Matthias Hebrok, PhD

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Matthias Hebrok, PhD

Professor in Residence and Director, Diabetes Center, UCSF
Hurlbut-Johnson Distinguished Professor in Diabetes Research

mhebrok@diabetes.ucsf.edu

Phone: (415) 514-0820 (voice)
Box 0540, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0540

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Cancer Center Membership

Program Member » Developmental Therapeutics

Research Summary

My work focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying pancreas development and disease, including diabetes and pancreatic cancer. My research on the role of embryonic signaling pathways in these processes has provided a glimpse into how tight regulation of these signaling events is imperative for proper organogenesis, maintenance of organ function, and prevention of pancreatic cancer. My lab has made important insights into how differentiated cells in the exocrine pancreas, namely duct and acinar cells, undergo a process of dedifferentiation during the early stages of neoplasia that can lead to pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA), a particularly lethal cancer in humans.

Education

Biological-Technical Assistant (BTA) School, Bückeburg, Germany, Diploma, 1983-1985, Biology
Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany, Diploma/ Master Ph.D., 1986-1992, Cell & Molecular Biology
Max-Planck-Institute for Immunobiology, Freiburg, Germany, 1992-1995, Developmental Biology
Harvard University, Department of Molecular & Cell Biology and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Cambridge, MA Postdoctoral Training, 1996-1999, Developmental Biology


Professional Experience

  • 1991-1992
    Diploma thesis, Institute for Immunobiology, Dept. of Tumorbiology, Dr. W. Bessler, advisor
  • 1992-1995
    Graduate student, Max-Planck-Institute for Immunobiology, Freiburg, Dept. of Developmental Biology, Dr. Ernst-Martin Füchtbauer, advisor; Dr. Davor Solter, Head of Department
  • 1995
    Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Max-Planck-Institute for Immunobiology in Freiburg, Dept. of Developmental Biology
  • 1996-1999
    Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Harvard University, Dr. Douglas A. Melton, advisor
  • 1999-2005
    Assistant Professor in Residence, Diabetes Center, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2005-2009
    Associate Professor, Diabetes Center, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2008
    Interim Director, Diabetes Center, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2009-2010
    Associate Director of Research, Diabetes Center, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2009-present
    Professor of Medicine, Diabetes Center, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2010
    Interim Director, Diabetes Center, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2010-present
    Director, Diabetes Center, University of California, San Francisco

Honors & Awards

  • 1994
    Graduate Student Research Award of the Hoechst AG, Frankfurt
  • 1995
    Post-doctoral Fellowship from the Max-Planck Society
  • 1996
    Post-doctoral Fellowship from the German Research Society (DFG)
  • 1997-1999
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 1999
    Sandler Program in Basic Sciences Junior Faculty Start-up Award
  • 2000
    Sandler Award in Basic Sciences
  • 2000
    Career Development Award, Juvenile Diabetes Foundation
  • 2004
    Guest-Professor, University of Ulm, Germany
  • 2006
    Scholar Award, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • 2013-present
    Chair, CADO/NIH study section

