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Simon Schwoerer

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Chicago
DepartmentMedicine-Hematology and Oncology
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    The Schwörer Lab is interested in understanding how cellular metabolism regulates regenerative responses in health and disease.

    We are specifically interested in:
    - how metabolism controls the plasticity and functions of fibroblasts and stem cells
    - how metabolic rewiring in fibroblasts contributes to fibrotic disease and tumor progression
    - how alterations in nutrient availability impact cell fate and function and can lead to therapeutic vulnerabilities in the tumor microenvironment.

    Cancer-associated fibroblasts (CAFs) are part of the tumor microenvironment and can support tumor progression via various mechanisms. The Schwörer Lab is interested in the metabolic control of CAF function in desmoplastic tumors such as pancreatic and breast cancer. Specifically, our research aims to understand how nutrient availability and utilization regulate CAF activation, heterogeneity, and function within tumors. Ultimately, we aim to identify tumor-specific metabolic vulnerabilities in CAFs that could be targeted in combination with chemo- and immunotherapy to improve patient outcomes.
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    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New YorkPostdoctoral Fellow09/2022
    Friedrich Schiller University, Jena PhD03/2017
    Ulm University, UlmMSc04/2013
    Ulm University, UlmBSc09/2011
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    2023Founders Award, American Society for Matrix Biology
    2023 - 2024Young Investigator Award, Cancer Research Foundation
    2023Augustyn Award in Digestive Cancer, AGA Foundation
    2021 - 2025K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award, National Cancer Institute
    2020 - 2022Postdoctoral Innovation Award, Gerry Metastasis and Tumor Ecosystems Center
    2018 - 2021Postdoctoral Fellowship, Human Frontier Science Foundation
    2017Travel Award, German Academic Exchange Service
    2008 - 2011Student scholarship, Ulm University

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    1. Schwörer S, Cimino FV, Ros M, Tsanov KM, Ng C, Lowe SW, Carmona-Fontaine C, Thompson CB. Hypoxia Potentiates the Inflammatory Fibroblast Phenotype Promoted by Pancreatic Cancer Cell-Derived Cytokines. Cancer Res. 2023 05 15; 83(10):1596-1610. PMID: 36912618; PMCID: PMC10658995.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    2. Pavlova NN, Cimino FV, King B, Cai X, Sizemore GM, Thompson CB, Schwörer S. Fibroblast pyruvate carboxylase is required for collagen production in the tumour microenvironment. Nat Metab. 2021 11; 3(11):1484-1499. PMID: 34764457; PMCID: PMC8606002.
      Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    3. Zhu J, Berisa M, Kyung YJ, Ryu KW, Yi J, Jiang X, Cross JR, Thompson CB, Schwörer S. Mitochondrial NADP(H) generation is essential for proline biosynthesis. Science. 2021 05 28; 372(6545):968-972. PMID: 33888598; PMCID: PMC8241437.
      Citations: 34     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    4. Berisa M, Violante S, Qin W, Zhu J, Hendrickson RC, Cross JR, Thompson CB, Schwörer S. Proline biosynthesis is a vent for TGFß-induced mitochondrial redox stress. EMBO J. 2020 04 15; 39(8):e103334. PMID: 32134147; PMCID: PMC7156964.
      Citations: 63     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    5. Zhu J, Berisa M, Qin W, Cross JR, Thompson CB, Schwörer S. Transsulfuration Activity Can Support Cell Growth upon Extracellular Cysteine Limitation. Cell Metab. 2019 11 05; 30(5):865-876.e5. PMID: 31607565; PMCID: PMC6961654.
      Citations: 93     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    6. Vardhana SA, Thompson CB, Schwörer S. Cancer Metabolism Drives a Stromal Regenerative Response. Cell Metab. 2019 03 05; 29(3):576-591. PMID: 30773467; PMCID: PMC6692899.
      Citations: 53     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
    7. Becker F, Baig AH, Henze H, Kraus JM, Xin B, Lipka DB, Varghese CS, Schmidt M, Rohs R, Medina KL, Kestler HA, Neri F, von Maltzahn J, Rudolph KL, Schwörer S, Feller C, Köber U, Lechel A, Aebersold R, Tümpel S. Epigenetic stress responses induce muscle stem-cell ageing by Hoxa9 developmental signals. Nature. 2016 12 15; 540(7633):428-432. PMID: 27919074; PMCID: PMC5415306.
      Citations: 60     Fields:    Translation:AnimalsCells
    8. Rinkenauer AC, Press AT, Raasch M, Pietsch C, Schweizer S, Rudolph KL, Mosig A, Bauer M, Traeger A, Schubert US, Schwörer S. Comparison of the uptake of methacrylate-based nanoparticles in static and dynamic in vitro systems as well as in vivo. J Control Release. 2015 Oct 28; 216:158-68. PMID: 26277064.
      Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimalsCells
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