Renee Read, PhD


Titles and Roles

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology
Emory University School of Medicine
Research Program
Cell and Molecular Biology


Renee Read, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Read is a member of the Cell and Molecular Biology Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute.


Dr. Read earned her PhD in Developmental Biology from the University of Washington. She then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at The Salk Institute for Biological Studies.


Dr. Read's lab seeks to understand the molecular logic underlying the initiation and progression of primary brain tumors in order to gain new insights into neurodevelopment and neurophysiology that can contribute to improved treatment and diagnosis of these diseases. Glioblastomas, the most common and deadly primary brain tumors, display signature genetic lesions that perturb the activity of genes that normally regulate essential developmental and homeostatic processes in the central nervous system. In particular, the most common mutations found in glioblastomas result in constitutive activation of receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) and Pi-3 kinase (PI3K) signaling pathways. Yet, how these mutations drive tumorigenesis is unclear, and how to effectively target these pathways therapeutically remains to be determined. Her research program is designed to discover new regulators of gliomagenesis using multidisciplinary genetic and molecular approaches.


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Dr. Read has earned the following awards and honors:

  • Pathway to Independence Award, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 2009
  • Sanofi-Aventis Discovery Grant, Salk-Sanofi Strategic Alliance, 2009
  • American Brain Tumor Association Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2008
  • National Research Service Award, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, 2005
  • Jakschik Award and Victor Hamburger Award, in recognition of research excellence at Washington University, 2003, 2002
  • Nominee, Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence, Instruction in Biology, Washington University, 1999

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