Liang You, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Adult Cardiothoracic Surgery

Contact Information

2340 Sutter Street N-221, Box 1724
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94143-1724
(415) 476-6906 Phone
  • 1982-87, Jinzhou Medical College, Jinzhou, P.R.C., M.D. , Medicine
  • 1988-94, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, Ohio, Ph.D., Pathology
  • 1997-2002, UCSF, Staff Research Associate, Dept. of Surgery, UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Thoracic Oncology Program
  • Thoracic Oncology Laboratory
  • UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Akt Signaling Pathway
  • Human cancer genetics and epigenetics
  • Lung cancer and mesothelioma
  • Molecular analysis on matched normal/tumor tissues
  • Small molecules, antibodies and recombinant proteins
  • Wnt Signaling Pathway

Dr. Liang You received his M.D. in 1987 from the Jinzhou Medical College in China and his Ph.D. in pathology from the Medical College of Ohio in 1994. He began work at UCSF in the thoracic oncology laboratory after work at the National Cancer Institute. At UCSF, Dr. You has made a significant impact on lung cancer and mesothelioma research. Most notably, he has been been instrumental in helping Dr. David Jablons mold a fledgling research effort into a thriving molecular genomics laboratory, an integral part of the Comprehensive Cancer Center and nationally recognized.

In November 2007, Dr. You was presented with the David Jablons "Asclepios" Award by the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation for his pioneering research.

Dr. You has been a creative and dynamic force in the lab and his work has led to numerous discoveries. He helped demonstrate the relationship of p14ARF tumor suppressor deletions to the p53 pathway in mesothelioma and the effects of oncolytic viruses upon these tumors. He also discovered several novel mechanisms for the activation of upstream WNT pathways.

Dr. You has helped identify several novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets in lung cancer and mesothelioma. He and his colleagues demonstrated overexpression of Dishevelled-3 and silencing of SFRP-2, SOCS-3 and WIF-1 through promoter methylation. Dr. You and chemist Dr. Naoaki Fujii developed a small molecule Wnt pathway inhibitor, FJ9, that disrupts the interaction between the Frizzled receptor and Dishevelled, a Wnt signal transducer.

Dr. You is currently investigating the use of recombinant human WIF-1 protein as a cancer therapy and seeking out new therapeutic targets and novel interventions. 

Most recent publications from a total of 60
  1. Zhang S, Yang YL, Wang Y, You B, Dai Y, Chan G, Hsieh D, Kim IJ, Fang L, Au A, Stoppler HJ, Xu Z, Jablons DM, You L. CK2¿, over-expressed in human malignant pleural mesothelioma, regulates the Hedgehog signaling pathway in mesothelioma cells. J Exp Clin Cancer Res. 2014 Nov 25; 33(1):93. View in PubMed
  2. Yang YL, Hung MS, Wang Y, Ni J, Mao JH, Hsieh D, Au A, Kumar A, Quigley D, Fang LT, Yeh CC, Xu Z, Jablons DM, You L. Lung tumourigenesis in a conditional Cul4A transgenic mouse model. J Pathol. 2014 Jun; 233(2):113-23. View in PubMed
  3. Wang Y, Wen M, Kwon Y, Xu Y, Liu Y, Zhang P, He X, Wang Q, Huang Y, Jen KY, Labarge MA, You L, Kogan SC, Gray JW, Mao JH, Wei G. CUL4A Induces Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition and Promotes Cancer Metastasis by Regulating ZEB1 Expression. Cancer Res. 2014 Jan 15; 74(2):520-31. View in PubMed
  4. Hung MS, Xu Z, Chen Y, Smith E, Mao JH, Hsieh D, Lin YC, Yang CT, Jablons DM, You L. Hematein, a casein kinase II inhibitor, inhibits lung cancer tumor growth in a murine xenograft model. Int J Oncol. 2013 Nov; 43(5):1517-22. View in PubMed
  5. Liu S, Hsieh D, Yang YL, Xu Z, Peto C, Jablons DM, You L. Coumestrol from the national cancer Institute's natural product library is a novel inhibitor of protein kinase CK2. BMC Pharmacol Toxicol. 2013; 14:36. View in PubMed
  6. Bravo DT, Yang YL, Kuchenbecker K, Hung MS, Xu Z, Jablons DM, You L. Frizzled-8 receptor is activated by the Wnt-2 ligand in non-small cell lung cancer. BMC Cancer. 2013; 13:316. View in PubMed
  7. Zhang S, Long H, Yang YL, Wang Y, Hsieh D, Li W, Au A, Stoppler HJ, Xu Z, Jablons DM, You L. Inhibition of CK2a down-regulates Notch1 signalling in lung cancer cells. J Cell Mol Med. 2013 Jul; 17(7):854-62. View in PubMed
  8. Zhang S, Wang Y, Mao JH, Hsieh D, Kim IJ, Hu LM, Xu Z, Long H, Jablons DM, You L. Inhibition of CK2a down-regulates Hedgehog/Gli signaling leading to a reduction of a stem-like side population in human lung cancer cells. PLoS One. 2012; 7(6):e38996. View in PubMed
  9. Li T, Hou SC, Mao JH, Wang YC, Lu XD, Tan JL, You B, Liu YP, Ni J, Au A, Jablons DM, Xu Z, You L. The expression of Dishevelled-3 and glutamine metabolism in malignant pleural mesothelioma. J Clin Pathol. 2012 Sep; 65(9):855-8. View in PubMed
  10. Li T, Hung MS, Wang Y, Mao JH, Tan JL, Jahan K, Roos H, Xu Z, Jablons DM, You L. Transgenic mice for cre-inducible overexpression of the Cul4A gene. Genesis. 2011 Mar; 49(3):134-41. View in PubMed
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