Lia <span>E.</span> Perez
Researcher

Lia E. Perez

Academic Rank: Assistant Member

Overview

Development of strategies to reduce graft versus host disease and minimize disease relapse with the goal to improve success in allogeneic transplants.  

Discipline

    • Blood and Marrow Transplant and Cellular Immunotherapy
    • Chemical Biology and Molecular Medicine Program

Education & Training

    • Universidad de Buenos Aires, MD - M.D.
    • The Brooklyn Hospital Center, Resident - Internal Medicine
    • Fernandez Hospital-University de Buenos Aires, Resident - Internal Medicine
    • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Fellow - Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
    • Yale University School of Medicine, Fellow - Hematology/Medical Oncology
Research

Dr. Perez has extensive experience both in bench research and clinical investigations in the hematopoietic transplantation field. She has worked in the laboratory with contributions in the stem cell biology field including cancer stem cell biology and mechanism of environmental mediated immune resistant; she has also experienced in pre-clinical models of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD).    Her clinical expertise relies in care of allogeneic bone marrow transplant patients with leukemia and dysplastic-myeloproliferative disorders. As a clinical investigator, Dr. Perez studies the development of strategies to treat and prevent graft-versus-host disease.   Her research endeavors have been supported by grants from the National Institute of Health and pharmaceutical companies. In recognition of her research achievements, Dr. Perez has been awarded by the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation and her research endeavors have been supported by grants from the National Institute of Health and pharmaceutical companies.

