Laura Bull, PhD

Laura Bull, PhD

Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF

Phone: (415) 206-4807 (voice)
Box 0862, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0862

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Cancer Center Membership

Associate Member » Non-aligned


Yale University, New Haven, CT, BS, 1986, Mol. Biophysics & Biochemistry
University of California, San Francisco, PhD, 1993, Biochemistry
University of California, San Francisco, Postdoc Fellow, 1994-1998, Neurogenetics

Professional Experience

  • 1986-1987
    Visiting Researcher, Institute for Radiation Biology, University of Münster, Germany
  • 1994-1998
    Postdoctoral Scholar, LPPI, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1998-1999
    Postgraduate Researcher, LPPI, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1999-2005
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2005-2011
    Associate Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2011-present
    Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco

Honors & Awards

  • 1982-1983
    National Merit Scholarship
  • 1986-1987
    Heinrich Hertz Stiftung Foundation Award
  • 1987-1990
    National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
  • 1995-1997
    National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression, Young Investigator Award
  • 1995-1997
    National Research Service Award, Post-doctoral Fellowship
  • 2000-2001
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute, HHMI Research Resources Program
  • 2003
    UCSF Faculty Development Award
  • 2004
    Invited Outside Expert Examiner, Ph.D. thesis of Saskia van Mil, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2006
    Invited External Examiner, Ph.D. thesis of Veronica Coronado, University of Alberta, Canada.

Selected Publications

  1. Intrahepatic Cholestasis of Pregnancy (ICP) in U.S. Latinas and Chileans: Clinical features, Ancestry Analysis, and Admixture Mapping. PLoS One. 2015; 10(6):e0131211.
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  2. Treating genetic disease: Expanding the options. Hepatology. 2015 Aug; 62(2):349-51.
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  3. Mutations in TJP2 cause progressive cholestatic liver disease. Nat Genet. 2014 Apr; 46(4):326-8.
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  4. Serum bile acids in intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy: not just a diagnostic test. Hepatology. 2014 Apr; 59(4):1220-2.
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  5. CCBE1 mutation in two siblings, one manifesting lymphedema-cholestasis syndrome, and the other, fetal hydrops. PLoS One. 2013; 8(9):e75770.
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  6. Genetic defects in bile acid conjugation cause fat-soluble vitamin deficiency. Gastroenterology. 2013 May; 144(5):945-955.e6; quiz e14-5.
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  7. Diagnosis in bile acid-CoA: amino acid N-acyltransferase deficiency. World J Gastroenterol. 2012 Jul 7; 18(25):3322-6.
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  8. Fetal outcomes in pregnancies complicated by intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy in a Northern California cohort. PLoS One. 2012; 7(3):e28343.
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  9. Differences in presentation and progression between severe FIC1 and BSEP deficiencies. J Hepatol. 2010 Jul; 53(1):170-8.
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  10. Strain background modifies phenotypes in the ATP8B1-deficient mouse. PLoS One. 2010; 5(2):e8984.
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  11. ATP8B1 is essential for maintaining normal hearing. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Jun 16; 106(24):9709-14.
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  12. Bile composition in Alagille Syndrome and PFIC patients having Partial External Biliary Diversion. BMC Gastroenterol. 2008; 8:47.
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  13. Abcg5/8 independent biliary cholesterol excretion in Atp8b1-deficient mice. Gastroenterology. 2008 Jun; 134(7):2091-100.
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  14. Severe bile salt export pump deficiency: 82 different ABCB11 mutations in 109 families. Gastroenterology. 2008 Apr; 134(4):1203-14.
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  15. Intestinal bile salt absorption in Atp8b1 deficient mice. J Hepatol. 2007 Jul; 47(1):114-22.
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  16. Normal pancreatic secretion in children with progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis type 1. Scand J Gastroenterol. 2006 Dec; 41(12):1480-3.
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  17. Hepatocellular carcinoma in ten children under five years of age with bile salt export pump deficiency. Hepatology. 2006 Aug; 44(2):478-86.
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  18. Atp8b1 deficiency in mice reduces resistance of the canalicular membrane to hydrophobic bile salts and impairs bile salt transport. Hepatology. 2006 Jul; 44(1):195-204.
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  19. Exocrine pancreatic function in children with progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis type 2. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2006 Apr; 42(4):416-8.
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  20. VPS33B mutation with ichthyosis, cholestasis, and renal dysfunction but without arthrogryposis: incomplete ARC syndrome phenotype. J Pediatr. 2006 Feb; 148(2):269-71.
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