Andrew Benjamin Nixon, PhD

Professor in Medicine
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
Campus mail 133 Jones, Research Drive, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 613-7883
Email address anixon@duke.edu

Andrew Nixon, PhD, MBA (Professor of Medicine) is Director of the Phase I Biomarker Laboratory, which brings together clinical, translational and basic research to pursue the development of novel biomarkers defining mechanisms of sensitivity, resistance, and toxicity to given therapeutic drug classes, particularly anti-angiogenic agents. Additionally, the laboratory has been appointed as a Molecular Reference Laboratory for the Alliance oncology cooperative group, a national clinical trial research group sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. The laboratory has quality control procedures in place to address many of the issues involved in clinical trial research including determination of sample quantity, sample integrity, and sample heterogeneity. We have spent considerable time developing robust assays that utilize limited amounts of specimen while providing high quality data. Multiplex ELISA and gene expression arrays are used to analyze serially collected blood and paraffin samples archived from cancer patient clinical trials. This work has the potential to improve the efficacy and toxicity of current therapies and to guide the development of the next generation of anti-angiogenesis therapies for cancer and other diseases.

Education and Training

  • M.B.A., Duke University, 2007
  • Ph.D., Wake Forest University, 1997

Grants

Publications

Taniguchi, Hiroya, Takayuki Yoshino, Kensei Yamaguchi, Kentaro Yamazaki, Andrew B. Nixon, Josep Tabernero, Eric Van Cutsem, et al. “Clinical development and evaluation of a VEGF-D assay in plasma from patients with metastatic colorectal cancer in the RAISE study.” Curr Med Res Opin 37, no. 10 (October 2021): 1769–78. https://doi.org/10.1080/03007995.2021.1940908.

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34229554
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Wetzel-Strong, Sarah E., Shantel Weinsheimer, Jeffrey Nelson, Ludmila Pawlikowska, Dewi Clark, Mark D. Starr, Yingmiao Liu, et al. “Pilot investigation of circulating angiogenic and inflammatory biomarkers associated with vascular malformations.” Orphanet J Rare Dis 16, no. 1 (September 3, 2021): 372. https://doi.org/10.1186/s13023-021-02009-7.

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34479577
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Choueiri, Toni K., Yousef Zakharia, Sumanta Pal, Judit Kocsis, Russell Pachynski, Alexandr Poprach, Andrew B. Nixon, et al. “Clinical Results and Biomarker Analyses of Axitinib and TRC105 versus Axitinib Alone in Patients with Advanced or Metastatic Renal Cell Carcinoma (TRAXAR).” Oncologist 26, no. 7 (July 2021): 560-e1103. https://doi.org/10.1002/onco.13777.

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33829609
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Armstrong, Andrew J., Andrew B. Nixon, Andrea Carmack, Qian Yang, Tim Eisen, Walter M. Stadler, Robert J. Jones, et al. “Angiokines Associated with Targeted Therapy Outcomes in Patients with Non-Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma.” Clin Cancer Res 27, no. 12 (June 15, 2021): 3317–28. https://doi.org/10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-20-4504.

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33593885
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Armstrong, Andrew J., Andrew B. Nixon, Andrea Carmack, Qian Yang, Tim Eisen, Walter M. Stadler, Robert J. Jones, et al. “Correction: Angiokines Associated with Outcomes after Sunitinib or Everolimus Treatment in Patients with Non-Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma.” Clin Cancer Res 27, no. 12 (June 15, 2021): 3503. https://doi.org/10.1158/1078-0432.CCR-21-1636.

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34117029
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Strickler, John H., Christel N. Rushing, Hope E. Uronis, Michael A. Morse, Donna Niedzwiecki, Gerard C. Blobe, Ashley N. Moyer, et al. “Cabozantinib and Panitumumab for RAS Wild-Type Metastatic Colorectal Cancer.” Oncologist 26, no. 6 (June 2021): 465-e917. https://doi.org/10.1002/onco.13678.

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33469991
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Dorry, Michael, Kevin Davidson, Rajesh Dash, Rachel Jug, Jeffrey M. Clarke, Andrew B. Nixon, and Kamran Mahmood. “Pleural effusions associated with squamous cell lung carcinoma have a low diagnostic yield and a poor prognosis.” Transl Lung Cancer Res 10, no. 6 (June 2021): 2500–2508. https://doi.org/10.21037/tlcr-21-123.

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34295657
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DiNardo, Katherine, Chao Ma, Fang-Shu Ou, Chen Yuan, Brendan John Guercio, Vicente Morales-Oyarvide, Erin Van Blarigan, et al. “Influence of dietary insulin scores on survival in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC): Findings from CALGB (Alliance) 80405.” In Journal of Clinical Oncology, 39:3568–3568. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), 2021. https://doi.org/10.1200/jco.2021.39.15_suppl.3568.

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Buechel, Megan E., Danielle Enserro, Robert A. Burger, Mark F. Brady, Katrina Wade, Angeles Alvarez Secord, Andrew B. Nixon, et al. “Correlation of imaging and plasma based biomarkers to predict response to bevacizumab in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC).” Gynecol Oncol 161, no. 2 (May 2021): 382–88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ygyno.2021.02.032.

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33712274
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Halabi, Susan, Qian Yang, Mark D. Starr, John C. Brady, Andrew J. Armstrong, Daniel J. George, William Kevin Kelly, Himisha Beltran, Michael J. Morris, and Andrew B. Nixon. “Identification of prognostic and predictive biomarkers of overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) in patients (pts) with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) treated with docetaxel, prednisone (DP) +/- bevacizumab (B) in CALGB 90401 (Alliance).” In Journal of Clinical Oncology, 39:154–154. American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), 2021. https://doi.org/10.1200/jco.2021.39.6_suppl.154.

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