Dr. Weibo Luo is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Pathology and Pharmacology at UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) since December 2014. Dr. Luo received his Ph.D summa cum laude from the University of Magdeburg, Germany in 2007, completed his postdoctoral fellowship and instructorship with Dr. Gregg L. Semenza at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine before joining UTSW.

Dr. Luo studies oxygen homeostasis in tumor growth and metastasis at the molecular and cellular levels, with a particular focus on hypoxia-inducible factors (HIFs). He utilizes the multidisciplinary approaches to study crosstalk of HIF, epigenetics, and metabolism and their roles in tumor growth and metastasis. His overall goals are to identify the novel hypoxia-specific therapeutic targets and ultimately to translate knowledge to cancer therapy.

Research Interest

  • Epigenetics
  • Gene regulation
  • Hypoxia
  • Hypoxia-inducible factor
  • Metabolism
  • Tumor growth and metastasis


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

HIF-1a and TAZ serve as reciprocal co-activators in human breast cancer cells.
Xiang L, Gilkes DM, Hu H, Luo W, Bullen JW, Liang H, Semenza GL Oncotarget 2015 May 6 14 11768-78
Hypoxia-inducible factor 1 mediates TAZ expression and nuclear localization to induce the breast cancer stem cell phenotype.
Xiang L, Gilkes DM, Hu H, Takano N, Luo W, Lu H, Bullen JW, Samanta D, Liang H, Semenza GL Oncotarget 2014 Dec 5 24 12509-27
Systemic delivery of microencapsulated 3-bromopyruvate for the therapy of pancreatic cancer.
Chapiro J, Sur S, Savic LJ, Ganapathy-Kanniappan S, Reyes J, Duran R, Thiruganasambandam SC, Moats CR, Lin M, Luo W, Tran PT, Herman JM, Semenza GL, Ewald AJ, Vogelstein B, Geschwind JF Clin. Cancer Res. 2014 Dec 20 24 6406-17
Hypoxia-inducible factors enhance glutamate signaling in cancer cells.
Hu H, Takano N, Xiang L, Gilkes DM, Luo W, Semenza GL Oncotarget 2014 Oct 5 19 8853-68
Hypoxia-inducible factors and RAB22A mediate formation of microvesicles that stimulate breast cancer invasion and metastasis.
Wang T, Gilkes DM, Takano N, Xiang L, Luo W, Bishop CJ, Chaturvedi P, Green JJ, Semenza GL Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. 2014 Jun

Honors & Awards

  • Susan G. Komen Career Catalyst Research Award
  • Welch Foundation Research Award
  • American Cancer Society (ACS-IRG) New Investigator Awards in Cancer Research
  • CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research
    Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas (2014)
  • AACR-Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology Scholar-in-Training Award
    American Association for Cancer Research (2013)
  • NIH Pathway to Independence Award
    National Cancer Institute (2013)
  • Albert L. Lehninger Postdoctoral Research Award
    The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2012)
  • FARMS Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Dr. Richard and Mavis Fowler Foundation for Advanced Research in the Medical Sciences, Inc (2011)
  • PhD summa cum laude
    University of Magdeburg, Germany (2007)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association for Cancer Research (2011)