University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Trever G. Bivona, MD, PhD

Trever G. Bivona, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Hematology and Oncology, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Genetics

Research Summary

I am a medical oncologist with a PhD in cell and molecular biology. I maintain an active academic clinical practice and lead a basic and translational research laboratory focused on cancer genetics, precision medicine, and the molecular basis of targeted therapy response and resistance. I have discovered several mechanisms of resistance to EGFR-targeted therapy, BRAF- and MEK-targeted therapy, and ALK-targeted therapy in lung and other cancers. I direct a multi-disciplinary team engaged in laboratory-based patient-focused research, and I am an investigator on clinical trials, including rational upfront polytherapy trials designed to forestall and eliminate resistance and that are motivated by my laboratory-based discoveries.

Education

Vanderbilt University, B.S., 1998, Molecular Biology
New York University, School of Medicine, Ph.D., 2004, Cell and Mol. Biology
New York University, School of Medicine, M.D., 2005, Medicine
Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard, 2005-2007, Internal Medicine
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2007-2011, Medical Oncology


Professional Experience

  • 1998-2005
    MD-PhD, Medical Scientist Training Program, NYU School of Medicine
  • 2005-2007
    Resident House Staff, Internal Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • 2007-2011
    Medical Oncology Fellow, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • 2008-2011
    Research Fellow, Laboratory of Charles Sawyers, Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • 2011-2015
    Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2011- present
    Member, UCSF Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • 2011- present
    Faculty Member, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3)
  • 2015-present
    Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, University of California, San Francisco

Honors & Awards


  • 1998
    Vanderbilt University Honors Degree in Molecular Biology
  • 1998
    Vanderbilt University Research Excellence Award
  • 1998-2005
    NIH Medical Scientist Training Program Award
  • 2005
    Medical Science Writing Award, NYU School of Medicine
  • 2007
    US Patent 20060083742 Prenyl-electrostatic Switch
  • 2008-2010
    Charles A. Dana Foundation Clinical Scholars Research Fellowship
  • 2009
    Julia Zelmanovich Young Alumnus Award, NYU School of Medicine
  • 2010
    American Society of Clinical Oncology Young Investigator Award
  • 2010
    Uniting Against Lung Cancer Research Investigator
  • 2011
    NIH/NCI Clinical Investigator Career Development Award (K08)
  • 2012
    National Lung Cancer Partnership Young Investigator Award
  • 2012
    Sidney Kimmel Foundation Kimmel Scholar Award
  • 2012
    Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award Finalist
  • 2012
    Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award
  • 2012
    American Lung Association Lung Cancer Discovery Award
  • 2012
    Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award
  • 2012
    Visiting Scholar Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Scholars Program at California, State University-Fullerton
  • 2012
    NIH Director's New Innovator Award (DP2)
  • 2013
    Searle Scholar Award
  • 2014
    Lung Cancer Innovators Award (Addario and Van Auken Foundations)
  • 2015
    Pew-Stewart Scholar, Pew Charitable Trust

