Headshot portrait of Kevin Tran - Bio-X Undergraduate Fellow
2017 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: undeclared
Supported by: Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Mentor: Melanie Hayden-Gephart, Neurosurgery

Brain metastases which originate from primary thymic tumors currently have limited therapies. Using next generation sequencing technologies, Kevin aims to discover the unique thymic tumor mutations that predispose some patients to develop brain metastases. By comparing genes of thymic tumors that lead to brain metastases to those that cause metastases outside of the CNS, Kevin can better understand the genetic basis of thymic brain metastases and find new targets for treatment.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 24, 2017:

The Role of Reactive Astrocytes in the Surrounding Microenvironment of Brain Metastases

Kevin Tran1, Sophia Chernikova1, Ian Connolly1, Eli Johnson1, Bina Kakusa1, Lina Khoeur1, Yingmei Li1, Dina Polyak1, Melanie G. Hayden Gephart1
[Department of Neurosurgery1, Stanford University]