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From Science Writing to Stem Cells

A conversation with Robert Wechsler-Reya

October 31, 2012
46 minutes
Robert Wechsler-Reya


Robert Wechsler-Reya joined Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute in 2010. His research focuses on the signals that control growth and differentiation in the cerebellum, and how these signals are dysregulated in the brain tumor medulloblastoma. He and his lab study the relationship between brain development and brain tumor formation. More recently, Dr. Wechsler-Reya and his group have begun developing new models of medulloblastoma and are using them to test novel therapeutic approaches. His work has garnered several awards, including a Kimmel Scholar Award and an Award for Excellence in Pediatrics Research from the Society for Neuro-Oncology. He is also the first researcher to receive a Leadership Award from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). Dr. Wechsler-Reya earned his Ph.D. in immunology from the University of Pennsylvania.