Ignaty Leshchiner PhD
Clinical Instructor, Computational Biomedicine
72 E. Concord Street | (617) 642-6947
Leshchiner is interested in applying new genomic technologies such as blood biopsy, long-range read phasing, and single cell sequencing for analysis and understanding of biology behind tumor development, treatment evasion, and progression to metastasis. His background is in developing statistical methods for analysis of genomics data and application of these methods to understanding biology and finding treatment for various disease conditions.
Prior to joining Boston Univerisity, Leshchiner served as the associate director of the Computation Biology and Cancer Resistance Department of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard. He remains a member of the institute's affiliated faculty. Leshchiner also worked for Partners Healthcare as a bioinformatician in the genetics division of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he contributed to the CLARITY Challenge-winning team in 2012. He has previous consulting experience for Hybrid Silica Technologies and prior research fellowships at UMass Lowell and Moscow State University.
Leshchiner obtained a Ph.D. in chemistry from Moscow State University, which included a visiting scientist appointment in the Langer Lab at MIT. He completed postdoctoral training in bioinformatics and computational biology at Harvard Medical School.
Freeman SS, Sade-Feldman M, Kim J, Stewart C, Gonye ALK, Ravi A, Arniella MB, Gushterova I, LaSalle TJ, Blaum EM, Yizhak K, Frederick DT, Sharova T, Leshchiner I, Elagina L, Spiro OG, Livitz D, Rosebrock D, Aguet F, Carrot-Zhang J, Ha G, Lin Z, Chen JH, Barzily-Rokni M, Hammond MR, Vitzthum von Eckstaedt HC, Blackmon SM, Jiao YJ, Gabriel S, Lawrence DP, Duncan LM, Stemmer-Rachamimov AO, Wargo JA, Flaherty KT, Sullivan RJ, Boland GM, Meyerson M, Getz G, Hacohen N. Combined tumor and immune signals from genomes or transcriptomes predict outcomes of checkpoint inhibition in melanoma. Cell Rep Med. 2022 02 15; 3(2):100500. PMID: 35243413.Published on 12/1/2021
Penter L, Gohil SH, Lareau C, Ludwig LS, Parry EM, Huang T, Li S, Zhang W, Livitz D, Leshchiner I, Parida L, Getz G, Rassenti LZ, Kipps TJ, Brown JR, Davids MS, Neuberg DS, Livak KJ, Sankaran VG, Wu CJ. Longitudinal Single-Cell Dynamics of Chromatin Accessibility and Mitochondrial Mutations in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Mirror Disease History. Cancer Discov. 2021 Dec 01; 11(12):3048-3063. PMID: 34112698.Published on 11/8/2021
Koltowska K, Okuda KS, Gloger M, Rondon-Galeano M, Mason E, Xuan J, Dudczig S, Chen H, Arnold H, Skoczylas R, Bower NI, Paterson S, Lagendijk AK, Baillie GJ, Leshchiner I, Simons C, Smith KA, Goessling W, Heath JK, Pearson RB, Sanij E, Schulte-Merker S, Hogan BM. The RNA helicase Ddx21 controls Vegfc-driven developmental lymphangiogenesis by balancing endothelial cell ribosome biogenesis and p53 function. Nat Cell Biol. 2021 11; 23(11):1136-1147. PMID: 34750583.Published on 9/7/2021
