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Michael Cecchini, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Medical Oncology); Co-Director, Colorectal Program in the Center for Gastrointestinal Cancers

Research Summary

Dr. Cecchini focuses on developing new treatments for patients living with advanced gastrointestinal cancers. His specific research includes leveraging innovating DNA damaging therapies as a strategy to enhance the immune response. He has participated as both a principal investigator or sub-investigator on more than 100 clinical trials. This includes cooperative group studies, industry studies, as well as investigator initiated clinical trials. He is also the national principal investigator for multiple studies. In addition to his clinical research, Dr. Cecchini collaborates with multiple laboratories to perform bench to bedside research to enhance treatment options for patients living with gastrointestinal cancers.

He currently receives research funding through his NIH K08 Career Development Award which is evaluating the relationship between DNA damage and the immune response for gastrointestinal cancers. He was also awarded a Young Investigator Award from the Conquer Cancer Foundation, during his fellowship.


Research Interests

DNA Repair; Gastrointestinal Neoplasms; Immunotherapy

Selected Publications

Clinical Trials

ConditionsStudy Title
Phase IPhase 1 Study of the Safety, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Preliminary Clinical Activity of RP-6306 in Patients With Advanced Solid Tumors (MYTHIC Study)
LiverA Phase Ib/II, Open-Label, Multicenter, Randomized Umbrella Study Evaluating the Efficacy and Safety of Multiple Immunotherapy-Based Treatment Combinations in Patients With Advanced Liver Cancers (Morpheus-Liver)
Phase IPhase 1b/2 Study of ATR InhibiTor RP-3500 and PARP Inhibitor Combinations in Patients With Molecularly Selected Cancers (ATTACC)
Colon; RectumA Phase 1b/2, Open-Label, Randomized Platform Study Evaluating The Efficacy and Safety of AB928 Based Treatment Combinations in Patients With Metastatic Colorectal Cancer
Phase IAn Open-label, Multicenter, Phase I Study of IGM-8444 as a Single Agent and in Combination With Chemotherapy-based Regimens in Subjects With Relapsed and/or Refractory Solid Cancers
LiverA Phase 3 Multicenter, Randomized, Double-blinded, Active-controlled, Clinical Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Lenvatinib (E7080/MK-7902) With Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) in Combination With Transarterial Chemoembolization (TACE) Versus TACE in Participants With Incurable/Non-metastatic Hepatocellular Carcinoma (LEAP-012)
Colon; RectumPhase II Pilot Study of FOLFOXIRI Plus Panitumumab in Metastatic RAS Wild-type, Left-sided Colorectal Cancer
Phase IA Phase I Dose-Escalation and Dose-Expansion Study Evaluating the Safety, Pharmacokinetics, and Activity of GDC-6036 in Patients With Advanced or Metastatic Solid Tumors With a KRAS G12C Mutation
Colon; RectumRandomized Double-Blind Phase III Trial of Vitamin D3 Supplementation in Patients With Previously Untreated Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (SOLARIS)
ColonPhase II/III Study of Circulating Tumor DNA as a Predictive Biomarker in Adjuvant Chemotherapy in Patients With Stage IIA Colon Cancer (COBRA)
Corpus Uteri; Larynx; Lung; Soft Tissue; Unknown SitesA Phase 2 Open Label Study of Sacituzumab Govitecan (IMMU-132) in Subjects With Metastatic Solid Tumors
LiverA Phase 3 Double-Blinded, Two-Arm Study to Evaluate the Safety and Efficacy of Pembrolizumab (MK-3475) versus Placebo as Adjuvant Therapy in Participants with Hepatocellular Carcinoma and Complete Radiological Response after Surgical Resection or Local Ablation (KEYNOTE-937)
ColonRandomized Trial of Standard Chemotherapy Alone or Combined With Atezolizumab as Adjuvant Therapy for Patients With Stage III Colon Cancer and Deficient DNA Mismatch Repair
Colon; RectumA Phase Ib/II, Open-Label, Multicenter, Randomized Umbrella Study Evaluating The Efficacy And Safety Of Multiple Immunotherapy-Based Treatment Combinations In Patients With Metastatic Colorectal Cancer (Morpheus-CRC)