Research Summary

I have significant experience conducting international, multi-center trials through established consortia, such as the Children's Oncology Group and the Pacific Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Consortium (PNOC), which I am leading. The current emphasis of PNOC lies in the development and rapid implementation of early phase clinical trials as well as to enhance access to innovative therapies through international collaborations including Europe, Israel, Egypt, Canada and Australia for children and young adults with brain tumors. I also lead a multi-site late effects cohort study (Rad ART) and 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

  • 2019
    Eliminate Cancer Initiative Collaborative Team Science Award
  • 2018
    UCSF CTSI Yearlong Inquiry Fellowship Mentor of the Year Award
  • 2017
    UCSF Pediatric Fellow Mentorship Award
  • 2017
    UCSF Medical Center Exceptional Physician Award
  • 2015
    Research Award from the Matthew Larson Foundation
  • 2015
    Kure It Research Award
  • 2014
    Nominee of UCSF Medical Center's Exceptional Physician Award
  • 2013
    Award Winning Abstract Annual Meeting of the Society of Neuro-Oncology
  • 2012
    Research Award from the Matthew Larson Foundation
  • 2012
    KL2 CTSI Award
  • 2012
    Hellman Family Research Award
  • 2012
    University of California Cancer Coordinating Committee Award
  • 2011
    BRAIN SPORE Career Development Award
  • 2010
    Research Award from the Campini Foundation
  • 2008
    Chief Resident, Department of Neurology, UCSF
  • 2007
    Travel scholarship to attend the Annual Meeting of Neurology
  • 1999
    Center of Molecular Neurobiology (ZMNH) AACR research/travel award,Philadelphia, PA
  • 1999
    Bauer Stiftung Predoctoral Fellowship, Hamburg, Germany
  • 1998
    European Society of Neurobiology research/travel award, Berlin, Germany
  • 1997
    Center of Molecular Neurobiology (ZMNH) Predoctoral Fellowship, Hamburg,Germany