Laura Prolo, MD, PhD



Laura Prolo grew up in the Bay Area and did her undergraduate training at Washington University in St Louis, where she ran varsity track and field and majored in Biology and Philosphy-Neuroscience-Psychology. She returned to California to do her medical and graduate training in the Medical Scientist Training Program at Stanford. Under the mentorship of Dr Richard Reimer she completed her PhD in Neuroscience, studying myelination in a mouse model of a lysosomal storage disorder.  She is now a sixth year neurosurgery resident at Stanford interested in Pediatric Neurosurgery. In particular, she is interested in pediatric brain tumors and in utero repair of myelomeningocele. She recently returned from a traveling pediatric neurosurgery fellowship under Dr William Whitehead at Texas Children's Hospital to learn this technique.  Her post-doctoral research under the mentorship of Dr Gerald Grant has focused on using CRISPR-Cas9 to discover novel drug targets for treatment of pediatric brain tumors.  Her long term goal is to continue to apply evolving molecular technologies to the diagnosis, characterization, and treatment of pediatric neurological disorders.

Education:

2012-present Neurosurgery Residency, Stanford University
2004-2012 M.D., Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Stanford University
1998-2002 BA, Biology and Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis

Research Interests:

Neuronal-glial interactions, neurodevelopment, neuro-oncology

Program Completion:

2019

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