Phone: 1-800-226-2379

Our Researchers

Co-Directors, Brain Tumor Program

Address: 6621 Fannin Suite 1510.15 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-822-4266

Dr. Parsons’ research has helped to characterize the genetic landscapes of a variety of cancers, including the first identification of IDH1 and IDH2 as critical genes in brain tumors affecting both children and adults (gliomas). His current research primarily focuses on the clinical application of... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Ave. Suite 1030 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-824-4643

Director, Pre-Clinical Neuro-oncology Research Program

His research interests are in the fields of cancer stem cells and experimental therapeutics of malignant brain tumors. He is particularly interested in establishing preclinical rational of various antitumor compounds, and is working closely with other clinical investigators to quickly translate... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Ave. Suite 1030.07 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-824-4580

Hematology/Oncology

Dr. Nabil Ahmed is a physician scientist engaged in translational research focusing on adoptive immunotherapy with gene-modified effector cells, to improve therapy for brain tumors. Dr Ahmed's initial studies demonstrated that antigen-specific cytotoxic T cells could eradicate established brain... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Ave. Suite 1770 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-824-4611

Address: 1102 Bates Ave. Ste. 1590 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: 6701 Fannin St. 14th floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-824-4681

Research Interests Pre-clinical and clinical studies of new antineoplastic agents Developmental Therapeutics Central nervous system tumors New agents for intrathecal administration

Address: 1102 Bates Street, Suite 1570.40 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-822-1482

Using a mouse cranial window and intravital techniques we studied the effect of cranial radiation on leukocyte interactions in the pial microvasculature. Top, unirradiated vessels showing streaming leukocytes (stained with i.v. injection of Rhodamine-6G). Bottom, same microvessels 24 hrs post... Read more

Phone: Phone 832-824-3170

Solid tumors enable immune evasion by expressing high-levels of immune-inhibitory ligands that attenuate anti-tumor responses by inducing functional exhaustion and apoptotic death of the activated tumor-antigen specific T cells. Programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1; B7-H1)/ programmed death protein-1... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Street Suite 1570 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-822-4840

His research interests are in the fields of cancer stem cells and experimental therapeutics of malignant brain tumors. He is particularly interested in establishing preclinical rational of various antitumor compounds, and is working closely with other clinical investigators to quickly translate... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Ave. Suite 1030.07 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-824-4580

Dr. Philip Lupo is a genetic epidemiologist with a focus on inherited genetic susceptibility to childhood cancer and birth defects. He is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Epidemiology Committee and Chair of the National Birth Defects Prevention Network... Read more

Address: 1 Baylor Plaza MS-BCM 622 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 713-798-2960

Dr. Stephen C. Mack has contributed to our understanding of the genetic and epigenetic basis of brain cancer in children. His achievements have been published in: Nature, Nature Medicine, Nature Genetics, Cell, Cancer Cell, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, Journal of Clinical Oncology,... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Ave. Ste. 1030.02 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-824-5667

Dr. Leonid Metelitsa’s research focuses on understanding the role of Vα24-invariant natural killer T (NKT) cells in tumor immunity and translating this knowledge into NKT cell-based cancer immunotherapies. His group was the first to demonstrate that NKT cells localize to primary tumors in human... Read more

Dr. Fatih Okcu has ongoing studies include late effects after proton radiation therapy in brain tumor patients, reasons for lack of adherence to follow up care in survivors and relationship between genetic polymorphisms and late permanent treatment effects in childhood cancer survivors. Research... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1510 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-822-4242

Dr. Parsons’ research has helped to characterize the genetic landscapes of a variety of cancers, including the first identification of IDH1 and IDH2 as critical genes in brain tumors affecting both children and adults (gliomas). His current research primarily focuses on the clinical application of... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Ave. Suite 1030 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-824-4643

Dr. Michael Scheurer is a Molecular Epidemiologist and Director of the Childhood Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Center of the Texas Children’s Cancer Center and in the Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences Program of the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center. Dr. Michael Scheurer’s research focuses... Read more

Address: 1 Baylor Plaza MS-BCM622 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 713-798-5547

Dr. Jack Su's research interest is in translational oncology and developing novel agents for treating pediatric CNS tumors. Dr. Su is currently conducting a Children's Oncology Group phase I study of valproic acid in children with recurrent solid tumors, including brain tumors. He is also... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin St., Ste. 1510 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-822-4306

Neuropsychology

Dr. Kahalley's research focuses on issues of pediatric cancer survivorship, particularly neurocognitive late effects of disease and treatment.  Currently she is examining neurocognitive outcomes following proton beam radiation therapy for pediatric brain tumor. This pilot research is funded by the... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Suite 1630 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-822-3700

Neurosurgery

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-822-3950

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-822-3950

Radiology

Pathology and Immunology

Address: 6621 Fannin Street Suite AB1195 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-824-2250

Address: 6621 Fannin Street Suite AB1195 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-824-2250

Collaborators from other BCM Departments

Benjamin Deneen, PhD studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control the generation and differentiation of glial cells. Visit his profile on BCM.edu.

