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Peter Zage, MD, PhD

Assistant Affiliate Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist


Dr. Zage graduated from The Johns Hopkins University in 1990 with a B.A. degree in biology and subsequently received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Columbia University in New York. He completed a residency in pediatrics at the University of Chicago Children's Hospital, followed by a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at the Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago. During his fellowship, he developed an interest in the pathogenesis of pediatric solid tumors, particularly neuroblastoma and retinoblastoma. He was an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pediatrics at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center from 2006 to 2011, where he also served as a research co-director of the Retinoblastoma Center of Houston. He became a member of The Methodist Hospital Research Institute in 2008. In 2011, Dr. Zage accepted a position as an Assistant Professor at Baylor College of Medicine and as a member of the solid tumor and developmental therapeutics teams at Texas Children's Hospital.

Dr. Zage continues to serve as a co-director of the Retinoblastoma Center of Houston and is an adjunct member of the Neuroscience program at the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. He was awarded the Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology in 2009 for his research focused on novel therapies for children with solid tumors in general and neuroblastoma in particular.

Description of Research

Dr. Zage's laboratory is primarily interested in evaluating the efficacy of novel therapies for children with neuroblastoma, retinoblastoma and other childhood solid tumors and in understanding the critical genetic and molecular events that could be used as targets for new treatments. He is developing a comprehensive program for the treatment of children with recurrent or refractory neuroblastoma, including chemotherapy, novel biologically targeted agents and immunotherapy. he collaborates with other institutions in the development of innovative approaches to treatments for all children with cancer.

Areas Of Expertise

Neuroblastoma Retinoblastoma Developmental therapeutics
Education & Training

, Columbia University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, New York, NY

The novel kinase inhibitor ponatinib is an effective anti-angiogenic agent against neuroblastoma
Whittle, SB, Patel, K, Zhang, L, Woodfield, SE, du, M, Smith, V & Zage, PE 2016, Investigational New Drugs, pp. 1-8. DOI:

Nifurtimox Is Effective Against Neural Tumor Cells and Is Synergistic with Buthionine Sulfoximine
Du, M, Zhang, L, Scorsone, KA, Woodfield, SE & Zage, PE 2016, Scientific Reports, vol 6, 27458. DOI:

Binimetinib inhibits MEK and is effective against neuroblastoma tumor cells with low NF1 expression
Woodfield, SE, Zhang, L, Scorsone, KA, Liu, Y & Zage, PE 2016, BMC Cancer, vol 16, no. 1, 172. DOI:

A polymorphism in the FGFR4 gene is associated with risk of neuroblastoma and altered receptor degradation
Whittle, SB, Reyes, S, Du, M, Gireud, M, Zhang, L, Woodfield, SE, Ittmann, M, Scheurer, ME, Bean, AJ & Zage, PE 2016, Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, vol 38, no. 2, pp. 131-138. DOI:

Sensitivity of neuroblastoma to the novel kinase inhibitor cabozantinib is mediated by ERK inhibition
Zhang, L, Scorsone, K, Woodfield, SE & Zage, PE 2015, Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology, vol 76, no. 5, pp. 977-987. DOI:

CD114 expression mediates melanoma tumor cell growth and treatment resistance
Zhang, L, Agarwal, S, Shohet, JM & Zage, PE 2015, Anticancer Research, vol 35, no. 7, pp. 3787-3792.

MTOR ATP-competitive inhibitor INK128 inhibits neuroblastoma growth via blocking mTORC signaling
Zhang, H, Dou, J, Yu, Y, Zhao, Y, Fan, Y, Cheng, J, Xu, X, Liu, W, Guan, S, Chen, Z, Shi, Y, Patel, R, Vasudevan, SA, Zage, PE, Zhang, H, Nuchtern, JG, Kim, ES, Fu, S & Yang, J 2015, Apoptosis, vol 20, no. 1, pp. 50-62. DOI:

The novel kinase inhibitor EMD1214063 is effective against neuroblastoma
Scorsone, K, Zhang, L, Woodfield, SE, Hicks, J & Zage, PE 2014, Investigational new drugs, vol 32, no. 5, pp. 815-824. DOI:

