David R. Raleigh, MD, PhD

  Assistant Professor, Departments of Radiation Oncology and Neurological Surgery

  Principal Investigator and Preclinical Core Director, Department of Neurological Surgery Brain Tumor Center

The Raleigh Lab (February 2018)

  University of California San Francisco

  Clinical website



Dr. David Raleigh is an expert in the treatment and investigation of brain tumors. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California Berkeley, and his medical and doctoral degrees from the University of Chicago. Dr. Raleigh completed his residency training in Radiation Oncology at UCSF, and he trained as a postdoctoral scholar with Dr. Jeremy Reiter in the Department of Biochemistry at UCSF, with whom he continues to collaborate closely. He is a member of the faculty in the UCSF Departments of Radiation Oncology and Neurological Surgery where he is specialized in the treatment and investigation of central nervous system tumors in adult and pediatric patients. In the laboratory, Dr. Raleigh is a Principal Investigator in the UCSF Brain Tumor Center and uses mouse genetics, genomics, cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology and pharmacology to study developmental pathways in cancer and identify novel targets for molecular therapy and patient stratification. Dr. Raleigh is also the director of the UCSF Brain Tumor Center Preclinical Core, a longstanding facility within the Department of Neurological Surgery with extensive expertise in patient-derived xenograph mouse models of brain cancer.  


Current Lab Members

Abrar is an MD/PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program at UCSF. His background is in epigenetic regulation of oncogenic drivers of breast cancer. In the Raleigh lab, he is a rotation student studying the Hedgehog pathway's role in a variety of cancers and working to better elucidate the regulators of the pathway.

Abrar Choudhury, BS
Abrar Choudhury, BS











Will is an Intern Physician at Kaiser Permanente San Francisco who completed medical school at UCSF and will be joining the residency in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the California Pacific Medical Center. He is working on clinical and translational research projects related to meningioma and meningioma genetics and epigenetics. 

Will Chen, MD
Abrar Choudhury, BS












Corinna is a Junior Specialist in the Department of Radiation Oncology. She received her BS in Biology at the Universty of San Francisco. Her focus in the lab is on mice genetics and molecular biology techniques. She is an avid hiker, yogi, and movie-goer in her free time. 

Corinna Conroy, BS











Vikas is an MD/PhD student in the Biomedical Sciences program at UCSF. As a rotation student in the Raleigh lab, he is studying combination molecular therapy for the treatment of Hedgehog-associated medulloblastoma, in addition to exploring oxysterol-mediated signaling in the Hedgehog pathway. His background is in centrosome biology, where he utilized genome-wide CRISPR screens to identify the molecular components of a novel cell cycle arrest following centrosome duplication failure. In the rare moments not in the lab, Vikas loves running, cooking (if you're nice to him you may get a fancy dinner) and traveling

Vikas Daggubati, BS


Sarah is an Assistant Specialist in the Department of Radiation Oncology and she is the Lab Manager of the Raleigh Lab. She received her Engineer diploma in SupBiotech Paris, France. She is specialized in cellular and molecular biology, and she works on synthesis and trafficking of Smoothened-activating oxysterols.

Sarah Findakly, MS


Chetna is a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Radiation Oncology. She received her Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology from the University of Michigan Medical School. In the Raleigh lab, she is interested in understanding the molecular mechanisms of meningiomas using experimental and bioinformatic approaches. 

Chetna Gopinath, PhD


Stephen is a Resident Physician in the Department of Neurological Surgery. His background is in cellular and molecular neuroscience and gene regulation. His clinical research is focused on outcomes for meningioma patients. He is currently an NIH-funded post-doc in the Raleigh and Costello labs and is leveraging his access to clinical samples and outcomes data in concert with genome wide approaches to identify molecular drivers of meningioma growth and recurrence. In his free time, Stephen enjoys spending time with his wife, sailing, tasting wine and exploring California's natural beauty.

Stephen T. Magill, MD, PhD












Harish is a resident physician in the Department of Radiation Oncology at UCSF. He received his MD and PhD degrees at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, where his dissertation focused on developmental biology and receptor tyrosine kinase signaling. He is interested in combining genomic approaches with molecular biology techniques to understand cellular decision making. In the Raleigh lab, Harish uses multiplatform bioinformatic techniques to explore the mechanisms underlying brain tumor growth. 

Harish Vasudevan, MD, PhD

Former Lab Trainees

Pervinder Kaur Choksi

Assistant Specialist

Current position: UCSF TETRAD Graduate Student


Alexis Leigh Krup

Assistant Specialist

Current Position: UCSF Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student, National Science Foundation Scholar



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