Valerie M. Weaver, PhD

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Valerie M. Weaver, PhD

Professor & Director, Center for Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration & Co-Director Bay Area Center for Physical Sciences and Oncology

valerie.weaver@ucsf.edu

Phone: (415) 476-3826 (voice)
Box 0456, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0456

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Education

University of Waterloo, Canada, B.Sc., 1985, Chemistry/Biochemistry
University of Ottawa, Canada, B.Sc. Honors, 1986, Biochemistry (Summa Cum Laude)
University of Ottawa, Canada, Ph.D., 1992, Biochemistry
Apoptosis Research Group, NRC, Ottawa, Canada, 1992-1994, Postdoctoral Fellow
Life Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA, 1994-1998, Postdoctoral Fellow


Professional Experience

  • 1999-2006
    Assistant Professor, Pathology, UPenn, Philadelphia, PA
  • 1999-2006
    Member, Institute for Medicine and Engineering, UPenn, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2007-2010
    Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering, UPenn, Philadelphia, PA
  • 2006-2010
    Associate Professor, Departments of Surgery and Anatomy, UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 2009-2010
    Associate Professor, Department of Bioengin & Therapeutic Sci., UCSF, San Francisco, CA
  • 2006-Present
    Director, Center for Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration, Dept of Surgery, UCSF
  • 2009-Present
    Co-Director, Bay Area Center for Physical Sciences and Oncology, UCSF/UCBerkeley
  • 2010-Present
    Professor, Depts of Surgery, Anatomy, and Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences, UCSF

Honors & Awards

  • 1986
    University of Ottawa Gold Medal Highest Academic Standing Science
  • 1986
    Society of Chemical Industry Prize
  • 1986
    Alumni & Faculty Plaque Biochemistry
  • 1987
    Mary Eccelstone Research Award Wyeth Canadian Society of Nutrition Sciences
  • 1988
    American Institute of Nutrition Research Award Proctor & Gamble Graduate student award
  • 1996
    Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Achievement Award
  • 2000-01
    ACS-New Investigator Pilot Project Award, UPenn Cancer Center Grant
  • 2001-05
    DOD Career Development Award
  • 2002
    International Society of Differentiation Young Investigator Travel Award
  • 2003
    ASCB Co-Chair Mini Symposium ECM & Cancer
  • 2004
    AACR Co-Chair Major Symposium Reversibility of Tumors
  • 2004
    Co-Organizer HOX and Mammary Gland Workshop
  • 2004-10
    DOD Scholar Award
  • 2005
    Chair Engineering Cell Biology Symposium Model Systems for Complex Behaviors
  • 2006
    Co-Chair AACR Educational Session Organotypic Cancer Models
  • 2007
    Co-organizer, Conference on Engineering and Cell Biology
  • 2007
    Co-organizer TUMIC conference
  • 2007
    Chair and speaker AACR Cancer Therapy Symposium on Tumor Microenvironment
  • 2008
    Plenary Speaker Huntsman Cancer Retreat
  • 2009
    Co-Organizer Institute for Regenerative Medicine Retreat
  • 2010
    Speaker at The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and Tumor Microenvironment Network (TMEN) (2010), Speaker at Joint Metastasis Research Society - AACR Conference
  • 2010
    ASCB Co-Chair Mini Symp 50th Anniversary Meeting

