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Gillian L Hirst, PhD

Gillian L Hirst, PhD

Assistant Professor
Division of Surgical Oncology
Administrative Director
T32 Training Grant in Surgical Oncology



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University of Newcastle-upon Tyne, UK, BSc (Hons) Physiological Sciences 1991

University of Edinburgh, PhD. Molecular Oncology, 1995

  • University of Glasgow, UK, Molecular Oncology, 1995 - 2000
  • University of California, San Francisco, Genetics, Oncology 2000-2003
  • Biomarkers
  • Breast Cancer
  • Carcinogenesis
  • Drug Resistance
  • Genetic Risk
  • Precision Medicine
  • Tumor Biology

Gillian Hirst received her Ph.D. at the University of Edinburgh in the ICRF's (now CRUK) Molecular Oncology Unit, where she focused on the analysis and development of estrogen-regulated biomarkers for use in ovarian and breast cancers treated with anti-estrogenic therapies. As a postdoctoral fellow at CRUK Beatson Laboratories, University of Glasgow, she studied the molecular mechanisms of cisplatin resistance in ovarian cancer, with emphasis on the mismatch repair pathway. Building upon this work she studied the genetic susceptibility to DNA damaging agents in Allan Balmain's group here at UCSF. She has over ten years' experience working as a scientific program manager for multi-consortia projects and oversees biomarker development for the I-SPY2 TRIAL for early high-risk breast cancer, as well as multiple research initiatives within the Breast Care Center and the NIH Molecular Characterization of Screen-detected Lesions Consortium.

Dr. Hirst's areas of research interest span the continuum of disease risk in the analysis and development of biomarkers which will lead to better patient stratification and refined treatment interventions.

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  • CRC Post-Doctoral Fellowship
  • Beatson Institute, University of Glasgow
  • 1993 - 1999
  • Dr Hirst has over 15 years of research experience and managing scientific research programs. Her research interest particularly focuses on the molecular genetics of carcinogenesis, particularly as it relates to breast and ovarian cancer and understanding how we can better utilize biomarkers for risk stratification and treatment refinement. As Scientific Program Manager in the I-SPY2 TRIAL she oversees biomarker development and works with investigators from both academia and pharma to analyze data, tumor and liquid biopsy specimen using expression arrays, next-gen sequencing, multiplex-IHC and phospho-protein arrays.

    As an investigator on a U01 which is part of the NIH Molecular Characterization of Screen-Detected Lesions (MCL) consortium, her research is focused on building tissue, pathology and imaging resources to assist in the better molecular definition of DCIS and defining who will recur with aggressive invasive cancer or not. The hope is to be able to stratify patients for either less treatment intervention or more at the earliest stages of disease, and to find potentially common drivers of aggressive disease across multiple disease types, as well as markers of indolent disease by looking at both tumor and stromal microenvironment biology.

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    ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4502-0035 Additional info
    • Surgical Oncology Training Grant
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      Jul 2020
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      Jun 2025
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    • I-SPY2 +: Evolving the I-SPY 2 TRIAL to include MRI-directed, adaptive sequential treatment to optimize breast cancer outcomes
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      Sep 2017
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    • Elucidating the molecular and contextual basis for IDLE ultralow risk lesions and the tumor immune microenvironment of high risk in situ and invasive breast cancers
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      Sep 2015
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    • Modeling the Impact of Targeted Therapy Based on Breast Cancer Subtypes
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      Sep 2014
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      Aug 2019
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    • Science Leadership and Integration
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      Sep 2009
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    • A Systems Genetics Analysis of Cancer Risk, Progression and Therapeutic Response
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      Sep 1999
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      Mar 2014
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    • Program Project Grant
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      Sep 2003
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      Aug 2010
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    MOST RECENT PUBLICATIONS FROM A TOTAL OF 42
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    1. O'Grady N, Gibbs DL, Abdilleh K, Asare A, Asare S, Venters S, Brown-Swigart L, Hirst GL, Wolf D, Yau C, van 't Veer LJ, Esserman L, Basu A. PRoBE the cloud toolkit: finding the best biomarkers of drug response within a breast cancer clinical trial. JAMIA Open. 2021 Apr; 4(2):ooab038. View in PubMed
    2. Pusztai L, Yau C, Wolf DM, Han HS, Du L, Wallace AM, String-Reasor E, Boughey JC, Chien AJ, Elias AD, Beckwith H, Nanda R, Albain KS, Clark AS, Kemmer K, Kalinsky K, Isaacs C, Thomas A, Shatsky R, Helsten TL, Forero-Torres A, Liu MC, Brown-Swigart L, Petricoin EF, Wulfkuhle JD, Asare SM, Wilson A, Singhrao R, Sit L, Hirst GL, Berry S, Sanil A, Asare AL, Matthews JB, Perlmutter J, Melisko M, Rugo HS, Schwab RB, Symmans WF, Yee D, Van't Veer LJ, Hylton NM, DeMichele AM, Berry DA, Esserman LJ. Durvalumab with olaparib and paclitaxel for high-risk HER2-negative stage II/III breast cancer: Results from the adaptively randomized I-SPY2 trial. Cancer Cell. 2021 Jul 12; 39(7):989-998.e5. View in PubMed
    3. Magbanua MJM, Li W, Wolf DM, Yau C, Hirst GL, Swigart LB, Newitt DC, Gibbs J, Delson AL, Kalashnikova E, Aleshin A, Zimmermann B, Chien AJ, Tripathy D, Esserman L, Hylton N, van 't Veer L. Circulating tumor DNA and magnetic resonance imaging to predict neoadjuvant chemotherapy response and recurrence risk. NPJ Breast Cancer. 2021 Mar 25; 7(1):32. View in PubMed
    4. Du L, Yau C, Brown-Swigart L, Gould R, Krings G, Hirst GL, Bedrosian I, Layman RM, Carter JM, Klein M, Venters S, Shad S, van der Noordaa M, Chien AJ, Haddad T, Isaacs C, Pusztai L, Albain K, Nanda R, Tripathy D, Liu MC, Boughey J, Schwab R, Hylton N, DeMichele A, Perlmutter J, Yee D, Berry D, Van't Veer L, Valero V, Esserman LJ, Symmans WF. Predicted sensitivity to endocrine therapy for stage II-III hormone receptor-positive and HER2-negative (HR+/HER2-) breast cancer before chemo-endocrine therapy. Ann Oncol. 2021 05; 32(5):642-651. View in PubMed
    5. Magbanua MJM, Swigart LB, Wu HT, Hirst GL, Yau C, Wolf DM, Tin A, Salari R, Shchegrova S, Pawar H, Delson AL, DeMichele A, Liu MC, Chien AJ, Tripathy D, Asare S, Lin CJ, Billings P, Aleshin A, Sethi H, Louie M, Zimmermann B, Esserman LJ, van 't Veer LJ. Circulating tumor DNA in neoadjuvant-treated breast cancer reflects response and survival. Ann Oncol. 2021 02; 32(2):229-239. View in PubMed
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