Nalin Gupta, MD, PhD

Benioff UCSF Professorship in Children's Health; and Dennis Bruce Dettmer Endowed Chair in Pediatric Neurosurgery, UCSF

Professor, Departments of Neurological Surgery and Pediatrics, UCSF; Chief, Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Membership

Pediatric Malignancies

Research Summary

Nalin Gupta is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Neurosurgery at UCSF, and a Professor in the Departments of Neurological Surgery and Pediatrics. His clinical and research interests are directed towards neuro-oncology and congenital anomalies. He was the lead neurosurgeon at UCSF for a randomized clinical trials examining the effectiveness of fetal surgery for myelomeningocele. He also participated in a phase I clinical study examining the safety of stem cell transplantation for a disorder of myelination in humans. He is currently clinical PI of a phase I study examining the safety of gene therapy for children with primary AADC deficiency.

Research Funding

  • July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2025 - Myeloid cells and radiation-induced memory deficits in rodent glioma model: sex and age effects , Co-Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: R01CA246722
  • January 1, 2019 - December 31, 2021 - Use of a Long Non-coding RNA (lncRNA) as a Therapeutic Target in DIPG , Co-Investigator . Sponsor: Michael Mosier Defeat DIPG Foundation, Sponsor Award ID: A132437
  • April 15, 2016 - October 15, 2019 - Convection-enhanced delivery of nanoliposomal CPT-11 for the treatment of newly diagnosed children with diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) , . Sponsor: V Foundation, Sponsor Award ID: 02016-007
  • April 19, 2006 - February 28, 2011 - Macrophage and Microglial Activation in Glioma-Associated Inflammation , Principal Investigator . Sponsor: NIH, Sponsor Award ID: K08NS055061


Faculty of Science, McGill University, Montreal, Canada, 1981-1983, Program in Biology
Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada, MD, 1987, Medicine
Mt. Sinai Hospital, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, Canada, Internship, 1987-1988, Surgery
Dept. of Surgery, University of Ottawa and University of Toronto, Canada, Residency, 1988-1996, Neurosurgery
University of California, San Francisco, PhD, 1996, Biochemistry / Biophysics
Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada, 1997-98, Peds Neurosurgery

Honors & Awards

  • 1981
    J.W. McConnell Scholarship, McGill University
  • 1988
    Outstanding Intern, Department of Emergency Medicine, Mount Sinai Hospital
  • 1989
    Resident Teaching Award, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto
  • 1994
    Student Travel Award, Radiation Research Society
  • 1995
    Junior Scientist Travel Award, International Congress of Radiation Research
  • 1995
    T.P. Morley Resident Research Award, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto
  • 1997
    Resident Teaching Award, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto
  • 1997
    Alan Hudson Resident Teaching Award, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto
  • 2003
    Hellman Family Research Award for Junior Faculty, UCSF
  • 2004
    Career Development Award, SPORE Grant, UCSF

