Vladimir  Makarov,  MD

Vladimir Makarov, MD

Staff Scientist

Computational Immunology; Chan Lab

Lerner Research Institute, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44195


After teaching software engineering at Pace University and gaining experience in bioinformatics at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, I have focused my computational biology research efforts on population genetics, cancer genomics and immuno-oncology. While at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and subsequently at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Columbia University, I worked on developing new bioinformatics approaches to the study of copy number variants and their contribution to a number of neuropsychiatric disorders. These projects called upon analysis of high-throughput sequencing data and many were carried out as part of large consortia. Most recently, while working at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and now at Cleveland Clinic, I developed and optimized the variant-calling pipelines for exome and transcriptome sequencing. I also developed a new tool (NAseek), a computational algorithm for the prediction of neoepitopes based on mutational data in tumors.

View a Complete List of Publications on My Bibliography

Selected Publications 

  1. Morris, L.G., Linxweiler, M., Kuo, F., Katabi, N., Nadeem, Z., Dalin, M.G., Makarov, V., Chowell, D., Dogan, S., Ganly, I., Hakimi, A.A., Wong, R.J., Riaz, N., Ho, A.L., Chan, T.A. & Lee, M. The immune microenvironment and neoantigen landscape of aggressive salivary gland carcinomas differ by subtype. Clin Cancer Res (2020). Epub ahead of print.

  2. Chowell, D., Krishna, C., Pierini, F., Makarov, V., Rizvi, N.A., Kuo, F., Morris, L.G.T., Riaz, N., Lenz, T.L. & Chan, T.A. Evolutionary divergence of HLA class I genotype impacts efficacy of cancer immunotherapy. Nat Med 25, 1715-1720 (2019).

  3. Snyder A*, Makarov V*, Merghoub T*, Yuan J* (co-first authors), Zaretsky JM, Desrichard A, Walsh LA, Postow MA, Wong P, Ho TS, Hollmann TJ, Bruggeman C, Kannan K, Li Y, Elipenahli C, Liu C, Harbison CT, Wang L, Ribas A, Wolchok JD, Chan TA. Genetic basis for clinical response to CTLA-4 blockade in melanoma. N Engl J Med. 2014 Dec 4;371(23): 2189-99. PMID: 25409260

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