Sampurna Chatterjee, PhD
Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Max Planck Institute for Metabolism Research, Cologne, Germany , USA
Her career goal is to work as an independent scholar and a teacher in academia. After receiving her PhD in molecular medicine (focus on Advanced lung cancer) at the Max Planck Society, Cologne, Germany she accepted a position as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts general hospital. Her overarching goal is to develop novel and non-toxic treatment strategies for pediatric medulloblastoma by (i) better understanding the tumor-stroma interactions, (ii) overcoming the obstacles posed by the blood brain barrier, and (iii) overcoming immunosuppression by combining targeted therapy with fractionate low-dose radiation. Her long-term scientific and career goals include: 1) exploring how the tumor microenvironment contributes to cancer progression, immunosuppression and drug response in medulloblastoma to develop transnationally relevant therapeutics and 2) becoming a leading independent researcher at a prominent academic institution that supports translational biomedical research in pediatric brain cancer.