Cancer Biology & Genetics Program

The Luis Parada Lab


Luis Parada
Luis F. Parada, PhD
Director, Brain Tumor Center; Albert C. Foster Chair; American Cancer Society Research Professor; Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology Program, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences

The Parada lab uses genetically engineered mouse models to recapitulate and study human disease. These mouse strains are used to understand the natural history of tumors of the nervous system, including glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNST), neurofibromas, and other diseases associated with neurofibromatosis (NF1). We seek to develop mouse cancer models based on concrete hypotheses and to rapidly transfer findings for validation in human cancer samples.

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Luis Parada

Luis F. Parada, PhD

Director, Brain Tumor Center; Albert C. Foster Chair; American Cancer Society Research Professor; Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology Program, Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences

  • Developmental biologist Luis F. Parada uses genetically engineered mouse models to study neurofibromatosis, brain tumors, cancer stem cells, and tumor progression.
  • PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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Sheila Alcantara
Sheila Alcantara

Senior Research Scientist

Yu-Jung Chen, Graduate Student
Yu-Jung Chen

Postdoctoral Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

Tünde Frankl

SKI Admin Assistant II

Mungunsarnai Ganbold

Computational Biologist I

Charlene Iltis
Charlene Iltis

Research Associate

Swathi Iyer
Swathi Iyer

Senior Research Scientist

Jing  Li, PhD
Jing Li

Research Assistant

Michelle Lien
Michelle Lien

Senior Project Coordinator

Tolga Lokumcu

Research Scholar

Alicia  Maria  Pedraza, MA
Alicia Maria Pedraza

Senior Research Assistant

Kevin Peng

Senior Research Technician

Sameer Farouk Sait, Hematology-oncology Fellows at MSKCC/Cornell
Sameer Farouk Sait

Hematology-oncology Fellows at MSKCC/Cornell

Stefan Sweha

Research Scholar

Kacper Walentynowicz

Research Associate

Tao Wang- Graduate Student
Tao Wang

Graduate Student

Xuanhua  Xie, PhD
Xuanhua Xie

Senior Reasearch Scientist

Mingming Zhou

Research Assistant

Lab Alumni
Ashley Chandradat
Ashley Chandradat

SKI Admin Assistant II

Mollie Chipman
Mollie Chipman

Consultant, Boston Consulting Group, New York, NY

Aimee Cowan- Project Manager
Aimee Cowan

Project Manager

Dan Laks, PhD
Dan Laks

Research Scholar

Lu Le
Kyun Lim
Zhenzhong Ma
Yufeng  Shi, PhD
Yufeng Shi

Research Associate

Daochun  Sun, PhD
Daochun Sun

Research Associate

Zilai  Wang, PhD
Zilai Wang

Research Associate

Lab Affiliations


  • Fellow, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Academy (2023)
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences (2011)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009)
  • Member, National Academy of Medicine - Former Institute of Medicine (2007)
  • Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2007)
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  • The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Sciences of Texas (TAMEST) (2007)
  • Member, Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (2003)
  • Professor, American Cancer Society Research (2002)

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Luis F. Parada discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc

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