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.

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The Luis Parada Lab



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

Rebecca Brown
Rebecca Brown

Clinical Fellow

Yu-Jung Chen, Graduate Student
Yu-Jung Chen

Graduate Student

Mollie Chipman
Mollie Chipman

Graduate Student

Swathi Iyer, Research Scholar
Swathi Iyer

Research Scholar

Chenura D. Jayewickreme
Chenura D. Jayewickreme

Weill Cornell Graduate Student

Alicia  Maria  Pedraza, MA
Alicia Maria Pedraza

Research Assistant, Sr.

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

Hematology-oncology Fellows at MSKCC/Cornell

Daochun  Sun, PhD
Daochun Sun

Research Associate

Xuanhua  Xie, PhD
Xuanhua Xie

Research Associate

Lab Alumni
Dan Laks, PhD
Dan Laks

Research Scholar

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

Research Associate

Zilai  Wang, PhD
Zilai Wang

Research Associate

Lab Affilations


  • 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)

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