Stella Tommasi, PhD

Title(s)Associate Professor of Research Population and Public Health Sciences
SchoolKeck School of Medicine of Usc
AddressNRT 1509C 1450 Biggy Street
Health Sciences Campus
Los Angeles CA 90033
Phone+1 323 442 7753
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    I am an Associate Professor of Research in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences (PPHS) and a Full Member of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center (NCCC), Genomic and Epigenomic Regulation Program (GER). Research in my laboratory focuses on investigating the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of cancer and other chronic diseases. Specifically, we aim to elucidate how the genome and epigenome are affected by lifestyle (e.g., smoking, vaping, diet) and environmental exposures (e.g., air pollutants, chemical contaminants). Using a combination of novel seq-based omics technologies, classic molecular biology assays, and bioinformatics tools, my group investigates the role played by tobacco toxicants/carcinogens (and environmental pollutants) in the pathogenesis of cancer and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a primary form of liver disease and a growing global epidemic. Characterizing the interaction of genetic, epigenetic, and environmental determinants can provide insights into the complexity and heterogeneity of cancer and NAFLD. Improving our mechanistic understanding of their etiology will be instrumental in developing effective strategies for the prevention, early detection, treatment and monitoring of these diseases.

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    Does secondhand smoke induce epigenetic changes?
    University of California Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) TRDRP – 26IP-0051CAug 1, 2020 - Jul 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Does secondhand smoke induce epigenetic changes?
    University of California Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) TRDRP – 26IP-0051Aug 1, 2017 - Jul 31, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Investigating the carcinogenicity of e-cig
    University of California Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (TRDRP) TRDRP – 25IP-0001Jul 1, 2016 - Jun 30, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Vaping Dose, Device Type, and E-Liquid Flavor are Determinants of DNA Damage in Electronic Cigarette Users. Nicotine Tob Res. 2023 05 22; 25(6):1145-1154. Tommasi S, Blumenfeld H, Besaratinia A. PMID: 36780924; PMCID: PMC10202635.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    2. DNA Hydroxymethylation in Smoking-Associated Cancers. Int J Mol Sci. 2022 Feb 28; 23(5). Besaratinia A, Caceres A, Tommasi S. PMID: 35269796; PMCID: PMC8910185.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 2     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    3. Secondhand smoke affects reproductive functions by altering the mouse testis transcriptome, and leads to select intron retention in Pde1a. Environ Int. 2022 03; 161:107086. Tommasi S, Kitapci TH, Blumenfeld H, Besaratinia A. PMID: 35063792; PMCID: PMC8891074.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCellsPHPublic Health
    4. A novel role for vaping in mitochondrial gene dysregulation and inflammation fundamental to disease development. Sci Rep. 2021 11 23; 11(1):22773. Tommasi S, Pabustan N, Li M, Chen Y, Siegmund KD, Besaratinia A. PMID: 34815430; PMCID: PMC8611078.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Hydroxychloroquine induces oxidative DNA damage and mutation in mammalian cells. DNA Repair (Amst). 2021 10; 106:103180. Besaratinia A, Caliri AW, Tommasi S. PMID: 34298488; PMCID: PMC8435022.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 1     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCellsPHPublic Health
    6. The consequential impact of JUUL on youth vaping and the landscape of tobacco products: The state of play in the COVID-19 era. Prev Med Rep. 2021 Jun; 22:101374. Besaratinia A, Tommasi S. PMID: 34168950; PMCID: PMC8207461.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 11  
    7. Relationships among smoking, oxidative stress, inflammation, macromolecular damage, and cancer. Mutat Res Rev Mutat Res. 2021 Jan-Jun; 787:108365. Caliri AW, Tommasi S, Besaratinia A. PMID: 34083039; PMCID: PMC8287787.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 105     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
    8. Spontaneous and photosensitization-induced mutations in primary mouse cells transitioning through senescence and immortalization. J Biol Chem. 2020 07 17; 295(29):9974-9985. Caliri AW, Tommasi S, Bates SE, Besaratinia A. PMID: 32487750; PMCID: PMC7380187.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    9. Vaping epidemic: challenges and opportunities. Cancer Causes Control. 2020 Jul; 31(7):663-667. Besaratinia A, Tommasi S. PMID: 32363571; PMCID: PMC7274878.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 14     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    10. Secondhand Smoke Induces Liver Steatosis through Deregulation of Genes Involved in Hepatic Lipid Metabolism. Int J Mol Sci. 2020 Feb 14; 21(4). Tommasi S, Yoon JI, Besaratinia A. PMID: 32075112; PMCID: PMC7072934.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 5     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCellsPHPublic Health
    11. Hypomethylation of LINE-1 repeat elements and global loss of DNA hydroxymethylation in vapers and smokers. Epigenetics. 2020 08; 15(8):816-829. Caliri AW, Caceres A, Tommasi S, Besaratinia A. PMID: 31996072; PMCID: PMC7518689.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 27     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    12. Vaping: A growing global health concern. EClinicalMedicine. 2019 Dec; 17:100208. Besaratinia A, Tommasi S. PMID: 31891141; PMCID: PMC6933142.
