Neurobiology & Brain Tumor Program Members

  • Suzanne J. Baker, PhD

    Co-Leader, Neurobiology and Brain Tumor Program
    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

  • 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 during neural tube development

  • Heather Conklin, PhD

    Department of Psychology
    Research interests: cognitive outcomes of childhood cancer treatment

  • David W. Ellison, MD, PhD

    Department of Pathology
    Research interests: pathologic/molecular classification of CNS tumors

  • Amar Gajjar, MD

    Co-Leader, Neurobiology and Brain Tumor Program
    Department of Oncology
    Research interests: novel treatments for children with brain tumors

  • Young-Goo Han, PhD

    Department of Developmental Neurobiology
    Research interests: Primary cilia in brain development and tumorigenesis

  • Julie H. Harreld, MD

    Department of Diagnostic Imaging
    Research interests: Development of novel MR contrast mechanisms and their application to the study of pediatric brain tumors and CNS treatment sequelae

  • Kathleen J. Helton, MD

    Department of Diagnostic Imaging
    Research interests: cerebral perfusion and white matter connectivity

  • Peter J. McKinnon, PhD

    Department of Genetics
    Research interests: DNA damage responses in the nervous system

  • Thomas E. Merchant, DO, PhD

    Department of Radiation Oncology
    Research interests: medulloblastoma, ependymoma, craniopharyngioma, low-grade glioma

  • James I. Morgan, PhD

    Department of Developmental Neurobiology
    Research interests: control of neuronal death and differentiation

  • Robert J. Ogg, PhD

    Department of Diagnostic Imaging
    Research interests: brain function of survivors of childhood diseases

  • Arzu Onar-Thomas, PhD

    Arzu Onar-Thomas, PhD

    Onar-Thomas

    Department of Biostatistics
    Research interests: Ph I-II designs, bioinformatics, survival analysis

  • Brent A. Orr, MD, PhD

    Department of Pathology
    Research interests: molecular classification of tumors of the nervous system

  • Zoltán Patay, MD, PhD

    Department of Diagnostic Imaging
    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, MD, MS

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

  • Wilburn E. Reddick, PhD

    Department of Diagnostic Imaging
    Research interests: white matter injury and neurocognitive functioning

  • Giles W. Robinson, MD

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

  • Noah D. Sabin, MD, JD

    Department of Diagnostic Imaging
    Research interests: the imaging of brain tumors and neuroimaging of long-term survivors of childhood cancer

  • David J. Solecki, PhD

    Department of Developmental Neurobiology
    Research interests: cell polarity in neuron precursor differentiation

  • J. Paul Taylor, MD, PhD

    Associate Director, Basic Research
    Department of Cell & Molecular Biology
    Research interests: To understand the roles of catabolic pathways

  • Matthew W. Wilson, MD

    Department of Surgery
    Research interests: surgical ophthalmology

  • Stanislav S. 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