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The Zhao lab is focused on the study of brain cancers in children. As the significance of neuro-developmental pathways in childhood brain tumors are better understood, it has become apparent that many processes underlying normal brain development are disrupted and contribute to the development of childhood brain tumors. Knowledge of the genetic, molecular and cellular mechanisms of normal brain development is pivotal in the understanding of pediatric brain tumor development. Strategies targeting these abnormalities in developmental signaling pathways may potentially bring dramatic changes in the way we treat childhood brain tumors and significantly improve the outcome of children with these diseases.