Rony Francois, MD, PhD

Clinical Instructor, Depts. of Dermatology and Pathology, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Membership

Molecular Oncology


  • University of South Florida, B.S., 2009, Biomedical Sciences, Public Health
  • University of Florida Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Ph.D., 2015, Medical Sciences, Molecular Cell Biology
  • University of Florida College of Medicine, M.D., 2017, Medicine
  • University of Florida Department of Medicine, Internship, 2018, Internal Medicine
  • University of Florida Department of Dermatology, Residency, 2021 Dermatology
  • University of California San Francisco, Departments of Pathology, Laboratory Medicine, and Dermatology, Fellowship and Postdoc, 2023, Dermatopathology

Honors & Awards

  • 2017
    University of Florida College of Medicine Class of 2017 Graduation with Honors in Research Distinction
  • 2007-2009
    University of South Florida MARC U*STAR Scholar
  • 2005-2009
    Florida Bright Futures Medallion Scholar
  • 2005-2009
    University of South Florida Honors College Discovery Scholar
  • 2005
    University of South Florida Ventures Scholar
  • 2005
    National Achievement Scholar

Selected Publications

  1. Sheu Song J, Huang JT, Fraile Alonso MDC, Antaya RJ, Price HN, Funk T, Francois RA, Shah SD. Toxic epidermal necrolysis-like acute graft-versus-host disease in pediatric bone marrow transplant patients: Case series and review of the literature. Pediatr Dermatol. 2022 Nov;39(6):889-895. View on PubMed
  2. Francois RA, Randall GJ, Rudnick EW, Carstens SJ, Vincek V. Multiple papular xanthomas mimicking juvenile xanthogranulomas in an infant: A case report and review of the literature. J Cutan Pathol. 2023 Jan;50(1):1-7. View on PubMed
  3. Ayoubi N, Francois RA, Braswell DS, Ramos-Caro FA, Motaparthi K. Diffuse dermal angiomatosis with clinical features simulating calciphylaxis in the setting of end-stage renal disease. JAAD Case Rep. 2020 Jul 10;6(9):826-828. View on PubMed
  4. Francois RA, Zhang A, Husain K, Wang C, Hutchinson S, Kongnyuy M, Batra SK, Coppola D, Sebti SM, Malafa MP. Vitamin E δ-tocotrienol sensitizes human pancreatic cancer cells to TRAIL-induced apoptosis through proteasome-mediated down-regulation of c-FLIPs. Cancer Cell Int. 2019 Jul 22;19:189. View on PubMed
  5. Chen M, Maeng K, Nawab A, Francois RA, Bray JK, Reinhard MK, Boye SL, Hauswirth WW, Kaye FJ, Aslanidi G, Srivastava A, Zajac-Kaye M. Efficient Gene Delivery and Expression in Pancreas and Pancreatic Tumors by Capsid-Optimized AAV8 Vectors. Hum Gene Ther Methods. 2017 Feb;28(1):49-59. View on PubMed
  6. François RA, Maeng K, Nawab A, Kaye FJ, Hochwald SN, Zajac-Kaye M. Targeting Focal Adhesion Kinase and Resistance to mTOR Inhibition in Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2015 May 12;107(8):djv123. View on PubMed
  7. Husain K, Francois RA, Yamauchi T, Perez M, Sebti SM, Malafa MP. Vitamin E δ-tocotrienol augments the antitumor activity of gemcitabine and suppresses constitutive NF-κB activation in pancreatic cancer. Mol Cancer Ther. 2011 Dec;10(12):2363-72. View on PubMed
  8. Husain K, Francois RA, Hutchinson SZ, Neuger AM, Lush R, Coppola D, Sebti S, Malafa MP. Vitamin E delta-tocotrienol levels in tumor and pancreatic tissue of mice after oral administration. Pharmacology. 2009;83(3):157-63. View on PubMed

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