Dr. Sara G.M. Piccirillo is originally from Italy and received her PhD in Translational and Molecular Medicine at the University of Milan-Bicocca. She was awarded a Marie-Curie Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development and joined the University of Cambridge (UK) as Research Associate. In 2016 she completed her post-doctoral training at the same University.

Dr. Piccirillo brings to UTSW a strong background in Neuro-Oncology and Stem Cell Biology. Her expertise spans from molecular and cellular biology of brain tumors and neural stem cells to cancer genomics and animal models. Outside of research, Dr. Piccirillo’s interests include painting and history of film.

Research Interest

  • Brain Tumor Cell Migration
  • Cancer Genomics
  • Glioblastoma
  • Mouse Models
  • Neural Stem Cells


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

The role of sub-ventricular zone in gliomagenesis.
Piccirillo SG, Sottoriva A, Watts C Aging (Albany NY) 2015 Oct 7 10 738-9
Brain cancer stem cells.
Piccirillo SG, Binda E, Fiocco R, Vescovi AL, Shah K J. Mol. Med. 2009 Nov 87 11 1087-95
Brain tumour stem cells: possibilities of new therapeutic strategies.
Piccirillo SG, Vescovi AL Expert Opin Biol Ther 2007 Aug 7 8 1129-35


Featured Books Legend Featured Books

Human Brain Tumor Stem Cells. In Progress in Gene Therapy

S.G.M. Piccirillo, A.L. Vescovi (2007). World Scientific

Honors & Awards

  • New Investigator Research Award
    Cancer Research UK (2016)
  • Honorary Master of Arts
    University of Cambridge, UK (2014)
  • Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development
    The European Commission (2011-2013)
  • Young Investigator Award
    British Neuro-Oncology Society and Brain Tumour UK (2010)
  • Best Young Italian Researcher
    Premio Sapio Group (Italy) (2007)
  • Translational Research Excellence Award
    BrainTumour UK (2005)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (2013)
  • Marie Curie Alumni Association (2013)
  • American Association for Cancer Research (2010)