Jennifer Effie Amengual, MD

Expertise in: 
Cancer Care
Board Certifications: 
Internal Medicine, Hematology, Medical Oncology
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Overview

Dr. Amengual is the Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology, Center for Lymphoid Malignancies, and Hebert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center here at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

Dr. Amengual obtained a degree in Nutritional Sciences at Cornell University where she graduated with honors. She attained her Medical Doctorate from New York Medical College, followed by a residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Dr. Amengual then went on to complete her fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the NYU Langone Medical Center, where she participated in the Physician-Scientist Training Program and graduated as a Dean’s Scholar.

She is the recipient of several awards and scholarships for her research, including the Irving Scholarship, the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research and as a Scholar of the Amos Medical Faculty Development Award –Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Society of Hematology. She was also selected to participate in the prestigious American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)/American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Vail Workshop Methods in Clinical Cancer Research, the European Hematology Association/American Society of Hematology Translational Research Training Program and the South West Oncology Group (SWOG) Leadership Academy. These competitive programs select the most promising faculty for enriched development and have laid the foundation for her research. She has now served on the faculty or review committee of several of these programs.

As an R01-funded physician-scientist, Dr. Amengual is focused on translating the latest scientific discoveries regarding cancer cell behavior into novel treatment platforms. She aims to translate observations and concepts developed in the laboratory directly into patient care. Specifically, she is focused on combination epigenetic targeting for both B-cell and T-cell lymphomas. She continues to develop new pharmacologic strategies directed at altering these diseases at their genetic roots, now collaborating with investigators from backgrounds of diverse scientific expertise. Dr. Amengual has been studying the effects HDAC inhibitors in combination with EZH2 inhibitors to capitalize on two common mutations driving growth of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma cells. In addition, she has studied targeting the BCL6:p53 pathway in order to shift the balance of oncogene and tumor suppressor function using novel therapeutic approaches. For T-cell lymphoma Dr. Amengual has led a clinical trial combining HDAC inhibitors with the novel antifolate drug, pralatrexate. The pralatrexate plus romidepsin combination has led to dramatic responses in patients with relapsed T-cell lymphoma and will serve as the basis of more trials to come aimed at improving outcomes with patients with these diseases. Building on these discoveries, Dr. Amengual is now evaluating the interplay of epigenetics with immune surveillance and endogenous retroviral expression in the setting of lymphoma.

Dr. Amengual has lectured at academic institutions and conferences around the world, and at forums such as the Lymphoma Research Foundation and the American Hematology Society’s Highlights of ASH. She has published numerous chapters and peer reviewed articles on the biology and treatment of lymphoma, and serves as a Scientific Reviewer for a number of journals in the field, including Journal of Clinical Oncology and as an Editorial Board Member of Clinical Cancer Research. She has sat on grant review and abstract review committees for meetings such as the American Society of Hematology where she has also chaired sessions, American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. She is actively involved in the NCI’s National Clinical Trial Network, SWOG, as a Lymphoma Working Group Committee Member. Dr. Amengual is involved in numerous clinical trials for lymphoma, enabling our patients to access the best opportunities for the treatment of their disease. Dr. Amengual has clinical expertise in lymphoma, HIV- and EBV-related hematologic illnesses.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Anemia
  • Bleeding Disorder
  • Clinical Research
  • Clinical Research Trials
  • Coagulation Disorder
  • Leukemia
  • Lymphoma

Academic Appointments

  • Herbert Irving Assistant Professor of Medicine

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Gender

  • Female

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Location(s)

161 Fort Washington Avenue
New York, NY 10032

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • Internship: Montefiore Medical Center
  • Residency: Montefiore Medical Center
  • Fellowship: New York University Medical Center

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Hematology
  • Medical Oncology

Research

Dr. Amengual is concentrated on targeting the Bcl-6 : p53 pathway in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) with histone deacetylase (HDAC) inhibitors in order to shift the balance of oncogene and tumor suppressor to enforce a less neoplastic phenotype. She is evaluating novel combinations of pan-class HDAC inhibitors with class III sirtuin inhibitors in DLBCL cell lines for mechanism of action and cytotoxicity, novel in vivo mouse models for efficacy and tolerability, and evaluating pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamic endpoints in a proof-of-principle phase I clinical trial. By exploiting rational targeted therapy to the discrete signaling pathways known to cause DLBCL, she hopes to increase cure rates for those with lymphoma.

Research Interests

  • Targeted therapies for the treatment of lymphoma