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Asim Alam


University of California, San Diego, B.S. in Biochemistry and Cell Biology (2008)
Hometown: Cupertino, CA
PhD Advisor: Ross Mikkelsen, PhD
Graduate Program: Radiation Oncology


Research Interests:

Asim’s interests are in cancer research. He is particularly interested in hypoxic adaptations tumor cells make, as well the role inflammatory states play in tumors.

Personal Bio:

Asim was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and immigrated to America with his family in 1993. Since 1996, his family lived in the Bay Area of California. Although Richmond, Va., is very different from where he grew up, he loves the things the city has to offer. There is a lot of history in this city, as well as many nice parks and museums. 


Alam, A., Rabender, C., Waters, M., Alam, A., Sperlazza, J., Gobalakrishna, S..., Mikkelsen, R. B. (2017). Nitric Oxide Synthase Activity and its Modulation in the Treatment of Colorectal Cancer.(In preparation)

Mikkelsen, R. B., Yakovlev, V. A., Rabender, C. S., & Alam, A. (2016). Nitric Oxide Synthase Uncoupling in Tumor Progression and Cancer Therapy. Strategies to Enhance the Therapeutic Ratio of Radiation as a Cancer Treatment,139-158. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-45594-5_6

Alam, A., Mukhopadhyay, N. D., Ning, Y., Reshko, L. B., Cardnell, R. J., Alam, O., . . . Mikkelsen, R. B. (2015). A Preliminary Study on Racial Differences in HMOX1, NFE2L2, and TGFβ1 Gene Polymorphisms and Radiation-Induced Late Normal Tissue Toxicity. International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics,93(2), 436-443. doi:10.1016/j.ijrobp.2015.05.049

Rabender, C. S., Alam, A., Sundaresan, G., Cardnell, R. J., Yakovlev, V. A., Mukhopadhyay, N. D., . . Mikkelsen, R. B. (2015). The Role of Nitric Oxide Synthase Uncoupling in Tumor Progression. Molecular Cancer Research,13(6), 1034-1043. doi:10.1158/1541-7786.mcr-15-0057-t

Mezzaroma, E., Mikkelsen, R. B., Toldo, S., Mauro, A. G., Sharma, K., Marchetti, C., Alam, A., … Abbate, A. (2015). Role of Interleukin-1 in Radiation-Induced Cardiomyopathy. Molecular Medicine, 21(1), 210–218.

Rabender, C., Alam, A., & Mikkelsen, R. B. (2014). Ionizing Radiation Induced Nitric Oxide Signaling. Austin Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Radiotherapy,1(1). (Review Article) Retrieved from http://austinpublishinggroup.com/nuclear-medicine-radiotherapy/fulltext/ajnmr-v1-id1004.php

Cardnell, R. J., Rabender, C. S., Ross, G. R., Guo, C., Howlett, E. L., Alam, A., . . . Mikkelsen, R. B. (2013). Sepiapterin Ameliorates Chemically Induced Murine Colitis and Azoxymethane-Induced Colon Cancer. Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics,347(1), 117-125. doi:10.1124/jpet.113.203828

Abstracts, Posters, and Presentations:

Alam, A., Rabender, C., & Mikkelsen, R. (2013). Abstract 443: PKC epsilon is activated by ionizing radiation in a reactive nitrogen species dependent manner in tumor endothelial cells. Cancer Research,73(8 Supplement), 443-443. doi:10.1158/1538-7445.am2013-443 (Poster Presentation at American Association of Cancer Research)

Mikkelsen, R., Alam, A., Cardnell, R., Howlett, E., Reshko, L., Walker, L., . . . Anscher, M. (2012). Polymorphisms in Genes Involved in Nitric Oxide (NO) Signaling and the Risk for Late Normal Tissue Injury From Radiation Therapy (RT). International Journal of Radiation Oncology*Biology*Physics,84(3). doi:10.1016/j.ijrobp.2012.07.1822 (Poster Presentation at American Society for Radiation Oncology)