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

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.

Research Projects



Luis Parada

Luis F. Parada, PhD

Director, Brain Tumor Center; Albert C. Foster Chair; American Cancer Society Research Professor

  • 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, MD, PhD
Sheila Alcantara

Senior Research Scientist

Ashley Chandradat
Ashley Chandradat

SKI Admin Assistant II

Yu-Jung Chen, Graduate Student
Yu-Jung Chen

Graduate Student

Mollie Chipman
Mollie Chipman

Graduate Student

Aimee Cowan- Project Manager
Aimee Cowan

Project Manager

Sarnai Ganbold
Mungunsarnai Ganbold

Computational Biologist I

Charlene Iltis
Charlene Iltis

Research Scholar

Swathi Iyer, Research Scholar
Swathi Iyer

Research Scholar

Jing  Li, PhD
Jing Li

Research Assistant

Michelle Lien
Michelle Lien

Senior Research Technician

Senior Research Technician
Esther Njeri Njoroge

Senior Research Technician

Alicia  Maria  Pedraza, MA
Alicia Maria Pedraza

Senior Research Assistant

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

Hematology-oncology Fellows at MSKCC/Cornell

Mary Clare Slavinsky
Mary Clare Slavinsky

Research Assistant

Tao Wang- Graduate Student
Tao Wang

Graduate Student

Xuanhua  Xie, PhD
Xuanhua Xie

Senior Reasearch Scientist

Lab Alumni
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


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

Open Positions

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  • Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc
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