Andrew Blum, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
School of Medicine
Member
GI Cancer Genetics Program
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

Research Information

Research Interests

Throughout his career, Dr. Blum has developed an interest in the prevention and treatment of cancer, which combined naturally with an interest in clinical gastroenterology, and specifically with an interest in esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC) and its development from Barrett’s esophagus (BE). During fellowship and as a junior faculty member, Dr. Blum led two projects utilizing whole transcriptome sequencing data generated as part of the Barrett’s Esophageal Translational Network (BETRNet).  First, Dr. Blum and colleagues characterized transcriptionally-viable gene-fusion landscapes in EACs.  Next, they identified the TGF-ß/Smad signaling pathway as a promoter of EAC carcinogenesis by combining the whole transcriptome data with innovative mathematical modeling. Dr. Blum's ongoing work is focused defining the molecular basis for the oncogenic role of TGF-ß/Smad signaling in BE and EAC.

External Appointments

Physician, Gastroenterology Section
Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center

Publications