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Nadia Roan, PhD

TitleAssistant Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentUrology
Address1650 Owens St
San Francisco CA 94107
Phone415-734-4883
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    NIH2017  - 2022P01AI131374. PI of P01: Greene, PI of Project 1: Roan
    NIH2017  - 2020R15GM123447. PI: Jensen-Seaman
    NIH2016  - 2021R01AI127219. PI: Roan
    NIH2016  - 2018R21AI122821. PI: Roan
    amfAR2016  - 2021amfAR Cure Institute
    UCSF, NIH2016  - 2017NCTRI P50 Pilot Grant Award. PI: Roan
    NIH2016  - 2017WIHS W16036 PI: Yukl
    NIH2015  - 2017R21AI116252. PI: Roan
    CFAR2014  - 2015Center for AIDS Research Basic Science HIV/AIDS grant
    NIH2013  - 2016K99/R00 (K99AI103262, R00AI104262). PI: Roan
    UCSF2013  - 2015Hellman Award for Early-Career Faculty
    NIH2012  - 2013KURe K12
    NIH2012  - 2017R01HD074511. PI: Pilcher
    CFAR2012Centers for AIDS Research Early Career Award of Excellence in Basic Research
    The J. David Gladstones Institutes2012Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology Award for Scientific Excellence
    A.P. Giannini Foundation2008  - 2010A.P. Giannini Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship
    NIH2006Travel Award for the 11th International Symposium on Human Chlamydial Infections
    Harvard Medical School2004Manfred Karnovsky Fellowship Award
    U.C. Berkeley2001Outstanding Scholar Award
    NSF2001  - 2004National Science Foundation Pre-Doctoral Fellowship
    U.C. Berkeley2001University Medal Finalist
    U.C. Berkeley2001F.H. Carpenter Memorial Price in Biochemistry

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    The Roan Lab studies how intracellular and extracellular factors in the tissue microenvironment can affect infection by HIV, mucosal immunity, and reproductive health. We have demonstrated that genital and rectal fibroblasts, amongst the most abundant cells of the mucosa, potently increase HIV infection of T cells through at least two distinct mechanisms: promoting viral entry, and altering the cellular state of T cells to render them more permissive to viral replication. To characterize the molecular basis of how intrinsic and extrinsic perturbations can render some subsets of CD4+ T cells more susceptible than others to HIV infection, we are using a variety of global gene expression analysis approaches, including CyTOF and RNA-seq. These approaches are also being used to characterize the HIV latent reservoir and the nature of viral rebound upon antiretroviral treatment interruption. Another research interest in the lab is to understand how factors in seminal plasma affect reproductive health and susceptibility to sexually transmitted diseases.


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    Elucidating the mechanism of progesterone-induced permissivity in the upper female reproductive tract
    NIH/NIAID R01AI127219Sep 26, 2016 - Aug 31, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Characterization of Exosomes From Semen of Uninfected and HIV-Infected Men
    NIH/NIAID R21AI122821Mar 1, 2016 - Feb 28, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Characterization of Gallic Acid as a Novel HIV Microbicide Candidate
    NIH/NIAID R21AI116252Jul 1, 2015 - Jun 30, 2017
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Exploring the Role of Semen Amyloids in Promoting HIV Infection and Fertilization
    NIH/NIAID R00AI104262May 15, 2013 - Nov 30, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Exploring the Role of Semen Amyloids in Promoting HIV Infection and Fertilization
    NIH/NIAID K99AI104262May 15, 2013 - Apr 30, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Trapecar M, Khan S, Roan N, Chen TH, Telwatte S, Deswal M, Pao M, Somsouk M, Deeks SG, Hunt PW, Yukl S, Sanjabi S. An Optimized and Validated Method for Isolation and Characterization of Lymphocytes from HIV+ Human Gut Biopsies. AIDS Res Hum Retroviruses. 2017 Sep 07. PMID: 28882052.
