2020 Hellman Fellow
Assistant Professor, Neurobiology
UC San Diego
Project title: Gliogenesis: Charting New Pathways for Glioma Therapies
Project description: Gliomas are the most common and deadly primary brain tumor. Despite current therapeutic approaches, most glioma patients die within one year of diagnosis. Notably, the survival rate for malignant glioma has not changed over the past 60 years, highlighting the need for innovative therapeutics for this devastating and fatal disease. Two fundamental issues influencing glioma treatment are its highly infiltrative nature and the cellular and molecular heterogeneity of the tumor mass itself. Identification of the cellular constituents of glioma and their regulatory pathways remain a key goal in developing new treatments of this deadly disease as the majority of the tumor is composed of pathogenic glial cells.