Inigo Martincorena | Group Leader

Martincorena, Inigo

Inigo is a group leader at the Sanger Institute investigating somatic mutation in cancer and normal cells.

With a background in molecular biology, bioinformatics and evolutionary genomics, my research focuses on understanding cancer progression as a result of somatic mutation and selection.

Over the past few years, systematic sequencing of tumours has revolutionised our understanding of the genetics of cancer. This has revealed that most cancers carry thousands of mutations in their genomes, accumulated through the lifetime of their cells. However, owing to technical limitations, very little is known about the earliest steps of cancer and how normal cells in our tissues accumulate mutations during ageing and in their progression towards cancer. I investigate these early changes by studying somatic evolution in normal and precancerous tissues.

I also work on adapting evolutionary methods to cancer genomics and on the development of computational methods for discovering new cancer genes and non-coding driver mutations. This includes the development of dNdScv, an evolutionary method to study selection in cancer and identify driver genes from cancer genomics data.

Publications

  • Universal Patterns of Selection in Cancer and Somatic Tissues.

    Martincorena I, Raine KM, Gerstung M, Dawson KJ, Haase K et al.

    Cell 2017;171;5;1029-1041.e21

  • Tumor evolution. High burden and pervasive positive selection of somatic mutations in normal human skin.

    Martincorena I, Roshan A, Gerstung M, Ellis P, Van Loo P et al.

    Science (New York, N.Y.) 2015;348;6237;880-6

  • Somatic mutation in cancer and normal cells.

    Martincorena I and Campbell PJ

    Science (New York, N.Y.) 2015;349;6255;1483-9

  • Somatic mutations reveal asymmetric cellular dynamics in the early human embryo.

    Ju YS, Martincorena I, Gerstung M, Petljak M, Alexandrov LB et al.

    Nature 2017;543;7647;714-718

  • Precision oncology for acute myeloid leukemia using a knowledge bank approach.

    Gerstung M, Papaemmanuil E, Martincorena I, Bullinger L, Gaidzik VI et al.

    Nature genetics 2017;49;3;332-340

  • Mutational signatures associated with tobacco smoking in human cancer.

    Alexandrov LB, Ju YS, Haase K, Van Loo P, Martincorena I et al.

    Science (New York, N.Y.) 2016;354;6312;618-622

  • Tissue-specific mutation accumulation in human adult stem cells during life.

    Blokzijl F, de Ligt J, Jager M, Sasselli V, Roerink S et al.

    Nature 2016;538;7624;260-264

  • Landscape of somatic mutations in 560 breast cancer whole-genome sequences.

    Nik-Zainal S, Davies H, Staaf J, Ramakrishna M, Glodzik D et al.

    Nature 2016;534;7605;47-54

  • Evidence of non-random mutation rates suggests an evolutionary risk management strategy.

    Martincorena I, Seshasayee AS and Luscombe NM

    Nature 2012;485;7396;95-8

  • Genomic Classification and Prognosis in Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

    Papaemmanuil E, Gerstung M, Bullinger L, Gaidzik VI, Paschka P et al.

    The New England journal of medicine 2016;374;23;2209-2221

  • Genome sequencing of normal cells reveals developmental lineages and mutational processes.

    Behjati S, Huch M, van Boxtel R, Karthaus W, Wedge DC et al.

    Nature 2014;513;7518;422-425

  • Mobile DNA in cancer. Extensive transduction of nonrepetitive DNA mediated by L1 retrotransposition in cancer genomes.

    Tubio JMC, Li Y, Ju YS, Martincorena I, Cooke SL et al.

    Science (New York, N.Y.) 2014;345;6196;1251343

  • Transmissible [corrected] dog cancer genome reveals the origin and history of an ancient cell lineage.

    Murchison EP, Wedge DC, Alexandrov LB, Fu B, Martincorena I et al.

    Science (New York, N.Y.) 2014;343;6169;437-440

  • Inactivating CUX1 mutations promote tumorigenesis.

    Wong CC, Martincorena I, Rust AG, Rashid M, Alifrangis C et al.

    Nature genetics 2014;46;1;33-8

  • RAG-mediated recombination is the predominant driver of oncogenic rearrangement in ETV6-RUNX1 acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

    Papaemmanuil E, Rapado I, Li Y, Potter NE, Wedge DC et al.

    Nature genetics 2014;46;2;116-25

  • Recurrent PTPRB and PLCG1 mutations in angiosarcoma.

