Soma Sengupta, MD, PhD


Titles and Roles

Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
Emory University School of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurosurgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Brain and Spine Tumors
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics


Soma Sengupta, MD, PhD, holds a joint appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, the Department of Neurology and the Department of Neurosurgery at Emory University School of Medicine. Prior to joining the clinical staff at Winship Cancer Institute in 2016, Dr. Sengupta practiced as a neuro-oncologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts. She is board certified in psychiatry, neurology, and neuro-oncology. She collaborates with members of Winship Cancer Institute and the Emory Brain Health Center providing neuro-oncologic consultations.

Dr. Sengupta is a member of the Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute. She is also a faculty member in the Neuroscience Graduate Program of the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS) at Emory Laney Graduate School. She holds professional memberships with the Royal College of Physicians (London, UK), the Society for Neuro-oncology and the American Academy of Neurology.


Dr. Sengupta completed her PhD in Biochemistry and MBBChir in Medicine at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. She completed her internship in Internal Medicine at Sinai Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, a Neurology residency at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University, and research and clinical fellowship in Neuro-oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard University.


Dr. Sengupta and the team in the Sengupta Lab investigate: (1) the underlying mechanism of child and adult brain tumors; (2) ways to treat brain tumors, including testing of various therapeutic strategies; and (3) collaborative efforts to deliver therapeutics to cancerous cells as well as test in vivo the therapeutics.

Dr. Sengupta has received a number of research grants including: 

  • CURE Childhood Cancer Award (co-PI), 2018
  • American Cancer Society IRG-Winship, 2017
  • B*CURED Brain Cancer Research Investigator Award, 2017
  • NIH/NINDS K08, 2014
  • NIH/NCI K12, 2013
  • NIH/NINDS R25, 2010


Dr. Sengupta has published a number of peer‐reviewed articles in leading journals.

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Dr. Sengupta's recent awards include:

  • Michael Ronthal Teaching Award, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, 2011

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