Ruben Dries, PhD

Assistant Professor, Medicine

Ruben Dries
617.638.7583
670 Albany Street

Biography

Ruben Dries, PhD combines computational data analysis with novel experimental approaches and technologies to understand basic biological concepts in health and disease. These insights could then be leveraged to target tumor specific processes or inhibit the development of treatment resistance. These interests grew dynamically throughout his research career. In his early studies Dr. Dries developed a systems biology approach to dissect the regulatory network of neural differentiating embryonic stem cells and used this knowledge at a later stage to understand how cancer cells transcriptionally respond to targeted therapies and other stress factors. More recently, he expanded this area by focusing on how cells can spatially communicate within their microenvironment and build tools to facilitate these type of analyses.

As a young and dynamic group his lab works together as a team in the following areas:

1) Establishing multi-cellular breast cancer models that better reflect spatial tumor heterogeneity

2) Building tools to explore and quantify cellular cross-talk

3) Assess the contribution of supporting cells to cancer cells within the breast tumor microenvironment

4) Document the gradual response to targeted therapy at the transcriptional and chromatin level in breast cancer cells

Other Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Computational Biomedicine, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Associate Member, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Boston University
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences

Education

  • Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, PhD
  • Katholieke Univ Leuven, PhD
  • Katholieke Univ Leuven, MS
  • Katholieke Univ Leuven, BS

Publications

  • Published on 6/28/2022

    Ikonomou L, Magnusson M, Dries R, Herzog EL, Hynds RE, Borok Z, Park JA, Skolasinski S, Burgess JK, Turner L, Mojarad SM, Mahoney JE, Lynch T, Lehmann M, Thannickal VJ, Hook JL, Vaughan AE, Hoffman ET, Weiss DJ, Ryan AL. Stem cells, cell therapies, and bioengineering in lung biology and disease 2021. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2022 Sep 01; 323(3):L341-L354. PMID: 35762622.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 4/1/2022

    Del Rossi N, Chen JG, Yuan GC, Dries R. Analyzing Spatial Transcriptomics Data Using Giotto. Curr Protoc. 2022 Apr; 2(4):e405. PMID: 35384407.

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  • Published on 3/1/2022

    Vanuytsel K, Villacorta-Martin C, Lindstrom-Vautrin J, Wang Z, Garcia-Beltran WF, Vrbanac V, Parsons D, Lam EC, Matte TM, Dowrey TW, Kumar SS, Li M, Wang F, Yeung AK, Mostoslavsky G, Dries R, Campbell JD, Belkina AC, Balazs AB, Murphy GJ. Multi-modal profiling of human fetal liver hematopoietic stem cells reveals the molecular signature of engraftment. Nat Commun. 2022 03 01; 13(1):1103. PMID: 35232959.

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  • Published on 10/1/2021

    Dries R, Chen J, Del Rossi N, Khan MM, Sistig A, Yuan GC. Advances in spatial transcriptomic data analysis. Genome Res. 2021 10; 31(10):1706-1718. PMID: 34599004.

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  • Published on 8/25/2021

    Cao KL, Abadi AJ, Davis-Marcisak EF, Hsu L, Arora A, Coullomb A, Deshpande A, Feng Y, Jeganathan P, Loth M, Meng C, Mu W, Pancaldi V, Sankaran K, Righelli D, Singh A, Sodicoff JS, Stein-O'Brien GL, Subramanian A, Welch JD, You Y, Argelaguet R, Carey VJ, Dries R, Greene CS, Holmes S, Love MI, Ritchie ME, Yuan GC, Culhane AC, Fertig E. Author Correction: Community-wide hackathons to identify central themes in single-cell multi-omics. Genome Biol. 2021 Aug 25; 22(1):246. PMID: 34433496.

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  • Published on 8/5/2021

    LĂȘ Cao KA, Abadi AJ, Davis-Marcisak EF, Hsu L, Arora A, Coullomb A, Deshpande A, Feng Y, Jeganathan P, Loth M, Meng C, Mu W, Pancaldi V, Sankaran K, Righelli D, Singh A, Sodicoff JS, Stein-O'Brien GL, Subramanian A, Welch JD, You Y, Argelaguet R, Carey VJ, Dries R, Greene CS, Holmes S, Love MI, Ritchie ME, Yuan GC, Culhane AC, Fertig E. Community-wide hackathons to identify central themes in single-cell multi-omics. Genome Biol. 2021 08 05; 22(1):220. PMID: 34353350.

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  • Published on 7/13/2021

    Huang H, Gont A, Kee L, Dries R, Pfeifer K, Sharma B, Debruyne DN, Harlow M, Sengupta S, Guan J, Yeung CM, Wang W, Hallberg B, Palmer RH, Irwin MS, George RE. Extracellular domain shedding of the ALK receptor mediates neuroblastoma cell migration. Cell Rep. 2021 07 13; 36(2):109363. PMID: 34260934.

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  • Published on 3/22/2021

    Jiang B, Gao Y, Che J, Lu W, Kaltheuner IH, Dries R, Kalocsay M, Berberich MJ, Jiang J, You I, Kwiatkowski N, Riching KM, Daniels DL, Sorger PK, Geyer M, Zhang T, Gray NS. Discovery and resistance mechanism of a selective CDK12 degrader. Nat Chem Biol. 2021 06; 17(6):675-683. PMID: 33753926.

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  • Published on 3/8/2021

    Dries R, Zhu Q, Dong R, Eng CL, Li H, Liu K, Fu Y, Zhao T, Sarkar A, Bao F, George RE, Pierson N, Cai L, Yuan GC. Giotto: a toolbox for integrative analysis and visualization of spatial expression data. Genome Biol. 2021 03 08; 22(1):78. PMID: 33685491.

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  • Published on 5/26/2020

    Deryckere A, Stappers E, Dries R, Peyre E, van den Berghe V, Conidi A, Zampeta FI, Francis A, Bresseleers M, Stryjewska A, Vanlaer R, Maas E, Smal IV, van IJcken WFJ, Grosveld FG, Nguyen L, Huylebroeck D, Seuntjens E. Multifaceted actions of Zeb2 in postnatal neurogenesis from the ventricular-subventricular zone to the olfactory bulb. Development. 2020 05 26; 147(10). PMID: 32253238.

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