Selected Publications

  1. Ou G, Thakar D, Tung JC, Miroshnikova YA, Dufort CC, Gutierrez E, Groisman A, Weaver VM. Visualizing mechanical modulation of nanoscale organization of cell-matrix adhesions. Integr Biol (Camb). 2016 Jul 11; 8(7):795-804.
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  2. Bhagawati M, Rubashkin MG, Lee JP, Ananthanarayanan B, Weaver VM, Kumar S. Site-Specific Modulation of Charge Controls the Structure and Stimulus Responsiveness of Intrinsically Disordered Peptide Brushes. Langmuir. 2016 Jun 14; 32(23):5990-6.
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  3. 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 Apr 18.
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  4. Kai F, Laklai H, Weaver VM. Force Matters: Biomechanical Regulation of Cell Invasion and Migration in Disease. Trends Cell Biol. 2016 Jul; 26(7):486-97.
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  5. Le LT, Cazares O, Mouw JK, Chatterjee S, Macias H, Moran A, Ramos J, Keely PJ, Weaver VM, Hinck L. Loss of miR-203 regulates cell shape and matrix adhesion through ROBO1/Rac/FAK in response to stiffness. J Cell Biol. 2016 Mar 14; 212(6):707-19.
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  6. Desai SS, Tung JC, Zhou VX, Grenert JP, Malato Y, Rezvani M, Español-Suñer R, Willenbring H, Weaver VM, Chang TT. Physiological Ranges of Matrix Rigidity Modulate Primary Mouse Hepatocyte Function In Part Through Hepatocyte Nuclear Factor 4 Alpha. Hepatology. 2016 Jan 11.
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  7. Ou G, Weaver VM. Tumor-induced solid stress activates ß-catenin signaling to drive malignant behavior in normal, tumor-adjacent cells. Bioessays. 2015 Dec; 37(12):1293-7.
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  8. Przybyla L, Lakins JN, Sunyer R, Trepat X, Weaver VM. Monitoring developmental force distributions in reconstituted embryonic epithelia. Methods. 2016 Feb 1; 94:101-13.
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  9. Lin CH, Pelissier FA, Zhang H, Lakins J, Weaver VM, Park C, LaBarge MA. Microenvironment rigidity modulates responses to the HER2 receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor lapatinib via YAP and TAZ transcription factors. Mol Biol Cell. 2015 Nov 5; 26(22):3946-53.
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  10. Lau J, Ilkhanizadeh S, Wang S, Miroshnikova YA, Salvatierra NA, Wong RA, Schmidt C, Weaver VM, Weiss WA, Persson AI. STAT3 Blockade Inhibits Radiation-Induced Malignant Progression in Glioma. Cancer Res. 2015 Oct 15; 75(20):4302-11.
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  11. Acerbi I, Cassereau L, Dean I, Shi Q, Au A, Park C, Chen YY, Liphardt J, Hwang ES, Weaver VM. Human breast cancer invasion and aggression correlates with ECM stiffening and immune cell infiltration. Integr Biol (Camb). 2015 May 11.
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  12. Northcott JM, Northey JJ, Barnes JM, Weaver VM. Fighting the force: Potential of homeobox genes for tumor microenvironment regulation. Biochim Biophys Acta. 2015 Apr; 1855(2):248-53.
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  13. Tung JC, Barnes JM, Desai SR, Sistrunk C, Conklin MW, Schedin P, Eliceiri KW, Keely PJ, Seewaldt VL, Weaver VM. Tumor mechanics and metabolic dysfunction. Free Radic Biol Med. 2015 Feb; 79:269-80.
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  14. Cassereau L, Miroshnikova YA, Ou G, Lakins J, Weaver VM. A 3D tension bioreactor platform to study the interplay between ECM stiffness and tumor phenotype. J Biotechnol. 2015 Jan 10; 193:66-9.
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  15. Pickup MW, Mouw JK, Weaver VM. The extracellular matrix modulates the hallmarks of cancer. EMBO Rep. 2014 Dec; 15(12):1243-53.
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  16. Mouw JK, Ou G, Weaver VM. Extracellular matrix assembly: a multiscale deconstruction. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol. 2014 Dec; 15(12):771-85.
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  17. Weaver VM. The microenvironment matters. Mol Biol Cell. 2014 Nov 1; 25(21):3254-8.
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  18. Rubashkin MG, Cassereau L, Bainer R, DuFort CC, Yui Y, Ou G, Paszek MJ, Davidson MW, Chen YY, Weaver VM. Force engages vinculin and promotes tumor progression by enhancing PI3K activation of phosphatidylinositol (3,4,5)-triphosphate. Cancer Res. 2014 Sep 1; 74(17):4597-611.
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  19. Venugopalan G, Camarillo DB, Webster KD, Reber CD, Sethian JA, Weaver VM, Fletcher DA, El-Samad H, Rycroft CH. Multicellular architecture of malignant breast epithelia influences mechanics. PLoS One. 2014; 9(8):e101955.
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  20. Paszek MJ, DuFort CC, Rossier O, Bainer R, Mouw JK, Godula K, Hudak JE, Lakins JN, Wijekoon AC, Cassereau L, Rubashkin MG, Magbanua MJ, Thorn KS, Davidson MW, Rugo HS, Park JW, Hammer DA, Giannone G, Bertozzi CR, Weaver VM. The cancer glycocalyx mechanically primes integrin-mediated growth and survival. Nature. 2014 Jul 17; 511(7509):319-25.
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