Julie Thoms

Senior Research Associate

Dr Julie Thoms is a Senior Research Associate in the Stem Cell Group at the Lowy Cancer Research Centre. Her primary research interests lie in understanding how gene regulatory networks control stem cell characteristics in normal and malignant cells, with the ultimate aim of using this knowledge to develop targeted cancer therapies. Julie received her PhD from the University of Sydney and then undertook postdoctoral studies under the mentorship of Dr Anthony Bretscher at Cornell University (USA), and Dr Stuart Kauffman at the University of Calgary (Canada). Julie then returned to Sydney to work with Dr John Pimanda at UNSW, where she has used a range of cutting edge genomic techniques to investigate the transcriptional networks controlled by ERG and other key stem cell transcription factors during normal development and in leukemia.

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Khanna A; Thoms JAI; Stringer BW; Chung SA; Ensbey KS; Jue TR; Jahan Z; Subramanian S; Anande G; Shen H; Unnikrishnan A; McDonald KL; Day BW; Pimanda JE, 2020, 'Constitutive CHK1 expression drives a pSTAT3-CIP2A circuit that promotes glioblastoma cell survival and growth.', Mol Cancer Res, http://dx.doi.org/10.1158/1541-7786.MCR-19-0934
2020
Kumar P; Beck D; Galeev R; Thoms JAI; Talkhoncheh MS; de Jong I; Unnikrishnan A; Baudet A; Subramaniam A; Pimanda JE; Larsson J, 2019, 'HMGA2 promotes long-term engraftment and myeloerythroid differentiation of human hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells', Blood Advances, vol. 3, pp. 681 - 691, http://dx.doi.org/10.1182/bloodadvances.2018023986
2019
Richards LA; Kumari A; Knezevic K; Thoms JA; von Jonquieres G; Napier CE; Ali Z; O'Brien R; Marks-Bluth J; Maritz MF; Pickett HA; Morris J; Pimanda JE; MacKenzie KL, 2019, 'DKC1 is a transcriptional target of GATA1 and drives upregulation of telomerase activity in normal human erythroblasts.', Haematologica, http://dx.doi.org/10.3324/haematol.2018.215699
2019
Thoms JAI; Beck D; Pimanda JE, 2019, 'Transcriptional networks in acute myeloid leukemia', Genes Chromosomes and Cancer, vol. 58, pp. 859 - 874, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/gcc.22794
2019
Beck D; Thoms JAI; Palu C; Herold T; Shah A; Olivier J; Boelen L; Huang Y; Chacon D; Brown A; Babic M; Hahn C; Perugini M; Zhou X; Huntly BJ; Schwarzer A; Klusmann JH; Berdel WE; Wörmann B; Büchner T; Hiddemann W; Bohlander SK; To LB; Scott HS; Lewis ID; D'Andrea RJ; Wong JWH; Pimanda JE, 2018, 'A four-gene LincRNA expression signature predicts risk in multiple cohorts of acute myeloid leukemia patients', Leukemia, vol. 32, pp. 263 - 272, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/leu.2017.210
2018
Liu Q; Thoms JAI; Nunez AC; Huang Y; Knezevic K; Packham D; Poulos RC; Williams R; Beck D; Hawkins NJ; Ward RL; Wong JWH; Hesson LB; Sloane MA; Pimanda JE, 2018, 'Disruption of a 35 KB enhancer impairs CTCF binding and MLH1 expression in colorectal cells', Clinical Cancer Research, vol. 24, pp. 4602 - 4611, http://dx.doi.org/10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-17-3678
2018
Unnikrishnan A; Papaemmanuil E; Beck D; Deshpande NP; Verma A; Kumari A; Woll PS; Richards LA; Knezevic K; Chandrakanthan V; Thoms JAI; Tursky ML; Huang Y; Ali Z; Olivier J; Galbraith S; Kulasekararaj AG; Tobiasson M; Karimi M; Pellagatti A; Wilson SR; Lindeman R; Young B; Ramakrishna R; Arthur C; Stark R; Crispin P; Curnow J; Warburton P; Roncolato F; Boultwood J; Lynch K; Jacobsen SEW; Mufti GJ; Hellstrom-Lindberg E; Wilkins MR; MacKenzie KL; Wong JWH; Campbell PJ; Pimanda JE, 2017, 'Integrative Genomics Identifies the Molecular Basis of Resistance to Azacitidine Therapy in Myelodysplastic Syndromes', Cell Reports, vol. 20, pp. 572 - 585, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2017.06.067
