Sandeep Burma, Ph.D., professor of neurosurgery and of biochemistry and structural biology, received the Award for Excellence in Adult Basic Science at the Society for NeuroOncology Annual Meeting in Phoenix in November.
The award, sponsored by the National Brain Tumor Society, was given for Dr. Burma’s research on the role of senescent astrocytes in promoting brain tumor development. Dr. Burma presented his research at the meeting.
Prior to joining UT Health San Antonio earlier this year, Dr. Burma spent 14 years at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where he developed a strong research program in DNA repair and glioblastoma therapy resistance.
Dr. Burma obtained his doctoral degree from the National Institute of Immunology in India. After postdoctoral research in the fields of transcription and DNA repair at Yale University, Pennsylvania State University and the Los Alamos National Laboratory, he worked as a career scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Dr. Burma’s research has made many seminal contributions to our understanding of basic mechanisms of DNA repair and therapy resistance in glioblastoma. He is committed to translation of his research findings to improve cancer therapy, especially that of glioblastoma. His research has been continuously funded by the NIH and NASA.
At UT Health San Antonio, Dr. Burma is the Mays Family Foundation Distinguished Chair in Oncology.