, Ronen SM. Molecular Imaging of Metabolic Reprograming in Mutant IDH Cells. Front Oncol. 2016; 6:60.
Cao P, Zhang X, Park I, Najac C, Nelson SJ, Ronen S, Larson PE. (1) H-(13) C independently tuned radiofrequency surface coil applied for in vivo hyperpolarized MRI. Magn Reson Med. 2015 Nov 24.
Chaumeil MM, Lupo JM, Ronen SM. Magnetic Resonance (MR) Metabolic Imaging in Glioma. Brain Pathol. 2015 Nov; 25(6):769-80.
Viswanath P, Ronen SM. Metabolic reprogramming of pyruvate dehydrogenase is essential for the proliferation of glioma cells expressing mutant IDH1. Mol Cell Oncol. 2016 Apr 1; 3(2):e1077922.
Chaumeil MM, Najac C, Ronen SM. Studies of Metabolism Using (13)C MRS of Hyperpolarized Probes. Methods Enzymol. 2015; 561:1-71.
Izquierdo-Garcia JL, Viswanath P, Eriksson P, Cai L, Radoul M, Chaumeil MM, Blough M, Luchman HA, Weiss S, Cairncross JG, Phillips JJ, Pieper RO, Ronen SM. IDH1 Mutation Induces Reprogramming of Pyruvate Metabolism. Cancer Res. 2015 Aug 1; 75(15):2999-3009.
Izquierdo-Garcia JL, Viswanath P, Eriksson P, Chaumeil MM, Pieper RO, Phillips JJ, Ronen SM. Metabolic reprogramming in mutant IDH1 glioma cells. PLoS One. 2015; 10(2):e0118781.
Park I, Mukherjee J, Ito M, Chaumeil MM, Jalbert LE, Gaensler K, Ronen SM, Nelson SJ, Pieper RO. Changes in pyruvate metabolism detected by magnetic resonance imaging are linked to DNA damage and serve as a sensor of temozolomide response in glioblastoma cells. Cancer Res. 2014 Dec 1; 74(23):7115-24.
Izquierdo-Garcia JL, Cai LM, Chaumeil MM, Eriksson P, Robinson AE, Pieper RO, Phillips JJ, Ronen SM. Glioma cells with the IDH1 mutation modulate metabolic fractional flux through pyruvate carboxylase. PLoS One. 2014; 9(9):e108289.
Wang AS, Lodi A, Rivera LB, Izquierdo-Garcia JL, Firpo MA, Mulvihill SJ, Tempero MA, Bergers G, Ronen SM. HR-MAS MRS of the pancreas reveals reduced lipid and elevated lactate and taurine associated with early pancreatic cancer. NMR Biomed. 2014 Nov; 27(11):1361-70.
Chaumeil MM, Larson PE, Woods SM, Cai L, Eriksson P, Robinson AE, Lupo JM, Vigneron DB, Nelson SJ, Pieper RO, Phillips JJ, Ronen SM. Hyperpolarized [1-13C] glutamate: a metabolic imaging biomarker of IDH1 mutational status in glioma. Cancer Res. 2014 Aug 15; 74(16):4247-57.
Cunningham JT, Moreno MV, Lodi A, Ronen SM, Ruggero D. Protein and nucleotide biosynthesis are coupled by a single rate-limiting enzyme, PRPS2, to drive cancer. Cell. 2014 May 22; 157(5):1088-103.
Lodi A, Woods SM, Ronen SM. MR-detectable metabolic consequences of mitogen-activated protein kinase kinase (MEK) inhibition. NMR Biomed. 2014 Jun; 27(6):700-8.
Chesnelong C, Chaumeil MM, Blough MD, Al-Najjar M, Stechishin OD, Chan JA, Pieper RO, Ronen SM, Weiss S, Luchman HA, Cairncross JG. Lactate dehydrogenase A silencing in IDH mutant gliomas. Neuro Oncol. 2014 May; 16(5):686-95.
