Brain Tumor Working Group

Vision

To improve the lives of patients with brain and spine tumors

Mission

To pool our complementary expertise in pediatric and adult tumors of the central nervous system (CNS) within UNMC and the greater University of Nebraska campuses to advance our understanding and patient care.

Goals

  1. To allow for free exchange of ideas
  2. To promote collaboration to enhance research quality and increase joint publications
  3. To increase extramural grant funding, including multi-PI funding
  4. To provide a panel of CNS cancer experts who may provide peer review for future   projects, clinical trials, manuscripts, and grants

Group Leaders

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Sidharth Mahapatra, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics; Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry

Nicole Shonka

Nicole Shonka, MD

Associate Professor, Division of Oncology & Hematology
Neuro-oncology, Sarcoma

 

Members

Michelle Aizenberg

Michele R. Aizenberg, MD

Professor of Neurosurgery

Surinder Batra

Surinder K. Batra, PhD

Professor and Chairman, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

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Kishor Bhakat

Kishor Bhakat, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy

Sahara Cathcart

Sahara J. Cathcart, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

Kishore Challagundla

Kishore Challagundla, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Nagendra Chaturvedi

Nagendra Chaturvedi, PhD

Assistant Professor and Research Scientist, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

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Jie Chen

Jie Chen, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Microbiology

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Don Coulter, MD

Professor, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Matthew Garlinghouse

Matthew Garlinghouse, PhD

Assistant Professor - Department of Neurological Sciences Neuropsychology

Maneesh Jain

Maneesh Jain, PhD

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Arnette Klugh

Arnett Klugh, MD

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Virender Kumar

Virender Kumar, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Ram Mahato

Ram I Mahato, PhD

Professor, College of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

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Aaron Mohs

Aaron Mohs, PhD

Professor, College of Pharmacy
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Chittalsinh Raulji

Chittalsinh Raulji, MBBS

Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Sutapa Ray

Sutapa Ray, PhD

Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

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Angie Rizzino

Angie Rizzino, PhD

Professor, Eppley Institute

Afshin Salehi

Afshin Salehi, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery

Paul Trippier

Paul Trippier, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

Raghupathy Vengoji

Ragupathy Vengoji, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Matthew White

Matthew White, MD

Professor of Radiology and Neuroradiology Division Chief
MRI Fellowship Director

Poonam Yadav

Poonam Yadav

Kevin Zhang

Chi (Kevin) Zhang, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology