University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Bruce Wang, MD

Bruce Wang, MD

Assistant Professor in Residence, Div. of Gastroenterology, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Genetics

Research Summary

My lab studies how the different cell types in the liver, in particular the hepatocyte, are generated during development, patterned and maintained during adulthood, and regenerate after injury. Our long-term goals are to improve the understanding of liver disease pathophysiology and develop novel methods of treatment for liver diseases, including cell replacement therapy. Currently, we have two major research focuses: 1) understanding the biology of adult hepatocyte stem cells and 2) developing a liver cell atlas. We take innovative and integrated approaches to address these two areas using the tools of stem cell biology, developmental biology, genomics and tissue engineering.

I also study the porphyrias, a group of inherited diseases related to defects in heme synthesis pathway. I am a member of the Porphyrias Consortium, a NIH sponsored Rare Disease Clinical Research Consortium. The purpose of the network is to integrate translational studies of the porphyrias with clinical trials testing new therapeutics.


Stanford University, B.A.S., 06/2000, Philosophy, Biological Sciences
University of California San Francisco, MD, 06/2007, Medicine

Professional Experience

  • 2004-2006
    Research Fellow, Hepatology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute/UCSF
  • 2007-2008
    Intern, Internal Medicine, UCSF
  • 2009-2009
    Resident, Internal Medicine, UCSF
  • 2009-2014
    Clinical Fellow, Gastroenterology, UCSF
  • 2011-2014
    Postdoctoral Fellow, Developmental Biology, Stanford University
  • 2014-2016
    Adjunct Assistant Professor, Gastroenterology, UCSF
  • 2017-present
    Assistant Professor in Residence, Gastroenterology, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 2004-2005
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowship for Medical Students
  • 2005-2006
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowship for Medical Students Continued Research Support
  • 2005-2007
    Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Training Fellowship for Medical Students Continued Medical Education Support
  • 2006
    Dean’s Prize in Research, University of California San Francisco
  • 2007-2014
    Molecular Medicine Fellow, University of California San Francisco
  • 2009-2010
    Clinical Fellow Award, UCSF Gastroenterology Division
  • 2016-2021
    Career Award for Medical Scientists, Burroughs Wellcome Fund

Selected Publications

  1. Alkhani A, Levy CS, Tsui M, Rosenberg KA, Polovina K, Mattis AN, Mack M, Van Dyken S, Wang BM, Maher JJ, Nijagal A. Ly6cLo non-classical monocytes promote resolution of rhesus rotavirus-mediated perinatal hepatic inflammation. Sci Rep. 2020 Apr 28; 10(1):7165.
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  2. Qiao Y, Wang J, Karagoz E, Liang B, Song X, Shang R, Evert K, Xu M, Che L, Evert M, Calvisi DF, Tao J, Wang B, Monga SP, Chen X. Axis inhibition protein 1 (Axin1) Deletion-Induced Hepatocarcinogenesis Requires Intact ß-Catenin but Not Notch Cascade in Mice. Hepatology. 2019 12; 70(6):2003-2017.
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  3. Zhao L, Jin Y, Donahue K, Tsui M, Fish M, Logan CY, Wang B, Nusse R. Tissue Repair in the Mouse Liver Following Acute Carbon Tetrachloride Depends on Injury-Induced Wnt/ß-Catenin Signaling. Hepatology. 2019 06; 69(6):2623-2635.
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  4. Wang B, Rudnick S, Cengia B, Bonkovsky HL. Acute Hepatic Porphyrias: Review and Recent Progress. Hepatol Commun. 2019 Feb; 3(2):193-206.
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  5. Peng WC, Logan CY, Fish M, Anbarchian T, Aguisanda F, Álvarez-Varela A, Wu P, Jin Y, Zhu J, Li B, Grompe M, Wang B, Nusse R. Inflammatory Cytokine TNFa Promotes the Long-Term Expansion of Primary Hepatocytes in 3D Culture. Cell. 2018 11 29; 175(6):1607-1619.e15.
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  6. Single-cell transcriptomics of 20 mouse organs creates a Tabula Muris. Nature. 2018 10; 562(7727):367-372.
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  7. Balwani M, Wang B, Anderson KE, Bloomer JR, Bissell DM, Bonkovsky HL, Phillips JD, Desnick RJ. Acute hepatic porphyrias: Recommendations for evaluation and long-term management. Hepatology. 2017 10; 66(4):1314-1322.
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  8. Balwani M, Naik H, Anderson KE, Bissell DM, Bloomer J, Bonkovsky HL, Phillips JD, Overbey JR, Wang B, Singal AK, Liu LU, Desnick RJ. Clinical, Biochemical, and Genetic Characterization of North American Patients With Erythropoietic Protoporphyria and X-linked Protoporphyria. JAMA Dermatol. 2017 08 01; 153(8):789-796.
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  9. Gou EW, Balwani M, Bissell DM, Bloomer JR, Bonkovsky HL, Desnick RJ, Naik H, Phillips JD, Singal AK, Wang B, Keel S, Anderson KE. Pitfalls in Erythrocyte Protoporphyrin Measurement for Diagnosis and Monitoring of Protoporphyrias. Clin Chem. 2015 Dec; 61(12):1453-6.
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  10. Wang B, Zhao L, Fish M, Logan CY, Nusse R. Self-renewing diploid Axin2(+) cells fuel homeostatic renewal of the liver. Nature. 2015 Aug 13; 524(7564):180-5.
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  11. Bissell DM, Wang B. Acute Hepatic Porphyria. J Clin Transl Hepatol. 2015 Mar; 3(1):17-26.
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  12. Cascino MD, McNabb B, Gardner DG, Woeber KA, Fox AN, Wang B, Fix OK. Acute liver failure with thyrotoxicosis treated with liver transplantation. Endocr Pract. 2013 May-Jun; 19(3):e57-60.
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  13. Malato Y, Naqvi S, Schürmann N, Ng R, Wang B, Zape J, Kay MA, Grimm D, Willenbring H. Fate tracing of mature hepatocytes in mouse liver homeostasis and regeneration. J Clin Invest. 2011 Dec; 121(12):4850-60.
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  14. Wang B, Dolinski BM, Kikuchi N, Leone DR, Peters MG, Weinreb PH, Violette SM, Bissell DM. Role of alphavbeta6 integrin in acute biliary fibrosis. Hepatology. 2007 Nov; 46(5):1404-12.
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  15. Wang B, Dhaliwal G, Sleisenger MH. Six decades of progress and change in hospital medicine, 1947-2007. Pharos Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Med Soc. 2007; 70(1):10-5.
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  16. Jakubowski A, Ambrose C, Parr M, Lincecum JM, Wang MZ, Zheng TS, Browning B, Michaelson JS, Baetscher M, Baestcher M, Wang B, Bissell DM, Burkly LC. TWEAK induces liver progenitor cell proliferation. J Clin Invest. 2005 Sep; 115(9):2330-40.
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  17. Winter CG, Wang B, Ballew A, Royou A, Karess R, Axelrod JD, Luo L. Drosophila Rho-associated kinase (Drok) links Frizzled-mediated planar cell polarity signaling to the actin cytoskeleton. Cell. 2001 Apr 06; 105(1):81-91.
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