Dongfeng Qu

Contact Information:
Dongfeng Qu


Qu, Dongfeng (HSC)

Department of:

College Of Medicine/Medicine - Gastroenterology -Assistant Professor of Research

Center of:


Wuhan University   B.S.   1987
St. Louis University   Ph.D.   1995

Professional Interest/Expertise/Specializations:
Research Interests: Colon Cancer; Pancreatic Cancer; Inflammation and Cancer; Cancer stem cells; Cancer Chemoprevention. The labs research is directed towards understanding the molecular basis of cancer stem cells and their role in cancer initiation and progression, which may have immediate clinical impact and potential for developing new therapeutic approaches against cancer.


Department of Internal Medicine-Section of Digestive Diseases and Nutrition
Department of Internal Medicine-Faculty Listing

Research Projects:

1) The role of DCLK1 in the initiation of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (NIH/R01) 4/15-3/20 [PI-Houchen]
2) Targeting DCLK1 kinase activity in pancreatic cancer (NIH/R21) 12/14-11/16 [PI-Houchen]
3) The gastrointestinal stem cell response to injury (VA/Merit Review) 10/13-9/17 [PI-Houchen]

Selected Publications:

Inflammatory and oncogenic roles of a tumor stem cell marker doublecortin-like kinase (DCLK1) in virus-induced chronic liver diseases.
2015    Ali N, Chandrakesan P, Nguyen CB, Husain S, Gillaspy AF, Huycke M, Berry WL, May R, Qu D, Weygant N, Sureban SM, Bronze MS, Dhanasekaran DN, Houchen CW
Oncotarget. 2015 Aug 21;6(24):20327-44 PMID: 25948779[]=3972&pubmed-linkout=1
Dietary Pectin Increases Intestinal Crypt Stem Cell Survival following Radiation Injury.
2015    Sureban SM, May R, Qu D, Chandrakesan P, Weygant N, Ali N, Lightfoot SA, Ding K, Umar S, Schlosser MJ, Houchen CW
PLoS One. 2015 Aug 13;10(8):e0135561. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0135561. eCollection 2015 PMID: 26270561
DCLK1 is detectable in plasma of patients with Barrett's esophagus and esophageal adenocarcinoma
2015    Whorton J, Sureban SM, May R, Qu D, Lightfoot SA, Madhoun M, Johnson M, Tierney WM, Maple JT, Vega KJ, Houchen CW
Dig Dis Sci. 2015 Feb;60(2):509-13. Epub 2014 Oct 5. PMID: 25283374
Ablation of Doublecortin-Like Kinase 1 in the Colonic Epithelium Exacerbates Dextran Sulfate Sodium-Induced Colitis.
2015    Qu D, Weygant N, May R, Chandrakesan P, Madhoun M, Ali N, Sureban SM, An G, Schlosser MJ, Houchen CW
PLoS One. 2015 Aug 18;10(8):e0134212. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0134212. eCollection 2015 PMID: 26285154
Doublecortin-like kinase 1 is elevated serologically in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and widely expressed on circulating tumor cells
2015    Qu D, Johnson J, Chandrakesan P, Weygant N, May R, Aiello N, Rhim A, Zhao L, Zheng W, Lightfoot S, Pant S, Irvan J, Postier R, Hocker J, Hanas JS, Ali N, Sureban SM, An G, Schlosser MJ, Stanger B, Houchen CW
PLoS One. 2015 Feb 27;10(2):e0118933. eCollection 2015. PMID: 25723399
Brief report: Dclk1 deletion in tuft cells results in impaired epithelial repair after radiation injury
2014    May R, Qu D, Weygant N, Chandrakesan P, Ali N, Lightfoot SA, Li L, Sureban SM, Houchen CW
Stem Cells. 2014 Mar;32(3):822-7. PMID: 24123696
XMD8-92 inhibits pancreatic tumor xenograft growth via a DCLK1-dependent mechanism
2014    Sureban SM, May R, Weygant N, Qu D, Chandrakesan P, Bannerman-Menson E, Ali N, Pantazis P, Westphalen CB, Wang TC, Houchen CW
Cancer Lett. 2014 Aug 28;351(1):151-61. Epub 2014 May 28. PMID: 24880079
Small molecule kinase inhibitor LRRK2-IN-1 demonstrates potent activity against colorectal and pancreatic cancer through inhibition of doublecortin-like kinase 1
2014    Weygant N, Qu D, Berry WL, May R, Chandrakesan P, Owen DB, Sureban SM, Ali N, Janknecht R, Houchen CW
Mol Cancer. 2014 May 6;13:103. PMID: 24885928
DCLK1 facilitates intestinal tumor growth via enhancing pluripotency and epithelial mesenchymal transition
2014    Chandrakesan P, Weygant N, May R, Qu D, Chinthalapally HR, Sureban SM, Ali N, Lightfoot SA, Umar S, Houchen CW
Oncotarget. 2014 Oct 15;5(19):9269-80. PMID: 25211188
Inhibition of Notch signaling reduces the number of surviving Dclk1+ reserve crypt epithelial stem cells following radiation injury
2014    Qu D, May R, Sureban SM, Weygant N, Chandrakesan P, Ali N, Li L, Barrett T, Houchen CW
Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 2014 Mar 1;306(5):G404-11. PMID: 24368703
Fluvastatin interferes with hepatitis C virus replication via microtubule bundling and a doublecortin-like kinase-mediated mechanism
2013    Ali N, Allam H, Bader T, May R, Basalingappa KM, Berry WL, Chandrakesan P, Qu D, Weygant N, Bronze MS, Umar S, Janknecht R, Sureban SM, Huycke M, Houchen CW
PLoS One. 2013 Nov 19;8(11):e80304. PMID: 24260365
DCLK1 regulates pluripotency and angiogenic factors via microRNA-dependent mechanisms in pancreatic cancer
2013    Sureban SM, May R, Qu D, Weygant N, Chandrakesan P, Ali N, Lightfoot SA, Pantazis P, Rao CV, Postier RG, Houchen CW
PLoS One. 2013 Sep 9;8(9):e73940. PMID: 24040120