University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Trever G. Bivona, MD, PhD

Trever G. Bivona, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Hematology and Oncology, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Experimental Therapeutics | Cancer Genetics

Research Summary

I am a medical oncologist with a PhD in cell and molecular biology. I maintain an active academic clinical practice and lead a basic and translational research laboratory focused on cancer genetics, precision medicine, and the molecular basis of targeted therapy response and resistance. I have discovered several mechanisms of resistance to EGFR-targeted therapy, BRAF- and MEK-targeted therapy, and ALK-targeted therapy in lung and other cancers. I direct a multi-disciplinary team engaged in laboratory-based patient-focused research, and I am an investigator on clinical trials, including rational upfront polytherapy trials designed to forestall and eliminate resistance and that are motivated by my laboratory-based discoveries.

Education

Vanderbilt University, B.S., 1998, Molecular Biology
New York University, School of Medicine, Ph.D., 2004, Cell and Mol. Biology
New York University, School of Medicine, M.D., 2005, Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard, 2005-2007, Internal Medicine
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2007-2011, Medical Oncology


Professional Experience

  • 1998-2005
    MD-PhD, Medical Scientist Training Program, NYU School of Medicine
  • 2005-2007
    Resident House Staff, Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • 2007-2011
    Medical Oncology Fellow, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • 2008-2011
    Research Fellow, Laboratory of Charles Sawyers, Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • 2011-2015
    Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2011- present
    Member, UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 2011- present
    Faculty Member, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3)
  • 2015-present
    Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of California, San Francisco

Honors & Awards


  • 1998
    Vanderbilt University Honors Degree in Molecular Biology
  • 1998
    Vanderbilt University Research Excellence Award
  • 1998-2005
    NIH Medical Scientist Training Program Award
  • 2005
    Medical Science Writing Award, NYU School of Medicine
  • 2007
    US Patent 20060083742 Prenyl-electrostatic Switch
  • 2008-2010
    Charles A. Dana Foundation Clinical Scholars Research Fellowship
  • 2009
    Julia Zelmanovich Young Alumnus Award, NYU School of Medicine
  • 2010
    American Society of Clinical Oncology Young Investigator Award
  • 2010
    Uniting Against Lung Cancer Research Investigator
  • 2011
    NIH/NCI Clinical Investigator Career Development Award (K08)
  • 2012
    National Lung Cancer Partnership Young Investigator Award
  • 2012
    Sidney Kimmel Foundation Kimmel Scholar Award
  • 2012
    Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award Finalist
  • 2012
    Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award
  • 2012
    American Lung Association Lung Cancer Discovery Award
  • 2012
    Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award
  • 2012
    Visiting Scholar Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Scholars Program at California, State University-Fullerton
  • 2012
    NIH Director's New Innovator Award (DP2)
  • 2013
    Searle Scholar Award
  • 2014
    Lung Cancer Innovators Award (Addario and Van Auken Foundations)
  • 2015
    Pew-Stewart Scholar, Pew Charitable Trust

