I am a neurosurgeon scientist with clinical expertise in the surgical management of brain tumors such as complex gliomas, meningiomas and skull base tumors. My lab focus is the study of human stem cells for regenerative purposes in the brain, but also as tools for the study of brain tumors.


Piao, Major, Auyeung, Policarpio, Menon, Droms, Gutin, Uryu, Tchieu, Soulet and Tabar. Human embryonic stem cell-derived oligodendrocyte progenitors remyelinate the brain and rescue behavioral deficits following radiation. Cell Stem Cell. 2015 Feb 5;16(2):198-210.

Funato K, Major T, Lewis PW, Allis CD, Tabar V. Use of human embryonic stem cells to model pediatric gliomas with H3.3K27M histone mutation. Science. 2014 Dec 19;346(6216):1529-33.

Tabar V, Studer L. Pluripotent stem cells in regenerative medicine: challenges and recent progress. Nat Rev Genet. 2014 Feb;15(2):82-92.

Hicks M.J. et al. Genetic modification of neurons to express bevacizumab for local anti-angiogenesis treatment of glioblastoma. Cancer Gene Ther. 2015 Jan; 22(1);1-8.

Tabar V. Making a pituitary gland in a dish. Call Stem Cell. 2011. Dec 2;9(6):490-1.

Wang R, Chadalavada K, Wilshire J, Kowalik U, Hovinga KE, Geber A, Fligelman B, Leversha M, Brennan C, Tabar V. Glioblastoma stem-like cells give rise to tumour endothelium. Nature. 2010 Dec 9;468(7325):829-33.

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