Brent Cochran, PhD

Brent Cochran, PhD

Professor of  Developmental, Molecular & Chemical Biology



SB, Biology, MIT
PhD, Molecular Genetics, Harvard University
Postdoctoral Training, Dana Farber Cancer Institute


Campus: Boston
Office: Jaharis 708
Laboratory: Jaharis 701B

Contact Information

Office Phone: 617-636-0442
Lab Phone: 617-636-6744
E-mail   Send an e-mail


Research Web Site  Lab Research Page
Recent Publications  Abstract in PubMed

Graduate Programs

Cell, Molecular & Developmental BiologyGenetics, Pharmacology


Research Synopsis

The primary research focus of my laboratory is to understand how pathways that regulate cell growth and differentiation are disrupted in cancer. Research in my laboratory is currently focused on the study of cancer stem cells in glioblastomas. The ubiquitous growth factor and cytokine regulated Jak-Stat signal transduction pathway was discovered in my laboratory and continues to be a major focus of our research. Current projects focus on how STAT3 regulates self-renewal and differentiation in cancer stem cells and on genome-wide RNAi screens of these cells.


Lab Members

Kenny Jahan, MS Student in Pharmacology & Drug Development  Send an e-mail Lab Research Page
Jaime Montemayor, MBS Student  Send an e-mail 
Xue Zhang, Research Associate Send an e-mail 

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The priority application deadlines are as follows:

December 1: Basic Science Division PhD Programs

February 15: Building Diversity in Biomedical Sciences

March 31: Post-Baccalaureate Research Program

May 1: Clinical & Translational Science, MS in Pharmacology & Drug Development