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

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. Halliday PR, Blakely CM, Bivona TG. Emerging Targeted Therapies for the Treatment of Non-small Cell Lung Cancer. Curr Oncol Rep. 2019 Feb 26; 21(3):21.
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  2. Hedberg ML, Peyser ND, Bauman JE, Gooding WE, Li H, Bhola NE, Zhu TR, Zeng Y, Brand TM, Kim MO, Jordan RCK, VandenBerg S, Olivas V, Bivona TG, Chiosea SI, Wang L, Mills GB, Johnson JT, Duvvuri U, Ferris RL, Ha P, Johnson DE, Grandis JR. Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs predicts improved patient survival for PIK3CA-altered head and neck cancer. J Exp Med. 2019 Jan 25.
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  3. Sabnis AJ, Bivona TG. Principles of Resistance to Targeted Cancer Therapy: Lessons from Basic and Translational Cancer Biology. Trends Mol Med. 2019 Jan 24.
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  4. Haderk F, Olivas V, Bivona TG. Immunohistochemistry to Study YAP in Human Tissue Samples. Methods Mol Biol. 2019; 1893:89-95.
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  5. Neel DS, Allegakoen DV, Olivas V, Mayekar MK, Hemmati G, Chatterjee N, Blakely CM, McCoach CE, Rotow JK, Le A, Karachaliou N, Rosell R, Riess JW, Nichols R, Doebele RC, Bivona TG. Differential Subcellular Localization Regulates Oncogenic Signaling by ROS1 Kinase Fusion Proteins. Cancer Res. 2019 Feb 01; 79(3):546-556.
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  6. Shah KN, Bhatt R, Rotow J, Rohrberg J, Olivas V, Wang VE, Hemmati G, Martins MM, Maynard A, Kuhn J, Galeas J, Donnella HJ, Kaushik S, Ku A, Dumont S, Krings G, Haringsma HJ, Robillard L, Simmons AD, Harding TC, McCormick F, Goga A, Blakely CM, Bivona TG, Bandyopadhyay S. Aurora kinase A drives the evolution of resistance to third-generation EGFR inhibitors in lung cancer. Nat Med. 2019 Jan; 25(1):111-118.
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  7. Rotow JK, Woodard GA, Urisman A, McCoach CE, Bivona TG, Elicker BM, Jablons DM, Blakely CM. Pathologic Complete Response to Neoadjuvant Crizotinib in a Lung Adenocarcinoma Patient With a MET Exon 14 Skipping Mutation. Clin Lung Cancer. 2019 Mar; 20(2):e137-e141.
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  8. Nanjo S, Bivona TG. Circulating tumor DNA analysis in patients with EGFR mutant lung cancer. J Thorac Dis. 2018 Nov; 10(Suppl 33):S4061-S4064.
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  9. Sannino S, Guerriero CJ, Sabnis AJ, Stolz DB, Wallace CT, Wipf P, Watkins SC, Bivona TG, Brodsky JL. Compensatory increases of select proteostasis networks after Hsp70 inhibition in cancer cells. J Cell Sci. 2018 Sep 05; 131(17).
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  10. Nichols RJ, Haderk F, Stahlhut C, Schulze CJ, Hemmati G, Wildes D, Tzitzilonis C, Mordec K, Marquez A, Romero J, Hsieh T, Zaman A, Olivas V, McCoach C, Blakely CM, Wang Z, Kiss G, Koltun ES, Gill AL, Singh M, Goldsmith MA, Smith JAM, Bivona TG. RAS nucleotide cycling underlies the SHP2 phosphatase dependence of mutant BRAF-, NF1- and RAS-driven cancers. Nat Cell Biol. 2018 Sep; 20(9):1064-1073.
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  11. Rolfo C, Mack PC, Scagliotti GV, Baas P, Barlesi F, Bivona TG, Herbst RS, Mok TS, Peled N, Pirker R, Raez LE, Reck M, Riess JW, Sequist LV, Shepherd FA, Sholl LM, Tan DSW, Wakelee HA, Wistuba II, Wynes MW, Carbone DP, Hirsch FR, Gandara DR. Liquid Biopsy for Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC): A Statement Paper from the IASLC. J Thorac Oncol. 2018 Sep; 13(9):1248-1268.
