Jeffrey J. Bednarski, M.D., Ph.D.  bednarski_j@kids.wustl.edu

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology
Developmental BiologyHematology and Oncology

phone: 314-286-2825

Research Interests


Dr. Bednarski's research centers on the development of the immune system. During lymphocyte differentiation, the rearrangement of the antigen receptor genes is essential to ensure a diverse and function immune response. This process requires the intentional generation of breaks in DNA at specific locations in the genes. These breaks are subsequently repaired with removal of some DNA and joining of the remaining segments. The DNA breaks pose an extreme risk to the developing cells. Mis-repair can lead to cell death or to translocations that can result in leukemias and lymphomas. Therefore, it is critical that the breaks be carefully managed by cellular processes that ensure proper repair and maintenance of genomic integrity. Dr. Bednarski's research focuses on how the signals from this DNA damage cooperate with other developmental processes to direct lymphocyte differentiation and survival. His overall goals are to understand the signals important for lymphocyte development and how these signals may be corrupted and thus contribute to the generation of leukemia and lymphoma.

Education

  • B.S., Summa Cum Laude, Duke University1995
  • Ph.D., University of Michigan2003
  • M.D., Graduation with Distinction in Research, University of Michigan2003

Training

  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Boston Children's Hospital2003 - 2003
  • Resident in Pediatrics, St. Louis Children's Hospital2003 - 2006
  • Clinical Fellow in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Washington University School of Medicine2006 - 2009
  • Postdoctoral Fellow in Immunology, Washington University School of Medicine2007 - 2013

Licensure and Board Certification

  • American Board of Pediatrics, Board Certified2006
  • MO, Medical License2009
  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Board Certified2011

Honors

  • Phi Eta Sigma, National Freshman Honor Society1992
  • Golden Key National Honor Society1993
  • National Institute of General Medicine Summer Scholar1993
  • Phi Beta Kappa1994
  • Phi Lambda Upsilon, National Honorary Chemical Society1994
  • Summa cum laude graduate, Duke University1995
  • Regent's Fellowship, University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School1997 - 2001
  • Graduation with Distinction in Research, University of Michigan Medical School2003
  • James P. Keating Ouststanding Resident Award, St. Louis Children's Hospital2005
  • David Gilstrap Memorial Award, St. Louis Children's Hospital2008
  • Hyundai Hope on Wheels Scholar2012 - 2013
  • Hyundai Hope on Wheels Scholar2012 - 2013

Selected Publications view all (10)


Publication Co-Authors

  1. Koues OI, Kowalewski RA, Chang LW, Pyfrom SC, Schmidt JA, Luo H, Sandoval LE, Hughes TB, Bednarski JJ, Cashen AF, Payton JE, Oltz EM. Enhancer sequence variants and transcription-factor deregulation synergize to construct pathogenic regulatory circuits in B-cell lymphoma. Immunity. 2015;42(1):186-98. doi:10.1016/j.immuni.2014.12.021  PMCID:PMC4302272  PMID:25607463  
  2. Griffith LM, Cowan MJ, Notarangelo LD, Kohn DB, Puck JM, Pai SY, Ballard B, Bauer SC, Bleesing JJ, Boyle M, Brower A, Buckley RH, van der Burg M, Burroughs LM, Candotti F, Cant AJ, Chatila T, Cunningham-Rundles C, Dinauer MC, Dvorak CC, Filipovich AH, Fleisher TA, Bobby Gaspar H, Gungor T, Haddad E, Hovermale E, Huang F, Hurley A, Hurley M, Iyengar S, Kang EM, Logan BR, Long-Boyle JR, Malech HL, McGhee SA, Modell F, Modell V, Ochs HD, O'Reilly RJ, Parkman R, Rawlings DJ, Routes JM, Shearer WT, Small TN, Smith H, Sullivan KE, Szabolcs P, Thrasher A, Torgerson TR, Veys P, Weinberg K, Zuniga-Pflucker JC, workshop participants. Primary Immune Deficiency Treatment Consortium (PIDTC) report. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014;133(2):335-47. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2013.07.052  PMCID:PMC3960312  PMID:24139498  
  3. Steinel NC, Lee BS, Tubbs AT, Bednarski JJ, Schulte E, Yang-Iott KS, Schatz DG, Sleckman BP, Bassing CH. The ataxia telangiectasia mutated kinase controls Igκ allelic exclusion by inhibiting secondary Vκ-to-Jκ rearrangements. J Exp Med. 2013;210(2):233-9. doi:10.1084/jem.20121605  PMCID:PMC3570110  PMID:23382544  
  4. Bednarski JJ, Sleckman BP. Integrated signaling in developing lymphocytes: the role of DNA damage responses. Cell Cycle. 2012;11(22):4129-34. doi:10.4161/cc.22021  PMCID:PMC3524208  PMID:23032308  
  5. Bednarski JJ, Nickless A, Bhattacharya D, Amin RH, Schlissel MS, Sleckman BP. RAG-induced DNA double-strand breaks signal through Pim2 to promote pre-B cell survival and limit proliferation. J Exp Med. 2012;209(1):11-7. doi:10.1084/jem.20112078  PMCID:PMC3260864  PMID:22201128  
  6. Bednarski JJ, Sleckman BP. Lymphocyte development: integration of DNA damage response signaling. Adv Immunol. 2012;116:175-204. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-394300-2.00006-5  PMID:23063077  
  7. Gapud EJ, Dorsett Y, Yin B, Callen E, Bredemeyer A, Mahowald GK, Omi KQ, Walker LM, Bednarski JJ, McKinnon PJ, Bassing CH, Nussenzweig A, Sleckman BP. Ataxia telangiectasia mutated (Atm) and DNA-PKcs kinases have overlapping activities during chromosomal signal joint formation. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2011;108(5):2022-7. doi:10.1073/pnas.1013295108  PMCID:PMC3033293  PMID:21245316  
  8. Helmink BA, Tubbs AT, Dorsett Y, Bednarski JJ, Walker LM, Feng Z, Sharma GG, McKinnon PJ, Zhang J, Bassing CH, Sleckman BP. H2AX prevents CtIP-mediated DNA end resection and aberrant repair in G1-phase lymphocytes. Nature. 2011;469(7329):245-9. doi:10.1038/nature09585  PMCID:PMC3150591  PMID:21160476  
  9. Helmink BA, Bredemeyer AL, Lee BS, Huang CY, Sharma GG, Walker LM, Bednarski JJ, Lee WL, Pandita TK, Bassing CH, Sleckman BP. MRN complex function in the repair of chromosomal Rag-mediated DNA double-strand breaks. J Exp Med. 2009;206(3):669-79. doi:10.1084/jem.20081326  PMCID:PMC2699138  PMID:19221393  
  10. Bednarski JJ, Lyssiotis CA, Roush R, Boitano AE, Glick GD, Opipari AW Jr. A novel benzodiazepine increases the sensitivity of B cells to receptor stimulation with synergistic effects on calcium signaling and apoptosis. J Biol Chem. 2004;279(28):29615-21. doi:10.1074/jbc.M403507200  PMID:15123639