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    2. Cavrois M, Banerjee T, Mukherjee G, Raman N, Hussien R, Rodriguez BA, Vasquez J, Spitzer MH, Lazarus NH, Jones JJ, Ochsenbauer C, McCune JM, Butcher EC, Arvin AM, Sen N, Greene WC, Roan N. Mass Cytometric Analysis of HIV Entry, Replication, and Remodeling in Tissue CD4+ T Cells. Cell Rep. 2017 Jul 25; 20(4):984-998. PMID: 28746881.
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    3. Roan N, Sandi-Monroy N, Kohgadai N, Usmani SM, Hamil KG, Neidleman J, Montano M, Ständker L, Röcker A, Cavrois M, Rosen J, Marson K, Smith JF, Pilcher CD, Gagsteiger F, Sakk O, O'Rand M, Lishko PV, Kirchhoff F, Münch J, Greene WC. Semen amyloids participate in spermatozoa selection and clearance. Elife. 2017 Jun 27; 6. PMID: 28653619.
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    4. Neidleman JA, Chen JC, Kohgadai N, Müller JA, Laustsen A, Thavachelvam K, Jang KS, Stürzel CM, Jones JJ, Ochsenbauer C, Chitre A, Somsouk M, Garcia MM, Smith JF, Greenblatt RM, Münch J, Jakobsen MR, Giudice LC, Greene WC, Roan N. Mucosal stromal fibroblasts markedly enhance HIV infection of CD4+ T cells. PLoS Pathog. 2017 Feb; 13(2):e1006163. PMID: 28207890.
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    5. Camus C, Matusali G, Bourry O, Mahe D, Aubry F, Bujan L, Pasquier C, Massip P, Ravel C, Zirafi O, Munch J, Roan N, Pineau C, Dejucq-Rainsford N. Comparison of the effect of semen from HIV-infected and uninfected men on CD4+ T-cell infection. AIDS. 2016 May 15; 30(8):1197-208. PMID: 26854806; PMCID: PMC4856179.
    6. LoRicco JG, Xu CS, Neidleman J, Bergkvist M, Greene WC, Roan N, Makhatadze GI. Gallic Acid Is an Antagonist of Semen Amyloid Fibrils That Enhance HIV-1 Infection. J Biol Chem. 2016 Jul 01; 291(27):14045-55. PMID: 27226574; PMCID: PMC4933164 [Available on 07/01/17].
    7. Bergman P, Roan N, Römling U, Bevins CL, Münch J. Amyloid formation: functional friend or fearful foe? J Intern Med. 2016 Aug; 280(2):139-52. PMID: 27151743; PMCID: PMC4956559 [Available on 08/01/17].
    8. Müller JA, Zirafi O, Roan N, Lee SJ, Münch J. Evaluation of EPI-X4 as a urinary peptide biomarker for diagnosis and prognosis of late acute GvHD. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2016 Aug; 51(8):1137-9. PMID: 27042833; PMCID: PMC4972659 [Available on 02/01/17].
    9. Roan N, Jakobsen MR. Friend or Foe: Innate Sensing of HIV in the Female Reproductive Tract. Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2016 Feb; 13(1):53-63. PMID: 26879654.
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    10. Chen JC, Roan N. Isolation and Culture of Human Endometrial Epithelial Cells and Stromal Fibroblasts. Bio Protoc. 2015 Oct 20; 5(20). PMID: 27347495.
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    11. Roan N, Münch J. Improving preclinical models of HIV microbicide efficacy. Trends Microbiol. 2015 Aug; 23(8):445-7. PMID: 26250616; PMCID: PMC4818646.
    12. Zirafi O, Kim KA, Roan N, Kluge SF, Müller JA, Jiang S, Mayer B, Greene WC, Kirchhoff F, Münch J. Semen enhances HIV infectivity and impairs the antiviral efficacy of microbicides. Sci Transl Med. 2014 Nov 12; 6(262):262ra157. PMID: 25391483; PMCID: PMC4372245.
