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2007 Sontag Award Recipient

"Funding from the Foundation came at a perfect time early in the process of starting my lab, and allowed me to pursue more exciting, higher risk science. Funding from the Foundation allowed me to obtain other grants and help to start everything snowballing. The camaraderie and collaboration at the annual meetings is also tremendous both personally and professionally".

About DSA-Funded Research

The Taylor Lab uses genetic tools to investigate how normal cells are turned into brain tumors. Genomic analyses and genetic tools allows them to create new models of medulloblastoma and ependymoma so that novel targeted therapies can be developed. This multi-layered approach using laboratory-driven scientific discovery and bioinformatics allows for rapid, clinically-important changes to brain tumor therapy. Their research helps to drastically improve the quality of life of pediatric patients.

Current Appointment(s)
  • Director, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology Research Program
  • Pediatric Neurosurgeon


  • University of Western Ontario, M.D.
  • University of Toronto, Ph.D., Molecular Genetics of Pediatric Brain Tumors
  • University of Toronto, FCRS, Neurosurgery
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • University of Toronto, Postdoctoral Fellow