2017
Liu K; Beck D; Thoms JAI; Liu L; Zhao W; Pimanda JE; Zhou X, 2017, 'Annotating function to differentially expressed LincRNAs in myelodysplastic syndrome using a network-based method', Bioinformatics, vol. 33, pp. 2622 - 2630, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bioinformatics/btx280
2017
Thoms JAI; Knezevic K; Liu JJ; Glaros EN; Thai T; Qiao Q; Campbell H; Packham D; Huang Y; Papathanasiou P; Tunningley R; Whittle B; Yeung AWS; Chandrakanthan V; Hesson L; Chen V; Wong JWH; Purton LE; Ward RL; Thomas SR; Pimanda JE, 2016, 'Arrested hematopoiesis and vascular relaxation defects in mice with a mutation in Dhfr', Molecular and Cellular Biology, vol. 36, pp. 1222 - 1236, http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/MCB.01035-15
2016
Unnikrishnan A; Guan YF; Huang Y; Beck D; Thoms JAI; Peirs S; Knezevic K; Ma S; De Walle IV; De Jong IDE; Ali Z; Zhong L; Raftery MJ; Taghon T; Larsson J; MacKenzie KL; Van Vlierberghe P; Wong JWH; Pimanda JE, 2016, 'A quantitative proteomics approach identifies ETV6 and IKZF1 as new regulators of an ERG-driven transcriptional network', Nucleic Acids Research, vol. 44, pp. 10644 - 10661, http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/nar/gkw804
2016
Nasrallah R; Fast EM; Solaimani P; Knezevic K; Eliades A; Patel R; Thambyrajah R; Unnikrishnan A; Thoms J; Beck D; Vink CS; Smith A; Wong J; Shepherd M; Kent D; Roychoudhuri R; Paul F; Klippert J; Hammes A; Willnow T; Göttgens B; Dzierzak E; Zon LI; Lacaud G; Kouskoff V; Pimanda JE, 2016, 'Identification of novel regulators of developmental hematopoiesis using Endoglin regulatory elements as molecular probes', Blood, vol. 128, pp. 1928 - 1939, http://dx.doi.org/10.1182/blood-2016-02-697870
2016
Huang Y; Thoms JAI; Tursky ML; Knezevic K; Beck D; Chandrakanthan V; Suryani S; Olivier J; Boulton A; Glaros EN; Thomas SR; Lock RB; MacKenzie KL; Bushweller JH; Wong JWH; Pimanda JE, 2016, 'MAPK/ERK2 phosphorylates ERG at serine 283 in leukemic cells and promotes stem cell signatures and cell proliferation', Leukemia, vol. 30, pp. 1552 - 1561, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/leu.2016.55
2016
Poulos RC; Thoms JAI; Guan YF; Unnikrishnan A; Pimanda JE; Wong JWH, 2016, 'Functional Mutations Form at CTCF-Cohesin Binding Sites in Melanoma Due to Uneven Nucleotide Excision Repair across the Motif', Cell Reports, vol. 17, pp. 2865 - 2872, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.celrep.2016.11.055
2016
Tursky ML; Beck D; Thoms JAI; Huang Y; Kumari A; Unnikrishnan A; Knezevic K; Evans K; Richards LA; Lee E; Morris J; Goldberg L; Izraeli S; Wong JWH; Olivier J; Lock RB; MacKenzie KL; Pimanda JE, 2015, 'Overexpression of ERG in cord blood progenitors promotes expansion and recapitulates molecular signatures of high ERG leukemias', Leukemia, vol. 29, pp. 819 - 827, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/leu.2014.299
2015
Jing RBAB, 2015, 'Opposing regulation of BIM and BCL2 controls glucocorticoid-induced apoptosis of pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia cells', Blood, vol. 125, pp. 273 - 283, http://dx.doi.org/10.1182/blood-2014-05-576470
2015
Marks-Bluth J; Khanna A; Chandrakanthan V; Thoms J; Bee T; Eich C; Kang YC; Knezevic K; Qiao Q; Fitch S; Oxburgh L; Ottersbach K; Dzierzak E; de Bruijn MFTR; Pimanda JE, 2015, 'SMAD1 and SMAD5 expression is coordinately regulated by FLI1 and GATA2 during endothelial development', Molecular and Cellular Biology, vol. 35, pp. 2165 - 2172, http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/MCB.00239-15
2015
Poulos RC; Thoms JAI; Shah A; Beck D; Pimanda JE; Wong JWH, 2015, 'Systematic screening of promoter regions pinpoints functional cis-regulatory mutations in a cutaneous melanoma genome', Molecular Cancer Research, vol. 13, pp. 1218 - 1226, http://dx.doi.org/10.1158/1541-7786.MCR-15-0146
2015
Perera D; Chacon D; Thoms JA; Poulos RC; Shlien A; Beck D; Campbell PJ; Pimanda JE; Wong JW, 2014, 'Oncocis: Annotation of cis-regulatory mutations in cancer', Genome Biology, vol. 15, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s13059-014-0485-0
2014
Beck D; Thoms JAI; Perera D; Schütte J; Unnikrishnan A; Knezevic K; Kinston SJ; Wilson NK; O'Brien TA; Göttgens B; Wong JWH; Pimanda JE, 2013, 'Genome-wide analysis of transcriptional regulators in human HSPCs reveals a densely interconnected network of coding and noncoding genes', Blood, vol. 122, pp. e12 - e22, http://dx.doi.org/10.1182/blood-2013-03-490425
2013
Diffner E; Beck D; Gudgin E; Thoms JA; Knezevic K; Pridans C; Foster S; Goode D; Lim WK; boelen L; Metzeler KH; Micklem G; Bohlander SK; Buske C; Burnett A; Ottersbach K; Vassiliou GS; Olivier J; Wong JWH; Goettgens B; Huntly BJ; Pimanda JE, 2013, 'Activity of a heptad of transcription factors is associated with stem cell programs and clinical outcome in acute myeloid leukemia', Blood, vol. 121, pp. 2289 - 2300, http://dx.doi.org/10.1182/blood-2012-07-446120
2013
Oram SH; Thoms J; Sive J; Calero-Nieto FJ; Kinston SJ; Schuette J; Knezevic K; Lock RB; Pimanda JE; Gottgens B, 2013, 'Bivalent promoter marks and a latent enhancer may prime the leukaemia oncogene LMO1 for ectopic expression in T-cell leukaemia', Leukemia, vol. 27, pp. 1348 - 1357, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/leu.2013.2
2013
Thoms JAI; Birger Y; Foster S; Knezevic K; Kirshenbaum Y; Chandrakanthan V; Jonquieres G; Spensberger D; Wong JW; Oram SH; Kinston SJ; Groner Y; Lock RB; MacKenzie KL; Gottgens B; Izraeli S; Pimanda JE, 2011, 'ERG promotes T-acute lymphoblastic leukemia and is transcriptionally regulated in leukemic cells by a stem cell enhancer', Blood, vol. 117, pp. 7079 - 7089, http://dx.doi.org/10.1182/blood-2010-12-317990
2011
Oram SH; Thoms JAI; Pridans C; Janes ME; Kinston SJ; Anand S; Landry JR; Lock RB; Jayaraman PS; Huntly BJ; Pimanda JE; Gottgens B, 2010, 'A previously unrecognized promoter of LMO2 forms part of a transcriptional regulatory circuit mediating LMO2 expression in a subset of T-acute lymphoblastic leukaemia patients', Oncogene, vol. 29, pp. 5796 - 5808, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/onc.2010.320
2010
Thoms J; Loch H; Bamburg J; Gunning P; Weinberger R, 2008, 'A tropomyosin 1 induced defect in cytokinesis can be rescued by elevated expression of cofilin', Cell Motility and the Cytoskeleton, vol. 65, pp. 979 - 990, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/cm.20320
2008
Percival JM; Hughes JA; Brown DL; Schevzov G; Heimann K; Vrhovski B; Bryce N; Stow JL; Gunning PW, 2004, 'Targeting of a tropomyosin isoform to short microfilaments associated with the Golgi complex', Mol Biol Cell, vol. 15, pp. 268 - 280, http://dx.doi.org/10.1091/mbc.E03-03-0176
2004
Thoms J; Weckert H; Van holst pellekaan C; Benson E; Dunn I, 2003, 'Translocations into human chromosome 14 JH region: factors influencing downstream abortive immunoglobulin class switching.', Molecular Immunology, vol. 40, pp. 573 - 583, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.molimm.2003.09.001
2003
Hughes J; Cooke-yarborough C; Chadwick N; Schevzov G; Arbuckle S; Gunning P; Weinberger R, 2003, 'High-molecular-weight tropomyosins localize to the contractile rings of dividing CNS cells but are absent from malignant paediatric and adult CNS tumors.', Glia, vol. 42, pp. 25 - 35, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/glia.10174
