Tryptophan metabolism and the immunosuppressive kynurenine pathway in brain tumors

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

11:00am – 12:15pm

310 Kelly Hall, Virginia Tech Campus

Dr. Sandeep Mittal

Department of Neurosurgery

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

Biography:

Dr. Sandeep Mittal is Professor and Chief of Neurosurgery at Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Carilion Clinic. Prior to joining Virginia Tech, he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Wayne State University. Dr. Mittal received his medical and master of surgery degree from McGill University Faculty of Medicine. He completed neurosurgery residency training and a postdoctoral fellowship in Developmental Neurobiology at the Montreal Neurological Institute at McGill University. He subsequently completed a clinical fellowship in Epilepsy Surgery at the Montreal Neurological Institute, followed by a second fellowship in Neuro-Oncological Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital. He is board certified by both the American Board of Neurological Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada.

Dr. Mittal's areas of clinical expertise are in the surgical management of patients with medically-refractory epilepsy and those with complex brain tumors located in eloquent brain regions. Dr. Mittal's busy clinical practice strengthens his commitment to maintain an active research program. He is director of the Translational Neurosurgery Research Lab located at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute. His primary areas of research interests are in tryptophan metabolism of brain tumors and epilepsy using a molecular imaging based approach. An accomplished educator and well-funded research scientist, Dr. Mittal has authored over 150 peer-reviewed manuscripts and book chapters. He is a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada and the American College of Surgeons.