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Joanna J. Phillips, M.D., Ph.D.

Joanna J. Phillips, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery and Pathology
Co-Director of the Brain Tumor Research Center Tissue Bank
Neurological Surgery and Pathology

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Our laboratory is focused on understanding how invading brain tumor cells interact with the components of the tumor microenvironment, and how these key interactions influence glioma initiation, progression, and invasion. We use both in vivo and ex vivo model systems to study the interaction between tumor cells and the microenvironment including microglia, macrophages, reactive astrocytes, and the extracellular matrix. These studies will hopefully lead to the identification of novel therapeutic targets. In addition, using primary human brain tumors we are investigating potential diagnostic and prognostic brain tumor biomarkers.