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

Evolutionary dynamics of residual disease in human glioblastoma.
Spiteri I, Caravagna G, Cresswell GD, Vatsiou A, Nichol D, Acar A, Ermini L, Chkhaidze K, Werner B, Mair R, Brognaro E, Verhaak RGW, Sanguinetti G, Piccirillo SGM, Watts C, Sottoriva A Ann. Oncol. 2018 Nov
Basic and translational advances in glioblastoma
Piccirillo SG, Alonso MM, Pasqualetti F BioMed Research International 2018 2018
Oncogenes activate an autonomous transcriptional regulatory circuit that drives glioblastoma
Singh DK, Kollipara RK, Vemireddy V, Yang XL, Sun Y, Regmi N, Klingler S, Hatanpaa KJ, Raisanen J, Cho SK, Sirasanagandla S, Nannepaga S, Piccirillo SG, Mashimo T, Wang S, Humphries CG, Mickey B, Maher EA, Zheng H, Kim RS, Kittler R, Bachoo RM Cell Reports 2017 18 4 961-976
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


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

  • DocStars Award
    The Cary Council-Southwestern Medical Foundation (2018)
  • 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)