Neurobiology & Brain Tumor Program Members

Suzanne Baker, PhD
Department of Developmental Neurobiology
Research interests: PTEN and key signaling pathways in brain tumors

Frederick A. Boop, MD
Department of Surgery
Research interests: brain tumor clinical trials; functional neuro-imaging in children; advanced surgical techniques in children

James Boyett, PhD
Department of Biostatistics
Research interests: statistical design and analysis of clinical trials

Alberto Broniscer, MD
Department of Oncology
Research interests: biology and treatment of high-grade gliomas

Xinwei Cao, PhD
Department of Developmental Neurobiology
Research interests: growth control of neural tube development

Heather Conklin, PhD
Department of Psychology
Research interests: cognitive outcomes of childhood cancer treatment

David Ellison, MD, PhD
Department of Pathology
Research interests: pathologic/molecular classification of CNS tumors

Amar Gajjar, MD
Department of Oncology
Research interests: novel treatments for children with brain tumors

Richard Gilbertson, MD, PhD
Department of Developmental Neurobiology
Research interests: the cellular and molecular origins of brain tumors

Young-Goo Han, PhD
Department of Developmental Neurobiology
Research interests: Primary cilia in brain development and tumorigenesis

Kathleen Helton, MD
Department of Radiological Sciences
Research interests: cerebral perfusion and white matter connectivity

Julie H. Harreld, MD
Department of Radiological Sciences
Research interests: development of novel MR contrast mechanisms and their application to the study of pediatric brain tumors and CNS treatment sequelae

Larry Kun, MD
Department of Radiological Sciences
Research interests: improving diagnosis and therapy of brain tumors

Peter McKinnon, PhD
Department of Genetics
Research interests: DNA damage responses in the nervous system

Thomas Merchant, DO, PhD
Department of Radiological Sciences
Research interests: radiation-related CNS effects

James Morgan, PhD
Department of Developmental Neurobiology
Research interests: control of neuronal death and differentiation

Robert Ogg, PhD
Department of Radiological Sciences
Research interests: brain function in survivors of childhood diseases

Guillermo Oliver, PhD
Department of Genetics
Research interests: development of the CNS and lymphatic vasculature

Arzu Onar-Thomas, PhD
Department of Biostatistics
Research interests: Ph I-II designs, bioinformatics, survival analysis

Brent Orr, MD, PhD
Department of Pathology
Research interests: Molecular classification of tumors of the nervous system

Zoltán Patay, MD, PhD
Department of Radiological Sciences
Research interests: multimodality tumor tissue characterization by MRI

Junmin Peng, PhD
Department of Structural Biology
Research interests: Proteomics to ubiquitin biology and human disease

Ibrahim Qaddoumi, PhD
Department of Oncology
Research interests: low grade gliomas as unique diseases; advancing the study of pediatric brain tumors in developing countries through international collaboration, twinning, and telemedicine

Wilburn Reddick, PhD
Department of Radiological Sciences
Research interests: white matter injury and neurocognitive functioning

Giles Robinson, MD
Department of Oncology
Research interests: Origin and genomics of medulloblastoma, translational studies

Noah Sabin, MD, JD
Department of Radiological Sciences
Research interests: the imaging of brain tumors and neuroimaging of  long-term survivors of childhood cancer

David Solecki, PhD
Department of Developmental Neurobiology
Research interests: cell polarity in neuron precursor differentiation

J. Paul Taylor, MD, PhD
Department of Cell & Molecular Biology
Research interests: To understand the roles of catabolic pathways

Matthew Wilson, MD
Department of Surgery
Research interests: vascular disorders and brain tumors

Karen Wright, MD
Department of Oncology
Research interests: Ependymoma, atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumors, infant brain tumors

Stanislav Zakharenko, MD, PhD
Department of Developmental Neurobiology
Research interests: synaptic and neuronal mechanisms of schizophrenia

Jian Zuo, PhD
Department of Developmental Neurobiology
Research interests: hair cell function and regeneration in mice