Dr. Neman is an Assistant Professor of Neurological Surgery, Physiology & Neuroscience at the Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California. Dr. Neman is the Director of Cancer Biology & Genomics Doctoral Program, the Scientific Director of the USC Brain Tumor, and Member of the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Neman received his doctoral degree at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine in Neurobiology. He then went on to complete his Cancer Biology Fellowship at the City of Hope’s Beckman Research Institute where he was a California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) Fellow focusing on brain tumors.
As the Director of the Laboratory of Cancer Neuroscience (www.cancerneuroscience.com), Dr. Neman’s current research investigates the biology of brain metastases (cancers that spread to the brain—i.e. breast, lung, melanoma, prostate) and pediatric brain tumors. His expertise and strengths in stem cell biology and neuroscience have allowed him to develop novel molecular, cellular, and therapeutic approach to study the interaction between the brain and cancer cells (termed the tumor microenvironment)–a bidirectional interplay poorly understood. Dr. Neman’s goal is to uncover novel mechanism used by the nervous system to promote tumor growth and spread. This will ultimately result in development of improved strategies for cancer prevention and treatment of patients with these devastating diseases.
Dr. Neman has been the recipient of multiple research awards including from National Institutes of Health/ National Cancer Institute, CIRM, American Cancer Society, American Brain Tumor Association, STOP Cancer, METAvivor, Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and Department of Defense. Dr. Neman is strong supporter of involving the community in his basic and translational laboratory—this involves engaging with patients, patient advocates, and their families’. Along with the American Brain Tumor Association, he currently organizes annual Brain Tumor 5K walk and education day at the University of Southern California’s campus. Furthermore, he serves on the Board of Directors of Susan G Komen LA County where he serves as Scientific Chair of their annual Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference.