Alex Sparreboom

Alex Sparreboom

Alex Sparreboom, PhD

Unit / Department / Division
Pharmaceutics and Pharmacology
Outcomes and Translational Sciences Affiliated Faculty
408 Biomedical Research Tower
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Professional Interests

Professional Interests

Dr. Sparreboom's research studies the contribution of solute carriers to chemotherapy-induced toxicity profiles, identifies chemical inhibitors of critical transporters, translates the findings to clinical trials in collaboration with scientists and oncologists, and ultimately improves the long-term outcome of patients with cancer by modulating the therapeutic window of widely-used chemotherapeutics. His research is currently focused on the development of transport modulators that could be used in conjunction with platinum-based drugs and tyrosine-kinase inhibitors, with emphasis on the development of innovative preclinical model systems.


  • PhD, 1996, The Netherlands Cancer Institute/Utrecht University, Pharmacy
  • MSc, 1993, Utrecht University, Pharmacy
  • BSc, 1989, Utrecht University, Pharmacy

Journal Articles

  • Fu Q, Chen M, Hu S, McElroy CA, Mathijssen RH, Sparreboom A, Baker SD. Development and validation of an analytical method for regorafenib and its metabolites in mouse plasma. J Chromatogr B Analyt Technol Biomed Life Sci. 2018 Jul 15;1090:43-51.
  • Huang KM, Hu S, Sparreboom A. Drug transporters and anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity. Pharmacogenomics. 2018 Jul 01;19(11):883-888.
  • Leblanc AF, Sprowl JA, Alberti P, Chiorazzi A, Arnold WD, Gibson AA, Hong KW, Pioso MS, Chen M, Huang KM, Chodisetty V, Costa O, Florea T, de Bruijn P, Mathijssen RH, Reinbolt RE, Lustberg MB, Sucheston-Campbell LE, Cavaletti G, Sparreboom A, Hu S. OATP1B2 deficiency protects against paclitaxel-induced neurotoxicity. 2018 Feb 01;128(2):816-825.
  • Li J, Wu J, Bao X, Honea N, Xie Y, Kim S, Sparreboom A, Sanai N. Quantitative and Mechanistic Understanding of AZD1775 Penetration across Human Blood-Brain Barrier in Glioblastoma Patients Using an IVIVE-PBPK Modeling Approach. Clin Cancer Res. 2017 Dec 15;23(24):7454-7466.
  • Jeon JY, Sparreboom A, Baker SD. Kinase Inhibitors: The Reality Behind the Success. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2017 Nov;102(5):726-730.
  • Drenberg CD, Gibson AA, Pounds SB, Shi L, Rhinehart DP, Li L, Hu S, Du G, Nies AT, Schwab M, Pabla N, Blum W, Gruber TA, Baker SD, Sparreboom A. OCTN1 Is a High-Affinity Carrier of Nucleoside Analogues. Cancer Res. 2017 04 15;77(8):2102-2111.
  • Fohner AE, Sparreboom A, Altman RB, Klein TE. PharmGKB summary: Macrolide antibiotic pathway, pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics. Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2017 04;27(4):164-167.
  • Neul C, Schaeffeler E, Sparreboom A, Laufer S, Schwab M, Nies AT. Impact of Membrane Drug Transporters on Resistance to Small-Molecule Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors. Trends Pharmacol Sci. 2016 11;37(11):904-932.
  • de Morrée ES, Böttcher R, van Soest RJ, Aghai A, de Ridder CM, Gibson AA, Mathijssen RH, Burger H, Wiemer EA, Sparreboom A, de Wit R, van Weerden WM. Loss of SLCO1B3 drives taxane resistance in prostate cancer. Br J Cancer. 2016 09 06;115(6):674-81.
  • Sprowl JA, Ong SS, Gibson AA, Hu S, Du G, Lin W, Li L, Bharill S, Ness RA, Stecula A, Offer SM, Diasio RB, Nies AT, Schwab M, Cavaletti G, Schlatter E, Ciarimboli G, Schellens JH, Isacoff EY, Sali A, Chen T, Baker SD, Sparreboom A, Pabla N. A phosphotyrosine switch regulates organic cation transporters. Nat Commun. 2016 Mar 16;7:10880.