Selected Publications

  1. Chinnam D, Saraswati A, Jogunoori S, Verma A, Kiran T, Salunke P, Gupta N, Kumar N, Madan R, Radotra BD, Gupta K. Immunohistochemical Surrogates for Molecular Stratification in Medulloblastoma. Appl Immunohistochem Mol Morphol. 2023 Sep 01; 31(8):561-568.  View on PubMed
  2. Gupta P, Pandey T, Gautam U, Rajwanshi A, Srinivasan R, Gupta N, Rohilla M, Varma N, Dey P. Lymphoreticular malignancies in serous effusions: Cytomorphologic, flow cytometric and immunocytochemical analysis. Diagn Cytopathol. 2021 May; 49(5):647-656.  View on PubMed
  3. Gupta P, Kapatia G, Gupta N, Dey P, Rohilla M, Gupta A, Rai B, Suri V, Rajwanshi A, Srinivasan R. Small Cell Carcinoma of the Ovary: Clinicopathologic and Immunohistochemical Analysis of 7 New Cases of a Rare Malignancy. Int J Surg Pathol. 2021 May; 29(3):236-245.  View on PubMed
  4. Zaidi A, Kaur H, Gupta P, Gupta N, Srinivasan R, Dey P, Rohilla M, Rajwanshi A, Bal A, Agarwal R. Role of bronchoalveolar lavage in diagnosing pulmonary infections and malignancies: Experience from a tertiary care center. Diagn Cytopathol. 2020 Dec; 48(12):1290-1299.  View on PubMed
  5. Liu SJ, Malatesta M, Lien BV, Saha P, Thombare SS, Hong SJ, Pedraza L, Koontz M, Seo K, Horlbeck MA, He D, Birk HS, Jain M, Olsen HE, Akeson M, Weissman JS, Monje M, Gupta N, Raleigh DR, Ullian EM, Lim DA. CRISPRi-based radiation modifier screen identifies long non-coding RNA therapeutic targets in glioma. Genome Biol. 2020 03 31; 21(1):83.  View on PubMed
  6. Sloan EA, Cooney T, Oberheim Bush NA, Buerki R, Taylor J, Clarke JL, Torkildson J, Kline C, Reddy A, Mueller S, Banerjee A, Butowski N, Chang S, Mummaneni PV, Chou D, Tan L, Theodosopoulos P, McDermott M, Berger M, Raffel C, Gupta N, Sun PP, Li Y, Shah V, Cha S, Braunstein S, Raleigh DR, Samuel D, Scharnhorst D, Fata C, Guo H, Moes G, Kim JYH, Koschmann C, Van Ziffle J, Onodera C, Devine P, Grenert JP, Lee JC, Pekmezci M, Phillips JJ, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Perry A, Solomon DA. Recurrent non-canonical histone H3 mutations in spinal cord diffuse gliomas. Acta Neuropathol. 2019 11; 138(5):877-881.  View on PubMed
  7. Gupta N, Henry RG, Kang SM, Strober J, Lim DA, Ryan T, Perry R, Farrell J, Ulman M, Rajalingam R, Gage A, Huhn SL, Barkovich AJ, Rowitch DH. Long-Term Safety, Immunologic Response, and Imaging Outcomes following Neural Stem Cell Transplantation for Pelizaeus-Merzbacher Disease. Stem Cell Reports. 2019 08 13; 13(2):254-261.  View on PubMed
  8. Koshy A, Jain R, Srinivasan R, Bhatia P, Kakkar N, Rajwanshi A, Gupta N, Dey P, Trehan A, Bansal D. Cytopathological spectrum of peripheral neuroblastic tumours in fine needle aspiration cytology and categorisation as per International Neuroblastoma Pathology Classification. Cytopathology. 2019 11; 30(6):634-643.  View on PubMed
  9. Lee JC, Mazor T, Lao R, Wan E, Diallo AB, Hill NS, Thangaraj N, Wendelsdorf K, Samuel D, Kline CN, Banerjee A, Auguste K, Raffel C, Gupta N, Berger M, Raleigh DR, Shai A, Phillips JJ, Bollen AW, Tihan T, Perry A, Costello J, Solomon DA. Recurrent KBTBD4 small in-frame insertions and absence of DROSHA deletion or DICER1 mutation differentiate pineal parenchymal tumor of intermediate differentiation (PPTID) from pineoblastoma. Acta Neuropathol. 2019 05; 137(5):851-854.  View on PubMed
  10. Bot GM, Burkhardt JK, Gupta N, Lawton MT. Superficial temporal artery-to-middle cerebral artery bypass in combination with indirect revascularization in moyamoya patients ≤ 3 years of age. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2018 11 16; 23(2):198-203.  View on PubMed
  11. Feng X, Liu S, Chen D, Rosi S, Gupta N. Rescue of cognitive function following fractionated brain irradiation in a novel preclinical glioma model. Elife. 2018 11 13; 7.  View on PubMed
  12. Phillips JJ, Gong H, Chen K, Joseph NM, van Ziffle J, Bastian BC, Grenert JP, Kline CN, Mueller S, Banerjee A, Nicolaides T, Gupta N, Berger MS, Lee HS, Pekmezci M, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Perry A, Shieh JTC, Solomon DA. The genetic landscape of anaplastic pleomorphic xanthoastrocytoma. Brain Pathol. 2019 01; 29(1):85-96.  View on PubMed
