University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Valerie M. Weaver, PhD

Valerie M. Weaver, PhD

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

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Immunology

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. Muncie JM, Falcón-Banchs R, Lakins JN, Sohn LL, Weaver VM. Patterning the Geometry of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Colonies on Compliant Substrates to Control Tissue-Level Mechanics. J Vis Exp. 2019 Sep 28; (151).
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  2. Zheng Y, Xue X, Shao Y, Wang S, Esfahani SN, Li Z, Muncie JM, Lakins JN, Weaver VM, Gumucio DL, Fu J. Controlled modelling of human epiblast and amnion development using stem cells. Nature. 2019 Sep; 573(7774):421-425.
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  3. Eliazer S, Muncie JM, Christensen J, Sun X, D'Urso RS, Weaver VM, Brack AS. Wnt4 from the Niche Controls the Mechano-Properties and Quiescent State of Muscle Stem Cells. Cell Stem Cell. 2019 Nov 07; 25(5):654-665.e4.
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  4. Ayad NME, Kaushik S, Weaver VM. Tissue mechanics, an important regulator of development and disease. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2019 Aug 19; 374(1779):20180215.
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  5. Kai F, Drain AP, Weaver VM. The Extracellular Matrix Modulates the Metastatic Journey. Dev Cell. 2019 May 06; 49(3):332-346.
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  6. Libby AR, Joy DA, So PL, Mandegar MA, Muncie JM, Mendoza-Camacho FN, Weaver VM, Conklin BR, McDevitt TC. Spatiotemporal mosaic self-patterning of pluripotent stem cells using CRISPR interference. Elife. 2018 10 09; 7.
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  7. Barnes JM, Kaushik S, Bainer RO, Sa JK, Woods EC, Kai F, Przybyla L, Lee M, Lee HW, Tung JC, Maller O, Barrett AS, Lu KV, Lakins JN, Hansen KC, Obernier K, Alvarez-Buylla A, Bergers G, Phillips JJ, Nam DH, Bertozzi CR, Weaver VM. A tension-mediated glycocalyx-integrin feedback loop promotes mesenchymal-like glioblastoma. Nat Cell Biol. 2018 10; 20(10):1203-1214.
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  8. Tharp KM, Weaver VM. Modeling Tissue Polarity in Context. J Mol Biol. 2018 09 28; 430(19):3613-3628.
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  9. Sampayo RG, Toscani AM, Rubashkin MG, Thi K, Masullo LA, Violi IL, Lakins JN, Cáceres A, Hines WC, Coluccio Leskow F, Stefani FD, Chialvo DR, Bissell MJ, Weaver VM, Simian M. Fibronectin rescues estrogen receptor a from lysosomal degradation in breast cancer cells. J Cell Biol. 2018 08 06; 217(8):2777-2798.
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  10. Muncie JM, Weaver VM. The Physical and Biochemical Properties of the Extracellular Matrix Regulate Cell Fate. Curr Top Dev Biol. 2018; 130:1-37.
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  11. Samson S, Northey JJ, Plaks V, Baas C, Dean I, LaBarge MA, Goga A, Van't Veer LJ, Weaver VM. New Horizons in Advocacy Engaged Physical Sciences and Oncology Research. Trends Cancer. 2018 04; 4(4):260-264.
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  12. Northcott JM, Dean IS, Mouw JK, Weaver VM. Feeling Stress: The Mechanics of Cancer Progression and Aggression. Front Cell Dev Biol. 2018; 6:17.
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  13. Ilkhanizadeh S, Sabelström H, Miroshnikova YA, Frantz A, Zhu W, Idilli A, Lakins JN, Schmidt C, Quigley DA, Fenster T, Yuan E, Trzeciak JR, Saxena S, Lindberg OR, Mouw JK, Burdick JA, Magnitsky S, Berger MS, Phillips JJ, Arosio D, Sun D, Weaver VM, Weiss WA, Persson AI. Antisecretory Factor-Mediated Inhibition of Cell Volume Dynamics Produces Antitumor Activity in Glioblastoma. Mol Cancer Res. 2018 05; 16(5):777-790.
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  14. Takai K, Drain AP, Lawson DA, Littlepage LE, Karpuj M, Kessenbrock K, Le A, Inoue K, Weaver VM, Werb Z. Discoidin domain receptor 1 (DDR1) ablation promotes tissue fibrosis and hypoxia to induce aggressive basal-like breast cancers. Genes Dev. 2018 02 01; 32(3-4):244-257.
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  15. Ramakrishnan N, Sreeja KK, Roychoudhury A, Eckmann DM, Ayyaswamy PS, Baumgart T, Pucadyil T, Patil S, Weaver VM, Radhakrishnan R. Excess area dependent scaling behavior of nano-sized membrane tethers. Phys Biol. 2018 01 11; 15(2):026002.
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  16. Woods EC, Kai F, Barnes JM, Pedram K, Pickup MW, Hollander MJ, Weaver VM, Bertozzi CR. A bulky glycocalyx fosters metastasis formation by promoting G1 cell cycle progression. Elife. 2017 12 21; 6.
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  17. Northey JJ, Przybyla L, Weaver VM. Tissue Force Programs Cell Fate and Tumor Aggression. Cancer Discov. 2017 11; 7(11):1224-1237.
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  18. Miroshnikova YA, Rozenberg GI, Cassereau L, Pickup M, Mouw JK, Ou G, Templeman KL, Hannachi EI, Gooch KJ, Sarang-Sieminski AL, García AJ, Weaver VM. a5ß1-Integrin promotes tension-dependent mammary epithelial cell invasion by engaging the fibronectin synergy site. Mol Biol Cell. 2017 Nov 01; 28(22):2958-2977.
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  19. Pickup MW, Owens P, Gorska AE, Chytil A, Ye F, Shi C, Weaver VM, Kalluri R, Moses HL, Novitskiy SV. Development of Aggressive Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinomas Depends on Granulocyte Colony Stimulating Factor Secretion in Carcinoma Cells. Cancer Immunol Res. 2017 09; 5(9):718-729.
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  20. Salvador F, Martin A, López-Menéndez C, Moreno-Bueno G, Santos V, Vázquez-Naharro A, Santamaria PG, Morales S, Dubus PR, Muinelo-Romay L, López-López R, Tung JC, Weaver VM, Portillo F, Cano A. Lysyl Oxidase-like Protein LOXL2 Promotes Lung Metastasis of Breast Cancer. Cancer Res. 2017 11 01; 77(21):5846-5859.
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