Ito M, Ohba S, Gaensler K, Ronen SM, Mukherjee J, Pieper RO. Early Chk1 phosphorylation is driven by temozolomide-induced, DNA double strand break- and mismatch repair-independent DNA damage. PLoS One. 2013; 8(5):e62351.
Ward CS, Eriksson P, Izquierdo-Garcia JL, Brandes AH, Ronen SM. HDAC inhibition induces increased choline uptake and elevated phosphocholine levels in MCF7 breast cancer cells. PLoS One. 2013; 8(4):e62610.
Mukherjee J, Phillips JJ, Zheng S, Wiencke J, Ronen SM, Pieper RO. Pyruvate kinase M2 expression, but not pyruvate kinase activity, is up-regulated in a grade-specific manner in human glioma. PLoS One. 2013; 8(2):e57610.
Jahangiri A, De Lay M, Miller LM, Carbonell WS, Hu YL, Lu K, Tom MW, Paquette J, Tokuyasu TA, Tsao S, Marshall R, Perry A, Bjorgan KM, Chaumeil MM, Ronen SM, Bergers G, Aghi MK. Gene expression profile identifies tyrosine kinase c-Met as a targetable mediator of antiangiogenic therapy resistance. Clin Cancer Res. 2013 Apr 1; 19(7):1773-83.
Chaumeil MM, Larson PE, Yoshihara HA, Danforth OM, Vigneron DB, Nelson SJ, Pieper RO, Phillips JJ, Ronen SM. Non-invasive in vivo assessment of IDH1 mutational status in glioma. Nat Commun. 2013; 4:2429.
Lodi A, Woods SM, Ronen SM. Treatment with the MEK inhibitor U0126 induces decreased hyperpolarized pyruvate to lactate conversion in breast, but not prostate, cancer cells. NMR Biomed. 2013 Mar; 26(3):299-306.
Park I, Hu S, Bok R, Ozawa T, Ito M, Mukherjee J, Phillips JJ, James CD, Pieper RO, Ronen SM, Vigneron DB, Nelson SJ. Evaluation of heterogeneous metabolic profile in an orthotopic human glioblastoma xenograft model using compressed sensing hyperpolarized 3D 13C magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging. Magn Reson Med. 2013 Jul; 70(1):33-9.
Chaumeil MM, Gini B, Yang H, Iwanami A, Sukumar S, Ozawa T, Pieper RO, Mischel PS, James CD, Berger MS, Ronen SM. Longitudinal evaluation of MPIO-labeled stem cell biodistribution in glioblastoma using high resolution and contrast-enhanced MR imaging at 14.1 tesla. Neuro Oncol. 2012 Aug; 14(8):1050-61.
Venkatesh HS, Chaumeil MM, Ward CS, Haas-Kogan DA, James CD, Ronen SM. Reduced phosphocholine and hyperpolarized lactate provide magnetic resonance biomarkers of PI3K/Akt/mTOR inhibition in glioblastoma. Neuro Oncol. 2012 Mar; 14(3):315-25.
Dafni H, Burghardt AJ, Majumdar S, Navone NM, Ronen SM. Vascular patterning and permeability in prostate cancer models with differing osteogenic properties. NMR Biomed. 2012 Jun; 25(6):843-51.
Glunde K, Bhujwalla ZM, Ronen SM. Choline metabolism in malignant transformation. Nat Rev Cancer. 2011 Dec; 11(12):835-48.
Lodi A, Ronen SM. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy detectable metabolomic fingerprint of response to antineoplastic treatment. PLoS One. 2011; 6(10):e26155.
Su JS, Woods SM, Ronen SM. Metabolic consequences of treatment with AKT inhibitor perifosine in breast cancer cells. NMR Biomed. 2012 Feb; 25(2):379-88.
Chaumeil MM, Ozawa T, Park I, Scott K, James CD, Nelson SJ, Ronen SM. Hyperpolarized 13C MR spectroscopic imaging can be used to monitor Everolimus treatment in vivo in an orthotopic rodent model of glioblastoma. Neuroimage. 2012 Jan 2; 59(1):193-201.