Congenital neuroblastoma in a neonate with isotretinoin embryopathy
Aguilar, S, Louis, C, Hicks, J, Zage, P & Russell, H 2014, Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, vol 36, no. 2. DOI:

UBE4B protein couples ubiquitination and sorting machineries to enable epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) degradation
Sirisaengtaksin, N, Gireud, M, Yan, Q, Kubota, Y, Meza, D, Waymire, JC, Zage, PE & Bean, AJ 2014, Journal of Biological Chemistry, vol 289, no. 5, pp. 3026-3039. DOI:

Validation of a prognostic multi-gene signature in high-risk neuroblastoma using the high throughput digital NanoString nCounter™ system
Stricker, TP, Morales La Madrid, A, Chlenski, A, Guerrero, L, Salwen, HR, Gosiengfiao, Y, Perlman, EJ, Furman, W, Bahrami, A, Shohet, JM, Zage, PE, Hicks, MJ, Shimada, H, Suganuma, R, Park, JR, So, S, London, WB, Pytel, P, Maclean, KH & Cohn, SL 2014, Molecular Oncology, vol 8, no. 3, pp. 669-678. DOI:

Etoposide-loaded immunoliposomes as active targeting agents for GD2-positive malignancies
Brown, BS, Patanam, T, Mobli, K, Celia, C, Zage, PE, Bean, AJ & Tasciotti, E 2014, Cancer Biology and Therapy, vol 15, no. 7, pp. 851-861. DOI:

UBE4B levels are correlated with clinical outcomes in neuroblastoma patients and with altered neuroblastoma cell proliferation and sensitivity to epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors
Zage, PE, Sirisaengtaksin, N, Liu, Y, Gireud, M, Brown, BS, Palla, S, Richards, KN, Hughes, DPM & Bean, AJ 2013, Cancer, vol 119, no. 4, pp. 915-923. DOI:

New aspects of neuroblastoma treatment: ASPHO 2011 symposium review
Zage, PE, Louis, CU & Cohn, SL 2012, Pediatric Blood and Cancer, vol 58, no. 7, pp. 1099-1105. DOI:

Notch pathway activation induces neuroblastoma tumor cell growth arrest
Zage, PE, Nolo, R, Fang, W, Stewart, J, Garcia-Manero, G & Zweidler-Mckay, PA 2012, Pediatric Blood and Cancer, vol 58, no. 5, pp. 682-689. DOI:

Growth factor receptor trafficking as a potential therapeutic target in pediatric cancer
Zage, PE & Bean, AJ 2012, Frontiers in Biology, vol 7, no. 1, pp. 1-13. DOI:

The combination of the novel glycolysis inhibitor 3-BrOP and rapamycin is effective against neuroblastoma
Levy, AG, Zage, PE, Akers, LJ, Ghisoli, ML, Chen, Z, Fang, W, Kannan, S, Graham, T, Zeng, L, Franklin, AR, Huang, P & Zweidler-McKay, PA 2012, Investigational New Drugs, vol 30, no. 1, pp. 191-199. DOI:

Treatment of recurrent diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma: The MD Anderson Cancer Center experience
Wolff, JE, Rytting, ME, Vats, TS, Zage, PE, Ater, JL, Woo, S, Kuttesch, J, Ketonen, L & Mahajan, A 2012, Journal of Neuro-Oncology, vol 106, no. 2, pp. 391-397. DOI:

Primary mediastinal neoplasms
Benveniste, MFK, Zage, PE & Erasmus, JJ 2012, . in Oncologic Imaging: A Multidisciplinary Approach. Elsevier Health Sciences, pp. 63-78. DOI:

Retinoic acid induces REST degradation and neuronal differentiation by modulating the expression of SCF ß-TRCP in neuroblastoma cells
Singh, A, Rokes, C, Gireud, M, Fletcher, S, Baumgartner, J, Fuller, G, Stewart, J, Zage, P & Gopalakrishnan, V 2011, Cancer, vol 117, no. 22, pp. 5189-5202. DOI: