Brain Tumor Research Group

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The Brain Tumor Research Group (BTRG) at Weill Cornell is recognized worldwide as a research center for adult and pediatric tumors of the brain and spinal cord. Its basic science laboratories pursue translational research on the biology and behavior of brain tumors. Scientists work with health care clinicians in partnership to translate laboratory findings into new and improved forms of clinical therapies. The group maintains extensive cell and tissue banks, collected from patients with brain tumors, and also harvests normal human brain stem cells. These banks are of incalculable value in providing starting material for initiating world-class cancer research. Uniquely positioned, the BTRG is at the forefront of translational medical exploration, bringing the best from the bench to the clinical arena.

Research Opportunities for Trainees
The BTRG offers neurological surgery residents and postdoctoral fellows research opportunities in diverse areas, including molecular biology of brain tumors, radiobiology, experimental chemotherapy, pharmacology, biophysics, biochemistry, and cell kinetics. The BTRG also offers opportunities in clinical research and trials through the Clinical Neuro-oncology group, which treats both adult and pediatric patients. BTRG faculty and staff have trained many graduate students, residents, and postdoctoral fellows, and have published in major scientific journals. In conjunction with its training program, the BTRG holds weekly research conferences, seminars, and journal clubs.

The Brain Tumor Research Group


Mike Kaplitt, M.D., Ph.D.
Gene therapy

Mark Souweidane, M.D.
Pediatric brain tumors; convection drug-delivery systems

Theodore H. Schwartz, M.D.
Brain mapping; epilepsy and therapy of brain tumors

Jeffrey Greenfield, M.D. Ph.D.
Pediatric brain tumors

Susan Pannullo, M.D.
Radiation oncology; radiosurgery

Gabriella Wernicke, M.D.
Radiation oncology

Kaleb Yohay, M.D.
Neurofibromatosis, Pediatric Neurology

Dikoma C. Shungu, M.D.
Perfusion magnetic resonance imaging
Multivoxel spectroscopy

Andy Dannenberg, M.D.
Cox-2 and EGFR in malignant brain tumors

Claudia Fischbach-Teschl, Ph.D.
Tissue engineering models of glioma

John Tsiouris, M.D.
Magnetic resonance spectroscopy

Robert Zimmerman, M.D.
Ajay Gupta M.D.

Ilhami Kovanlikaya, M.D.

Bhupesh Parashar, M.D.
Radiation Oncology
Matei Banu, M.D., MS
Post-doctoral Fellow

Heather Kramer, ANP-BC
Nurse Practitioner
Weill Cornell Medical College

Lynn Mubita
Clinical Research Fellow
Neuro-oncology/Neurological Surgery

Weill-Cornell Brain Tumor Research Fellows
Nicolas Berry
Weill Cornell Medical

Jan Burkhardt
Neurosurgery resident, Zurich

Nima Soltanzed
Weill Cornell Medical

Robel T. Beyene, B.S.
Weill Cornell Medical College

Brian M. Howard, B.S.
University of Connecticut School of Medicine

Brain Tumor Research Group
Department of Neurological Surgery
Attn: Melissa Ricketts
525 E. 68th Street, Box 99
New York, NY 10065