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Matthew Waitkus

Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery
DUMC 2600, 203 Research Drive, Room 155, Durham, NC 27710
203 Research Drive, Durham, NC 27705


The Waitkus Laboratory is a team of researchers focused on understanding the molecular biology of malignant brain tumors. We work alongside clinician-scientists in the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke to investigate the mechanisms by which brain tumors arise, progress, and recur. 

Adult and pediatric malignant gliomas are caused by specific sets of genetic mutations that allow tumor cells to (1) proliferate indefinitely, (2) obtain and utilize nutrients to grow, and (3) evade normal anti-tumor protective mechanisms, such as programed cell death and immune surveillance. In the Waitkus Laboratory, our overarching goal is to better understand the mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis and progression of malignant gliomas. We aim to use this knowledge to develop improved methods for glioma diagnosis, prognostication, and treatment

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery · 2021 - Present Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery
Assistant Professor of Pathology · 2021 - Present Pathology, Clinical Science Departments
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute · 2020 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

Cleveland State University · 2014 Ph.D.
The Ohio State University, College of Medicine · 2009 M.S.