May 2019 – Perera lab at the PancWest symposia at Stanford! A wonderful meeting of pancreatic cancer researchers on the west coast.


Mar 2019 – Our perspective on the role of MiT/TFE transcription factors in cancer is out in Annual Reviews Cancer Biology. A great collaborative effort with Chiara di Malta and Andrea Ballabio from Tigem, Italy. (click here)

Mar 2019 – Welcome to new lab members Annelot Staes from Utrecht University, Netherlands and Thomas Itruarte!

Feb 2019 – Our Cell metabolism preview (here) of Poillet-Perez et al. (2018) is out!

Jan 2019 – Welcome to BMS students Daphne Superville and Brian Woo doing their winter rotation with us

Sept 2018 – Christina is awarded an NIH Ruth L Kirschstein National Research Service Award predoctoral fellowship! well done CA!

July 2018 – Welcome to the Perera lab Julian Yano, Zeynep Cakir and Denna Kwang !

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May 2018 – Welcome to Mauricio Flores (UC Riverside) who will conduct summer research in the Perera lab through the UCSF SRTP program.

April 2018 – Anthony passes his QUALS!!  congratuations AV


December 2017 – Perera-Zoncu lab Christmas Party!



November 2017 – PANCREATIC CANCER AWARENESS MONTH kicks off with the PanCan PurpleStride Silicon Valley 5k run/walk



November 2017 – Suprit Gupta joins the Perera Lab - Welcome Suprit!

October 2017 – Anthony Venida wins best poster prize at the annual BMS retreat in Lake Tahoe !! yeeeeessss Anthony!



August 2017 – After a busy summer, SRTP student Megan Montoya presents her data from her time in the Perera Lab at the poster day.

July 2017 – BMS graduate student Anthony Venida joins the Perera Lab!  Welcome Anthony.

June 18-24th 2017 – Christina presents a short talk at the Gordon Research Conference on Pancreatic Disease, Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. Congrats Christina!

June 2017 – Collaborative paper with the Ballabio lab on MiT/TFE transcription factor mediated activation of RagD in cancer cells is out in Science! (click here)


May 2017 – Welcome to undergraduate students Justine Rutter (Duke University) and Megan Montoya (University of Arizona) who will conduct summer research projects in the Perera lab.  

April 30th 2017 – Awesome day of science at the Joint Metabolism Retreat between the Kajimura, Nomura, Olzmann, Perera and Zoncu labs


April 22nd 2017 – Perera Lab at March for Science SF

April 10th 2017 – Chris Waters - Tetrad grad program - starts his rotation! Welcome Chris!

March 2017 – Collaborative paper with the Zoncu lab on cholesterol mediated regulation of mTORC1 activity is out in Science! (click here)


March 2017 – Congratulations to Andrea and Anthony - recipients of NSF graduate research fellowships!  Congrats to Austin for an honorable mention!  Well done team!!


Jan 2017 – Austin Hsu and Anthony Venida start their rotations in the Perera lab - Welcome!!


Jan 2017 – Rushika is awarded the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award. See news highlight here




Dec 15th 2016 – End of rotation lab lunch for Jeremy and farewell to Kelly Devereaux - Pathology resident and visiting scholar from Stanford University.

Nov 17th 2016 – World Pancreatic Cancer awareness day.  GO PURPLE!!


Oct 4th 2016 – Rushika is awarded the NIH Director's New Innovator Award !!

See highlight in the UC (here) and UCSF campus news (here)

Congratulations to fellow UCSF awardees Bassem Al-Sady, Arun Wiita and Tien Peng




Oct 3rd 2016 – 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine is award to Yoshinori Ohsumi for his discovery of the mechanisms and machinery controlling the conserved cellular quality control pathway known as Autophagy! (see here)

See and hear leaders in the field discuss this important recognition:

Huffington post ; ABC news ; Japan news

Oct 2016 – Our review in Annual Reviews in Cellular and Developmental Biology entitled "Lysosomes as a Regulator Hub" is out (click here)

Oct 2016 – Christina is selected for a short talk at the UCSF BMS retreat at Lake Tahoe

Sept 30th 2016 – Lab Beer-Burgers-Bowling night! Highest score goes to .... Jeremy!

Sept 24th 2016 - Rushika speaks at the PancWest Symposia at University of California San Diego

Sept 22nd 2016 – Rally on Capital Hill to support budget increases for NIH and medical research

Sept 2016 : BMS grad student Jeremy Williams joins the lab for his 1st rotation



August 2016 – Collaborative paper with the Kajimura and Debnath labs is out in Cell Metabolism!! See highlight in the UCSF news (here)


July 2016 - Perera lab highlighted in the UCSF Pancreas Center Magazine    (click here)


UCSF Pancreas Center News

UCSF Pancreas Center News

AACR-Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Career Development Award recipients Kian-Huat Lim, Chris Vakoc, Rushika Perera

AACR-Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Career Development Award recipients Kian-Huat Lim, Chris Vakoc, Rushika Perera

April 2016 - We are in New Orleans for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) annual meeting!  Rushika is awarded the AACR-Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Career Development award.

Click here for Career Development Awardees.

The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network:

April 2016 – Andrea Eastes - BMS grad program - starts her rotation!

March 2016 - Rushika presents at the Banbury meeting on "Autophagy and Cancer" at Cold Spring Harbor (Banbury meetings click here)

Feb 2016 - Christina Adams - BMS graduate student and NSF predoctoral fellow joins the Perera Lab !!!!

Jan 2016 - HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Nov 2015 - Vancouver!  Rushika visits the British Columbia Cancer Agency (BCCA) Cancer Center and the University of British Columbia to present her work on autophagy and metabolic reprogramming in pancreatic cancer.  Link to BCCA Pancreas program: (Click Here)

LA Cancer Challenge for Pancreatic Cancer Research - Oct 24th 2015

LA Cancer Challenge for Pancreatic Cancer Research - Oct 24th 2015

September-October 2015 - the first packages arrive!

September 1st 2015 - PERERA LAB GRAND OPENING!!

July 2015 - Boston University, School of Medicine Cancer Center welcomes Rushika to present her work on autophagy regulation in pancreatic cancer at the Hematology/Oncology Grand Rounds Seminar Series.

June 2015 - Rushika is an invited speaker at the "Autophagy" Keystone Symposia, in Breckinridge CO to present her work on transcriptional control of autophagy in pancreatic cancer. (click here)

April 2015 - American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) selects Rushika as a NEXT GEN STAR at the annual meeting held in Philadelphia PA. She presented her work on transcriptional regulation of autophagy and lysosome biogenesis during the session "Pancreatic Cancer in 2015: An Integrated View of a Complex Disease" (click here)

January 2015 - Rushika presents a short talk at the "Integrating Metabolism and Tumor Biology" Keystone Symposia, in Vancouver Canada


October 2015 - The LA Cancer Challenge - the annual 5K/10K walk/run fundraiser for pancreatic cancer research begins! Rushika speaks about the lab's research along with other recipients of Hirshberg Foundation Seed Grants. (Agi Hirshberg pictured in angel costume).

October 2015 - The Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Seed Grant is awarded to the Perera Lab! (Click Here)

First delivery of lab equipment!

First delivery of lab equipment!

View from the lab!

View from the lab!