Robert A. Lafyatis, MD

Adjunct Professor, Medicine

Robert Lafyatis
617.638.4310
75 E. Newton St Evans Building

Biography

Dr. Lafyatis carries out patient oriented research into the cause and treatment of systemic sclerosis. This includes early phase clinical trials into new therapeutic agents in patients with systemic sclerosis. He has been investigating the mechanisms of actions and markers of response for novel therapeutics, such as the B cell depleting agent, rituximab and the immunosuppressant agent, mycophenlate. Additional studies are aimed at identifying biomarkers in systemic sclerosis using microarray gene expression analysis of skin and blood in scleroderma patients. Ongoing biomarker studies include investigation into molecular markers of pulmonary hypertension in systemic sclerosis. Dr. Lafyatis also carries out basic research into the cause of fibrosis and vasculopathy in systemic sclerosis using patient samples and murine disease models. His studies have provided key insights into one widely used model of systemic sclerosis, the tight skin mouse. His studies are currently focused on understanding how autoimmunity and the innate immune system lead to fibrosis and vascular damage. This has recently led to the discovery of increased interferon-regulated gene expression in white blood cells of patients with systemic sclerosis. Ongoing research is aimed at better understanding the cause of altered gene expression by monocytes and other cells in the innate immune system.

Education

  • University of Cincinnati, MD
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, BS

Publications

  • Published on 12/3/2018

    Barron AMS, Mantero JC, Ho JD, Nazari B, Horback KL, Bhawan J, Lafyatis R, Lam C, Browning JL. Perivascular Adventitial Fibroblast Specialization Accompanies T Cell Retention in the Inflamed Human Dermis. J Immunol. 2018 Dec 03. PMID: 30510068.

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  • Published on 10/1/2018

    Apostolidis SA, Stifano G, Tabib T, Rice LM, Morse CM, Kahaleh B, Lafyatis R. Single Cell RNA Sequencing Identifies HSPG2 and APLNR as Markers of Endothelial Cell Injury in Systemic Sclerosis Skin. Front Immunol. 2018; 9:2191. PMID: 30327649.

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  • Published on 9/30/2018

    Mantero JC, Kishore N, Ziemek J, Stifano G, Zammitti C, Khanna D, Gordon JK, Spiera R, Zhang Y, Simms RW, Lafyatis R. Randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of IL1-trap, rilonacept, in systemic sclerosis. A phase I/II biomarker trial. Clin Exp Rheumatol. 2018 Jul-Aug; 36 Suppl 113(4):146-149. PMID: 30277862.

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  • Published on 6/1/2018

    Stifano G, Sornasse T, Rice LM, Na L, Chen-Harris H, Khanna D, Jahreis A, Zhang Y, Siegel J, Lafyatis R. Skin Gene Expression Is Prognostic for the Trajectory of Skin Disease in Patients With Diffuse Cutaneous Systemic Sclerosis. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2018 Jun; 70(6):912-919. PMID: 29858547.

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  • Published on 5/31/2018

    Denton CP, Ong VH, Xu S, Chen-Harris H, Modrusan Z, Lafyatis R, Khanna D, Jahreis A, Siegel J, Sornasse T. Therapeutic interleukin-6 blockade reverses transforming growth factor-beta pathway activation in dermal fibroblasts: insights from the faSScinate clinical trial in systemic sclerosis. Ann Rheum Dis. 2018 Sep; 77(9):1362-1371. PMID: 29853453.

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  • Published on 3/22/2018

    Moll M, Christmann RB, Zhang Y, Whitfield ML, Wang YM, Rice L, Stratton E, Lafyatis R, Farber HW. Patients with systemic sclerosis-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension express a genomic signature distinct from patients with interstitial lung disease. J Scleroderma Relat Disord. 2018 Oct; 3(3):242-248. PMID: 30498788.

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  • Published on 3/7/2018

    Fleury M, Belkina AC, Proctor EA, Zammitti C, Simms RW, Lauffenburger DA, Snyder-Cappione JE, Lafyatis R, Dooms H. Increased Expression and Modulated Regulatory Activity of Coinhibitory Receptors PD-1, TIGIT, and TIM-3 in Lymphocytes From Patients With Systemic Sclerosis. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2018 Apr; 70(4):566-577. PMID: 29245183.

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  • Published on 1/2/2018

    Gorlova OY, Li Y, Gorlov I, Ying J, Chen WV, Assassi S, Reveille JD, Arnett FC, Zhou X, Bossini-Castillo L, Lopez-Isac E, Acosta-Herrera M, Gregersen PK, Lee AT, Steen VD, Fessler BJ, Khanna D, Schiopu E, Silver RM, Molitor JA, Furst DE, Kafaja S, Simms RW, Lafyatis RA, Carreira P, Simeon CP, Castellvi I, Beltran E, Ortego N, Amos CI, Martin J, Mayes MD. Gene-level association analysis of systemic sclerosis: A comparison of African-Americans and White populations. PLoS One. 2018; 13(1):e0189498. PMID: 29293537.

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  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Sun Z, Wang T, Deng K, Wang XF, Lafyatis R, Ding Y, Hu M, Chen W. DIMM-SC: a Dirichlet mixture model for clustering droplet-based single cell transcriptomic data. Bioinformatics. 2018 01 01; 34(1):139-146. PMID: 29036318.

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  • Published on 1/1/2018

    Moll M, Christmann RB, Zhang Y, Whitfield ML, Wang YM, Rice LM, Stratton E, Lafyatis R, Farber HW. Patients with systemic sclerosis-associated pulmonary arterial hypertension express a genomic signature distinct from patients with interstitial lung disease. 2018.

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