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Dr. Michael Taylor


Texas Medical Center

Cancer and Hematology


1102 Bates Ave., Ste. 1570
Houston, TX 77023

Research Area

Michael Taylor, MD, PhD, FRCS(C)

Director, Neuro-oncology Research Program
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology-Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of Toronto Post-doctoral Fellow Functional Genomics 2005
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Post-doctoral Fellow Cancer Genomics 2004
University of Toronto FRCS FRCS Neurosurgery 2003
University of Toronto PhD Doctor of Philosophy, Molecular Genetics of Paediatric Brain Tumours 2002
University of Western Ontario Medical School Doctor of Medicine 1994


Born and raised in Canada, Dr. Michael Taylor attended The University of Western Ontario and earned his medical degree in 1994. His education and training continued at the University of Toronto, where he earned his PhD in Molecular Genetics in 2002, and his residency training in Neurosurgery in 2003. Dr. Taylor then won a Detweiler Traveling Fellowship from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for fellowship training in paediatric neurosurgery and paediatric neuro-oncology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, where he completed a post-doctoral fellowship in Cancer Genomics in the Department of Developmental Neurobiology. 

He has published over 330 peer-reviewed publications, many in high-impact journals such as Nature, Science, Cell, Cancer Cell, Nature Genetics, and Lancet Oncology


Organization Name Role

Research Statement

The Taylor Lab’s research centers on the molecular genetics of medulloblastoma and ependymoma, two of the most common malignant pediatric brain tumors. 

Awards & Honors

2008     Canada’s Top 40 under 40 award
2009     Canadian Cancer Society Award. Young Investigator Award in Biomedical Science
2010     Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Gold Medal Award in Surgery
2010     Canadian Institute of Health Research, Clinician-Scientist Award, Phase II - Renewal
2011     George-Armstrong Peters Prize in Surgery, University of Toronto
2013     Garron Family Endowed Chair in Childhood Cancer Research, Hospital for Sick Children
2015     Canadian Cancer Society William E. Rawls Prize for 2015
2016     Lister Prize in Surgery. University of Toronto 2016
2016     Voynick Award in Neuro-Oncology 2016. Yale University
2016     Guha Award in Neuro-Oncology 2016. Society for Neuro-Oncology
2016     Zulch Prize in Basic Neuroscience 2016. Max Planck Society
2019     H. Richard Winn, MD Prize. The Society of Neurological Surgeons
2019     The Distinguished Oliver Smithies Lecture. McLaughlin Centre of the University of Toronto
2019     Fellow and Member of the Royal Society of Canada



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