Dr. Candace S. Johnson joined the faculty of Roswell Park Cancer Institute in February 2002, and is currently President & CEO, the Wallace Family Chair in Translational Research, and Professor of Oncology.
Prior to her appointment as RPCI President & CEO, Dr. Johnson was Deputy Director of the Institute and also Chair of the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics for more than a decade. Her major responsibilities were to facilitate the seamless bench-to-bedside development and delivery of promising new cancer therapies involving prostate, lung, breast, bladder, and other types of cancer.
From 1997-2002, Dr. Johnson served as Deputy Director of Basic Research at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, and Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Dr. Johnson earned her doctoral degree in Immunology from Ohio State University, Columbus, in 1977. From 1977 to 1981, she completed research and postdoctoral fellowships in Immunology/Cell Biology at the Michigan Cancer Foundation, Detroit.
Dr. Johnson’s research interests include translational research to facilitate the efficient application of promising laboratory findings in clinical studies; preclinical design and development of more effective therapeutic approaches to cancer using highly characterized tumor models; and mechanisms of vitamin D mediated antiproliferative effects either alone or in combination with other cytotoxic agents.
Dr. Johnson is a member of the National Institutes of Health Reviewers Reserve and has served as a member of the National Cancer Institute Review Group Subcommittee A Cancer Center (Parent Committee) and of the Experimental Therapeutics Study Section (2) for 2 terms. She also is a member of many professional and scientific societies, Senior Editor of Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, Associate Editor of Molecular and Cellular Differentiation, Oncology, and Molecular Pharmacology, and a member of the editorial board of Oncology Reports and Molecular Pharmacology.
Dr. Johnson has authored or coauthored nearly 200 journal publications, book chapters and abstracts, and has been issued patents on the "Use of Pretreatment Chemicals to Enhance Efficacy of Cytotoxic Agents" and “Endothelial Specific Targeting.” Additionally, she was the recipient of the 2013 Dr. Thomas B. Tomasi Hope Award; the 2013 Medaille College Excellence in Leadership Award; the 2010 University of Pittsburgh Innovator Award; and in 2010 was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science.
Dr. Johnson's Recent Publications
- Ma Y, Hu Q, Luo W, Pratt RN, Glenn ST, Liu S, Trump DL, Johnson CS.1α,25(OH)2D3 differentially regulates miRNA expression in human bladder cancer cells. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol. 2014 Sep 26. [Epub ahead of print] Review. PMID: 25263658 (PubMed – as supplied by publisher).
- Shen J, Hu Q, Schrauder M, Yan L, Wang D, Medico L, Guy Y, Yao S, Zhu Q, Liu B, Qin M, Beckmann MW, Fasching PA, Strick R, Johnson CS, Ambrosone CB, Zhao H, Liu S. Circulating miR-148b and miR-133a as biomarkers for breast cancer detection. Oncotarget 2014; 5(14):5284-5294. PMCID: PMC4170614.
- Ma Y, Trump DL, Johnson CS. Vitamin D and miRNAs in cancer. Curr Gene Ther. 2014; 14(4):269-75. PMID: 25039615 (PubMed — in process).
- Ajibade AA, Kirk JS, Karasik E, Gillard B, Moser MT, Johnson CS, Trump DL, Foster BA. Early growth inhibition is followed by increased metastatic disease with vitamin D (calcitriol) treatment in the TRAMP model of prostate cancer. PLos One 2014; 9(2):e89555. PMCID: PMC3935875.
- Singh P, Preus L, Qiang H, Yan L, Long M, Morrison C, Nesline M, Koochekpour S, Johnson C, Kohli M, Liu S, Trump D, Sucheston-Campbell L, Campbell M. Serum microRNA expression patterns that predict early treatment failure in prostate cancer patients. Oncotarget 2014; 5(3):824-840. PMCID: PMC3996656.
- Morrison CD, Liu P, Woloszynska-Read A, Zhang J, Luo W, Qin M, Bshara W, Conroy JM, Sabatini L, Vedell P, Xiong D, Liu S, Wang J, Shen H, Li Y, Omilian AR, Hill A, Head K, Guru K, Kunnev D, Leach R, Eng K, Darlak C, Hoeflich C, Veeranki S, Glenn S, You M, Pruitt S, Johnson CS, Trump DL. Whole-genome sequencing identifies genomic heterogeneity at a nucleotide and chromosomal level in bladder cancer. PNAS 2014; 111(6):E672-681. PMCID: PMC3926024.
- Yao S, Hong CC, McCann SE, Zirpoli G, Quan L, Gong Z, Johnson CS, Trump DL, Ambrosone CB. Combined effect of circulating levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D and Th1 and Th2 cytokines on breast cancer estrogen receptor status. Cancers (Basel) 2014; 6(1):211-225. PMCID: PMC3980607.