Publications

  • Betts BC, Pidala J, Kim J, Mishra A, Nishihori T, Perez L, Ochoa-Bayona JL, Khimani F, Walton K, Bookout R, Nieder M, Khaira DK, Davila M, Alsina M, Field T, Ayala E, Locke FL, Riches M, Kharfan-Dabaja M, Fernandez H, Anasetti C. IL-2 promotes early Treg reconstitution after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Haematologica. 2017 May;102(5):948-957. Pubmedid: 28104702. Pmcid: PMC5477614.
  • Silva AS, Silva MC, Sudalagunta P, Distler AI, Jacobson T, Collins A, Nguyen T, Song J, Chen DT, Chen L, Cubitt CL, Baz R, Perez L, Rebatchouk D, Dalton W, Greene J, Gatenby RA, Gillies RJ, Sontag E, Meads MB, Shain K. An Ex Vivo Platform for the Prediction of Clinical Response in Multiple Myeloma. Cancer Res. 2017 Jun;77(12):3336-3351. Pubmedid: 28400475.
  • Perez LE, Fernandez H, Ayala E, Beato F, Neuger A, Pidala J, Schell MJ, Anasetti C. Visilizumab with tacrolimus and methotrexate for GvHD prevention after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation from mismatched unrelated donors. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2017 Apr;52(4):627-629. Pubmedid: 27991896. Pmcid: PMC5382111.
  • Tees MT, Betts B, Hillgruber R, Ayala E, Field T, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Locke F, Mishra A, Nishihori T, Ochoa-Bayona JL, Perez L, Pidala J, Anasetti C, Fernandez H, Riches ML. New sources for argument: do HLA-C and HLA disparity in adult double umbilical cord blood transplants predict outcomes?. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2016 Sep;51(9):1256-1258. Pubmedid: 27088383.
  • Cessna JM, Jim HS, Sutton SK, Asvat Y, Small BJ, Salsman JM, Zachariah B, Fishman M, Field T, Fernandez H, Perez L, Jacobsen PB. Evaluation of the psychometric properties of the PROMIS Cancer Fatigue Short Form with cancer patients. J Psychosom Res. 2016 Feb;81:9-13. Pubmedid: 26800633. Pmcid: PMC4822706.
  • Nelson R, Shapiro JF, Perkins JB, Kim J, Nishihori T, Pidala J, Ayala E, Locke FL, Field T, Mishra A, Riches M, Betts B, Perez L, Yue B, Ochoa-Bayona JL, Alsina M, Fernandez H, Anasetti C, Kharfan-Dabaja MA. Sirolimus, tacrolimus and antithymocyte globulin as GVHD prophylaxis in HLA-mismatched unrelated donor hematopoietic cell transplantation: a single institution experience. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2015 Nov;50(11):1487-1489. Pubmedid: 26301969. Pmcid: PMC4863975.
  • Pidala J, Kim J, Betts BC, Alsina M, Ayala E, Fernandez HF, Field T, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Locke FL, Mishra A, Nishihori T, Ochoa-Bayona L, Perez L, Riches M, Anasetti C. Ofatumumab in combination with glucocorticoids for primary therapy of chronic graft-versus-host disease: phase I trial results. Biol Blood Marrow Tr. 2015 Jun;21(6):1074-1082. Pubmedid: 25805300.
  • Pidala J, Kim J, Alsina M, Ayala E, Betts BC, Fernandez HF, Field T, Jim H, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Locke FL, Mishra A, Nishihori T, Ochoa-Bayona L, Perez L, Riches M, Anasetti C. Prolonged sirolimus administration after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation is associated with decreased risk for moderate-severe chronic graft-versus-host disease. Haematologica. 2015 Jul;100(7):970-977. Pubmedid: 25840599. Pmcid: PMC4486232.
  • Nishihori T, Perkins J, Mishra A, Komrokji R, Kim J, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Perez L, Lancet J, Fernandez H, List A, Anasetti C, Field T. Pretransplantation 5-azacitidine in high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome. Biol Blood Marrow Tr. 2014 Jun;20(6):776-780. Pubmedid: 24534108.
  • Khin ZP, Ribeiro ML, Jacobson T, Hazlehurst L, Perez L, Baz R, Shain K, Silva AS. A preclinical assay for chemosensitivity in multiple myeloma. Cancer Res. 2014 Jan;74(1):56-67. Pubmedid: 24310398. Pmcid: PMC3915502.
  • Kunter G, Perkins JB, Pidala J, Nishihori T, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Field T, Fernandez H, Perez L, Locke F, Ayala E, Tomblyn M, Ochoa-Bayona JL, Betts B, Nieder M, Anasetti C. Pharmacokinetically-targeted BU and fludarabine as conditioning before allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for adults with ALL in first remission. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2014 Jan;49(1):11-16. Pubmedid: 23995098.
  • Pidala J, Kim J, Schell M, Lee SJ, Hillgruber R, Nye V, Ayala E, Alsina M, Betts B, Bookout R, Fernandez HF, Field T, Locke FL, Nishihori T, Ochoa JL, Perez L, Perkins J, Shapiro J, Tate C, Tomblyn M, Anasetti C. Race/ethnicity affects the probability of finding an HLA-A, -B, -C and -DRB1 allele-matched unrelated donor and likelihood of subsequent transplant utilization. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2013 Mar;48(3):346-350. Pubmedid: 22863723. Pmcid: PMC4500122.
  • Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Anasetti C, Fernandez HF, Perkins J, Ochoa-Bayona JL, Pidala J, Perez LE, Ayala E, Field T, Alsina M, Nishihori T, Locke F, Pinilla-Ibarz J, Tomblyn M. Phase II study of CD4+-guided pentostatin lymphodepletion and pharmacokinetically targeted busulfan as conditioning for hematopoietic cell allografting. Biol Blood Marrow Tr. 2013 Jul;19(7):1087-1093. Pubmedid: 23632090. Pmcid: PMC4667782.
