Dr. Nijhawan is originally from Chicago and completed the medical scientist training program at UT Southwestern in 2005. He then completed a residency in Internal Medicine and clinical fellowship in Medical Oncology before returning to UT Southwestern.

He is interested in using cancer genomics to predict new cancer vulnerabilities. During his fellowship, he used functional cancer genomics to identify novel targets in cancer. He developed a novel strategy to target “passenger” genes as an Achilles heel in ovarian cancer.

At UTSW, he is interested in expanding the list of vulnerabilities and translating these findings into the clinic to improve the treatment of ovarian and lung cancer. Dr. Nijhawan’s interests outside of medicine include cycling, hiking, travel, and sports.


Graduate School
UT Southwestern Medical School (2005)
Medical School
UT Southwestern Medical School (2005)
Massachusetts General Hospital (2007), Internal Medicine
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (2011), Hematology & Oncology

Research Interest

  • Cancer Genomics
  • Chemical Target Identification
  • Lung Cancer
  • Synthetic Lethality


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Honors & Awards

  • ASCO Young Investigator Award

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association of Cancer Research (2007)
  • Conquer Cancer Foundation (2007)