"The support from the Sontag Foundation's Distinguished Scientist Award will be transformational for my research program, enabling my team to pursue novel therapies that improve the lives of patients with brain cancer. I am very grateful for the foundation's investment in my career and look forward to interfacing with other members of the Sontag Foundation community."
About DSA-Funded Research
Dr. McHugh's Lab will develop a highly targeted, personalized immunotherapy for the treatment of glioblastoma. By targeting specific mutations present in a patient's tumor at the DNA level, his approach aims to exclusively kill cancer cells while leaving normal cells unharmed, thereby eradicating cancer without affecting normal brain function. Ultimately, with the support of his clinical collaborators at MD Anderson and the Baylor College of Medicine, he hopes to create a clinical pipeline that enables patients with brain cancer to access a curative therapy with minimal side effects.
Assistant Professor of Bioengineering & CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research, William Marsh Rice University
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, B.S., Biomedical Engineering
Boston University, Boston, MA, M.S., Biomedical Engineering
Boston University, Boston, MA, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, Postdoctural Fellowship, Biomedical Engineering