Selected Publications

  1. Rotow JK, Gui P, Wu W, Raymond VM, Lanman RB, Kaye FJ, Peled N, Fece de la Cruz F, Nadres B, Corcoran RB, Yeh I, Bastian BC, Starostik P, Newsom K, Olivas V, Wolff AM, Fraser JS, Collisson EA, McCoach CE, Camidge DR, Pacheco J, Bazhenova L, Li T, Bivona TG, Blakely CM. Co-occurring alterations in the RAS-MAPK pathway limit response to MET inhibitor treatment in MET exon 14 skipping mutation-positive lung cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2019 Sep 23.
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  2. Bracht JWP, Karachaliou N, Bivona T, Lanman RB, Faull I, Nagy RJ, Drozdowskyj A, Berenguer J, Fernandez-Bruno M, Molina-Vila MA, Rosell R. BRAF Mutations Classes I, II, and III in NSCLC Patients Included in the SLLIP Trial: The Need for a New Pre-Clinical Treatment Rationale. Cancers (Basel). 2019 Sep 17; 11(9).
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  3. Chatterjee N, Pazarentzos E, Mayekar MK, Gui P, Allegakoen DV, Hrustanovic G, Olivas V, Lin L, Verschueren E, Johnson JR, Hofree M, Yan JJ, Newton BW, Dollen JV, Earnshaw CH, Flanagan J, Chan E, Asthana S, Ideker T, Wu W, Suzuki J, Barad BA, Kirichok Y, Fraser JS, Weiss WA, Krogan NJ, Tulpule A, Sabnis AJ, Bivona TG. Synthetic Essentiality of Metabolic Regulator PDHK1 in PTEN-Deficient Cells and Cancers. Cell Rep. 2019 Aug 27; 28(9):2317-2330.e8.
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  4. Zaman A, Wu W, Bivona TG. Targeting Oncogenic BRAF: Past, Present, and Future. Cancers (Basel). 2019 Aug 16; 11(8).
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  5. Okimoto RA, Wu W, Nanjo S, Olivas V, Lin YK, Ponce RK, Oyama R, Kondo T, Bivona TG. CIC-DUX4 oncoprotein drives sarcoma metastasis and tumorigenesis via distinct regulatory programs. J Clin Invest. 2019 07 22; 129(8):3401-3406.
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  6. McCoach CE, Bivona TG. Engineering Multidimensional Evolutionary Forces to Combat Cancer. Cancer Discov. 2019 May; 9(5):587-604.
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  7. Bivona TG. Dampening oncogenic RAS signaling. Science. 2019 03 22; 363(6433):1280-1281.
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  8. Halliday PR, Blakely CM, Bivona TG. Emerging Targeted Therapies for the Treatment of Non-small Cell Lung Cancer. Curr Oncol Rep. 2019 Feb 26; 21(3):21.
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  9. Chatterjee N, Bivona TG. Polytherapy and Targeted Cancer Drug Resistance. Trends Cancer. 2019 Mar; 5(3):170-182.
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  10. Hedberg ML, Peyser ND, Bauman JE, Gooding WE, Li H, Bhola NE, Zhu TR, Zeng Y, Brand TM, Kim MO, Jordan RCK, VandenBerg S, Olivas V, Bivona TG, Chiosea SI, Wang L, Mills GB, Johnson JT, Duvvuri U, Ferris RL, Ha P, Johnson DE, Grandis JR. Use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs predicts improved patient survival for PIK3CA-altered head and neck cancer. J Exp Med. 2019 Feb 04; 216(2):419-427.
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  11. Sabnis AJ, Bivona TG. Principles of Resistance to Targeted Cancer Therapy: Lessons from Basic and Translational Cancer Biology. Trends Mol Med. 2019 03; 25(3):185-197.
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  12. Haderk F, Olivas V, Bivona TG. Immunohistochemistry to Study YAP in Human Tissue Samples. Methods Mol Biol. 2019; 1893:89-95.
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  13. Neel DS, Allegakoen DV, Olivas V, Mayekar MK, Hemmati G, Chatterjee N, Blakely CM, McCoach CE, Rotow JK, Le A, Karachaliou N, Rosell R, Riess JW, Nichols R, Doebele RC, Bivona TG. Differential Subcellular Localization Regulates Oncogenic Signaling by ROS1 Kinase Fusion Proteins. Cancer Res. 2019 02 01; 79(3):546-556.
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  14. Shah KN, Bhatt R, Rotow J, Rohrberg J, Olivas V, Wang VE, Hemmati G, Martins MM, Maynard A, Kuhn J, Galeas J, Donnella HJ, Kaushik S, Ku A, Dumont S, Krings G, Haringsma HJ, Robillard L, Simmons AD, Harding TC, McCormick F, Goga A, Blakely CM, Bivona TG, Bandyopadhyay S. Aurora kinase A drives the evolution of resistance to third-generation EGFR inhibitors in lung cancer. Nat Med. 2019 01; 25(1):111-118.
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  15. Rotow JK, Woodard GA, Urisman A, McCoach CE, Bivona TG, Elicker BM, Jablons DM, Blakely CM. Pathologic Complete Response to Neoadjuvant Crizotinib in a Lung Adenocarcinoma Patient With a MET Exon 14 Skipping Mutation. Clin Lung Cancer. 2019 03; 20(2):e137-e141.
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  16. Nanjo S, Bivona TG. Circulating tumor DNA analysis in patients with EGFR mutant lung cancer. J Thorac Dis. 2018 Nov; 10(Suppl 33):S4061-S4064.
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  17. Sannino S, Guerriero CJ, Sabnis AJ, Stolz DB, Wallace CT, Wipf P, Watkins SC, Bivona TG, Brodsky JL. Compensatory increases of select proteostasis networks after Hsp70 inhibition in cancer cells. J Cell Sci. 2018 09 05; 131(17).
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  18. Bugaj LJ, Sabnis AJ, Mitchell A, Garbarino JE, Toettcher JE, Bivona TG, Lim WA. Cancer mutations and targeted drugs can disrupt dynamic signal encoding by the Ras-Erk pathway. Science. 2018 08 31; 361(6405).
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  19. Nichols RJ, Haderk F, Stahlhut C, Schulze CJ, Hemmati G, Wildes D, Tzitzilonis C, Mordec K, Marquez A, Romero J, Hsieh T, Zaman A, Olivas V, McCoach C, Blakely CM, Wang Z, Kiss G, Koltun ES, Gill AL, Singh M, Goldsmith MA, Smith JAM, Bivona TG. RAS nucleotide cycling underlies the SHP2 phosphatase dependence of mutant BRAF-, NF1- and RAS-driven cancers. Nat Cell Biol. 2018 09; 20(9):1064-1073.
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  20. Rolfo C, Mack PC, Scagliotti GV, Baas P, Barlesi F, Bivona TG, Herbst RS, Mok TS, Peled N, Pirker R, Raez LE, Reck M, Riess JW, Sequist LV, Shepherd FA, Sholl LM, Tan DSW, Wakelee HA, Wistuba II, Wynes MW, Carbone DP, Hirsch FR, Gandara DR. Liquid Biopsy for Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC): A Statement Paper from the IASLC. J Thorac Oncol. 2018 09; 13(9):1248-1268.
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