Gary Kohanbash, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Director, PNIO Laboratory

Gary Kohanbash, PhD, joined the faculty of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in January of 2017.

Dr. Kohanbash graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007 with a bachelor of science honors degree in neuroscience, specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. He then earned his masters of science degree in infectious diseases and microbiology in 2009, and a doctorate in philosophy in 2012, both from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. While there, he identified novel pathways of immunosuppression in gliomas and participated in multiple phase I/II immunotherapy clinical trials.

Dr. Kohanbash subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship in the University of Pittsburgh Department of Neurological Surgery in 2014. He continued his training as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Department of Neurological Surgery. While at UCSF, Dr. Kohanbash was privileged to complete a prestigious T32 training program in translational brain tumor research.

Dr. Kohanbash's publications can be reviewed through the National Library of Medicine's publication database.

Specialized Areas of Interest

Immunotherapy for pediatric and adult central nervous system tumors.

Professional Organization Membership

American Association for Cancer Research
Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer
Society for Neuro-Oncology

Professional Activities

Co-Chair, Immunotherapy Session, Society for Neuro-Oncology Annual Meeting
Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium Immunology Section
Scientific Committee Member, Childhood Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium
External Grant Advisor, University of Toledo
Study Section, St. Baldrick’s Foundation Fellowship
Senate Library Committee, University of Pittsburgh

Education & Training

  • BS, (hons), Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh, 2007
  • MS, Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, University of Pittsburgh, 2009
  • PhD, Brain Tumor Immunology, University of Pittsburgh, 2012
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurological Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, 2014
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurological Surgery, University of California, San Francisco, 2016

Honors & Awards

  • Research Travel Award, Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer, 2014-15
  • Honoree, The Annual Convocation of the University of Pittsburgh, 2010, 2014
  • Best Dissertation Award, Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, University of Pittsburgh, 2013
  • Top Oral Presentation, Translational Research Cancer Center Consortium (TRCCC), 2013
  • International Research Travel Award, Japanese Society for Brain Tumor Pathology, 2012
  • Best Graduate Thesis Award, Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, University of Pittsburgh, 2010
  • Top Poster Award, Translational Research Cancer Center Consortium (TRCCC), 2009

Media Appearances