Kevin Patrick Becker, MD

Assistant Professor of Neurology

Research Interests

Brain Neoplasms; Glioblastoma; Immunotherapy; Medical Oncology; Neurology; Nanoparticles

Research Organizations

Faculty Research

Yale Cancer Center: Cancer Immunology

Office of Cooperative Research

Research Summary

My current research focus is bringing novel treatments and therapeutics to clinical trial for patients with primary brain tumors. Areas currently being developed include immunotherapeutics and novel drug delivery (use of nano-particles) to treat glioblastoma.

Specialized Terms: Primary brain tumors; Immunotherapeutics; Novel drug delivery; Nano-particles in the treatment of glioblastoma

Extensive Research Description


Jenco, J.M., Becker, K.P. and Morris, A.J. (1997). Membrane-binding properties of phospholipase C- ß1 and phospholipase C-ß2: role of the C-terminus effects of polyphosphoinositides, G-proteins and Ca2+. Biochem. J. 327:431- 437<_o3a_p>


Becker, K.P., Ullian, M., and Halushka, P.V. (1998). Cloning and Characterization of an Endogenous COS-7 Cell Thromboxane A2 Receptor. Biochimica et. Biophysica Acta. 1403:109-114<_o3a_p>


Becker, K.P., Garnovskaya, M., Gettys, T., and Halushka, P.V. (1999). Coupling of thromboxane A2 receptor isoforms to Ga13) effects on ligand binding and signaling. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta. 1450: 288-296<_o3a_p>


Feng, X., Becker, K.P., Striblling, D.S., Peters, K.G. and Hannun, Y.A. (2000). Regulation of Receptor-Mediated Protein Kinase C Membrane Trafficking by Autophosphorylation. J.Biol. Chem. 272: 17024-17034<_o3a_p>


Johnson, K.J., Becker, K.P., Facchinetti, M.M., Hannun, Y.A., and Obeid, L.M. (2002) PKC Dependent Activation of Sphingosine Kinase 1 and Translocation to the Plasma Membrane.Extracellular Release of Sphingosine-1-Phosphate Induced by Phorbol-12-Myristate-13-Acetate (PMA). J. Biol. Chem. 277: 35257-35262<_o3a_p>


Johnson, K.R., Johnson, K.Y., Becker, K.P., Bielawski, J., Mao, C., and Obeid, L.M. (2003) Role of Human Sphingosine-1-phosphate Phosphatase 1 in the Regulation of Intra- and Extracellular Sphingosine-1-phosphate Levels and Cell Viability J. Biol. Chem. 278: 34541-34547<_o3a_p>


Mao, C., Xu, R., Szulc, Z., Bielawski, J., Becker, K.P., Bielawski, A., Galadari, S.H., Hu, W., and Obeid, L.M. (2003) Cloning and Characterization of a Mouse Endoplasmic Reticulum Alkaline Ceramidase: an Enzyme that Preferentially Regulates Metabolism of Very Long Chain Ceramides. J. Biol. Chem. 278: 31184-31191<_o3a_p>


Becker, K.P., and Hannun, Y.A. (2003) cPKC-Dependent Sequestration of Membrane Recycling Components in a Subset of Recycling Endosomes. J. Biol. Chem. 278: 52747-52754 <_o3a_p>


Becker, K.P., and Hannun, Y.A. (2004) Phospholipase D-dependent Translocation of Protein Kinase C to a Juxtanuclear Compartment. J. Biol. Chem. 279: 28251-28256. <_o3a_p>


Becker, K.P., Kitani, K., Idkowiak-Baldys, J., Bielawski, J., and Hannun, Y.A. (2005) Selective Inhibition of Juxtanuclear Translocation of PKC ßII by a Negative Feedback Mechanism Involving Ceramide Formed From the Salvage Pathway. J. Biol. Chem. 280: 2606-2612<_o3a_p>


Idkowiak-Baldys, J., Becker, K.P., Kitatani, K., and Hannun, Y.A. (2006) Dynamic sequestration of the recycling compartment by classical Protein Kinase C. J. Biol. Chem.281: 22321-31. <_o3a_p>


Becker, K.P., Lacy, J., and Baehring, J.M. Diffusion-Weighted Imaging in Patients Treated with Bevacizumab. (in preparation)<_o3a_p>


2. Case Reports, Technical Notes, Lectures:

Becker, K.P., Huttner, A., and Baehring, J.M. Leptomeningeal Dissemination of Low Grade Brain Tumors: A Report on Four Cases and Review of the Medical Literature (in preparation)<_o3a_p>


Becker, K.P., Lacy, J., Cooper, D., and Baehring, J.M. Autologous Stem Cell Transplant in Patient with Relapsed Central Nervous System Lymphoma: A Case Series and Review of the Literature (in preparation)<_o3a_p>


3. Reviews, Chapters, Books

Becker, K.P., and Hannun, Y.A: The Multifaceted Role of Diacylglycerol, in Bioactive Lipids, Vol17, A. Nicolaou and G. Kokotos (eds).England, PJ Barnes and Associates, 2004, pp 37-61<_o3a_p>


Becker, K.P., Hannun, Y.A. (2005) Protein kinase C and phospholipase D: intimate interactions in intracellular signaling. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences 62: 1448-61. <_o3a_p>


4. Papers in Press

Becker, K.P., and Baehring, J.M. Increased Intracranial Pressure. In Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology, 9th edition, edited by DeVita, V.T., Lawrence, T.S., and Rosenbery, S.A., Lippincott-Raven (in press).<_o3a_p>


Becker, K.P., and Baehring, J.M. Spinal Cord Compression. In Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology, 9th edition, edited by DeVita, V.T., Lawrence, T.S., and Rosenbery, S.A., Lippincott-Raven (in press).<_o3a_p>

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Contact Info

Kevin Patrick Becker, MD
Patient Care Location
Yale Cancer CenterSmilow Cancer Hospital at Yale New Haven
35 Park Street, Ste North Pavilion 8

New Haven, CT 06511
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Mailing Address
PO Box 208028
New Haven, CT 06520-8018