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Brandi Castro, B.S., M.D. candidate

Medical Student


Brandi Castro has completed her third year of medical school at Boston University School of Medicine where she served as treasurer for the student body. She is participating in two fellowships affiliated with the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and American Brain Tumor Association. Brandyn’s research is focused on establishing relationships between changes in cellular microenvironment and signaling pathways in response to antiangiogenic therapy in human glioblastoma tumor cells.  She aspires to specialize in pediatric neurosurgery while continuing to be involved as a physician scientist. This experience in the Aghi Lab under Dr. Aghi’s mentorship will pave the way towards her future goals.

Education, Training, and Previous Positions

2010 B.S., University of Southern California

2010-2014 M.D. Candidate, Boston University School of Medicine

2013 Research Fellowship, American Association of Neurological Surgeons, UCSF Brain Tumor Research Center

2013 Research Fellowship, American Brain Tumor Association, UCSF Brain Tumor Research Center

Selected Professional Memberships and Appointments

American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)

Women in Neurosurgery (WINS)

Selected Honors and Awards

2012: John McCahan Medical Campus Education Day Research Award

Selected Recent Publications

Castro BA and Aghi MK.  Impact of bevacizumab chemotherapy on glioblastomas.  In: Tumors of the Central Nervous System, 1st edition.  Hayat MA, Ed.  Springer Publishing Company, New York, NY.  In press.

Castro B, Walcott BP, Redjal N et al. Cerebrospinal Fluid Fistula Prevention and Treatment Following Frontal Sinus Fractures: A Review of Initial Management and Outcomes. Neurosurgical Focus 32: 2012

Castro B and Jakowec M. Molecular Differences in the Fischer 344 Rat, A Potential New Animal Model of Autism. McNair Journal. 2012.