Tewari AK, Cheung ATM, Crowdis J, Conway JR, Camp SY, Wankowicz SA, Livitz DG, Park J, Lis RT, Bosma-Moody A, He MX, AlDubayan SH, Zhang Z, McKay RR, Leshchiner I, Brown M, Balk SP, Getz G, Taplin ME, Van Allen EM. Molecular features of exceptional response to neoadjuvant anti-androgen therapy in high-risk localized prostate cancer. Cell Rep. 2021 09 07; 36(10):109665. PMID: 34496240.Published on 8/17/2021
Coates JT, Sun S, Leshchiner I, Thimmiah N, Martin EE, McLoughlin D, Danysh BP, Slowik K, Jacobs RA, Rhrissorrakrai K, Utro F, Levovitz C, Denault E, Walmsley CS, Kambadakone A, Stone JR, Isakoff SJ, Parida L, Juric D, Getz G, Bardia A, Ellisen LW. Parallel Genomic Alterations of Antigen and Payload Targets Mediate Polyclonal Acquired Clinical Resistance to Sacituzumab Govitecan in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. Cancer Discov. 2021 10; 11(10):2436-2445. PMID: 34404686.Published on 7/8/2021
Murali I, Kasar S, Naeem A, Tyekucheva S, Khalsa JK, Thrash EM, Itchaki G, Livitz D, Leshchiner I, Dong S, Fernandes SM, Getz G, Johnson A, Brown JR. Activation of the MAPK pathway mediates resistance to PI3K inhibitors in chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Blood. 2021 07 08; 138(1):44-56. PMID: 33684943.Published on 4/7/2021
Dentro SC, Leshchiner I, Haase K, Tarabichi M, Wintersinger J, Deshwar AG, Yu K, Rubanova Y, Macintyre G, Demeulemeester J, Vázquez-García I, Kleinheinz K, Livitz DG, Malikic S, Donmez N, Sengupta S, Anur P, Jolly C, Cmero M, Rosebrock D, Schumacher SE, Fan Y, Fittall M, Drews RM, Yao X, Watkins TBK, Lee J, Schlesner M, Zhu H, Adams DJ, McGranahan N, Swanton C, Getz G, Boutros PC, Imielinski M, Beroukhim R, Sahinalp SC, Ji Y, Peifer M, Martincorena I, Markowetz F, Mustonen V, Yuan K, Gerstung M, Spellman PT, Wang W, Morris QD, Wedge DC, Van Loo P. Characterizing genetic intra-tumor heterogeneity across 2,658 human cancer genomes. Cell. 2021 04 15; 184(8):2239-2254.e39. PMID: 33831375.Published on 10/22/2020
Demy DL, Carrère M, Noche R, Tauzin M, Le Bris M, Baek C, Leshchiner I, Goessling W, Herbomel P. The cationic amino acid exporter Slc7a7 is induced and vital in zebrafish tissue macrophages with sustained efferocytic activity. J Cell Sci. 2020 10 22; 133(20). PMID: 32973110.Published on 9/16/2020
Bachireddy P, Ennis C, Nguyen VN, Gohil SH, Clement K, Shukla SA, Forman J, Barkas N, Freeman S, Bavli N, Elagina L, Leshchiner I, Mohammad AW, Mathewson ND, Keskin DB, Rassenti LZ, Kipps TJ, Brown JR, Getz G, Ho VT, Gnirke A, Neuberg D, Soiffer RJ, Ritz J, Alyea EP, Kharchenko PV, Wu CJ. Distinct evolutionary paths in chronic lymphocytic leukemia during resistance to the graft-versus-leukemia effect. Sci Transl Med. 2020 09 16; 12(561). PMID: 32938797.Published on 5/22/2020
Bustoros M, Sklavenitis-Pistofidis R, Park J, Redd R, Zhitomirsky B, Dunford AJ, Salem K, Tai YT, Anand S, Mouhieddine TH, Chavda SJ, Boehner C, Elagina L, Neuse CJ, Cha J, Rahmat M, Taylor-Weiner A, Van Allen E, Kumar S, Kastritis E, Leshchiner I, Morgan EA, Laubach J, Casneuf T, Richardson P, Munshi NC, Anderson KC, Trippa L, Aguet F, Stewart C, Dimopoulos MA, Yong K, Bergsagel PL, Manier S, Getz G, Ghobrial IM. Genomic Profiling of Smoldering Multiple Myeloma Identifies Patients at a High Risk of Disease Progression. J Clin Oncol. 2020 07 20; 38(21):2380-2389. PMID: 32442065.