University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Sophie Dumont, PhD

Sophie Dumont, PhD

Associate Professor, Dept of Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences, Dept of Biochemistry & Biophysics, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Affiliate Member


Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, USA, B.A., 08/95-06/99, Physics
University of Oxford, UK, D.Phil. candidate, 09/99-08/00, Theoretical Physics
University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, Ph.D., 08/00-12/05, Molecular Biophysics
University of California, Berkeley, CA, USA, Postdoc, 01/06-03/06, Molecular Biophysics
Harvard Society of Fellows, Junior Fellow, 07/06-06/09, Cellular Biophysics
Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA, Postdoc, 07/06-05/12, Cellular Biophysics

Honors & Awards

  • 1999
    Phi Beta Kappa; Sigma Xi
  • 1999
    Allen G. Shenstone Prize in Physics, Princeton University
  • 1999-2000
    Rhodes Scholarship
  • 1999-2001
    Québec Fund for Nature and Technology Research Fellowship (masters)
  • 2001-2003
    Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada Fellowship (doctoral)
  • 2001-2004
    Québec Fund for Nature and Technology Research Fellowship (doctoral)
  • 2004
    Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley
  • 2004
    Teaching Effectiveness Graduate Student Instructor Award, UC Berkeley
  • 2004-2005
    Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship (doctoral)
  • 2006
    Alan Bearden Outstanding Graduate Research Award, UC Berkeley
  • 2006
    Weintraub Graduate Student Award
  • 2006-2009
    Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows
  • 2007-2009
    Harvard University William F. Milton Fund Award
  • 2009-2011
    Charles A. King Trust Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • 2010-2015
    NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award
  • 2013-2015
    Sloan Research Fellow
  • 2013-2015
    Kimmel Cancer Foundation Scholar
  • 2013-2016
    Searle Scholar
  • 2013-2018
    Rita Allen Foundation and Milton E. Cassel Scholar
  • 2015-2020
    NIH New Innovator Award
  • 2016
    Margaret Oakley Dayhoff Award of the Biophysical Society
  • 2016-2021
    NSF CAREER Award
  • 2018
    UCSF Outstanding Faculty Mentorship Award
  • 2018
    ASCB's 2018 WICB Junior Award for Excellence in Reseach
  • 2020
    Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator
  • 2021
    UCSF Byers Award in Basic Science

Selected Publications

  1. Serra-Marques A, Houtekamer R, Hintzen D, Canty JT, Yildiz A, Dumont S. The mitotic protein NuMA plays a spindle-independent role in nuclear formation and mechanics. J Cell Biol. 2020 Dec 07; 219(12).
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  2. Long AF, Suresh P, Dumont S. Individual kinetochore-fibers locally dissipate force to maintain robust mammalian spindle structure. J Cell Biol. 2020 Aug 03; 219(8).
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  3. Suresh P, Long AF, Dumont S. Microneedle manipulation of the mammalian spindle reveals specialized, short-lived reinforcement near chromosomes. Elife. 2020 Mar 19; 9.
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  4. Rohrberg J, Van de Mark D, Amouzgar M, Lee JV, Taileb M, Corella A, Kilinc S, Williams J, Jokisch ML, Camarda R, Balakrishnan S, Shankar R, Zhou A, Chang AN, Chen B, Rugo HS, Dumont S, Goga A. MYC Dysregulates Mitosis, Revealing Cancer Vulnerabilities. Cell Rep. 2020 03 10; 30(10):3368-3382.e7.
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  5. Kuhn J, Dumont S. Mammalian kinetochores count attached microtubules in a sensitive and switch-like manner. J Cell Biol. 2019 11 04; 218(11):3583-3596.
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  6. Long AF, Kuhn J, Dumont S. The mammalian kinetochore-microtubule interface: robust mechanics and computation with many microtubules. Curr Opin Cell Biol. 2019 10; 60:60-67.
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  7. Hueschen CL, Galstyan V, Amouzgar M, Phillips R, Dumont S. Microtubule End-Clustering Maintains a Steady-State Spindle Shape. Curr Biol. 2019 02 18; 29(4):700-708.e5.
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  8. Neahring L, Dumont S. Chromosome Segregation Fidelity Integrates Information across Scales. Dev Cell. 2018 12 03; 47(5):525-526.
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  9. 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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  10. Elting MW, Suresh P, Dumont S. The Spindle: Integrating Architecture and Mechanics across Scales. Trends Cell Biol. 2018 11; 28(11):896-910.
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  11. Serra-Marques A, Dumont S. Shining light on spindle positioning. Elife. 2018 07 09; 7.
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  12. Hueschen CL, Kenny SJ, Xu K, Dumont S. NuMA recruits dynein activity to microtubule minus-ends at mitosis. Elife. 2017 11 29; 6.
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  13. Elting MW, Prakash M, Udy DB, Dumont S. Mapping Load-Bearing in the Mammalian Spindle Reveals Local Kinetochore Fiber Anchorage that Provides Mechanical Isolation and Redundancy. Curr Biol. 2017 Jul 24; 27(14):2112-2122.e5.
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  14. Long AF, Udy DB, Dumont S. Hec1 Tail Phosphorylation Differentially Regulates Mammalian Kinetochore Coupling to Polymerizing and Depolymerizing Microtubules. Curr Biol. 2017 Jun 05; 27(11):1692-1699.e3.
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  15. Kuhn J, Dumont S. Spindle assembly checkpoint satisfaction occurs via end-on but not lateral attachments under tension. J Cell Biol. 2017 06 05; 216(6):1533-1542.
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  16. Karg T, Elting MW, Vicars H, Dumont S, Sullivan W. The chromokinesin Klp3a and microtubules facilitate acentric chromosome segregation. J Cell Biol. 2017 06 05; 216(6):1597-1608.
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  17. Guild J, Ginzberg MB, Hueschen CL, Mitchison TJ, Dumont S. Increased lateral microtubule contact at the cell cortex is sufficient to drive mammalian spindle elongation. Mol Biol Cell. 2017 Jul 07; 28(14):1975-1983.
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  18. Guild J, Haque A, Gheibi P, Gao Y, Son KJ, Foster E, Dumont S, Revzin A. Embryonic Stem Cells Cultured in Microfluidic Chambers Take Control of Their Fate by Producing Endogenous Signals Including LIF. Stem Cells. 2016 06; 34(6):1501-12.
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  19. Hueschen CL, Long AF, Dumont S. Kinesin-5: A Team Is Just the Sum of Its Parts. Dev Cell. 2015 Sep 28; 34(6):609-10.
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  20. Udy DB, Voorhies M, Chan PP, Lowe TM, Dumont S. Draft De Novo Transcriptome of the Rat Kangaroo Potorous tridactylus as a Tool for Cell Biology. PLoS One. 2015; 10(8):e0134738.
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