Selected Publications

  1. Dorrell C, Schug J, Canaday PS, Russ HA, Tarlow BD, Grompe MT, Horton T, Hebrok M, Streeter PR, Kaestner KH, Grompe M. Human islets contain four distinct subtypes of ß cells. Nat Commun. 2016; 7:11756.
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  2. Laklai H, Miroshnikova YA, Pickup MW, Collisson EA, Kim GE, Barrett AS, Hill RC, Lakins JN, Schlaepfer DD, Mouw JK, LeBleu VS, Roy N, Novitskiy SV, Johansen JS, Poli V, Kalluri R, Iacobuzio-Donahue CA, Wood LD, Hebrok M, Hansen K, Moses HL, Weaver VM. Genotype tunes pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma tissue tension to induce matricellular fibrosis and tumor progression. Nat Med. 2016 May; 22(5):497-505.
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  3. Hendley AM, Wang YJ, Polireddy K, Alsina J, Ahmed I, Lafaro KJ, Zhang H, Roy N, Savidge SG, Cao Y, Hebrok M, Maitra A, Reynolds AB, Goggins M, Younes M, Iacobuzio-Donahue CA, Leach SD, Bailey JM. p120 Catenin Suppresses Basal Epithelial Cell Extrusion in Invasive Pancreatic Neoplasia. Cancer Res. 2016 Jun 1; 76(11):3351-63.
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  4. Wilcox NS, Rui J, Hebrok M, Herold KC. Life and death of ß cells in Type 1 diabetes: A comprehensive review. J Autoimmun. 2016 Jul; 71:51-8.
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  5. Saini C, Petrenko V, Pulimeno P, Giovannoni L, Berney T, Hebrok M, Howald C, Dermitzakis ET, Dibner C. A functional circadian clock is required for proper insulin secretion by human pancreatic islet cells. Diabetes Obes Metab. 2016 Apr; 18(4):355-65.
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  6. Zhu S, Russ HA, Wang X, Zhang M, Ma T, Xu T, Tang S, Hebrok M, Ding S. Human pancreatic beta-like cells converted from fibroblasts. Nat Commun. 2016; 7:10080.
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  7. Roy N, Hebrok M. Regulation of Cellular Identity in Cancer. Dev Cell. 2015 Dec 21; 35(6):674-84.
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  8. Suriben R, Kaihara KA, Paolino M, Reichelt M, Kummerfeld SK, Modrusan Z, Dugger DL, Newton K, Sagolla M, Webster JD, Liu J, Hebrok M, Dixit VM. ß-Cell Insulin Secretion Requires the Ubiquitin Ligase COP1. Cell. 2015 Dec 3; 163(6):1457-67.
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  9. Russ HA, Landsman L, Moss CL, Higdon R, Greer RL, Kaihara K, Salamon R, Kolker E, Hebrok M. Dynamic Proteomic Analysis of Pancreatic Mesenchyme Reveals Novel Factors That Enhance Human Embryonic Stem Cell to Pancreatic Cell Differentiation. Stem Cells Int. 2016; 2016:6183562.
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  10. Zdravkovic T, Nazor KL, Larocque N, Gormley M, Donne M, Hunkapillar N, Giritharan G, Bernstein HS, Wei G, Hebrok M, Zeng X, Genbacev O, Mattis A, McMaster MT, Krtolica A, Valbuena D, Simón C, Laurent LC, Loring JF, Fisher SJ. Human stem cells from single blastomeres reveal pathways of embryonic or trophoblast fate specification. Development. 2015 Dec 1; 142(23):4010-25.
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  11. Dhawan S, Tschen SI, Zeng C, Guo T, Hebrok M, Matveyenko A, Bhushan A. DNA methylation directs functional maturation of pancreatic ß cells. J Clin Invest. 2015 Jul 1; 125(7):2851-60.
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  12. Russ HA, Parent AV, Ringler JJ, Hennings TG, Nair GG, Shveygert M, Guo T, Puri S, Haataja L, Cirulli V, Blelloch R, Szot GL, Arvan P, Hebrok M. Controlled induction of human pancreatic progenitors produces functional beta-like cells in vitro. EMBO J. 2015 Jul 2; 34(13):1759-72.
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  13. Nair G, Hebrok M. Islet formation in mice and men: lessons for the generation of functional insulin-producing ß-cells from human pluripotent stem cells. Curr Opin Genet Dev. 2015 Jun; 32:171-80.
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  14. Roy N, Malik S, Villanueva KE, Urano A, Lu X, Von Figura G, Seeley ES, Dawson DW, Collisson EA, Hebrok M. Brg1 promotes both tumor-suppressive and oncogenic activities at distinct stages of pancreatic cancer formation. Genes Dev. 2015 Mar 15; 29(6):658-71.
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  15. Huskey NE, Guo T, Evason KJ, Momcilovic O, Pardo D, Creasman KJ, Judson RL, Blelloch R, Oakes SA, Hebrok M, Goga A. CDK1 inhibition targets the p53-NOXA-MCL1 axis, selectively kills embryonic stem cells, and prevents teratoma formation. Stem Cell Reports. 2015 Mar 10; 4(3):374-89.
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  16. Chen NM, Singh G, Koenig A, Liou GY, Storz P, Zhang JS, Regul L, Nagarajan S, Kühnemuth B, Johnsen SA, Hebrok M, Siveke J, Billadeau DD, Ellenrieder V, Hessmann E. NFATc1 Links EGFR Signaling to Induction of Sox9 Transcription and Acinar-Ductal Transdifferentiation in the Pancreas. Gastroenterology. 2015 May; 148(5):1024-1034.e9.
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  17. Singh SK, Chen NM, Hessmann E, Siveke J, Lahmann M, Singh G, Voelker N, Vogt S, Esposito I, Schmidt A, Brendel C, Stiewe T, Gaedcke J, Mernberger M, Crawford HC, Bamlet WR, Zhang JS, Li XK, Smyrk TC, Billadeau DD, Hebrok M, Neesse A, Koenig A, Ellenrieder V. Antithetical NFATc1-Sox2 and p53-miR200 signaling networks govern pancreatic cancer cell plasticity. EMBO J. 2015 Feb 12; 34(4):517-30.
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  18. Puri S, Folias AE, Hebrok M. Plasticity and dedifferentiation within the pancreas: development, homeostasis, and disease. Cell Stem Cell. 2015 Jan 8; 16(1):18-31.
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  19. Russ HA, Hebrok M. Taming the young and restless--epigenetic gene regulation in pancreas and beta-cell precursors. EMBO J. 2014 Oct 1; 33(19):2135-6.
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  20. Folias AE, Penaranda C, Su AL, Bluestone JA, Hebrok M. Aberrant innate immune activation following tissue injury impairs pancreatic regeneration. PLoS One. 2014; 9(7):e102125.
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