2003
Yager M; Thoms J; Lovicu F; Gunning P; Weinberger R; O'Neill G, 2003, 'Functional analysis of the actin-binding protein, tropomyosin 1, in neuroblastoma.', British Journal of Cancer, vol. 89, pp. 860 - 863, http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/sj.bjc.6601201
2003
Mcgowan E; Weinberger R; Graham J; Hill H; Thoms J; O''neill G; Clarke C, 2003, 'Cytoskeletal responsiveness to progestins is dependent on progesterone receptor A levels', Molecular Endocrinology, vol. 31, pp. 241 - 253, http://dx.doi.org/10.1677/jme.0.0310241
2003
Weckert HA; Hughes JA; Benson EM; Dunn IS, 2000, 'Quantifiable analysis of human immunoglobulin heavy chain class-switch recombination to all isotypes', J Immunol Methods, vol. 233, pp. 141 - 158, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0022-1759(99)00132-5
2000
Conference Papers
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Unnikrishnan A; Papaemmanuil E; Beck D; Verma A; Kumari A; Woll P; Richards L; Knezevic K; Chandrakanthan V; Thoms J; Tursky ML; Huang Y; Ali Z; Olivier S; Galbraith S; Kulasekararaj A; Tobiasson M; Karimi M; Pellagatti A; Wilson S; Lindeman R; Young B; Ramakrishna R; Arthur C; Stark R; Crispin P; Curnow J; Warburton P; Roncolato F; Boultwood J; Lynch K; Jacobsen S; Mufti G; Hellstrom-Lindberg E; MacKenzie K; Wong J; Campbell P; Pimanda J, 2016, 'Integrative genomics identifies the molecular basis of resistance to Azacitidine therapy in Myelodysplastic Syndromes', in Integrative genomics identifies the molecular basis of resistance to Azacitidine therapy in Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Ferrata Storti Foundation, Copenhagen, Denmark, pp. 157 - 158, presented at 21st Congress Of The European Hematology Association (EHA), Copenhagen, Denmark, 09 June 2016 - 12 June 2016, https://synapse.mskcc.org/synapse/works/97032
2016
Avellino R; Havermans M; Erpelinck C; Sanders M; Groeschel S; Vandewerken H; Hoogenboezem RM; Rombouts E; Van Lom K; Van Strien P; De Looper H; Gebhard CC; Rehli M; Beck D; Thoms JAI; Erkeland S; Touw I; Pimanda JE; Bindels EJM; Delwel R, 2015, 'A Tissue-Specific Transcriptional Element for C/ebpa Is Required for HSC Maintenance and Neutrophil Development', in BLOOD, AMER SOC HEMATOLOGY, Orlando, FL, presented at 57th Annual Meeting of the American-Society-of-Hematology, Orlando, FL, 05 December 2015 - 08 December 2015, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000368019001053&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2015
Unnikrishnan A; Papaemmanuil E; Beck D; Kumari A, 2015, 'An Integrative Genomics Approach Uncovers the Basis of Resistance to AZA Therapy in MDS and CMML', in An Integrative Genomics Approach Uncovers the Basis of Resistance to, AMER SOC HEMATOLOGY, USA, presented at ASH Annual Meeting, USA, 05 December 2015 - 08 December 2015, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000368019002147&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
2015
Unnikrishnan A; Beck D; Verma A; Richards LA; Thoms JAI; Kumari A; Galbraith S; Kulasekararaj A; Tobiasson M; Woll PS; Pellagatti A; Papaemmanuil E; Wilson SR; Lindeman R; Campbell PJ; Boultwood J; Lynch K; Jacobsen SEW; Mufti GJ; Hellstrom-Lindberg E; MacKenzie KL; Wong JWH; Pimanda JE, 2014, 'Identification of a Prognostic Gene Expression Signature for AZA Response in MDS and CMML Patients', in BLOOD, AMER SOC HEMATOLOGY, San Francisco, CA, presented at 56th Annual Meeting of the American-Society-of-Hematology, San Francisco, CA, 06 December 2014 - 09 December 2014, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000349243501166&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2014
