Peter Dirks, Ph.D.


Hospital for Sick Children
Peter Gilgan Centre for Research & Learning, Rm. 16-9708
686 Bay St.
Toronto, ON M5G 0A4

Phone #: 416-813-6426


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Stem cells in brain cancer


Clinical Fellowship: University Rene Descartes, Paris
Ph.D.:  University of Toronto
M.D.: Queen's University

Fields of Interest:

  • Genetic Models of Development and Disease

  • Molecular Medicine and Human Genetics


Research Interests:

Our laboratory is interested in applying the conceptual and methodologic framework of stem cell biology to the study of brain cancer. In our view, brain cancer is a caricature of normal development but with aberrant molecular regulation of self renewal and differentiation. We study both human brain cancer and mouse models of brain cancer to ask questions about cell of origin, nature of the cells that propagate cancer growth, and explore novel therapeutic targets using genetic and small molecule approaches.


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