Luis F. Parada obtained a bachelor’s degree in molecular biology from the University of Wisconsin and a doctorate in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, studying oncogenes in human cancer, and was a Damon Runyon and Helen Hay Whitney postdoctoral fellow at the Pasteur Institute. Parada then headed the Molecular Embryology Section at the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland, from 1988 to 1994, until he moved to the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas as the inaugural Diana and Richard C. Strauss Distinguished Chair in Developmental Biology and the director of the Kent Waldrep Foundation Center for Basic Neuroscience Research. During his time in Dallas, Parada advanced studies of nerve cell survival and regeneration, and renewed his attention on cancer with emphasis on the nervous system. His laboratory uses genetic mouse models to study human disease including neurofibromatosis, cancers of the nervous system, and neural development. In 2015, Parada moved his laboratory to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York to assume leadership of the interdisciplinary Brain Tumor Center. He holds the Albert C. Foster Chair and is professor of the Cancer Biology & Genetics Program at the Sloan Kettering Institute. Parada is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Function: Director, Brain Tumor Center American Cancer Society - Member, Cancer Biology and Genetics Program
Company: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center