Research in the Varelas lab is focused on gaining insight into the molecular mechanisms by which cell fate is coordinated with cell proliferation and survival during animal development and disease. The lab is particularly interested in understanding the roles and regulation of the transcriptional regulators YAP and TAZ (YAP/TAZ), which are key effectors of the Hippo signaling pathway.
YAP/TAZ integrate cell polarity and mechanical cues with information relayed by growth factors and chemicals to direct essential processes and maintain organ homeostasis. The lab is incorporating genetic and biochemical approaches to define how YAP/TAZ control developmental events, and how dysregulation of YAP/TAZ activity contributes the etiology of various diseases, such as cancer.
- University of Alberta, PhD
- McGill University, BSc
- Published on 11/15/2019
Li A, Chapuy B, Varelas X, Sebastiani P, Monti S. Identification of candidate cancer drivers by integrative Epi-DNA and Gene Expression (iEDGE) data analysis. Sci Rep. 2019 Nov 15; 9(1):16904. PMID: 31729402.
- Published on 10/30/2019
Haak AJ, Kostallari E, Sicard D, Ligresti G, Choi KM, Caporarello N, Jones DL, Tan Q, Meridew J, Diaz Espinosa AM, Aravamudhan A, Maiers JL, Britt RD, Roden AC, Pabelick CM, Prakash YS, Nouraie SM, Li X, Zhang Y, Kass DJ, Lagares D, Tager AM, Varelas X, Shah VH, Tschumperlin DJ. Selective YAP/TAZ inhibition in fibroblasts via dopamine receptor D1 agonism reverses fibrosis. Sci Transl Med. 2019 Oct 30; 11(516). PMID: 31666402.
- Published on 10/18/2019
Jones DL, Haak AJ, Caporarello N, Choi KM, Ye Z, Yan H, Varelas X, Ordog T, Ligresti G, Tschumperlin DJ. TGFß-induced fibroblast activation requires persistent and targeted HDAC-mediated gene repression. J Cell Sci. 2019 Oct 18; 132(20). PMID: 31527052.
- Published on 5/21/2019
Stampouloglou E, Federico A, Slabi E, Monti S, Szeto GL, Varelas X. Yap suppresses T cell function and infiltration in the tumor microenvironment. 2019; (BioRvix).
- Published on 3/25/2019
Kern JG, Varelas X. TAZ Forces Lateral Inhibition. Dev Cell. 2019 03 25; 48(6):748-750. PMID: 30913406.
- Published on 2/19/2019
Kartha VK, Sebastiani P, Kern JG, Zhang L, Varelas X, Monti S. CaDrA: A Computational Framework for Performing Candidate Driver Analyses Using Genomic Features. Front Genet. 2019; 10:121. PMID: 30838036.
- Published on 1/1/2019
Kingston NM, Tilston-Lunel AM, Hicks-Berthet J, Varelas X. Immunofluorescence Microscopy to Study Endogenous TAZ in Mammalian Cells. Methods Mol Biol. 2019; 1893:107-113. PMID: 30565129.
- Published on 10/18/2018
Stampouloglou E, Varelas X. Phosphatidic Acid Signals via the Hippo Pathway. Mol Cell. 2018 10 18; 72(2):205-206. PMID: 30340020.
- Published on 7/20/2018
Kartha VK, Alamoud KA, Sadykov K, Nguyen BC, Laroche F, Feng H, Lee J, Pai SI, Varelas X, Egloff AM, Snyder-Cappione JE, Belkina AC, Bais MV, Monti S, Kukuruzinska MA. Functional and genomic analyses reveal therapeutic potential of targeting ß-catenin/CBP activity in head and neck cancer. Genome Med. 2018 07 20; 10(1):54. PMID: 30029671.
- Published on 7/9/2018
Meriin AB, Narayanan A, Meng L, Alexandrov I, Varelas X, Cissé II, Sherman MY. Hsp70-Bag3 complex is a hub for proteotoxicity-induced signaling that controls protein aggregation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2018 07 24; 115(30):E7043-E7052. PMID: 29987014.
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