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Stella Tommasi, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine (Part Time)
Preventive Medicine
NRT 1509C 1450 Biggy Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 7753


Tommasi S, Zheng A, Besaratinia A. Expression of epigenetic modifiers is not significantly altered by exposure to secondhand smoke. Lung Cancer. 2015 Dec; 90(3):598-603. View in: PubMed

Tommasi S, Zheng A, Besaratinia A. Exposure of mice to secondhand smoke elicits both transient and long-lasting transcriptional changes in cancer-related functional networks. Int J Cancer. 2015 May 15; 136(10):2253-63. View in: PubMed

Besaratinia A, Tommasi S. The lingering question of menthol in cigarettes. Cancer Causes Control. 2015 Feb; 26(2):165-9. View in: PubMed

Mezzanotte JJ, Hill V, Schmidt ML, Shinawi T, Tommasi S, Krex D, Schackert G, Pfeifer GP, Latif F, Clark GJ. RASSF6 exhibits promoter hypermethylation in metastatic melanoma and inhibits invasion in melanoma cells. Epigenetics. 2014 Nov 2; 9(11):1496-503. View in: PubMed

Besaratinia A, Tommasi S. Epigenetics of human melanoma: promises and challenges. J Mol Cell Biol. 2014 Oct; 6(5):356-67. View in: PubMed

Besaratinia A, Tommasi S. Electronic cigarettes: The road ahead. Prev Med. 2014 Sep; 66:65-7. View in: PubMed

Tommasi S, Zheng A, Yoon JI, Besaratinia A. Epigenetic targeting of the Nanog pathway and signaling networks during chemical carcinogenesis. Carcinogenesis. 2014 Aug; 35(8):1726-36. View in: PubMed

Besaratinia A, Cockburn M, Tommasi S. Alterations of DNA methylome in human bladder cancer. Epigenetics. 2013 Oct 1; 8(10):1013-22. View in: PubMed

Besaratinia A, Tommasi S. Genotoxicity of tobacco smoke-derived aromatic amines and bladder cancer: current state of knowledge and future research directions. FASEB J. 2013 Jun; 27(6):2090-100. View in: PubMed

Tommasi S, Zheng A, Weninger A, Bates SE, Li XA, Wu X, Hollstein M, Besaratinia A. Mammalian cells acquire epigenetic hallmarks of human cancer during immortalization. Nucleic Acids Res. 2013 Jan 7; 41(1):182-95. View in: PubMed

Tommasi S, Zheng A, Yoon JI, Li AX, Wu X, Besaratinia A. Whole DNA methylome profiling in mice exposed to secondhand smoke. Epigenetics. 2012 Nov; 7(11):1302-14. View in: PubMed

Besaratinia A, Li H, Yoon JI, Zheng A, Gao H, Tommasi S. A high-throughput next-generation sequencing-based method for detecting the mutational fingerprint of carcinogens. Nucleic Acids Res. 2012 Aug; 40(15):e116. View in: PubMed

Kim SI, Yoon JI, Tommasi S, Besaratinia A. New experimental data linking secondhand smoke exposure to lung cancer in nonsmokers. FASEB J. 2012 May; 26(5):1845-54. View in: PubMed

Yoon JI, Kim SI, Tommasi S, Besaratinia A. Organ specificity of the bladder carcinogen 4-aminobiphenyl in inducing DNA damage and mutation in mice. Cancer Prev Res (Phila). 2012 Feb; 5(2):299-308. View in: PubMed

Pfeifer GP, Dammann R, Tommasi S. RASSF proteins. Curr Biol. 2010 Apr 27; 20(8):R344-5. View in: PubMed

Tommasi S, Kim SI, Zhong X, Wu X, Pfeifer GP, Besaratinia A. Investigating the epigenetic effects of a prototype smoke-derived carcinogen in human cells. PLoS One. 2010; 5(5):e10594. View in: PubMed

Hill VK, Hesson LB, Dansranjavin T, Dallol A, Bieche I, Vacher S, Tommasi S, Dobbins T, Gentle D, Euhus D, Lewis C, Dammann R, Ward RL, Minna J, Maher ER, Pfeifer GP, Latif F. Identification of 5 novel genes methylated in breast and other epithelial cancers. Mol Cancer. 2010; 9:51. View in: PubMed

Oceandy D, Pickard A, Prehar S, Zi M, Mohamed TM, Stanley PJ, Baudoin-Stanley F, Nadif R, Tommasi S, Pfeifer GP, Armesilla AL, Cartwright EJ, Neyses L. Tumor suppressor Ras-association domain family 1 isoform A is a novel regulator of cardiac hypertrophy. Circulation. 2009 Aug 18; 120(7):607-16. View in: PubMed

Tommasi S, Karm DL, Wu X, Yen Y, Pfeifer GP. Methylation of homeobox genes is a frequent and early epigenetic event in breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res. 2009; 11(1):R14. View in: PubMed

Guo C, Tommasi S, Liu L, Yee JK, Dammann R, Pfeifer GP. RASSF1A is part of a complex similar to the Drosophila Hippo/Salvador/Lats tumor-suppressor network. Curr Biol. 2007 Apr 17; 17(8):700-5. View in: PubMed

Dallol A, Agathanggelou A, Tommasi S, Pfeifer GP, Maher ER, Latif F. Involvement of the RASSF1A tumor suppressor gene in controlling cell migration. Cancer Res. 2005 Sep 1; 65(17):7653-9. View in: PubMed

Castanotto D, Tommasi S, Li M, Li H, Yanow S, Pfeifer GP, Rossi JJ. Short hairpin RNA-directed cytosine (CpG) methylation of the RASSF1A gene promoter in HeLa cells. Mol Ther. 2005 Jul; 12(1):179-83. View in: PubMed

Baksh S, Tommasi S, Fenton S, Yu VC, Martins LM, Pfeifer GP, Latif F, Downward J, Neel BG. The tumor suppressor RASSF1A and MAP-1 link death receptor signaling to Bax conformational change and cell death. Mol Cell. 2005 Jun 10; 18(6):637-50. View in: PubMed

Tommasi S, Dammann R, Zhang Z, Wang Y, Liu L, Tsark WM, Wilczynski SP, Li J, You M, Pfeifer GP. Tumor susceptibility of Rassf1a knockout mice. Cancer Res. 2005 Jan 1; 65(1):92-8. View in: PubMed

Liu L, Tommasi S, Lee DH, Dammann R, Pfeifer GP. Control of microtubule stability by the RASSF1A tumor suppressor. Oncogene. 2003 Nov 6; 22(50):8125-36. View in: PubMed

Spugnardi M, Tommasi S, Dammann R, Pfeifer GP, Hoon DS. Epigenetic inactivation of RAS association domain family protein 1 (RASSF1A) in malignant cutaneous melanoma. Cancer Res. 2003 Apr 1; 63(7):1639-43. View in: PubMed

Pfeifer GP, Yoon JH, Liu L, Tommasi S, Wilczynski SP, Dammann R. Methylation of the RASSF1A gene in human cancers. Biol Chem. 2002 Jun; 383(6):907-14. View in: PubMed

Tommasi S, Dammann R, Jin SG, Zhang XF, Avruch J, Pfeifer GP. RASSF3 and NORE1: identification and cloning of two human homologues of the putative tumor suppressor gene RASSF1. Oncogene. 2002 Apr 18; 21(17):2713-20. View in: PubMed

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