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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Sunit Das, MD, PhD, FRCPC

Research Institute
Surgeon Scientist
The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor
Division of Neurosurgery

Other Positions

St. Michael's Hospital
The Keenan Research Centre of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute

St. Michael's Hospital
Staff Surgeon

Phone: 416-864-5548
Email: dass@smh.ca

Academic Background

RESEARCH: Surgeon Scientist, The Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre, SickKids Research Institute; Scientist, Keenan Research Centre, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael’s Hospital

ACADEMIC: University of Toronto, Assistant Professor, Division of Neurosurgery, University of Toronto

CLINICAL: Neurosurgeon, St. Michael’s Hospital

Research Interests

Dr. Das studied literature at the University of Michigan and philosophy at Harvard University before attending medical school at Northwestern University in Chicago. During medical school, he performed studies at the NINDS/ NIH leading to his PhD in Neurobiology. Dr. Das returned to Northwestern University for a neurosurgical residency, during which he undertook a postdoctoral fellowship in the lab of Jack Kessler. His research work focused on the mechanisms controlling adult neurogenesis. He also developed a program in cancer stem cell biology. On completion of his residency in 2010, Dr. Das was recruited to the Division of Neurosurgery at St. Michael’s Hospital, the University of Toronto.

Dr. Das’ lab is focused on understanding the molecular and cellular underpinnings of resistance to therapy in glioblastoma and other solid cancers, with a particular focus of the role of cellular hierarchies to these processes. Our goal is to identify new treatment strategies for glioblastoma through elucidation of the processes that underlie cancer cell resistance and progression.

Lab Members

Megan Wu, Research Project Manager
Rohit Sachdeva, Post-doctoral Fellow
Sandra Smiljanic, Research Technologist
Frederick Zhang, Undergraduate Student


Academic Background:

May 1995 University of Michigan, AB, English Literature
June 1996 Harvard University MA, Philosophy
June 2001 Northwestern University, MD Medicine
June 2003 NINDS, NIH PhD, Neurobiology

2003 - 2004 Intern, Department of Surgery, Northwestern University
2004 - 2008 Resident, Department of Neurosurgery, Northwestern University
2008 - 2010 Chief Resident, Department of Neurosurgery, Northwestern University

March 2006 - June 2010 Post-doctoral training, Laboratory of Dr. John Kessler, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Resident Award for Best Paper in Basic Science - 2010


A detailed list of Dr. Das' publications is available on PubMed.