Ankur Saxena, PhD

Title & Department

Assistant Professor

Department of Department of Biological Sciences

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Research Program

Cancer Biology (CB)

Phone: 312-413-8137


We combine live imaging and quantitative analysis of multicellular dynamics with genetic and molecular perturbation in zebrafish embryos to determine how stem cells form sensory neurons and how pediatric cancer cells survive and metastasize. These seemingly disparate biological processes in fact overlap significantly in their mechanisms and behavior, and understanding those commonalities in vivo could provide new therapeutically-relevant insights into human developmental defects and cancer metastasis. Please see for further details.


PhD, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Disease Focus


Research Keywords

Pediatric Cancer; Developmental Biology; Neuronal Differentiation; Cell Migration; Metastasis; High Resolution Live Imaging; Neuroscience; Systems Biology

Additional Language(s)

Hindi, Spanish

Published Research

PubMed Search

Other Link(s)

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