Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Neurological Surgery

Derek A Wainwright, PhD

Derek A Wainwright, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, Medicine (Hematology and Oncology) and Microbiology-Immunology


Administrative office: 312-503-3161
Laboratory: 312-503-4345

Tarry Building Room 2-703
300 E Superior
Chicago IL 60611

Derekwainwright( at )

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Education and Certification

MS: Loyola University-Chicago, Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy (2004)
PhD: Loyola University-Chicago, Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy (2009)
Postdoctoral Fellowship: University of Chicago, Surgery (2013)


Description of Interests

Our laboratory utilizes DNA sequencing, gene expression profiling, proteomic analyses, flow cytometric methodology and many other basic techniques to pursue goals that are ultimately translatable for improving health and overall survival in patients with brain cancer. Although our research is primarily focused on malignant glioma, with a special emphasis on glioblastoma, we are also interested in pursuing incurable pediatric brain tumors, as well as metastatic tumors that invade the brain/spinal cord. It is our sincere hope that, the basic mechanistic investigations that we carry out, uncover important and meaningful discoveries that translate into highly effective immunotherapeutic modalities for the benefit of patients with incurable cancer in the brain.

Interests (Keywords)

Biologic Therapies; Cancer: Brain and Nervous System; Immune Regulation; Immunology; Metabolism; Neuro-Oncology; Neurobiology; Neuroinflammation

Research and Publications

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