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  12. Gong K, Guo G, Gerber DE, Gao B, Peyton M, Huang C, Minna JD, Hatanpaa KJ, Kernstine K, Cai L, Xie Y, Zhu H, Fattah FJ, Zhang S, Takahashi M, Mukherjee B, Burma S, Dowell J, Dao K, Papadimitrakopoulou VA, Olivas V, Bivona TG, Zhao D, Habib AA. TNF-driven adaptive response mediates resistance to EGFR inhibition in lung cancer. J Clin Invest. 2018 Jun 01; 128(6):2500-2518.
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  13. Zaman A, Bivona TG. Emerging application of genomics-guided therapeutics in personalized lung cancer treatment. Ann Transl Med. 2018 May; 6(9):160.
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  14. Sanchez-Vega F, Mina M, Armenia J, Chatila WK, Luna A, La KC, Dimitriadoy S, Liu DL, Kantheti HS, Saghafinia S, Chakravarty D, Daian F, Gao Q, Bailey MH, Liang WW, Foltz SM, Shmulevich I, Ding L, Heins Z, Ochoa A, Gross B, Gao J, Zhang H, Kundra R, Kandoth C, Bahceci I, Dervishi L, Dogrusoz U, Zhou W, Shen H, Laird PW, Way GP, Greene CS, Liang H, Xiao Y, Wang C, Iavarone A, Berger AH, Bivona TG, Lazar AJ, Hammer GD, Giordano T, Kwong LN, McArthur G, Huang C, Tward AD, Frederick MJ, McCormick F, Meyerson M, Van Allen EM, Cherniack AD, Ciriello G, Sander C, Schultz N. Oncogenic Signaling Pathways in The Cancer Genome Atlas. Cell. 2018 Apr 05; 173(2):321-337.e10.
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  15. McCoach CE, Bivona TG. The evolving understanding of immunoediting and the clinical impact of immune escape. J Thorac Dis. 2018 Mar; 10(3):1248-1252.
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  16. Karachaliou N, Chaib I, Cardona AF, Berenguer J, Bracht JWP, Yang J, Cai X, Wang Z, Hu C, Drozdowskyj A, Servat CC, Servat JC, Ito M, Attili I, Aldeguer E, Capitan AG, Rodriguez J, Rojas L, Viteri S, Molina-Vila MA, Ou SI, Okada M, Mok TS, Bivona TG, Ono M, Cui J, Cajal SRY, Frias A, Cao P, Rosell R. Common Co-activation of AXL and CDCP1 in EGFR-mutation-positive Non-smallcell Lung Cancer Associated With Poor Prognosis. EBioMedicine. 2018 Mar; 29:112-127.
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  17. Wu W, Haderk F, Bivona TG. Non-Canonical Thinking for Targeting ALK-Fusion Onco-Proteins in Lung Cancer. Cancers (Basel). 2017 Nov 30; 9(12).
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  18. Truillet C, Oh HLJ, Yeo SP, Lee CY, Huynh LT, Wei J, Parker MFL, Blakely C, Sevillano N, Wang YH, Shen YS, Olivas V, Jami KM, Moroz A, Jego B, Jaumain E, Fong L, Craik CS, Chang AJ, Bivona TG, Wang CI, Evans MJ. Imaging PD-L1 Expression with ImmunoPET. Bioconjug Chem. 2018 01 17; 29(1):96-103.
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  19. Blakely CM, Watkins TBK, Wu W, Gini B, Chabon JJ, McCoach CE, McGranahan N, Wilson GA, Birkbak NJ, Olivas VR, Rotow J, Maynard A, Wang V, Gubens MA, Banks KC, Lanman RB, Caulin AF, St John J, Cordero AR, Giannikopoulos P, Simmons AD, Mack PC, Gandara DR, Husain H, Doebele RC, Riess JW, Diehn M, Swanton C, Bivona TG. Evolution and clinical impact of co-occurring genetic alterations in advanced-stage EGFR-mutant lung cancers. Nat Genet. 2017 Dec; 49(12):1693-1704.
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  20. Rotow J, Bivona TG. Understanding and targeting resistance mechanisms in NSCLC. Nat Rev Cancer. 2017 10 25; 17(11):637-658.
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