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Novel immunotherapy drugs are used to treat advanced bladder cancer when chemotherapy is no longer working. However, only one in five patients responds to immunotherapy, likely due to biological differences in bladder cancer. Join Dr. Andreev-Drakhlin recipient of The ASCO Foundation 2020 Conquer Cancer Young Investigator Award as he presents his research plans in using fibroblast growth factor receptor (FGFR) inhibitors for improving the effectiveness of immunotherapy for bladder cancer. 

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Alexander Andreev-Drakhlin, MD

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Dr. Andreev-Drakhlin is a medical oncology fellow in the Physician-Scientist track at the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, he attended St. Petersburg State University, where Dr. Andreev-Drakhlin obtained his medical degree with Highest Distinction. Following his graduation,  he pursued further scientific training at the laboratory of Levi Garraway at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. There he was involved in several cutting-edge genomics projects, which included single-cell sequencing, deep mutational scanning, as well as creating novel genetic screening tools. The results of his work contributed to publications in Nature, Science, and Cell Reports. He was subsequently recruited to the International Scholars Track within the internal medicine residency program at the University of Pittsburgh. There, in addition to acquiring traditional clinical expertise, he completed master’s level course work at the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Clinical Research Education. In 2018, Dr. Andreev-Drakhlin was accepted into the hematology/oncology fellowship training program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he currently serves as a T32 fellow. Dr. Andreev-Drakhlin's current research efforts are focused on improving the outcomes for patients with advanced FGFR3-mutated urothelial cancer. Upon completion of his fellowship, Dr. Andreev-Drakhlin intends to pursue an academic translational career in drug development with the focus on studying the mechanisms of drug resistance in order to design effective therapeutic combinations.

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