Sameer Agnihotri, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Director, Brain Tumor Biology and Therapy Lab

Sameer Agnihotri, PhD, joined the faculty of the Department of Neurological Surgery at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh in November of 2016.

Dr. Agnihotri graduated from the University of Toronto in 2005 with a bachelor of science honors degree in biology, specializing in genetics. He earned his PhD in medical biophysics in 2011 from the University of Toronto where he used genetic screens to identify novel drivers of glioblastoma, an incurable brain tumor. He subsequently completed his post-doctoral fellowship at the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumor Research Centre at the Hospital for Sick Children, in Toronto, and the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Division of Neuro-oncology Research, also in Toronto.

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

Specialized Areas of Interest

Pediatric and adult high-grade gliomas

Professional Organization Membership

Children's Brain Tumor Consortium
Society of Neuro-Oncology

Professional Activities

Scientific Committee, Children’s Brain Tumor Tissue Consortium
Membership Committee, Society of Neuro-oncology

Education & Training

  • BSc, Biology, University of Toronto, 2005
  • PhD, Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, 2011
  • Fellowship, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, 2016
  • Fellowship, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto, 2016

Honors & Awards

  • Sontag Distinguished Scientist Award, Sontag Foundation, 2022
  • Junior Scholar Award in Clinical/Translational Cancer Research, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, 2022
  • Children’s Trust and Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Young Investigator Award, 2017
  • Marlene Reimer Brain Star Award, 2016
  • Post-Doctoral Scholarship, Canadian Institute of Health Resources (CIHR), 2013-16
  • Trainee of the Year, Hospital for Sick Children, 2014
  • Young Investigator Award in Basic/Translational Research, Canadian Neuro-Oncology, 2014
  • Lucien J. Rubinstein Award, American Brain Tumor Association, 2013
  • Wolfgang Vogel Memorial Award, University of Toronto, 2013
  • Young Investigator Travel Award, Society of Neuro-Oncology, 2012
  • Graduate Student Scholarship, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, 2009
  • Young Investigator Award in Pediatric Brain Tumour Research, Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Foundation, 2007

Media Appearances

Pitt Brain Tumor Expert Awarded Prestigious Research Grant
Inside Life Changing Medicine
January 23, 2023