Research Summary

I am a board-certified neurologist and a pediatric neuro-oncologist with a research program focused on novel therapies for pediatric brain tumors and also on late effects in survivors of childhood brain tumors. I have received dedicated training in clinical research methodology through the Master's of Clinical Research Program at UCSF, which I completed in June 2015. I have significant experience conducting multi-center trials through established consortia, such as the Children's Oncology Group and the Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium, which I am co-leading. I also collaborate with the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study for my late effect research.


College, University of Hamburg, Germany  M.S.,  01/95,  Biochemistry
MD/PhD program, University of Hamburg,  M.D./Ph.D.,  01/03,  Chemistry
Harvard Medical School, Boston,  Intern,  01/05,  Pediatrics
Harvard Medical School, Boston,  Resident,  01/06,  Pediatrics
UCSF,  Clinical  Fellow,  06/09,  Child Neurology
UCSF,  Clinical  Fellow,  06/10,  Neuro-Oncology

Honors & Awards

  • 1997
    Center of Molecular Neurobiology (ZMNH) Predoctoral Fellowship, Hamburg,Germany
  • 1998
    European Society of Neurobiology research/travel award, Berlin, Germany
  • 1999
    Center of Molecular Neurobiology (ZMNH) AACR research/travel award,Philadelphia, PA
  • 1999
    Bauer Stiftung Predoctoral Fellowship, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2007
    Travel scholarship to attend the Annual Meeting of Neurology
  • 2008
    Chief Resident, Department of Neurology, UCSF
  • 2010
    Research Award from the Campini Foundation
  • 2011
    BRAIN SPORE Career Development Award
  • 2012
    Research Award from the Matthew Larson Foundation
  • 2012
    Hellman Family Research Award
  • 2012
    University of California Cancer Coordinating Committee Award
  • 2012
    KL2 CTSI Award