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Petritsch Lab: academic year and summer opportunities

Claudia Petritsch, Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute
Funding Sponsor: 
Dr. Claudia K. Petritsch
Contact Email: 
Felicia Beppu (, cc to Dr. Claudia Petritsch (
Funding Deadline: 
December 31, 2021 - 11:59 pm

Research topics: To optimize treatment for patients, especially children, with brain cancer by studying stem and progenitor cells

Techniques: We interact closely with the Neurosurgeons and the OR team to collect fresh tissue from craniotomies from consented patients  and use in vivo imaging, mass spectrometry and cytometry, and flow cytometry and next gen sequencing (scRNA seq, ATAC) to analyze fresh tissue derived cells and mouse models, in addition to. studying tumor immunosuppression and immunotherapies in mouse tumor models. 


Seeking undergrads for: Academic year, Summer

Location: Flexible, with possibilities for remote or on-campus research projects

Required skills: Good communications skills - Some aseptic working skills would be great

How to apply: Contact Dr. Petritsch (

Project information: We have opportunities for undergraduate students. We are currently looking for two Stanford Undergraduate Students to join us for a 1-2 year ongoing part-time research projects. One project is to generate patient-derived models from difficult to treat brain tumors and interrogate the tumor-associated immune landscape. The student will participate in collecting samples from the OR, processing surgical samples for -omics analyses (including next-generation-sequencing, single cell RNA seq, ATAC seq, etc), logging and tracking samples, generating in vitro (2D/3D-spheroid models) and in vivo models of brain tumors, and studies characterizing the immune cells within the tumor and the patient’s blood. Due to its focus on patients and clinical data this project builds on close interactions with surgeons and neurooncologists, and is therefore especially interesting for students who’d like to enter medical school or take a job as clinical research coordinator. A second project is to define the tumor immune landscape in pediatric gliomas using a novel immune competent mouse model and patient-derived tumor samples, by applying spatial genomics, mass cytometry, mass spectrometry, and next generation sequencing, The focus of this project is to optimize the treatment for children with brain cancer. This is a translational project and suited for an undergraduate who’d like to enter graduate school or MD/PhD programs.

We are asking for a 8-12 hours per week commitment and offer the opportunity to do full time research during the summer months, if permitted by the University. We expect strong work ethics, a certain level of independence, and strong interest in laboratory science and/or clinical research. I encourage undergraduates to explore the Amgen Scholars program, Bio-X, as well as the SURF program.

If you are interested in joining our group, please send a single introductory paragraph and your CV to Felicia Beppu ( and cc Dr. Claudia Petritsch (