|Grant ID: RR150005|
Recruitment of First-Time, Tenure-Track Faculty Members
November 19, 2014
Glioblastoma is an uncommon but deadly brain tumor that claimed the lives of Ted Kennedy, Beau Biden, and John McCain. In this disease, cellular pathways that maintain the specialization of brain cell types break down, leading to uncontrolled tumor growth.
With few options for treatment, glioblastoma is one of the deadliest brain cancers, and people diagnosed with the disease often succumb within a year. Now a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine hopes to demystify the molecular processes involved in the specialization of brain cells, in an effort to better understand what goes awry in glioblastoma.
Melanie Samuel was recruited to the Huffington Center on Aging from Harvard University where she was a postdoctoral fellow. She joined the Department of Neuroscience in 2015 with the help of a First-Time Tenure-Track Award from CPRIT.