Selected Publications

  1. Chaib I, Karachaliou N, Pilotto S, Codony Servat J, Cai X, Li X, Drozdowskyj A, Servat CC, Yang J, Hu C, Cardona AF, Vivanco GL, Vergnenegre A, Sanchez JM, Provencio M, de Marinis F, Passaro A, Carcereny E, Reguart N, Campelo CG, Teixido C, Sperduti I, Rodriguez S, Lazzari C, Verlicchi A, de Aguirre I, Queralt C, Wei J, Estrada R, Puig de la Bellacasa R, Ramirez JL, Jacobson K, Ditzel HJ, Santarpia M, Viteri S, Molina MA, Zhou C, Cao P, Ma PC, Bivona TG, Rosell R. Co-activation of STAT3 and YES-Associated Protein 1 (YAP1) Pathway in EGFR-Mutant NSCLC. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2017 09 01; 109(9).
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  2. Mayekar MK, Bivona TG. Current landscape of targeted therapy in lung cancer. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2017 Aug 08.
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  3. Codony-Servat C, Codony-Servat J, Karachaliou N, Molina MA, Chaib I, Ramirez JL, de Los Llanos Gil M, Solca F, Bivona TG, Rosell R. Activation of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) signaling in EGFR mutant non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Oncotarget. 2017 Jul 18; 8(29):47305-47316.
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  4. Wang VE, Young L, Ali S, Miller VA, Urisman A, Wolfe J, Bivona TG, Damato B, Fogh S, Bergsland EK. A Case of Metastatic Atypical Neuroendocrine Tumor with ALK Translocation and Diffuse Brain Metastases. Oncologist. 2017 Jul; 22(7):768-773.
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  5. Jonsson VD, Blakely CM, Lin L, Asthana S, Matni N, Olivas V, Pazarentzos E, Gubens MA, Bastian BC, Taylor BS, Doyle JC, Bivona TG. Novel computational method for predicting polytherapy switching strategies to overcome tumor heterogeneity and evolution. Sci Rep. 2017 Mar 13; 7:44206.
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  6. Wang V, Bivona T, Ali SM, Schrock AB, Miller VA. CD74-ROS1 Fusion in NSCLC Detected by Hybrid Capture-Based Tissue Genomic Profiling and ctDNA Assays. J Thorac Oncol. 2017 Feb; 12(2):e19-e20.
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  7. Kyung Rho J, Young Lee I, Jung Choi Y, Choi CM, Hur JY, Koh JS, Lee J, Suh BC, Song HJ, Salgaonkar P, Lee J, Lee J, Jung DS, Kim SY, Woo DC, Baek IJ, Lee JY, Ha CH, Sung YH, Kim JK, Kim WS, Song JS, Kim CH, Bivona TG, Lee JC. Superior efficacy and selectivity of novel small molecule kinase inhibitors of T790M mutant EGFR in preclinical models of lung cancer. Cancer Res. 2017 Jan 12.
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  8. Okimoto RA, Bivona TG. Metastasis: From Head to Tail. Cell Cycle. 2017 Jan 05; 0.
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  9. Okimoto RA, Breitenbuecher F, Olivas VR, Wu W, Gini B, Hofree M, Asthana S, Hrustanovic G, Flanagan J, Tulpule A, Blakely CM, Haringsma HJ, Simmons AD, Gowen K, Suh J, Miller VA, Ali S, Schuler M, Bivona TG. Inactivation of Capicua drives cancer metastasis. Nat Genet. 2016 Nov 21.
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  10. Thiagarajan PS, Wu X, Zhang W, Shi I, Bagai R, Leahy P, Feng Y, Veigl M, Lindner D, Danielpour D, Yin L, Rosell R, Bivona TG, Zhang Z, Ma PC. Transcriptomic-metabolomic reprogramming in EGFR-mutant NSCLC early adaptive drug escape linking TGFß2-bioenergetics-mitochondrial priming. Oncotarget. 2016 Nov 11.
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  11. Okimoto RA, Lin L, Olivas V, Chan E, Markegard E, Rymar A, Neel D, Chen X, Hemmati G, Bollag G, Bivona TG. Preclinical efficacy of a RAF inhibitor that evades paradoxical MAPK pathway activation in protein kinase BRAF-mutant lung cancer. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Nov 9.
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  12. Sabnis AJ, Bivona TG. HSP70 dependence in rhabdomyosarcoma: Seed or soil? Cell Cycle. 2016 Sep 29; 1-2.
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  13. Sabnis AJ, Guerriero CJ, Olivas V, Sayana A, Shue J, Flanagan J, Asthana S, Paton AW, Paton JC, Gestwicki JE, Walter P, Weissman JS, Wipf P, Brodsky JL, Bivona TG. Combined chemical-genetic approach identifies cytosolic HSP70 dependence in rhabdomyosarcoma. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2016 Aug 9; 113(32):9015-20.
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  14. Premasekharan G, Gilbert E, Okimoto RA, Hamirani A, Lindquist KJ, Ngo VT, Roy R, Hough J, Edwards M, Paz R, Foye A, Sood R, Copren KA, Gubens M, Small EJ, Bivona TG, Collisson EA, Friedlander TW, Paris PL. An improved CTC isolation scheme for pairing with downstream genomics: Demonstrating clinical utility in metastatic prostate, lung and pancreatic cancer. Cancer Lett. 2016 Sep 28; 380(1):144-52.
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  15. McCoach CE, Bivona TG, Blakely CM, Doebele RC. Neoadjuvant Oncogene-Targeted Therapy in Early Stage Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer as a Strategy to Improve Clinical Outcome and Identify Early Mechanisms of Resistance. Clin Lung Cancer. 2016 Sep; 17(5):466-469.
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  16. Bivona TG, Doebele RC. A framework for understanding and targeting residual disease in oncogene-driven solid cancers. Nat Med. 2016 May 5; 22(5):472-8.
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  17. Hrustanovic G, Bivona TG. RAS signaling in ALK fusion lung cancer. Small GTPases. 2016 Jan 2; 7(1):32-3.
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  18. Okimoto RA, Bivona TG. Tracking Down Response and Resistance to TRK Inhibitors. Cancer Discov. 2016 Jan; 6(1):14-6.
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  19. Hrustanovic G, Bivona TG. RAS-MAPK in ALK targeted therapy resistance. Cell Cycle. 2015 Dec 2; 14(23):3661-2.
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  20. Hrustanovic G, Bivona TG. RAS-MAPK signaling influences the efficacy of ALK-targeting agents in lung cancer. Mol Cell Oncol. 2016 Mar; 3(2):e1091061.
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