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Date:November 12, 2012

Meenakshi Hegde, M.D.

Meenakshi Hegde, M.D.Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Section of Hematology-Oncology,
Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Meenakshi Hegde
Texas Children’s Cancer Center
1102 Bates Street, Suite 1570
Houston, TX 77030

Phone: 832-822-4242
Fax: 832-825-1453
E-mail: mghegde@txch.org

About Dr. Meenakshi Hegde

Dr. Meenakshi Hegde is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine where she is a faculty member in the Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. She is a graduate of the J.S.S. Medical College of Mysore, India. She completed her residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago, followed by her fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Baylor College of Medicine. She is a board certified physician-specialist in pediatric hematology/oncology and a member of the American Board of Pediatrics.

Dr. Meenakshi Hegde is a member of Dr. Nabil Ahmed’s laboratory at the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy (CAGT). Her research is focused on developing adoptive cell therapy for solid tumors. In a pre-clinical model of Glioblastoma, Dr. Hegde demonstrated that rendering the patient’s immune cells multispecific enables them to recognize tumor cells that would otherwise escape killing and results in improved tumor control.

Dr. Hegde has also played a key role in the molecular design and functional testing of a novel molecule, a bispecific ‘tandem CAR’ or ‘tanCAR’, that can potentially be used for cancer immunotherapy; a single molecule when expressed on T cells, can enable them to simultaneously recognize two distinct target molecules on tumor cells. She is now employing this novel strategy to simultaneously target tumor antigens in osteosarcoma, in addition to brain tumors.

Dr. Meenakshi Hegde is a physician in the Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program at Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Her clinical interest is in cellular therapies for childhood malignancies.

Education

M.D., J.S.S. Medical College, Mysore, India
Residency, University of Illinois at Chicago
Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Selected Memberships

American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
Karnataka Medical Council, India
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
American Society of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology (ASPHO)
American Society of Bone Marrow Transplant (ASBMT)
American Society of Gene and Cell Therapy (ASGCT)
American Soceity of Hematology (ASH)
Children’s Oncology Group (COG)

Clinical Interests

Bone Marrow Transplant

Research Interests

Tumor Immunology
Immunotherapy for brain tumors
Immunotherapy for solid tumors

Research

Dr. Meenakshi Hegde is a member of Dr. Nabil Ahmed’s laboratory at the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy (CAGT). Her primary research is focused on developing adoptive cell therapy for brain tumors.

News about Dr. Hegde

Pediatric Oncologist Honored for Best Scientific Paper on Malignant Gliomas