    Behjati S, Tarpey PS, Sheldon H, Martincorena I, Van Loo P et al.

    Nature genetics 2014;46;4;376-379

  • Somatic CALR mutations in myeloproliferative neoplasms with nonmutated JAK2.

    Nangalia J, Massie CE, Baxter EJ, Nice FL, Gundem G et al.

    The New England journal of medicine 2013;369;25;2391-2405

  • Direct competition between hnRNP C and U2AF65 protects the transcriptome from the exonization of Alu elements.

    Zarnack K, König J, Tajnik M, Martincorena I, Eustermann S et al.

    Cell 2013;152;3;453-66

  • An integrated genomic analysis of anaplastic meningioma identifies prognostic molecular signatures.

    Collord G, Tarpey P, Kurbatova N, Martincorena I, Moran S et al.

    Scientific reports 2018;8;1;13537

  • Population dynamics of normal human blood inferred from somatic mutations.

    Lee-Six H, Øbro NF, Shepherd MS, Grossmann S, Dawson K et al.

    Nature 2018

  • Prediction of acute myeloid leukaemia risk in healthy individuals.

    Abelson S, Collord G, Ng SWK, Weissbrod O, Mendelson Cohen N et al.

    Nature 2018;559;7714;400-404

  • Cancer-mutation network and the number and specificity of driver mutations.

    Iranzo J, Martincorena I and Koonin EV

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2018;115;26;E6010-E6019

  • Pathway-based dissection of the genomic heterogeneity of cancer hallmarks' acquisition with SLAPenrich.

    Iorio F, Garcia-Alonso L, Brammeld JS, Martincorena I, Wille DR et al.

    Scientific reports 2018;8;1;6713

  • Timing the Landmark Events in the Evolution of Clear Cell Renal Cell Cancer: TRACERx Renal.

    Mitchell TJ, Turajlic S, Rowan A, Nicol D, Farmery JHR et al.

    Cell 2018;173;3;611-623.e17

  • Sequencing of prostate cancers identifies new cancer genes, routes of progression and drug targets.

    Wedge DC, Gundem G, Mitchell T, Woodcock DJ, Martincorena I et al.

    Nature genetics 2018

  • Biological and prognostic impact of APOBEC-induced mutations in the spectrum of plasma cell dyscrasias and multiple myeloma cell lines.

    Maura F, Petljak M, Lionetti M, Cifola I, Liang W et al.

    Leukemia 2018;32;4;1044-1048

  • Recurrent histone mutations in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

    Collord G, Martincorena I, Young MD, Foroni L, Bolli N et al.

    British journal of haematology 2018

  • Universal Patterns of Selection in Cancer and Somatic Tissues.

    Martincorena I, Raine KM, Gerstung M, Dawson KJ, Haase K et al.

    Cell 2017;171;5;1029-1041.e21

  • The driver landscape of sporadic chordoma.

    Tarpey PS, Behjati S, Young MD, Martincorena I, Alexandrov LB et al.

    Nature communications 2017;8;1;890

  • Genomic Evolution of Breast Cancer Metastasis and Relapse.

    Yates LR, Knappskog S, Wedge D, Farmery JHR, Gonzalez S et al.

    Cancer cell 2017;32;2;169-184.e7

  • Recurrent mutation of IGF signalling genes and distinct patterns of genomic rearrangement in osteosarcoma.

    Behjati S, Tarpey PS, Haase K, Ye H, Young MD et al.

    Nature communications 2017;8;15936

  • Genome-wide chemical mutagenesis screens allow unbiased saturation of the cancer genome and identification of drug resistance mutations.

    Brammeld JS, Petljak M, Martincorena I, Williams SP, Alonso LG et al.

    Genome research 2017;27;4;613-625

  • Somatic mutations reveal asymmetric cellular dynamics in the early human embryo.

    Ju YS, Martincorena I, Gerstung M, Petljak M, Alexandrov LB et al.

    Nature 2017;543;7647;714-718

  • Precision oncology for acute myeloid leukemia using a knowledge bank approach.

    Gerstung M, Papaemmanuil E, Martincorena I, Bullinger L, Gaidzik VI et al.

    Nature genetics 2017;49;3;332-340

  • Mutational signatures associated with tobacco smoking in human cancer.

    Alexandrov LB, Ju YS, Haase K, Van Loo P, Martincorena I et al.

    Science (New York, N.Y.) 2016;354;6312;618-622

  • Tissue-specific mutation accumulation in human adult stem cells during life.

