Anand Bhagwat, PhD

Anand Bhagwat

B.A., 2009, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
M.S., 2009, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Ph.D., 2016, M.D., 2018, Stony Brook University
Advisor: Dr. Chris Vakoc

Current Position

Hematology/Oncology Instructor, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Research Interests

I'm interested in the dysregulation of transcriptional control that contributes to the development of hematopoietic cancers. In particular, I am interested in defining and understanding the various transcriptional activator and coactivator proteins that are essential for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Using a combination of functional genetics and genomic approaches, we have identified specific subunits of the Mediator complex that are required for the viability of AML cell but not of non-cancerous cell types. I am currently exploring the relationship between Mediator and Brd4, a recently identified therapeutic target in AML.

Honors and Awards

NCI F30 Fellowship (2014-2016)


Bhagwat, A.S., Lu, B., and Vakoc, C.R. (2018). Enhancer dysfunction in leukemia. Blood 131: 1795-1804..

Bhagwat, AS, Roe, JS, Mok, BY, Hohmann, AF, Shi, J, and Vakoc, CR. (2016). BET bromodomain inhibition releases the mediator complex from select cis-regulatory elements. Cell Reports 15(3): 519-530. PMID: 27068464

Bhagwat AS, Vakoc CR. (2015). Targeting Transcription Factors in Cancer. Trends Cancer. 1(1):53-65. PMID: 26645049.

Wang E, Kawaoka S, Roe JS, Shi J, Hohmann AF, Xu Y, Bhagwat AS, Suzuki Y, Kinney JB, Vakoc CR. (2015). The transcriptional cofactor TRIM33 prevents apoptosis in B lymphoblastic leukemia by deactivating a single enhancer.Elife. 4:e06377. doi: 10.7554/eLife.06377. PMID: 25919951. 

Bhagwat AS, Vakoc CR. (2014). A new bump in the epigenetic landscape. Mol Cell. 53(6):857-8. PMID: 24656126.

Li H, Haurigot V, Doyon Y, Li T, Wong SY, Bhagwat AS, Malani N, Anguela XM, Sharma R, Ivanciu L, Murphy SL, Finn JD, Khazi FR, Zhou S, Paschon DE, Rebar EJ, Bushman FD, Gregory PD, Holmes MC, High KA. (2011). In vivo genome editing restores haemostasis in a mouse model of haemophilia. Nature. 475(7355):217-21. PMID: 21706032.

Murphy SL, Bhagwat A, Edmonson S, Zhou S, High KA. (2008). High-throughput screening and biophysical interrogation of hepatotropic AAV. Mol Ther. 16(12):1960-7. PMID: 18827805.