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.
Luis F. Parada, PhD
Director, Brain Tumor Center; Albert C. Foster Chair; American Cancer Society Research Professor
Research FocusDevelopmental biologist Luis F. Parada uses genetically engineered mouse models to study neurofibromatosis, brain tumors, cancer stem cells, and tumor progression.
EducationPhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Cell of Origin Susceptibility to Glioblastoma Formation Declines with Neural Lineage Restriction. Alcantara Llaguno S, Sun D, Pedraza AM, Vera E, Wang Z, Burns DK, Parada LF. Nat Neurosci. 2019 Apr;22(4):545-555. doi: 10.1038/s41593-018-0333-8. Epub 2019 Feb 18.
- Gboxin is an oxidative phosphorylation inhibitor that targets glioblastoma. Shi Y, Lim SK, Liang Q, Iyer SV, Wang HY, Wang Z, Xie X, Sun D, Chen YJ, Tabar V, Gutin P, Williams N, De Brabander JK, Parada LF. Nature. 2019 Mar;567(7748):341-346. doi: 10.1038/s41586-019-0993-x. Epub 2019 Mar 6.
- 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)
- Member, Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives (2003)
- Professor, American Cancer Society Research (2002)