    13. French KC, Roan N, Makhatadze GI. Structural characterization of semen coagulum-derived SEM1(86-107) amyloid fibrils that enhance HIV-1 infection. Biochemistry. 2014 May 27; 53(20):3267-77. PMID: 24811874; PMCID: PMC4039337.
    14. Roan N, Liu H, Usmani SM, Neidleman J, Müller JA, Avila-Herrera A, Gawanbacht A, Zirafi O, Chu S, Dong M, Kumar ST, Smith JF, Pollard KS, Fändrich M, Kirchhoff F, Münch J, Witkowska HE, Greene WC. Liquefaction of semen generates and later degrades a conserved semenogelin peptide that enhances HIV infection. J Virol. 2014 Jul; 88(13):7221-34. PMID: 24741080; PMCID: PMC4054457.
    15. Roan N, Chu S, Liu H, Neidleman J, Witkowska HE, Greene WC. Interaction of fibronectin with semen amyloids synergistically enhances HIV infection. J Infect Dis. 2014 Oct 01; 210(7):1062-6. PMID: 24719472; PMCID: PMC4168303.
    16. Usmani SM, Zirafi O, Müller JA, Sandi-Monroy NL, Yadav JK, Meier C, Weil T, Roan N, Greene WC, Walther P, Nilsson KP, Hammarström P, Wetzel R, Pilcher CD, Gagsteiger F, Fändrich M, Kirchhoff F, Münch J. Direct visualization of HIV-enhancing endogenous amyloid fibrils in human semen. Nat Commun. 2014 Apr 01; 5:3508. PMID: 24691351; PMCID: PMC4129123.
    17. Chen JC, Johnson BA, Erikson DW, Piltonen TT, Barragan F, Chu S, Kohgadai N, Irwin JC, Greene WC, Giudice LC, Roan N. Seminal plasma induces global transcriptomic changes associated with cell migration, proliferation and viability in endometrial epithelial cells and stromal fibroblasts. Hum Reprod. 2014 Jun; 29(6):1255-70. PMID: 24626806; PMCID: PMC4017943.
    18. Tang Q, Roan N, Yamamura Y. Seminal plasma and semen amyloids enhance cytomegalovirus infection in cell culture. J Virol. 2013 Dec; 87(23):12583-91. PMID: 24027327; PMCID: PMC3838150.
    19. Yolamanova M, Meier C, Shaytan AK, Vas V, Bertoncini CW, Arnold F, Zirafi O, Usmani SM, Müller JA, Sauter D, Goffinet C, Palesch D, Walther P, Roan N, Geiger H, Lunov O, Simmet T, Bohne J, Schrezenmeier H, Schwarz K, Ständker L, Forssmann WG, Salvatella X, Khalatur PG, Khokhlov AR, Knowles TP, Weil T, Kirchhoff F, Münch J. Peptide nanofibrils boost retroviral gene transfer and provide a rapid means for concentrating viruses. Nat Nanotechnol. 2013 Feb; 8(2):130-6. PMID: 23334171.
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    20. Roan N, Cavrois M, Greene WC. [Role of semen-derived amyloid fibrils as facilitators of HIV infection]. Med Sci (Paris). 2012 Apr; 28(4):358-60. PMID: 22549858.
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    21. Roan N, Müller JA, Liu H, Chu S, Arnold F, Stürzel CM, Walther P, Dong M, Witkowska HE, Kirchhoff F, Münch J, Greene WC. Peptides released by physiological cleavage of semen coagulum proteins form amyloids that enhance HIV infection. Cell Host Microbe. 2011 Dec 15; 10(6):541-50. PMID: 22177559; PMCID: PMC3257029.
