John Chorba, MD

Assistant Professor

My interests lie in using chemical tools to probe biological mechanisms of disease, with the ultimate goal of developing a better understanding of heart disease to develop novel therapeutics. Currently, my work focuses on the processing mechanisms of PCSK9, a protein that causes elevated cholesterol levels, so as to develop new drug targets against atherosclerosis.
Education
Cardiology Fellowship, 2014 - , University of California, San Francisco
Internal Medicine Residency, 2010 - , Massachusetts General Hospital
M.D., 2007 - , Harvard Medical School
Honors and Awards
  • Young Physician Scientist Award, American Society for Clinical Investigation, 2020
  • Jeremiah Stamler Distinguished Young Investigator Research Award, Northwestern Young Cardiovascular Investigators Forum, 2019
  • K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Development Award, NIH/NHLBI, 2015-2020
  • ASPIRE Cardiovascular Award, Pfizer, 2015-2018
  • Hellman Fellowship, Hellman Fellows Fund, 2015-2017
  • Pilot Investigator Award, UCSF Academic Senate, 2015-2017
  • Catalyst Award, UCSF CTSI, 2015-2016
  • Loan Repayment Program, NIH/NHLBI, 2013-2017
  • Research Scholar in Cardiovascular Disease Award, Gilead Sciences, 2013-2016
  • Ruth L. Kirschstein F32 National Research Service Award, NIH/NHLBI, 2012-2014
  • Laennec Young Clinician Award, American Heart Association, 2011
Publications
  1. Gordon DE, Jang GM, Bouhaddou M, Xu J, Obernier K, White KM, O'Meara MJ, Rezelj VV, Guo JZ, Swaney DL, Tummino TA, Huettenhain R, Kaake RM, Richards AL, Tutuncuoglu B, Foussard H, Batra J, Haas K, Modak M, Kim M, Haas P, Polacco BJ, Braberg H, Fabius JM, Eckhardt M, Soucheray M, Bennett MJ, Cakir M, McGregor MJ, Li Q, Meyer B, Roesch F, Vallet T, Mac Kain A, Miorin L, Moreno E, Naing ZZC, Zhou Y, Peng S, Shi Y, Zhang Z, Shen W, Kirby IT, Melnyk JE, Chorba JS, Lou K, Dai SA, Barrio-Hernandez I, Memon D, Hernandez-Armenta C, Lyu J, Mathy CJP, Perica T, Pilla KB, Ganesan SJ, Saltzberg DJ, Rakesh R, Liu X, Rosenthal SB, Calviello L, Venkataramanan S, Liboy-Lugo J, Lin Y, Huang XP, Liu Y, Wankowicz SA, Bohn M, Safari M, Ugur FS, Koh C, Savar NS, Tran QD, Shengjuler D, Fletcher SJ, O'Neal MC, Cai Y, Chang JCJ, Broadhurst DJ, Klippsten S, Sharp PP, Wenzell NA, Kuzuoglu D, Wang HY, Trenker R, Young JM, Cavero DA, Hiatt J, Roth TL, Rathore U, Subramanian A, Noack J, Hubert M, Stroud RM, Frankel AD, Rosenberg OS, Verba KA, Agard DA, Ott M, Emerman M, Jura N, von Zastrow M, Verdin E, Ashworth A, Schwartz O, d'Enfert C, Mukherjee S, Jacobson M, Malik HS, Fujimori DG, Ideker T, Craik CS, Floor SN, Fraser JS, Gross JD, Sali A, Roth BL, Ruggero D, Taunton J, Kortemme T, Beltrao P, Vignuzzi M, García-Sastre A, Shokat KM, Shoichet BK, Krogan NJ. A SARS-CoV-2 protein interaction map reveals targets for drug repurposing. 2020. PMID: 32353859


  2. Gordon DE, Jang GM, Bouhaddou M, Xu J, Obernier K, O'Meara MJ, Guo JZ, Swaney DL, Tummino TA, Hüttenhain R, Kaake RM, Richards AL, Tutuncuoglu B, Foussard H, Batra J, Haas K, Modak M, Kim M, Haas P, Polacco BJ, Braberg H, Fabius JM, Eckhardt M, Soucheray M, Bennett MJ, Cakir M, McGregor MJ, Li Q, Naing ZZC, Zhou Y, Peng S, Kirby IT, Melnyk JE, Chorba JS, Lou K, Dai SA, Shen W, Shi Y, Zhang Z, Barrio-Hernandez I, Memon D, Hernandez-Armenta C, Mathy CJP, Perica T, Pilla KB, Ganesan SJ, Saltzberg DJ, Ramachandran R, Liu X, Rosenthal SB, Calviello L, Venkataramanan S, Lin Y, Wankowicz SA, Bohn M, Trenker R, Young JM, Cavero D, Hiatt J, Roth T, Rathore U, Subramanian A, Noack J, Hubert M, Roesch F, Vallet T, Meyer B, White KM, Miorin L, Agard D, Emerman M, Ruggero D, García-Sastre A, Jura N, von Zastrow M, Taunton J, Schwartz O, Vignuzzi M, d'Enfert C, Mukherjee S, Jacobson M, Malik HS, Fujimori DG, Ideker T, Craik CS, Floor S, Fraser JS, Gross J, Sali A, Kortemme T, Beltrao P, Shokat K, Shoichet BK, Krogan NJ. A SARS-CoV-2-Human Protein-Protein Interaction Map Reveals Drug Targets and Potential Drug-Repurposing. 2020. PMID: 32511329


  3. Wertheim BM, Aguirre AJ, Bhattacharyya RP, Chorba J, Jadhav AP, Kerry VB, Macklin EA, Motyckova G, Raju S, Lewandrowski K, Hunt DP, Wright DE. An Educational and Administrative Intervention to Promote Rational Laboratory Test Ordering on an Academic General Medicine Service. 2016. PMID: 27619354


  4. Rost NS, Biffi A, Cloonan L, Chorba J, Kelly P, Greer D, Ellinor P, Furie KL. Brain natriuretic peptide predicts functional outcome in ischemic stroke. 2011. PMID: 22116811


  5. Dewland TA, Chorba JS, Goldschlager N, Marcus GM. Sustained ventricular fibrillation in a conscious patient. 2011. PMID: 21670368


  6. Watterson SH, Carlsen M, Dhar TG, Shen Z, Pitts WJ, Guo J, Gu HH, Norris D, Chorba J, Chen P, Cheney D, Witmer M, Fleener CA, Rouleau K, Townsend R, Hollenbaugh DL, Iwanowicz EJ. Novel inhibitors of IMPDH: a highly potent and selective quinolone-based series. 2003. PMID: 12565968


  7. Dhar TG, Watterson SH, Chen P, Shen Z, Gu HH, Norris D, Carlsen M, Haslow KD, Pitts WJ, Guo J, Chorba J, Fleener CA, Rouleau KA, Townsend R, Hollenbaugh D, Iwanowicz EJ. Quinolone-based IMPDH inhibitors: introduction of basic residues on ring D and SAR of the corresponding mono, di and benzofused analogues. 2003. PMID: 12565969