Co-Leader, Sarcoma Multi-disciplinary Oncology Group and Molecular Epidemiology Research Core, Assistant Professor of Pathology - Anatomic Pathology
Primary Office: 1026 Medical Laboratories Iowa City, IA 52242


BS, Biochemistry, Whitworth College, Spokane, WA
MD, University of Washington, Seattle, WA

Residency, Anatomic Pathology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Fellowship, Surgical Pathology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Fellowship, Bone and Soft Tissue Pathology, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
Post Doctorate, Molecular Genetics, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH

Licensure and Certifications

Doctor of Medicine, State Medical Board of Ohio
Board Certification in Anatomic Pathology, American Board of Pathology

Research Summary

Activation and mechanism of action of TAZ (WWTR1) and YAP1 in cancer.

Selected Publications

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Fullenkamp C, Hall S, Jaber O, Pakalniskis B, Savage E, Savage J, Ofori-Amanfo G, Lambertz A, Ivins S, Stipp C, Miller B, Milhem M, Tanas M.  TAZ and YAP are frequently activated oncoproteins in sarcomas..  Oncotarget.  2016 April 25. 

Patel N, Salim A, Sayeed H, Sarabia S, Hollingsworth F, Warren M, Jakacky J, Tanas M, Oliveira A, Rubin B, Lazar A, López-Terrada D, Wang W.  Molecular characterization of epithelioid haemangioendotheliomas identifies novel WWTR1-CAMTA1 fusion variants..  Histopathology.  2015 March 27. 

Tanas M, Ma S, Jadaan F, Ng C, Weigelt B, Reis-Filho J, Rubin B.  Mechanism of action of a WWTR1(TAZ)-CAMTA1 fusion oncoprotein.  Oncogene.  2015. 

Cheah A, Billings S, Goldblum J, Carver P, Tanas M, Rubin B.  STAT6 rabbit monoclonal antibody is a robust diagnostic tool for the distinction of solitary fibrous tumour from its mimics..  Pathology.  2014 August 1. 46(5):389-95. 

Bohman S, Goldblum J, Rubin B, Tanas M, Billings S.  Angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma: an expansion of the clinical and histological spectrum.  Pathology.  2014. 46(3):199-204. 

Tanas M, Sboner A, Oliveira A, Erickson-Johnson M, Hespelt J, Hanwright P, Flanagan J, Luo Y, Fenwick K, Natrajan R, Mitsopoulos C, Zvelebil M, Hoch B, Weiss S, Debiec-Rychter M, Sciot R, West R, Lazar A, Ashworth A, Reis-Filho J, Lord C, Gerstein M, Rubin M, Rubin B.  Identification of a disease-defining gene fusion in epithelioid hemangioendothelioma.  Science translational medicine.  2011. 3(98):98ra82. 

Tanas M, Rubin B, Montgomery E, Turner S, Cook J, Tubbs R, Billings S, Goldblum J.  Utility of FISH in the diagnosis of angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma: a series of 18 cases.  Modern pathology .  2010. 23(1):93-7. 

Tanas M, Rubin B, Tubbs R, Billings S, Downs-Kelly E, Goldblum J.  Utilization of fluorescence in situ hybridization in the diagnosis of 230 mesenchymal neoplasms: an institutional experience.  Archives of pathology & laboratory medicine.  2010. 134(12):1797-803. 

Tanas M, Goldblum J.  Fluorescence in situ hybridization in the diagnosis of soft tissue neoplasms: a review.  Advances in anatomic pathology.  2009. 16(6):383-91. 

Tanas M, Rubin B.  Malignant neuroectodermal tumor with melanocytic and rhabdomyoblastic differentiation.  Rare tumors.  2009. 1(2):e26.