School of Medicine

Wayne State University School of Medicine

Julie Boerner







Julie Boerner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
4100 John R.
Detroit, MI 48201

Research Interests:

  • Role of c-Met in EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor resistance in breast cancer.
  • Lipid raft localization of EGFR family members as a mechanism of resistance to EGFR inhibitors in breast cancer.
  • Role of tyrosine 845 phosphorylation on EGFR on migration and transformation of breast cancer cells.
  • Src regulation of Ras activity in pancreatic cancer.

Research Description:

My laboratory is interesting in studying the mechanisms of EGFR kinase-independent signaling in breast cancers. Specifically, we are interested in identifying crosstalk between EGFR and other tyrosine kinases that mediate EGFR kinase-independent signaling and determining the role of these identified kinases in EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor resistance in breast cancer.

Selected Publications:

Linklater ES, Tovar EA, Essenburg CJ, Turner L, Madaj Z, Winn ME, Melnik MK, Korkaya H, Maroun CR, Christensen JG, Steensma MR, Boerner JL, Graveel CR. Targeting MET and EGFR crosstalk signaling in triple-negative breast cancers. Oncotarget. 2016;7:69903-15.

LoRusso PM, Li J, Burger A, Heilbrun LK, Sausville EA, Boerner SA, Smith D, Pilat MJ, Zhang J, Tolaney SM, Cleary JM, Chen AP, Rubinstein L, Boerner JL, Bowditch A, Cai D, Bell T, Wolanski A, Marrero AM, Zhang Y, Ji J, Ferry-Galow K, Kinders RJ, Parchment RE, Shapiro GI. Phase I Safety, Pharmacokinetic, and Pharmacodynamic Study of the Poly(ADP-ribose) Polymerase (PARP) Inhibitor Veliparib (ABT-888) in Combination with Irinotecan in Patients with Advanced Solid Tumors. Clin Cancer Res. 2016;22:3227-37.

Boerner JL, Nechiporchik N, Mueller KL, Polin L, Heilbrun L, Boerner SA, Zoratti GL, Stark K, LoRusso PM, Burger A. Protein expression of DNA damage repair proteins dictates response to topoisomerase and PARP inhibitors in triple-negative breast cancer. PLoS One. 2015;10:e0119614.

Madden JM, Mueller KL, Bollig-Fischer A, Stemmer P, Mattingly RR, Boerner JL. Abrogating phosphorylation of eIF4B is required for EGFR and mTOR inhibitor synergy in triple-negative breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2014;147:283-93.

Education and Training
BS in Molecular Biology (1993): University of Wisconsin
MS in Endocrinology Reproductive-Physiology (1996): University of Wisconsin
PhD Tumor Biology (2000): Mayo Clinic
University of Virginia, post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Sarah Parsons

Cancer Biology Courses Taught:
CB7300 F31 Grant Writing Course
CB7460 Mechanism of Neoplasia: Alterations to Cellular Signaling
CB7700 Recent Developments in Cancer Biology
CB7990 Research Technologies in Cancer Research