Park I, Bok R, Ozawa T, Phillips JJ, James CD, Vigneron DB, Ronen SM, Nelson SJ. Detection of early response to temozolomide treatment in brain tumors using hyperpolarized 13C MR metabolic imaging. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2011 Jun; 33(6):1284-90.
Lock R, Roy S, Kenific CM, Su JS, Salas E, Ronen SM, Debnath J. Autophagy facilitates glycolysis during Ras-mediated oncogenic transformation. Mol Biol Cell. 2011 Jan 15; 22(2):165-78.
Brandes AH, Ward CS, Ronen SM. 17-allyamino-17-demethoxygeldanamycin treatment results in a magnetic resonance spectroscopy-detectable elevation in choline-containing metabolites associated with increased expression of choline transporter SLC44A1 and phospholipase A2. Breast Cancer Res. 2010; 12(5):R84.
Dafni H, Larson PE, Hu S, Yoshihara HA, Ward CS, Venkatesh HS, Wang C, Zhang X, Vigneron DB, Ronen SM. Hyperpolarized 13C spectroscopic imaging informs on hypoxia-inducible factor-1 and myc activity downstream of platelet-derived growth factor receptor. Cancer Res. 2010 Oct 1; 70(19):7400-10.
Koul D, Shen R, Kim YW, Kondo Y, Lu Y, Bankson J, Ronen SM, Kirkpatrick DL, Powis G, Yung WK. Cellular and in vivo activity of a novel PI3K inhibitor, PX-866, against human glioblastoma. Neuro Oncol. 2010 Jun; 12(6):559-69.
Ward CS, Venkatesh HS, Chaumeil MM, Brandes AH, Vancriekinge M, Dafni H, Sukumar S, Nelson SJ, Vigneron DB, Kurhanewicz J, James CD, Haas-Kogan DA, Ronen SM. Noninvasive detection of target modulation following phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase inhibition using hyperpolarized 13C magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Cancer Res. 2010 Feb 15; 70(4):1296-305.
Dafni H, Ronen SM. Dynamic nuclear polarization in metabolic imaging of metastasis: common sense, hypersense and compressed sensing. Cancer Biomark. 2010; 7(4):189-99.
Dafni H, Kim SJ, Bankson JA, Sankaranarayanapillai M, Ronen SM. Macromolecular dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE)-MRI detects reduced vascular permeability in a prostate cancer bone metastasis model following anti-platelet-derived growth factor receptor (PDGFR) therapy, indicating a drop in vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) activation. Magn Reson Med. 2008 Oct; 60(4):822-33.
Ross J, Najjar AM, Sankaranarayanapillai M, Tong WP, Kaluarachchi K, Ronen SM. Fatty acid synthase inhibition results in a magnetic resonance-detectable drop in phosphocholine. Mol Cancer Ther. 2008 Aug; 7(8):2556-65.
Sankaranarayanapillai M, Tong WP, Yuan Q, Bankson JA, Dafni H, Bornmann WG, Soghomonyan S, Pal A, Ramirez MS, Webb D, Kaluarachchi K, Gelovani JG, Ronen SM. Monitoring histone deacetylase inhibition in vivo: noninvasive magnetic resonance spectroscopy method. Mol Imaging. 2008 Mar-Apr; 7(2):92-100.
Sankaranarayanapillai M, Tong WP, Maxwell DS, Pal A, Pang J, Bornmann WG, Gelovani JG, Ronen SM. Detection of histone deacetylase inhibition by noninvasive magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Mol Cancer Ther. 2006 May; 5(5):1325-34.
Beloueche-Babari M, Jackson LE, Al-Saffar NM, Eccles SA, Raynaud FI, Workman P, Leach MO, Ronen SM. Identification of magnetic resonance detectable metabolic changes associated with inhibition of phosphoinositide 3-kinase signaling in human breast cancer cells. Mol Cancer Ther. 2006 Jan; 5(1):187-96.