- Lee HJH, Muindi JR, Tan W, Hu Q, Wang D, Liu S, Wilding GE, Ford LA, Sait SNJ, Block AW, Adjei AA, Barcos M, Griffiths EA, Thompson JE, Wang ES, Johnson CS, Trump DL, Wetzler M. Low 25(OH) Vitamin D3 levels are associated with adverse outcome in newly-diagnosed intensively-treated adult acute myeloid leukemia patients. Cancer 2014; 120(4):521-529. PMID:24166051.
- Shen H, Morrison CD, Zhang J, Underwood W 3rd, Yang N, Frangou C, Eng K, Head K, Bollag RJ, Kavuri SK, Rojiani AM, Li Y, Yan L, Hill A, Woloszynska-Read A, Wang J, Liu S, Trump DL, Johnson CS. 6p22.3 amplification as a biomarker and potential therapeutic target of advanced stage bladder cancer. Oncotarget. 2013 Nov;4(11):2124-34. PMCID: PMC3875774.
- Liu B, Morrison CD, Johnson CS, Trump DL, Qin M, Conroy JC, Wang J, Liu S. Computational methods for detecting copy number variations in cancer genome using next generation sequencing: principles and challenges. Oncotarget 2013; 4(11):1868-1881. PMCID: PMC3875755.
- Luo W, Hu Q, Wang D, Deeb KK, Ma Y, Morrison CD, Liu S, Johnson CS, Trump DL. Isolation and genome-wide expression and methylation characterization of CD31+ cells from normal and malignant human prostate tissue. Oncotarget 2013; 4(9):1472-1483. PMCID: PMC3824530.
- Ramnath N, Daignault-Newton S, Dy GK, Muindi JR, Adjei A, Elingrod VL, Kalemkerian GP, Cease KB, Stella PJ, Brenner DE, Troeschel S, Johnson CS, Trump DL. A phase I/II pharmacokinetic and pharmacogenomic study of calcitriol in combination with cisplatin and docetaxel in advanced non-small-cell lung cancer. Cancer Chemother Pharmacol 2013; 71(5):1173-1182. PMCID: PMC3637851.
- Godoy AS, Chung I, Montecinos VP, Buttyan R, Johnson CS, Smith GJ. Role of androgen and vitamin-D receptors in endothelial cells from benign and malignant human prostate. Am J Physiol Endocrinol Metab 2013; 304(11):E1131-1139. PMCID: PMC4116355.
- Muindi JR, Adjei AA, Wu ZR, Olson I, Huang H, Groman A, Tian L, Singh PK, Sucheston LE, Johnson CS, Trump DL, Fakih MG. Serum vitamin D metabolites in colorectal cancer patients receiving cholecalciferol supplementation: correlation with polymorphisms in the vitamin D genes. Horm Cancer 2013; 4(4):242–250. PMCID: PMC3689467.
- Luo W, Yu WD, Ma Y, Chernov M, Trump DL, Johnson CS. Inhibition of protein kinase CK2 reduces CYP24A1 expression and enhances 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 anti-tumor activity in human prostate cancer cells. Cancer Res 2013; 73(7):2289-2297. PMCID: PMC3618587.
- Ma Y, Yu WD, Hidalgo AA, Luo W, Delansorne R, Johnson CS, Trump DL. Inecalcitol, an analog of 1,25D 3, displays enhanced antitumor activity through the induction of apoptosis in a squamous cell carcinoma model system. Cell Cycle 2013; 12(5):743-752. PMCID: PMC3610722.
- Yan L, Ma C, Wang D, Hu Q, Qin M, Conroy JM, Sucheston LE, Ambrosone CB, Johnson CS, Wang J, Liu S. OSAT: a tool for sample-to-batch allocations in genomics experiments. BMC Genomics 2012; 13(1):689. PMCID: PMC3548766.
- Luo W, Hershberger PA, Trump DL, Johnson CS. 24-Hydroxylase in Cancer: Impact on vitamin D-based anticancer therapeutics. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol 2013; 136:252-257. PMCID: PMC3686893.
- Ma Y, Yu W-D, Su B, Seshadri M, Luo W, Trump DL, Johnson CS. Regulation of motility, invasion and metastatic potential of squamous cell carcinoma by 1α,25-dihydroxycholecalciferol. Cancer 2013; 119(3):563-574. PMCID: PMC3485450.
- Krishnan AV, Trump DL, Johnson CS, Feldman D. The role of vitamin D in cancer prevention and treatment. Rheum Dis Clin North Am 2012; 38(1):161-178. PMID: 22525850.
Below are links to Pub Med for Dr. Johnson’s publications while at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (2002 – present) and earlier.