Dr. Frank Furnari is a Member of Ludwig Cancer Research Institute, Professor of Pathology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and head of the Laboratory of Tumor Biology.  His laboratory is delving into the fundamental pathways that drive initiation and progression of glioblastomas, ranging in disciplines from cancer biology, biochemistry, cell biology and signal transduction, to orthotopic glioma models and preclinical investigations.  Findings from his lab have illuminated how genetically diverse cell interactions in the glioblastoma ecosystem promote and maintain tumor heterogeneity, and how dysregulated signaling cascades provide vulnerabilities for therapeutic targeting of these cancers. 

In addition to his research program, he serves on the editorial boards of Molecular Cancer Research and Neuro-Oncology and is co-scientific chair for the Society for Neuro-oncology annual meeting.

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Principal Positions Held

  • Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research-San Diego, Member and Head Laboratory of Tumor Biology, 2016 - present
  • University of California, San Diego, Faculty member, T32 CA121938, Cancer Cell Biology, 2015 - present
  • Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research-San Diego, Senior Investigator and Head Laboratory of Tumor Biology, 2015
  • University of California, San Diego, Head of Neuro-oncology Research in the Division of Neuropathology, 2011 - present
  • University of California, San Diego, Professor (tenured), Department of Pathology, 2011 - present
  • University of California, San Diego, Supervisory committee T32 CA009523, Growth Regulation and Oncogenesis, 2011 - present
  • Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research-San Diego, Senior Investigator and Head of the Section of Human Carcinogenesis, 2011- 2015
  • University of California, San Diego, Faculty member, T32 GM008666, Basic and Clinical Genetics, 2010 - present
  • University of California, San Diego, Department of Medicine, Associate Adjunct Professor, 2007 - 2011
  • University of California, San Diego, Moores Cancer Center, Participating Member, 2005 - present
  • University of California, San Diego, Department of Medicine, Assistant Adjunct Professor, 2001 - 2007
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