Nadejda Tsankova
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Nadejda Tsankova, MD, PhD

Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology

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About Me

Dr. Tsankova is a tenured Professor in Pathology, Neuroscience, and a member of the Tisch Cancer Center and the Friedman Brain Institutes. She leads an NIH-funded laboratory in neuro-oncology, which studies the molecular mechanisms of glioma growth and invasion in the context of neurodevelopmental dysfunction, using endogenous human-based models. She is also the Director of Neuropathology
the Program Director of the Neuropathology Fellowship, and a practicing diagnostic pathologist. Dr. Tsankova received her Ph.D. from UT Southwestern Medical Center, where she trained with Dr. Eric Nestler. Under his guidance, she pioneered the studies of neuroepigenetics in the context of chronic stress/depression. Following the path of a Physician-Scientist, she completed her residency in Anatomic Pathology and fellowship in Neuropathology at Columbia University, where she became intrigued with studying the pathogenesis of human gliomas. She worked in the laboratory of Dr. Fiona Doetsch, where she developed novel techniques to isolate and characterize endogenous neural/glial progenitors from human brain, creating a transitional, human-based system to study epigenetic dysregulation during gliomagenesis. Previously an Assistant Professor at Columbia University and now one at Mount Sinai, Dr. Tsankova also has fruitful and ongoing collaborations with several investigators from the departments of Neurosurgery, Neuroscience, and Psychiatry at both institutions.

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PROFESSOR | Pathology, Molecular and Cell Based Medicine, PROFESSOR | Neuroscience
Hospital Affiliations
  • Mount Sinai Queens
  • The Mount Sinai Hospital
Research Topics

Anti-Tumor Therapy, Brain, Cancer Genetics, Cell Transformation, Chromatin, Stem Cells

Multi-Disciplinary Training Areas

Disease Mechanisms and Therapeutics (DMT)