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Trever G. Bivona, M.D., Ph.D.

Trever G. Bivona, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor in Residence
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Department of Medicine

Contact Information

University of California, San Francisco
Mission Bay/Genentech Hall
600 16th Street, Room: N212D
San Francisco, CA 94158-2140
UCSF intercampus mail, please use mail code: 2140 
TBivona@medicine.ucsf.edu
Phone: 415-476-9907 / Lab Fax: 415-514-0169 / Clinic Fax #: 415-514-6676

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  • 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
  • Research Fellow, Laboratory of Charles Sawyers, Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2008-2011
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology
  • Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology
  • Thoracic Oncology Program
  • Member, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Member, UCSF Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (BMS)
  • Member, California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences (QB3)
  • Activating mutations in EGFR
  • Lung cancer
  • Mechanisms of Secondary Resistance
  • Molecular pathogenesis of human cancers
  • Molecularly-targeted cancer therapies
  • Next-generation functional genomics
  • Novel, rational therapeutic strategies

Trever G. Bivona, M.D., Ph.D. is a thoracic medical oncologist. His overarching goal is to develop paradigm-shifting treatment strategies that target the aberrant signal transduction pathways fueling tumor growth. He is Director of the Bivona Lab, a bench-to-bedside research enterprise investigating the molecular pathogenesis of human cancers, primarily lung cancer. In pursuit of that goal, the Bivona Lab uses interdisciplinary approaches and next-generation functional genomics methodologies, highly relevant cell line and tumor model systems, and human tumor specimens and clinical outcomes data. These help to define and elucidate the molecular events driving human lung cancer growth. 

Dr. Bivona received his M.D. and Ph.D. from the joint Medical Scientist Training Program at NYU School of Medicine. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital followed by advanced training at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center as a medical oncology fellow, and research fellow in the Laboratory of Charles Sawyers, Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program.

I am a laboratory-based physician-scientist and an academic medical oncologist with a Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology. Clinical experiences inspire my laboratory investigations and provide opportunities to translate scientific discoveries aimed at improving the personalized treatment of cancer patients.  The goal of my research program is to define the molecular pathogenesis of human cancers through both basic and translational studies with a particular focus on lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer mortality in the United States.

Our aim is to discover tumor-cell specific vulnerabilities that can be therapeutically exploited as novel treatment strategies to improve the survival of patients with lung, and potentially, other cancers.  To accomplish our goals, we have a developed an integrated approach to define the molecular mechanisms by which oncogenes drive the growth of human lung cancers and by which tumors evade oncogene-targeted treatments.

Our approach leverages state-of-the-art functional genomics RNA interference screening methodologies, highly relevant preclinical models of lung cancer that accurately represent human lung cancer, and prospectively acquired human lung cancer specimens and clinical data.  Using this approach we recently identified several novel mechanisms of resistance to EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor) inhibitors in lung cancers with activating (oncogenic) mutations in EGFR. Our work has defined new rational companion therapeutic targets that when inhibited may enhance responses to EGFR inhibitors in lung cancer patients

The studies proposed in this project build upon our prior research because they will allow us to further define molecular determinants of oncogene dependence in human lung cancers. Moreover, we are uniquely positioned to translate our findings into lung cancer patients through validation of our findings in human lung cancer specimens and, subsequently, hypothesis-driven clinical trials in lung cancer patients.

Most recent publications from a total of 86
  1. 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. View in PubMed
  2. 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 Jan 25. View in PubMed
  3. Sabnis AJ, Bivona TG. Principles of Resistance to Targeted Cancer Therapy: Lessons from Basic and Translational Cancer Biology. Trends Mol Med. 2019 Jan 24. View in PubMed
  4. Haderk F, Olivas V, Bivona TG. Immunohistochemistry to Study YAP in Human Tissue Samples. Methods Mol Biol. 2019; 1893:89-95. View in PubMed
  5. 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 Feb 01; 79(3):546-556. View in PubMed
  6. 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 Jan; 25(1):111-118. View in PubMed
  7. 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 Mar; 20(2):e137-e141. View in PubMed
  8. 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. View in PubMed
  9. 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 Sep 05; 131(17). View in PubMed
  10. 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 Sep; 20(9):1064-1073. View in PubMed
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