Project Title: Precision Medicine Model for Pediatric Glioblastoma
Principal Investigator: Analiz Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor, College of Medicine Department of Neurosurgery, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)
Jessica Blackburn, Ph.D., assistant professor, University of Kentucky Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Sheri L. Holmen, Ph.D., the Karen H. Huntsman Presidential Endowed Chair; professor, Department of Surgery; investigator, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah
At age 19, Rodriguez joined the NIH-sponsored Medical Scientist Training Program at Case Western Reserve University. She completed the M.D./Ph.D. program in six years.
She completed her neurosurgery residency at Wake Forest University Medical Center and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. During her residency, she was awarded an American Association of Neurological Surgeons Neurosurgery Research Education Foundation (AANS/NREF) research fellowship for her work in glioblastoma. She also was selected for a socio-economic fellowship from the Council of State Neurological Surgeons, a Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Leadership Fellow, and as a member at large of the Women in Neurosurgery (WINS) executive committee. Rodriguez completed her neurosurgical oncology fellowship at City of Hope National Medical Center, which specializes in immunotherapy trails.
Rodriguez is board certified through the American Board of Neurological Surgeons (ABNS). She is the director of Neurosurgical Oncology at UAMS and strives to bring novel therapies and trials to Arkansas. She has an independent brain tumor research laboratory in the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.