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2010 Sontag Award Recipient

"It is inspiring to be in the company of the Sontags who transformed a difficult personal experience into an opportunity to serve humanity and lighten the heavy burden born by patients afflicted with brain cancer and their loved ones. It is through such associations that we learn what it means to be both kind and passionate, to sustain our strides to defy fate, to leave the world better than we found it."

About DSA-Funded Research

Dr. Chen is an internationally recognized brain tumor researcher and surgeon, with a dedicated interest in understanding how glioblastomas acquire resistance to radiation and chemotherapy. His research focuses on developing novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for brain tumor patients. He is also a leader in the study of DNA repair and gene therapy in brain tumors.

Current Appointment(s)
  • Professor, Lyle French Chair in Neurosurgery and Department Head, Univ. of Minnesota Medical School
  • Preceptor, Medical Scientist Training Program (Combined MD/PhD Training Program)
  • Faculty, Masters Program in Stem Cell Biology
  • Faculty, Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology, PhD Graduate Program
  • Columbia University School of Public Health, M.S., Epidemiology
  • Harvard Medical School, M.D. and Ph.D.
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Clinical Fellow, Radiosurgery