  • Boucher K, Parquet N, Widen R, Shain K, Baz R, Alsina M, Koomen J, Anasetti C, Dalton W, Perez LE. Stemness of B-cell progenitors in multiple myeloma bone marrow. Clin Cancer Res. 2012 Nov;18(22):6155-6168. Pubmedid: 22988056. Pmcid: PMC3500436.
  • Pidala J, Perez L, Beato F, Anasetti C. Ustekinumab demonstrates activity in glucocorticoid-refractory acute GVHD. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2012 May;47(5):747-748. Pubmedid: 21874061.
  • Nishihori T, Alekshun TJ, Shain K, Sullivan DM, Baz R, Perez L, Pidala J, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Ochoa-Bayona JL, Fernandez HF, Yarde DN, Oliveira V, Fulp W, Han G, Kim J, Chen DT, Raychaudhuri J, Dalton W, Anasetti C, Alsina M. Bortezomib salvage followed by a Phase I/II study of bortezomib plus high-dose melphalan and tandem autologous transplantation for patients with primary resistant myeloma. Brit J Haematol. 2012 Jun;157(5):553-563. Pubmedid: 22449149. Pmcid: PMC4030553.
  • Perkins JB, Kim J, Anasetti C, Fernandez HF, Perez LE, Ayala E, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Tomblyn MR, Sullivan DM, Pidala JA, Field TL. Maximally tolerated busulfan systemic exposure in combination with fludarabine as conditioning before allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Tr. 2012 Jul;18(7):1099-1107. Pubmedid: 22198540.
  • Pidala J, Kim J, Jim H, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Nishihori T, Fernandez HF, Tomblyn M, Perez L, Perkins J, Xu M, Janssen WE, Veerapathran A, Betts BC, Locke FL, Ayala E, Field T, Ochoa L, Alsina M, Anasetti C. A randomized phase II study to evaluate tacrolimus in combination with sirolimus or methotrexate after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Haematologica. 2012 Dec;97(12):1882-1889. Pubmedid: 22689677. Pmcid: PMC3590095.
  • Pidala J, Tomblyn M, Nishihori T, Field T, Ayala E, Perkins J, Fernandez H, Locke F, Perez L, Ochoa JL, Alsina M, Anasetti C. Sirolimus demonstrates activity in the primary therapy of acute graft-versus-host disease without systemic glucocorticoids. Haematologica. 2011 Sep;96(9):1351-1356. Pubmedid: 21565902. Pmcid: PMC3166106.
  • Perez LE. Outcomes from unrelated donor hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Cancer Control. 2011 Oct;18(4):216-221. Pubmedid: 21976240.
  • Santarone S, Pidala J, Di Nicola M, Field T, Alsina M, Ayala E, Janssen W, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Ochoa L, Perez L, Perkins J, Raychaudhuri J, Fernandez H, Anasetti C. Fludarabine and pharmacokinetic-targeted busulfan before allografting for adults with acute lymphoid leukemia. Biol Blood Marrow Tr. 2011 Oct;17(10):1505-1511. Pubmedid: 21385623.
  • Perkins J, Field T, Kim J, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Ayala E, Perez L, Fernandez H, Fancher K, Tate C, Shaw LM, Milone MC, Gardiner JA, Miller S, Anasetti C. Pharmacokinetic targeting of i.v. BU with fludarabine as conditioning before hematopoietic cell transplant: the effect of first-dose area under the concentration time curve on transplant-related outcomes. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2011 Nov;46(11):1418-1425. Pubmedid: 21132026.
  • Xiang Y, Remily-Wood ER, Oliveira V, Yarde D, He L, Cheng JQ, Mathews L, Boucher K, Cubitt C, Perez L, Gauthier TJ, Eschrich SA, Shain KH, Dalton WS, Hazlehurst L, Koomen JM. Monitoring a nuclear factor-κB signature of drug resistance in multiple myeloma. Mol Cell Proteomics. 2011 Nov;10(11):M110.005520. Pubmedid: 21846842. Pmcid: PMC3226396.
  • Perez L, Anasetti C, Pidala J. Have we improved in preventing and treating acute graft-versus-host disease?. Curr Opin Hematol. 2011 Nov;18(6):408-413. Pubmedid: 21912253. Pmcid: PMC3432261.
  • Pidala J, Kim J, Anasetti C, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Field T, Perkins J, Ayala E, Perez L, Fernandez H. Targeted i.v. BU and fludarabine (t-i.v. BU/Flu) provides effective control of AML in adults with reduced toxicity. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2011 May;46(5):641-649. Pubmedid: 20711242.
  • Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Chavez JC, Yu D, Zhu W, Fernandez-Vertiz EI, Perkins J, Shapiro J, Bookout R, Perez L, Fernandez HF, Komrokji RS, Lancetf J, Brand L, Field T, Ayala E, Janssen W, List AF, Anasetti C. Severe hypoalbuminemia at day 90 predicts worse nonrelapse mortality and overall survival after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for acute myelogenous leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome. Biol Blood Marrow Tr. 2011 Mar;17(3):384-393. Pubmedid: 20655389.
  • Pidala J, Kim J, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Nishihori T, Field T, Perkins J, Perez L, Fernandez H, Anasetti C. Dysglycemia following glucocorticoid therapy for acute graft-versus-host disease adversely affects transplantation outcomes. Biol Blood Marrow Tr. 2011 Feb;17(2):239-248. Pubmedid: 20637884.