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    13. DNA Hydroxymethylation at the Interface of the Environment and Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2019 08 05; 16(15). Tommasi S, Besaratinia A. PMID: 31387232; PMCID: PMC6695744.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    14. Deregulation of Biologically Significant Genes and Associated Molecular Pathways in the Oral Epithelium of Electronic Cigarette Users. Int J Mol Sci. 2019 Feb 10; 20(3). Tommasi S, Caliri AW, Caceres A, Moreno DE, Li M, Chen Y, Siegmund KD, Besaratinia A. PMID: 30744164; PMCID: PMC6386888.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 35     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    15. The Lambda Select cII Mutation Detection System. J Vis Exp. 2018 04 26; (134). Besaratinia A, Tommasi S. PMID: 29757290; PMCID: PMC6100978.
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    16. Mutation Analysis in Cultured Cells of Transgenic Rodents. Int J Mol Sci. 2018 Jan 16; 19(1). Besaratinia A, Zheng A, Bates SE, Tommasi S. PMID: 29337872; PMCID: PMC5796208.
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    17. A Versatile Assay for Detection of Aberrant DNA Methylation in Bladder Cancer. Methods Mol Biol. 2018; 1655:29-41. Tommasi S, Besaratinia A. PMID: 28889375; PMCID: PMC6340640.
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    18. An opportune and unique research to evaluate the public health impact of electronic cigarettes. Cancer Causes Control. 2017 Oct; 28(10):1167-1171. Besaratinia A, Tommasi S. PMID: 28861656; PMCID: PMC5693655.
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    19. Limited mutagenicity of electronic cigarettes in mouse or human cells in vitro. Lung Cancer. 2017 10; 112:41-46. Tommasi S, Bates SE, Behar RZ, Talbot P, Besaratinia A. PMID: 29191599; PMCID: PMC5726426.
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    20. Expression of epigenetic modifiers is not significantly altered by exposure to secondhand smoke. Lung Cancer. 2015 Dec; 90(3):598-603. Tommasi S, Zheng A, Besaratinia A. PMID: 26525280; PMCID: PMC7849627.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 6     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCellsPHPublic Health
    21. The lingering question of menthol in cigarettes. Cancer Causes Control. 2015 Feb; 26(2):165-169. Besaratinia A, Tommasi S. PMID: 25416451.
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    22. 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. Tommasi S, Zheng A, Besaratinia A. PMID: 25346222.
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    23. RASSF6 exhibits promoter hypermethylation in metastatic melanoma and inhibits invasion in melanoma cells. Epigenetics. 2014 Nov; 9(11):1496-503. Mezzanotte JJ, Hill V, Schmidt ML, Shinawi T, Tommasi S, Krex D, Schackert G, Pfeifer GP, Latif F, Clark GJ. PMID: 25482183; PMCID: PMC4623409.
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    24. Electronic cigarettes: the road ahead. Prev Med. 2014 Sep; 66:65-7. Besaratinia A, Tommasi S. PMID: 24952095.
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    25. Epigenetics of human melanoma: promises and challenges. J Mol Cell Biol. 2014 Oct; 6(5):356-67. Besaratinia A, Tommasi S. PMID: 24895357.
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    26. Epigenetic targeting of the Nanog pathway and signaling networks during chemical carcinogenesis. Carcinogenesis. 2014 Aug; 35(8):1726-36. Tommasi S, Zheng A, Yoon JI, Besaratinia A. PMID: 24480805.
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    27. Alterations of DNA methylome in human bladder cancer. Epigenetics. 2013 Oct; 8(10):1013-22. Besaratinia A, Cockburn M, Tommasi S. PMID: 23975266; PMCID: PMC3891681.
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    28. 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. Besaratinia A, Tommasi S. PMID: 23449930.
