Matthew Vander Heiden

Matthew Vander Heiden

Associate Professor of Biology; Associate Director, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research

Matthew Vander Heiden is interested in the role that cell metabolism plays in mammalian physiology, with a focus on cancer.






Peter Jansen



Assistant Phone


  • PhD, 2000, University of Chicago; MD, 2002, University of Chicago
  • SB, 1994, Biological Chemistry, University of Chicago

Research Summary

We study the biochemical pathways cells use and how they are regulated to meet the metabolic requirements of cells in different physiological situations. We focus on the role of metabolism in cancer, particularly how metabolic pathways support cell proliferation. We aim to translate our understanding of cancer cell metabolism into novel cancer therapies.


  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholar, 2016
  • SU2C Innovative Research Grant Recipient, 2016

Recent Publications

  1. Emerging Roles for Branched-Chain Amino Acid Metabolism in Cancer. Sivanand, S, Vander Heiden, MG. 2020. Cancer Cell 37, 147-156.
    doi: 10.1016/j.ccell.2019.12.011PMID:32049045
  2. Reactive metabolite production is a targetable liability of glycolytic metabolism in lung cancer. Luengo, A, Abbott, KL, Davidson, SM, Hosios, AM, Faubert, B, Chan, SH, Freinkman, E, Zacharias, LG, Mathews, TP, Clish, CB et al.. 2019. Nat Commun 10, 5604.
    doi: 10.1038/s41467-019-13419-4PMID:31811141
  3. Cancer-associated mutations in human pyruvate kinase M2 impair enzyme activity. Liu, VM, Howell, AJ, Hosios, AM, Li, Z, Israelsen, WJ, Vander Heiden, MG. 2020. FEBS Lett. 594, 646-664.
    doi: 10.1002/1873-3468.13648PMID:31642061
  4. Cellular redox state constrains serine synthesis and nucleotide production to impact cell proliferation. Diehl, FF, Lewis, CA, Fiske, BP, Vander Heiden, MG. 2019. Nat Metab 1, 861-867.
    doi: 10.1038/s42255-019-0108-xPMID:31598584
  5. A framework for examining how diet impacts tumour metabolism. Lien, EC, Vander Heiden, MG. 2019. Nat. Rev. Cancer 19, 651-661.
    doi: 10.1038/s41568-019-0198-5PMID:31530936
  6. Increased PHGDH expression promotes aberrant melanin accumulation. Mattaini, KR, Sullivan, MR, Lau, AN, Fiske, BP, Bronson, RT, Vander Heiden, MG. 2019. BMC Cancer 19, 723.
    doi: 10.1186/s12885-019-5933-5PMID:31331318
  7. Determinants of nutrient limitation in cancer. Sullivan, MR, Vander Heiden, MG. 2019. Crit. Rev. Biochem. Mol. Biol. 54, 193-207.
    doi: 10.1080/10409238.2019.1611733PMID:31162937
  8. Putting the K+ in K+aloric Restriction. Lien, EC, Lau, AN, Vander Heiden, MG. 2019. Immunity 50, 1129-1131.
    doi: 10.1016/j.immuni.2019.04.016PMID:31117009
  9. Increased Serine Synthesis Provides an Advantage for Tumors Arising in Tissues Where Serine Levels Are Limiting. Sullivan, MR, Mattaini, KR, Dennstedt, EA, Nguyen, AA, Sivanand, S, Reilly, MF, Meeth, K, Muir, A, Darnell, AM, Bosenberg, MW et al.. 2019. Cell Metab. 29, 1410-1421.e4.
    doi: 10.1016/j.cmet.2019.02.015PMID:30905671
  10. PKM2 is not required for pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. Hillis, AL, Lau, AN, Devoe, CX, Dayton, TL, Danai, LV, Di Vizio, D, Vander Heiden, MG. 2018. Cancer Metab 6, 17.
    doi: 10.1186/s40170-018-0188-1PMID:30386596
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