    22. Arnold F, Schnell J, Zirafi O, Stürzel C, Meier C, Weil T, Ständker L, Forssmann WG, Roan N, Greene WC, Kirchhoff F, Münch J. Naturally occurring fragments from two distinct regions of the prostatic acid phosphatase form amyloidogenic enhancers of HIV infection. J Virol. 2012 Jan; 86(2):1244-9. PMID: 22090109; PMCID: PMC3255800.
    23. Kim KA, Yolamanova M, Zirafi O, Roan N, Staendker L, Forssmann WG, Burgener A, Dejucq-Rainsford N, Hahn BH, Shaw GM, Greene WC, Kirchhoff F, Münch J. Semen-mediated enhancement of HIV infection is donor-dependent and correlates with the levels of SEVI. Retrovirology. 2010 Jun 23; 7:55. PMID: 20573198; PMCID: PMC2914040.
    24. Roan N, Sowinski S, Münch J, Kirchhoff F, Greene WC. Aminoquinoline surfen inhibits the action of SEVI (semen-derived enhancer of viral infection). J Biol Chem. 2010 Jan 15; 285(3):1861-9. PMID: 19897482; PMCID: PMC2804344.
    25. Gondek DC, Roan N, Starnbach MN. T cell responses in the absence of IFN-gamma exacerbate uterine infection with Chlamydia trachomatis. J Immunol. 2009 Jul 15; 183(2):1313-9. PMID: 19561106; PMCID: PMC2723820.
    26. Roan N, Münch J, Arhel N, Mothes W, Neidleman J, Kobayashi A, Smith-McCune K, Kirchhoff F, Greene WC. The cationic properties of SEVI underlie its ability to enhance human immunodeficiency virus infection. J Virol. 2009 Jan; 83(1):73-80. PMID: 18945786; PMCID: PMC2612336.
    27. Starnbach MN, Roan N. Conquering sexually transmitted diseases. Nat Rev Immunol. 2008 Apr; 8(4):313-7. PMID: 18309315.
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    28. Grotenbreg GM, Roan N, Guillen E, Meijers R, Wang JH, Bell GW, Starnbach MN, Ploegh HL. Discovery of CD8+ T cell epitopes in Chlamydia trachomatis infection through use of caged class I MHC tetramers. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2008 Mar 11; 105(10):3831-6. PMID: 18245382; PMCID: PMC2268777.
    29. Roan N, Greene WC. A seminal finding for understanding HIV transmission. Cell. 2007 Dec 14; 131(6):1044-6. PMID: 18083095.
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    30. Roan N, Starnbach MN. Immune-mediated control of Chlamydia infection. Cell Microbiol. 2008 Jan; 10(1):9-19. PMID: 17979983.
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    31. Roan N, Starnbach MN. Antigen-specific CD8+ T cells respond to Chlamydia trachomatis in the genital mucosa. J Immunol. 2006 Dec 01; 177(11):7974-9. PMID: 17114470.
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    32. Roan N, Gierahn TM, Higgins DE, Starnbach MN. Monitoring the T cell response to genital tract infection. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2006 Aug 08; 103(32):12069-74. PMID: 16880389; PMCID: PMC1567698.
    33. Balsara ZR, Roan N, Steele LN, Starnbach MN. Developmental regulation of Chlamydia trachomatis class I accessible protein-1, a CD8+ T cell antigen. J Infect Dis. 2006 May 15; 193(10):1459-63. PMID: 16619195.
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    34. Hess D, Liu B, Roan N, Sternglanz R, Winston F. Spt10-dependent transcriptional activation in Saccharomyces cerevisiae requires both the Spt10 acetyltransferase domain and Spt21. Mol Cell Biol. 2004 Jan; 24(1):135-43. PMID: 14673149; PMCID: PMC303362.
    35. D'Orazio SE, Velasquez M, Roan N, Naveiras-Torres O, Starnbach MN. The Listeria monocytogenes lemA gene product is not required for intracellular infection or to activate fMIGWII-specific T cells. Infect Immun. 2003 Dec; 71(12):6721-7. PMID: 14638756; PMCID: PMC308916.
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