Cancers are driven by genomic and epigenetic alterations that result in the activation of cellular proto-oncogenes and the inactivation of tumor suppressor genes. Although high-throughput genomic approaches have begun to establish extensive catalogs of gene alterations in human tumors, the genes... Read more

Address: BCM-MD Anderson Hall Room: BCMA-304BE Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 713-798-5364

Our Researchers

Co-Directors, Brain Tumor Program

Address: 6621 Fannin Suite 1510.15 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-822-4266

Dr. Parsons’ research has helped to characterize the genetic landscapes of a variety of cancers, including the first identification of IDH1 and IDH2 as critical genes in brain tumors affecting both children and adults (gliomas). His current research primarily focuses on the clinical application of... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Ave. Suite 1030 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-824-4643

Director, Pre-Clinical Neuro-oncology Research Program

His research interests are in the fields of cancer stem cells and experimental therapeutics of malignant brain tumors. He is particularly interested in establishing preclinical rational of various antitumor compounds, and is working closely with other clinical investigators to quickly translate... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Ave. Suite 1030.07 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-824-4580

Hematology/Oncology

Dr. Nabil Ahmed is a physician scientist engaged in translational research focusing on adoptive immunotherapy with gene-modified effector cells, to improve therapy for brain tumors. Dr Ahmed's initial studies demonstrated that antigen-specific cytotoxic T cells could eradicate established brain... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Ave. Suite 1770 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-824-4611

Address: 1102 Bates Ave. Ste. 1590 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas , Address: 6701 Fannin St. 14th floor Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-824-4681

Research Interests Pre-clinical and clinical studies of new antineoplastic agents Developmental Therapeutics Central nervous system tumors New agents for intrathecal administration

Address: 1102 Bates Street, Suite 1570.40 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-822-1482

Using a mouse cranial window and intravital techniques we studied the effect of cranial radiation on leukocyte interactions in the pial microvasculature. Top, unirradiated vessels showing streaming leukocytes (stained with i.v. injection of Rhodamine-6G). Bottom, same microvessels 24 hrs post... Read more

Phone: Phone 832-824-3170

Solid tumors enable immune evasion by expressing high-levels of immune-inhibitory ligands that attenuate anti-tumor responses by inducing functional exhaustion and apoptotic death of the activated tumor-antigen specific T cells. Programmed death ligand-1 (PD-L1; B7-H1)/ programmed death protein-1... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Street Suite 1570 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-822-4840

His research interests are in the fields of cancer stem cells and experimental therapeutics of malignant brain tumors. He is particularly interested in establishing preclinical rational of various antitumor compounds, and is working closely with other clinical investigators to quickly translate... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Ave. Suite 1030.07 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-824-4580

Dr. Philip Lupo is a genetic epidemiologist with a focus on inherited genetic susceptibility to childhood cancer and birth defects. He is currently serving as the Vice Chair of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Epidemiology Committee and Chair of the National Birth Defects Prevention Network... Read more

Address: 1 Baylor Plaza MS-BCM 622 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 713-798-2960

Dr. Stephen C. Mack has contributed to our understanding of the genetic and epigenetic basis of brain cancer in children. His achievements have been published in: Nature, Nature Medicine, Nature Genetics, Cell, Cancer Cell, Cancer Research, Clinical Cancer Research, Journal of Clinical Oncology,... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Ave. Ste. 1030.02 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-824-5667

Dr. Leonid Metelitsa’s research focuses on understanding the role of Vα24-invariant natural killer T (NKT) cells in tumor immunity and translating this knowledge into NKT cell-based cancer immunotherapies. His group was the first to demonstrate that NKT cells localize to primary tumors in human... Read more

Dr. Fatih Okcu has ongoing studies include late effects after proton radiation therapy in brain tumor patients, reasons for lack of adherence to follow up care in survivors and relationship between genetic polymorphisms and late permanent treatment effects in childhood cancer survivors. Research... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1510 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-822-4242

Dr. Parsons’ research has helped to characterize the genetic landscapes of a variety of cancers, including the first identification of IDH1 and IDH2 as critical genes in brain tumors affecting both children and adults (gliomas). His current research primarily focuses on the clinical application of... Read more

Address: 1102 Bates Ave. Suite 1030 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-824-4643

Dr. Michael Scheurer is a Molecular Epidemiologist and Director of the Childhood Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Center of the Texas Children’s Cancer Center and in the Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences Program of the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center. Dr. Michael Scheurer’s research focuses... Read more

Address: 1 Baylor Plaza MS-BCM622 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 713-798-5547

Dr. Jack Su's research interest is in translational oncology and developing novel agents for treating pediatric CNS tumors. Dr. Su is currently conducting a Children's Oncology Group phase I study of valproic acid in children with recurrent solid tumors, including brain tumors. He is also... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin St., Ste. 1510 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-822-4306

Neuropsychology

Dr. Kahalley's research focuses on issues of pediatric cancer survivorship, particularly neurocognitive late effects of disease and treatment.  Currently she is examining neurocognitive outcomes following proton beam radiation therapy for pediatric brain tumor. This pilot research is funded by the... Read more

Address: 6701 Fannin Suite 1630 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-822-3700

Neurosurgery

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-822-3950

Address: 6701 Fannin Street Suite 1230.01 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-822-3950

Radiology

Pathology and Immunology

Address: 6621 Fannin Street Suite AB1195 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-824-2250

Address: 6621 Fannin Street Suite AB1195 Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 832-824-2250

Collaborators from other BCM Departments

Benjamin Deneen, PhD studies the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control the generation and differentiation of glial cells. Visit his profile on BCM.edu.

Cancers are driven by genomic and epigenetic alterations that result in the activation of cellular proto-oncogenes and the inactivation of tumor suppressor genes. Although high-throughput genomic approaches have begun to establish extensive catalogs of gene alterations in human tumors, the genes... Read more

Address: BCM-MD Anderson Hall Room: BCMA-304BE Houston, TX 77030 United States See map: Google Maps Texas

Phone: 713-798-5364