Monika Davare, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology and Oncology, School of Medicine
  • Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, School of Medicine
  • Cancer Biology Graduate Program, School of Medicine


The Davare laboratory’s research goals are directed towards overcoming the therapeutic bottleneck in rare but aggressive pediatric and adult cancers. Oncogenomics-driven big data approaches effectively identify lead drug targets for cancer, but bottlenecks arise from a lack or slower pace of functionally testing, vetting and optimizing leads for therapeutic development. Using complementary in vitro and in vivo experimental model systems coupled with patient-derived genomic data, we have successfully identified driving kinase pathways and validated small-molecule inhibitor therapies for targeting distinct genomic subsets of glioblastoma, sarcoma, medulloblastoma and non-small cell lung cancer. We have active cross-institutional collaborations with clinical oncologists to facilitate transfer of our bench discoveries into clinical trials and as needed, validate clinical findings back at the bench. I combine my expertise and experience in the areas of kinase biology, cell surface receptors, and ion channel physiology with my background in molecular pharmacology to lead this translational research program.


  • B.A., 1995, University of Maine (Zoology/Philosophy)
  • Ph.D., 2000, University of Wisconsin-Madison (Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology)



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