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Kornblum, Harley I., M.D., Ph.D.


Neural stem cells, neural repair, and brain tumors


  • Professor, Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
  • Pediatric Neurology
  • Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
  • Molecular & Medical Pharmacology
  • Member, Brain Research Institute
  • Cell & Developmental Biology GPB Home Area
  • Eli & Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine & Stem Cell Research
  • JCCC Cancer and Stem Cell Biology Program Area
  • Molecular Pharmacology GPB Home Area
  • Neuroscience GPB Home Area


Dr. Kornblum’s laboratory works in the areas of neurodevelopment, neural repair and brain tumors. He is one of the co-discoverers of stem cell-like cells in brain tumors. These cells are thought to be critical means by which brain tumors resist therapies. Dr. Kornblum’s laboratory is investigating a number of means to overcome this therapeutic resistance.

In addition to brain tumors, Dr. Kornblum’s research is relevant to the areas of autism, spinal cord injury, stroke and cerebral palsy, as well as other developmental disorders of the nervous system.


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