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    29. Mammalian cells acquire epigenetic hallmarks of human cancer during immortalization. Nucleic Acids Res. 2013 Jan 07; 41(1):182-95. Tommasi S, Zheng A, Weninger A, Bates SE, Li XA, Wu X, Hollstein M, Besaratinia A. PMID: 23143272; PMCID: PMC3592471.
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    30. Whole DNA methylome profiling in mice exposed to secondhand smoke. Epigenetics. 2012 Nov; 7(11):1302-14. Tommasi S, Zheng A, Yoon JI, Li AX, Wu X, Besaratinia A. PMID: 23051858; PMCID: PMC3499331.
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    31. A high-throughput next-generation sequencing-based method for detecting the mutational fingerprint of carcinogens. Nucleic Acids Res. 2012 Aug; 40(15):e116. Besaratinia A, Li H, Yoon JI, Zheng A, Gao H, Tommasi S. PMID: 22735701; PMCID: PMC3424585.
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    32. New experimental data linking secondhand smoke exposure to lung cancer in nonsmokers. FASEB J. 2012 May; 26(5):1845-54. Kim SI, Yoon JI, Tommasi S, Besaratinia A. PMID: 22318968.
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    33. 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. Yoon JI, Kim SI, Tommasi S, Besaratinia A. PMID: 22086680.
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    34. Investigating the epigenetic effects of a prototype smoke-derived carcinogen in human cells. PLoS One. 2010 May 12; 5(5):e10594. Tommasi S, Kim SI, Zhong X, Wu X, Pfeifer GP, Besaratinia A. PMID: 20485678; PMCID: PMC2868871.
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    35. RASSF proteins. Curr Biol. 2010 Apr 27; 20(8):R344-5. Pfeifer GP, Dammann R, Tommasi S. PMID: 21749948.
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    36. Identification of 5 novel genes methylated in breast and other epithelial cancers. Mol Cancer. 2010 Mar 05; 9:51. 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. PMID: 20205715; PMCID: PMC2841122.
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    37. Tumor suppressor Ras-association domain family 1 isoform A is a novel regulator of cardiac hypertrophy. Circulation. 2009 Aug 18; 120(7):607-16. 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. PMID: 19652091.
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    38. Methylation of homeobox genes is a frequent and early epigenetic event in breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res. 2009; 11(1):R14. Tommasi S, Karm DL, Wu X, Yen Y, Pfeifer GP. PMID: 19250546; PMCID: PMC2687719.
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    39. 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. Guo C, Tommasi S, Liu L, Yee JK, Dammann R, Pfeifer GP. PMID: 17379520.
      View in: PubMed   Mentions: 95     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    40. Involvement of the RASSF1A tumor suppressor gene in controlling cell migration. Cancer Res. 2005 Sep 01; 65(17):7653-9. Dallol A, Agathanggelou A, Tommasi S, Pfeifer GP, Maher ER, Latif F. PMID: 16140931.
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    41. Short hairpin RNA-directed cytosine (CpG) methylation of the RASSF1A gene promoter in HeLa cells. Mol Ther. 2005 Jul; 12(1):179-83. Castanotto D, Tommasi S, Li M, Li H, Yanow S, Pfeifer GP, Rossi JJ. PMID: 15963934.
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    42. 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. Baksh S, Tommasi S, Fenton S, Yu VC, Martins LM, Pfeifer GP, Latif F, Downward J, Neel BG. PMID: 15949439.
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    43. Tumor susceptibility of Rassf1a knockout mice. Cancer Res. 2005 Jan 01; 65(1):92-8. Tommasi S, Dammann R, Zhang Z, Wang Y, Liu L, Tsark WM, Wilczynski SP, Li J, You M, Pfeifer GP. PMID: 15665283.
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    44. Control of microtubule stability by the RASSF1A tumor suppressor. Oncogene. 2003 Nov 06; 22(50):8125-36. Liu L, Tommasi S, Lee DH, Dammann R, Pfeifer GP. PMID: 14603253.
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    45. Epigenetic inactivation of RAS association domain family protein 1 (RASSF1A) in malignant cutaneous melanoma. Cancer Res. 2003 Apr 01; 63(7):1639-43. Spugnardi M, Tommasi S, Dammann R, Pfeifer GP, Hoon DS. PMID: 12670917.
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    46. Methylation of the RASSF1A gene in human cancers. Biol Chem. 2002 Jun; 383(6):907-14. Pfeifer GP, Yoon JH, Liu L, Tommasi S, Wilczynski SP, Dammann R. PMID: 12222680.
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