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Ankur Saxena, PhD

Assistant Professor

Biological Sciences



900 S. Ashland Ave. Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 413-8137


How do neurons form in embryos and why are so few created in adults?

How do cancer cells metastasize and what controls their survival and migratory behavior?

We pursue answers to these questions (which, it turns out, have a surprising amount in common) by combining high-resolution live imaging with genetic/molecular/physical perturbation and novel methods of quantitative analysis. Our in vivo systems biology approach is revealing new details of how stem cells and cancer cells behave in their natural environments.

Selected Publications


(Complete list of publications on Google Scholar)


Postdoctoral Training, Harvard Medical School & Caltech

PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

BS, University of Texas at Austin