Beck D; Thoms J; Perera D; Unnikrishnan A; Knezevic K; O'Brien T; Gottgens B; Wong J; Pimanda J, 2013, 'GENOME-WIDE ANALYSIS OF TRANSCRIPTIONAL REGULATORS IN HUMAN HSCS REVEALS A DENSELY INTERCONNECTED NETWORK OF CODING AND NON-CODING GENES', in EXPERIMENTAL HEMATOLOGY, ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, Vienna, AUSTRIA, pp. S17 - S17, presented at 42nd Annual Scientific Meeting of the International-Society-for-Experimental-Hematology-and-Stem-Cells (ISEH), Vienna, AUSTRIA, 22 August 2013 - 25 August 2013, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.exphem.2013.05.063
2013
Pimanda J; Knezevic K; Bee T; Janes M; Thoms J; Wilson N; Kolb-Kokocinski A; Pencovic N; Groner Y; de Bruijn M; Goettgens B, 2010, 'A RUNX1-SMAD6 RHEOSTAT CONTROLS RUNX1 LEVELS AND REGULATES HEMATOPOIESIS IN THE DEVELOPING EMBRYO', in EXPERIMENTAL HEMATOLOGY, ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, pp. S17 - S18, presented at 39th Annual Scientific Meeting of the ISEH - Society-for-Hematology-and-Stem-Cells, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA, 15 September 2010 - 18 September 2010, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000281168900035&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2010
Conference Abstracts
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Unnikrishnan A; Papaemmanuil E; Beck D; Verma A; Kumari A; Woll P; Richards L; Knezevic K; Chandrakanthan V; Thoms J; Tursky M; Huang Y; Ali Z; Olivier J; Galbraith S; Kulasekararaj A; Tobiasson M; Karimi M; Pellagatti A; Wilson S; Lindeman R; Young B; Ramakrishna R; Arthur C; Stark R; Crispin P; Curnow J; Warburton P; Roncolato F; Boultwood J; Lynch K; Jacobsen S; Mufti G; Hellstrom-Lindberg E; MacKenzie K; Wong J; Campbell P; Pimanda J, 2016, 'INTEGRATIVE GENOMICS IDENTIFIES THE MOLECULAR BASIS OF RESISTANCE TO AZACITIDINE THERAPY IN MYELODYSPLASTIC SYNDROMES', in HAEMATOLOGICA, FERRATA STORTI FOUNDATION, Copenhagen, DENMARK, Vol. 101, pp. 157 - 158, presented at 21st Congress of the European-Hematology-Association, Copenhagen, DENMARK, 09 June 2016 - 12 June 2016, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000379484600349&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2016
Beck D; Thoms J; Palu C; Herold T; Shah A; Olivier J; Boelen L; Huang Y; Chacon D; Brown A; Babic M; Hahn C; Perugini M; Zhou X; Huntly B; Berdel W; Woermann B; Buechner T; Hiddemann W; Bohlander S; Scott H; Lewis I; D'Andrea R; Wong J; Pimanda J, 2016, 'INTEGRATIVE ANALYSIS OF LINCRNA EXPRESSION IN 922 ACUTE MYELOID LEUKEMIA PATIENTS REVEALS MULTIPLE PROGNOSTIC GENE SIGNATURES', in HAEMATOLOGICA, FERRATA STORTI FOUNDATION, Copenhagen, DENMARK, Vol. 101, pp. 208 - 209, presented at 21st Congress of the European-Hematology-Association, Copenhagen, DENMARK, 09 June 2016 - 12 June 2016, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000379484600457&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a29b250adbe88d1
2016
Conference Presentations
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Diffner E; Beck D; Gudgin E; Thoms J; Knezevic K; Pridans C; Foster S; Goode D; Lim WK; Boelen L; Metzeler KH; Micklem G; Bohlander SK; Buske C; Burnett AK; Ottersbach K; Vassiliou G; Olivier J; Wong JWH; Gottgens B; Huntly B; Pimanda JE, 2012, 'Activity of a Heptad of Transcription Factors Is Associated with Stem Cell Programs and Clinical Outcome in Acute Myeloid Leukaemia', Vol. 120, presented at 54th Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American-Society-of-Hematology (ASH), Atlanta, GA, 08 December 2012 - 11 December 2012, http://dx.doi.org/10.1182/blood.V120.21.3525.3525
2012