  • Liu JJ, Zhang L, Ayala E, Field T, Ochoa-Bayona JL, Perez L, Bello CM, Chervenick PA, Bruno S, Cultrera JL, Baz RC, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Raychaudhuri J, Sotomayor EM, Sokol L. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-negative plasmablastic lymphoma: a single institutional experience and literature review. Leuk Res. 2011 Dec;35(12):1571-1577. Pubmedid: 21752466.
  • Pidala J, Tomblyn M, Nishihori T, Ayala E, Field T, Fernandez H, Perez L, Locke F, Alsina M, Ochoa JL, Perkins J, Tate C, Shapiro J, Conwell M, Bookout R, Anasetti C. ATG prevents severe acute graft-versus-host disease in mismatched unrelated donor hematopoietic cell transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Tr. 2011 Aug;17(8):1237-1244. Pubmedid: 21215811.
  • Pidala J, Kim J, Anasetti C, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Nishihori T, Field T, Perkins J, Perez L, Fernandez HF. Pharmacokinetic targeting of intravenous busulfan reduces conditioning regimen related toxicity following allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation for acute myelogenous leukemia. J Hematol Oncol. 2010 Oct;3:36. Pubmedid: 20925957. Pmcid: PMC2958877.
  • Pidala J, Kim J, Perkins J, Field T, Fernandez H, Perez L, Ayala E, Kharfan-Dabaja M, Anasetti C. Mycophenolate mofetil for the management of steroid-refractory acute graft vs host disease. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2010 May;45(5):919-924. Pubmedid: 19767783.
  • Perez LE, Parquet N, Meads M, Anasetti C, Dalton W. Bortezomib restores stroma-mediated APO2L/TRAIL apoptosis resistance in multiple myeloma. Eur J Haematol. 2010 Mar;84(3):212-222. Pubmedid: 19922463.
  • Perkins J, Field T, Kim J, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Fernandez H, Ayala E, Perez L, Xu M, Alsina M, Ochoa L, Sullivan D, Janssen W, Anasetti C. A randomized phase II trial comparing tacrolimus and mycophenolate mofetil to tacrolimus and methotrexate for acute graft-versus-host disease prophylaxis. Biol Blood Marrow Tr. 2010 Jul;16(7):937-947. Pubmedid: 20102746.
  • Field T, Perkins J, Huang Y, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Alsina M, Ayala E, Fernandez HF, Janssen W, Lancet J, Perez L, Sullivan D, List A, Anasetti C. 5-Azacitidine for myelodysplasia before allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2010 Feb;45(2):255-260. Pubmedid: 19543327.
  • Lu SX, Holland AM, Na IK, Terwey TH, Alpdogan O, Bautista JL, Smith OM, Suh D, King C, Kochman A, Hubbard VM, Rao UK, Yim N, Liu C, Laga AC, Murphy G, Jenq RR, Zakrzewski JL, Penack O, Dykstra L, Bampoe K, Perez L, Furie B, Furie B, van den Brink MR. Absence of P-selectin in recipients of allogeneic bone marrow transplantation ameliorates experimental graft-versus-host disease. J Immunol. 2010 Aug;185(3):1912-1919. Pubmedid: 20622117. Pmcid: PMC3752704.
  • Hoda D, Pidala J, Salgado-Vila N, Kim J, Perkins J, Bookout R, Field T, Perez L, Ayala E, Ochoa-Bayona JL, Raychaudhuri J, Alsina M, Greene J, Janssen W, Fernandez HF, Anasetti C, Kharfan-Dabaja MA. Sirolimus for treatment of steroid-refractory acute graft-versus-host disease. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2010 Aug;45(8):1347-1351. Pubmedid: 19966849.
  • Pidala J, Kim J, Field T, McBride A, Kharfan-Dabaja M, Perkins J, Fernandez H, Perez L, Ayala E, Anasetti C. Infliximab for managing steroid-refractory acute graft-versus-host disease. Biol Blood Marrow Tr. 2009 Sep;15(9):1116-1121. Pubmedid: 19660725.
  • Perez LE, Desponts C, Parquet N, Kerr WG. SH2-inositol phosphatase 1 negatively influences early megakaryocyte progenitors. PLoS One. 2009 Feb;3(10):e3565. Pubmedid: 18958162. Pmcid: PMC2569203.
  • Perez L, Parquet N, Shain K, Nimmanapalli R, Alsina M, Anasetti C, Dalton W. Bone Marrow Stroma Confers Resistance to Apo2 Ligand/TRAIL in Multiple Myeloma inPart by Regulating c-FLIP. J Immunol. 2008 Feb;180(3):1545-1555. Pubmedid: 18209050.
  • Yanamandra N, Colaco N, Parquet N, Buzzeo R, Boulware D, Wright G, Perez LE, Dalton W, Beaupre D. Tipifarnib and bortezomib are synergistic and overcome cell adhesion-mediated drug resistance in multiple myeloma and acute myeloid leukemia. Clin Cancer Res. 2006 Jan;12(2):591-599. Pubmedid: 16428505.
  • Perez L, Alpdogan O, Shieh J, Wong D, Merzouk A, Salari H, Oreilley R, van den Brink M, Moore M. Increased plasma levels of stromal-derived factor-1 (SDF-1/CXCL12) enhance human thrombopoiesis and mobilize human colony-forming cells (CFC) in NOD/SCID mice. Exp Hematol. 2004 Mar;32(3):300-307. Pubmedid: 15003316.
  • Anstead GM, Chandrasekar B, Zhao W, Yang J, Perez LE, Melby PC. Malnutrition alters the innate immune response and increases early visceralization following Leishmania donovani infection. Infect Immun. 2001 Aug;69(8):4709-4718. Pubmedid: 11447142. Pmcid: PMC98556.
  • Rathbun ED, Perez LE, Barry RE. Prenatal laboratory screening. Tex Med. 1990 Mar;86(3):52-57. Pubmedid: 2185578.