Beloueche-Babari M, Jackson LE, Al-Saffar NM, Workman P, Leach MO, Ronen SM. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy monitoring of mitogen-activated protein kinase signaling inhibition. Cancer Res. 2005 Apr 15; 65(8):3356-63.
Chung YL, Troy H, Banerji U, Jackson LE, Walton MI, Stubbs M, Griffiths JR, Judson IR, Leach MO, Workman P, Ronen SM. Magnetic resonance spectroscopic pharmacodynamic markers of the heat shock protein 90 inhibitor 17-allylamino,17-demethoxygeldanamycin (17AAG) in human colon cancer models. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2003 Nov 5; 95(21):1624-33.
Al-Saffar NM, Titley JC, Robertson D, Clarke PA, Jackson LE, Leach MO, Ronen SM. Apoptosis is associated with triacylglycerol accumulation in Jurkat T-cells. Br J Cancer. 2002 Mar 18; 86(6):963-70.
Ronen SM, Jackson LE, Beloueche M, Leach MO. Magnetic resonance detects changes in phosphocholine associated with Ras activation and inhibition in NIH 3T3 cells. Br J Cancer. 2001 Mar 2; 84(5):691-6.
Ronen SM, Leach MO. Imaging biochemistry: applications to breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res. 2001; 3(1):36-40.
Smith TA, Maisey NR, Titley JC, Jackson LE, Leach MO, Ronen SM. Treatment of SW620 cells with Tomudex and oxaliplatin induces changes in 2-deoxy-D-glucose incorporation associated with modifications in glucose transport. J Nucl Med. 2000 Oct; 41(10):1753-9.
Evelhoch JL, Gillies RJ, Karczmar GS, Koutcher JA, Maxwell RJ, Nalcioglu O, Raghunand N, Ronen SM, Ross BD, Swartz HM. Applications of magnetic resonance in model systems: cancer therapeutics. Neoplasia. 2000 Jan-Apr; 2(1-2):152-65.
Ronen SM, DiStefano F, McCoy CL, Robertson D, Smith TA, Al-Saffar NM, Titley J, Cunningham DC, Griffiths JR, Leach MO, Clarke PA. Magnetic resonance detects metabolic changes associated with chemotherapy-induced apoptosis. Br J Cancer. 1999 Jun; 80(7):1035-41.
Leach MO, Verrill M, Glaholm J, Smith TA, Collins DJ, Payne GS, Sharp JC, Ronen SM, McCready VR, Powles TJ, Smith IE. Measurements of human breast cancer using magnetic resonance spectroscopy: a review of clinical measurements and a report of localized 31P measurements of response to treatment. NMR Biomed. 1998 Nov; 11(7):314-40.
Ronen SM, Volk A, Mispelter J. Comparative NMR study of a differentiated rat hepatoma and its dedifferentiated subclone cultured as spheroids and as implanted tumors. NMR Biomed. 1994 Sep; 7(6):278-86.
Ronen SM, Degani H. The application of 13C NMR to the characterization of phospholipid metabolism in cells. Magn Reson Med. 1992 Jun; 25(2):384-9.
Ronen SM, Rushkin E, Degani H. Lipid metabolism in large T47D human breast cancer spheroids: 31P- and 13C-NMR studies of choline and ethanolamine uptake. Biochim Biophys Acta. 1992 Mar 20; 1138(3):203-12.
Ronen SM, Rushkin E, Degani H. Lipid metabolism in T47D human breast cancer cells: 31P and 13C-NMR studies of choline and ethanolamine uptake. Biochim Biophys Acta. 1991 Oct 16; 1095(1):5-16.
Ronen SM, Stier A, Degani H. NMR studies of the lipid metabolism of T47D human breast cancer spheroids. FEBS Lett. 1990 Jun 18; 266(1-2):147-9.
Ronen S, Degani H. Studies of the metabolism of human breast cancer spheroids by NMR. Magn Reson Med. 1989 Nov; 12(2):274-81.