Cancer Biology & Genetics Program
The Luis Parada Lab
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.
A quiescent human glioblastoma stem cell gene expression signature. 2020. Xuanhua P. Xie, Dan R. Laks, Daochun Sun, Zilai Wang, Tejus Bale, Viviane Tabar, Cameron Brennan, Xiuping Zhou, Luis F. Parada; Submitted.
Stem-like cells drive NF1-associated MPNST functional heterogeneity and tumor progression. 2020. Daochun Sun, X. Peter Xie, Xiyuan Zhang, Zilai Wang, Sameer Farouk Sait, Swathi V. Iyer, Yu-Jung Chen, Rebecca Brown, Dan R. Laks, Mollie E. Chipman, Jack F. Shern, and Luis F. Parada. 2021, Cell Stem Cell, Accepted for publication.
Cell Lineage-Based Stratification for Glioblastoma. Wang Z, Sun D, Chen YJ, Xie X, Shi Y, Tabar V, Brennan CW, Bale TA, Jayewickreme CD, Laks DR, Alcantara Llaguno S, Parada LF. Cancer Cell. 2020 Sep 14;38(3):366-379.e8. doi: 10.1016/j.ccell.2020.06.003. Epub 2020 Jul 9. PMID: 32649888; PMCID: PMC7494533.
High resolution subventricular zone stem cell niche transcriptome reveals features of lineage, anatomy, and aging. Xie XP, Laks DR, Sun D, Poran A, Laughney AM, Wang Z, Sam J, Belenguer G, Fariñas I, Elemento O, Zhou X, Parada LF., 2020. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2020 Dec 8;117(49):31448-31458. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2014389117. Epub 2020 Nov 23.
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
- Masters in Biophysics from the National University of Mongolia
- Masters in Biomedical Informatics from New York University
- 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)
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