Philip Hinds, PhD

Philip Hinds, PhD

Professor of Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology



BS, MS, Biochemistry, University of Maine, Orono
PhD, Molecular Biology, Princeton University
Postdoctoral Training, Whitehead Institute, MIT


Campus: Boston
Office: M&V 701
Laboratory: Jaharis 901

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-2734
Lab Phone: 617-636-4016
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Web Site  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Cell, Molecular & Developmental Biology, Genetics


Research Synopsis

Our laboratory focuses on preclinical models of cellular proliferation control and its dysregulation in cancer cells. Because the in vivo properties of tumor cells are heavily influenced by the microenvironment, we often rely on mouse models and primary cells derived from them for these studies. Recently, we have been studying oncogenic events in spontaneous and UV-induced melanoma formation in a unique BRAFV600E-driven transgenic mouse strain, with a particular focus on the permanent cell cycle withdrawal associated with terminal differentiation and the immunomodulatory process of senescence. Further, we have developed precisely engineered mouse and human melanoma models to test the role of specific AKT isoforms as collaborators with BRAFV600E and as mechanisms of drug resistance using genetic and pharmacological approaches. These studies complement our longstanding interest in the function of the retinoblastoma protein (pRB), D-type cyclins, cdk4 and cdk6 in programs of cell cycle exit. Although these proteins regulate S phase in response to cellular stress, we and others have shown that they are also critically involved in the permanent cell cycle withdrawal associated with differentiation and senescence. Our current work focuses on the role of this pathway in tissue and tumor progenitor cells in the breast, bone and heart, where it impacts cell fate choices, transcriptional programs, cellular metabolism, and establishment of the postmitotic state.


Lab Members

Jaymes Farrell, PhD Student in Genetics Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Siobhan McRee, PhD Student in Genetics Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page
Jodie Pietruska, Postdoctoral Scholar Send an e-mail  Lab Research Page

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development

June 15: Online Certificate in Fundamentals of Clinical Care Research