Department of Neurosurgery

Neurosurgery Research

The Department of Neurosurgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital is on the forefront of neuroscience and tumor biology research. With a robust research agenda and state-of-the-art technologies, our program is supported by over 20 research faculty and $10 million in funding each year.

Our laboratories conduct both basic science and clinical research to explore a range of complex neurological diseases, such as brain tumors, spinal disorders, stroke, and epilepsy. The aim of our research is to investigate the underlying risks, treatment strategies, and outcomes associated with these diseases and translate new findings to design and optimize neurosurgical treatments for each of our patients. Our Department works collaboratively on various research projects, as well as with other local, national and international partnering institutes.

Nathalie Agar, PhD

Nathalie Agar, PhD

Focus: Molecular diagnosis and prognosis for clinical and surgical applications

Surgical Molecular Imaging Laboratory

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Fengfeng Bei, PhD

Fengfeng Bei, PhD

Focus: Re-wiring of neural circuits

Bei Laboratory

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Ian Dunn, MD

Ian Dunn, MD

Focus: Translational investigation of tumors

Translational Skull Base Genomics Laboratory

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Rose Du, MD, PhD

Rose Du, MD, PhD

Focus: Role of genetics in stroke and cerebrovascular diseases

Cerebrovascular Laboratory

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Alexandra Golby, MD

Alexandra Golby, MD

Focus: Structural and functional MRI and brain electrophysiology

Surgical Brain Mapping Laboratory

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Khalid Shah, MS, PhD

Khalid Shah, MS, PhD

Focus: Develop and test novel targeted stem cell based therapies for cancer

Center for Stem Cell Therapeutics and Imaging

Elizabeth Claus, MD, PhD

Elizabeth Claus, MD, PhD

Focus: Cancer epidemiology and statistical genetics

Neuro-Epidemiology Laboratory

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Xin Wang, PhD

Xin Wang, PhD

Focus: Identification of candidate therapeutics for neurodegenerative disorders

Neuroapoptosis Drug Discovery Laboratory

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Yi Lu, MD, PhD

Yi Lu, MD, PhD

Focus: Functional recovery after spinal cord injury

Spinal Cord Injury Research Laboratory

E. Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD

E. Antonio Chiocca, MD, PhD

Focus: Novel experimental therapies for malignant brain tumors

Chiocca Laboratory

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Jakub Godlewski, PhD

Jakub Godlewski, PhD

Focus: The development of novel non-coding RNA (ncRNA) – based therapeutic approaches for glioblastoma multiforme

Godlewski Lab

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