David Piston, PhD

David Piston, PhD

Primary Academic Title

Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology, Washington University School of Medicine

Research Interest

A major research focus in my lab is the development and application of novel quantitative optical approaches that can be used to measure cellular function in living specimen with ever increasing sensitivity. Current methods allow measurements spanning the range from single molecules to human patients on time scales from picoseconds to days or longer. We have a long-standing interest in molecular imaging of cancer cell heterogeneities.


  • 1989: PhD, physics, University of Illinois, Urbana, Ill.

Selected Research Publications

TCAF1 promotes TRPV2-mediated Ca2+ release in response to cytosolic DNA to protect stressed replication forks.
  • Kong L, Cheng C, Cheruiyot A, [...] Piston DW, [...] You Z
  • Nat Commun 2024

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