    Blokzijl F, de Ligt J, Jager M, Sasselli V, Roerink S et al.

    Nature 2016;538;7624;260-264

  • Genomic Classification and Prognosis in Acute Myeloid Leukemia.

    Papaemmanuil E, Gerstung M, Bullinger L, Gaidzik VI, Paschka P et al.

    The New England journal of medicine 2016;374;23;2209-2221

  • Landscape of somatic mutations in 560 breast cancer whole-genome sequences.

    Nik-Zainal S, Davies H, Staaf J, Ramakrishna M, Glodzik D et al.

    Nature 2016;534;7605;47-54

  • Constrained positive selection on cancer mutations in normal skin.

    Martincorena I, Jones PH and Campbell PJ

    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 2016;113;9;E1128-9

  • Somatic mutation in cancer and normal cells.

    Martincorena I and Campbell PJ

    Science (New York, N.Y.) 2015;349;6255;1483-9

  • Tumor evolution. High burden and pervasive positive selection of somatic mutations in normal human skin.

    Martincorena I, Roshan A, Gerstung M, Ellis P, Van Loo P et al.

    Science (New York, N.Y.) 2015;348;6237;880-6

  • Origins and functional consequences of somatic mitochondrial DNA mutations in human cancer.

    Ju YS, Alexandrov LB, Gerstung M, Martincorena I, Nik-Zainal S et al.

    eLife 2014;3

  • Genome sequencing of normal cells reveals developmental lineages and mutational processes.

    Behjati S, Huch M, van Boxtel R, Karthaus W, Wedge DC et al.

    Nature 2014;513;7518;422-425

  • Mobile DNA in cancer. Extensive transduction of nonrepetitive DNA mediated by L1 retrotransposition in cancer genomes.

    Tubio JMC, Li Y, Ju YS, Martincorena I, Cooke SL et al.

    Science (New York, N.Y.) 2014;345;6196;1251343

  • Processed pseudogenes acquired somatically during cancer development.

    Cooke SL, Shlien A, Marshall J, Pipinikas CP, Martincorena I et al.

    Nature communications 2014;5;3644

  • Recurrent PTPRB and PLCG1 mutations in angiosarcoma.

    Behjati S, Tarpey PS, Sheldon H, Martincorena I, Van Loo P et al.

    Nature genetics 2014;46;4;376-379

  • RAG-mediated recombination is the predominant driver of oncogenic rearrangement in ETV6-RUNX1 acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

    Papaemmanuil E, Rapado I, Li Y, Potter NE, Wedge DC et al.

    Nature genetics 2014;46;2;116-25

  • Transmissible [corrected] dog cancer genome reveals the origin and history of an ancient cell lineage.

    Murchison EP, Wedge DC, Alexandrov LB, Fu B, Martincorena I et al.

    Science (New York, N.Y.) 2014;343;6169;437-440

  • Heterogeneity of genomic evolution and mutational profiles in multiple myeloma.

    Bolli N, Avet-Loiseau H, Wedge DC, Van Loo P, Alexandrov LB et al.

    Nature communications 2014;5;2997

  • Inactivating CUX1 mutations promote tumorigenesis.

    Wong CC, Martincorena I, Rust AG, Rashid M, Alifrangis C et al.

    Nature genetics 2014;46;1;33-8

  • Somatic CALR mutations in myeloproliferative neoplasms with nonmutated JAK2.

    Nangalia J, Massie CE, Baxter EJ, Nice FL, Gundem G et al.

    The New England journal of medicine 2013;369;25;2391-2405

  • The genetic heterogeneity and mutational burden of engineered melanomas in zebrafish models.

    Yen J, White RM, Wedge DC, Van Loo P, de Ridder J et al.

    Genome biology 2013;14;10;R113

  • The organization of local and distant functional connectivity in the human brain.

    Sepulcre J, Liu H, Talukdar T, Martincorena I, Yeo BT and Buckner RL

    PLoS computational biology 2010;6;6;e1000808

Martincorena, Inigo
Inigo's Timeline
2016

Group Leader, Sanger Institute.

CRUK Career Development Fellow.

2013

Research Fellow, Queens' College, University of Cambridge.

Postdoctoral Fellow, Sanger Institute.

2012

PhD Evolutionary Genomics, University of Cambridge and EBI-EMBL.

2007

MSc Biochemistry, University of Navarra, Spain.

MSc Biology, University of Navarra, Spain.