  13. Safaee MM, Jonzzon S, López GY, Asaikar S, Tihan T, Glenn OA, Gupta N. Perilesional edema associated with an intracranial calcifying pseudoneoplasm of the neuraxis in a child: case report and review of imaging features. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2018 Nov 01; 22(5):528-531.  View on PubMed
  14. Panditharatna E, Kilburn LB, Aboian MS, Kambhampati M, Gordish-Dressman H, Magge SN, Gupta N, Myseros JS, Hwang EI, Kline C, Crawford JR, Warren KE, Cha S, Liang WS, Berens ME, Packer RJ, Resnick AC, Prados M, Mueller S, Nazarian J. Clinically Relevant and Minimally Invasive Tumor Surveillance of Pediatric Diffuse Midline Gliomas Using Patient-Derived Liquid Biopsy. Clin Cancer Res. 2018 12 01; 24(23):5850-5859.  View on PubMed
  15. Gupta N, Goumnerova LC, Manley P, Chi SN, Neuberg D, Puligandla M, Fangusaro J, Goldman S, Tomita T, Alden T, DiPatri A, Rubin JB, Gauvain K, Limbrick D, Leonard J, Geyer JR, Leary S, Browd S, Wang Z, Sood S, Bendel A, Nagib M, Gardner S, Karajannis MA, Harter D, Ayyanar K, Gump W, Bowers DC, Weprin B, MacDonald TJ, Aguilera D, Brahma B, Robison NJ, Kiehna E, Krieger M, Sandler E, Aldana P, Khatib Z, Ragheb J, Bhatia S, Mueller S, Banerjee A, Bredlau AL, Gururangan S, Fuchs H, Cohen KJ, Jallo G, Dorris K, Handler M, Comito M, Dias M, Nazemi K, Baird L, Murray J, Lindeman N, Hornick JL, Malkin H, Sinai C, Greenspan L, Wright KD, Prados M, Bandopadhayay P, Ligon KL, Kieran MW. Prospective feasibility and safety assessment of surgical biopsy for patients with newly diagnosed diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma. Neuro Oncol. 2018 10 09; 20(11):1547-1555.  View on PubMed
  16. Kline C, Liu SJ, Duriseti S, Banerjee A, Nicolaides T, Raber S, Gupta N, Haas-Kogan D, Braunstein S, Mueller S. Reirradiation and PD-1 inhibition with nivolumab for the treatment of recurrent diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma: a single-institution experience. J Neurooncol. 2018 Dec; 140(3):629-638.  View on PubMed
  17. López GY, Van Ziffle J, Onodera C, Grenert JP, Yeh I, Bastian BC, Clarke J, Oberheim Bush NA, Taylor J, Chang S, Butowski N, Banerjee A, Mueller S, Kline C, Torkildson J, Samuel D, Siongco A, Raffel C, Gupta N, Kunwar S, Mummaneni P, Aghi M, Theodosopoulos P, Berger M, Phillips JJ, Pekmezci M, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Perry A, Solomon DA. The genetic landscape of gliomas arising after therapeutic radiation. Acta Neuropathol. 2019 01; 137(1):139-150.  View on PubMed
  18. Rocque BG, Agee BS, Thompson EM, Piedra M, Baird LC, Selden NR, Greene S, Deibert CP, Hankinson TC, Lew SM, Iskandar BJ, Bragg TM, Frim D, Grant G, Gupta N, Auguste KI, Nikas DC, Vassilyadi M, Muh CR, Wetjen NM, Lam SK. Complications following pediatric cranioplasty after decompressive craniectomy: a multicenter retrospective study. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2018 09; 22(3):225-232.  View on PubMed
  19. Pekmezci M, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Goode B, Van Ziffle J, Onodera C, Grenert JP, Bastian BC, Chamyan G, Maher OM, Khatib Z, Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK, Samuel D, Mueller S, Banerjee A, Clarke JL, Cooney T, Torkildson J, Gupta N, Theodosopoulos P, Chang EF, Berger M, Bollen AW, Perry A, Tihan T, Solomon DA. The genetic landscape of ganglioglioma. Acta Neuropathol Commun. 2018 06 07; 6(1):47.  View on PubMed
  20. Iorgulescu JB, Van Ziffle J, Stevers M, Grenert JP, Bastian BC, Chavez L, Stichel D, Buchhalter I, Samuel D, Nicolaides T, Banerjee A, Mueller S, Gupta N, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Northcott PA, Kool M, Pfister S, Korshunov A, Perry A, Solomon DA. Deep sequencing of WNT-activated medulloblastomas reveals secondary SHH pathway activation. Acta Neuropathol. 2018 04; 135(4):635-638.  View on PubMed

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