Dr. Luis F. Parada is the Department Chair and holder of the Diana and Richard C. Strauss Distinguished Chair in Developmental Biology. He is also the Director of the Kent Waldrep Foundation Center for Basic Neuroscience Research. His laboratory uses genetic mouse models to study human disease including nervous system cancers, Neurofibromatosis, and autism. Dr. Parada obtained a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin and a Ph.D. in Biology from MIT. He was a Damon Runyon and Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pasteur Institute. From 1988 to 1994, he headed the Molecular Embryology Section at the NCI where he studied the Trk receptor tyrosine kinases. In 1994, Dr. Parada moved to the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas as Director of the Center for Developmental Biology, and continued his studies on nerve cell survival and regeneration, eventually turning his attention to cancer biology. Currently, a main focus of the lab is investigation of the role of cancer stem cells in malignant brain tumors. He is an American Cancer Society Professor, and a Fellow of The National Academy of Sciences; The American Academy of Arts and Sciences; The Institute of Medicine; and The American Association for the Advancement of Science.


University of Wisconsin-Madison (1979)
Graduate School
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1985)

Research Interest

  • Developmental Neurobiology
  • Mouse Models of CNS Tumors
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • Neurotrophins


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Honors & Awards

  • National Academy of Sciences
  • 2nd Friederich Von Recklinghausen Award
  • Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Institute of Medicine- NAS

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Intl. Society for Stem Cell Research
  • Society for Developmental Biology
  • Society for Neuroscience