Choi-Fong Cho, PhD - 2022 World Medical Innovation Forum

Choi-Fong Cho, PhD

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, BWH, HMS

Dr. Cho is an Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She is a Research Affiliate at MIT, Faculty Affiliate in the Program of Neuroscience at the Harvard Medical School, and an Affiliate Faculty Member of the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. As a Canadian, Dr. Cho earned her PhD from Western University in Canada, where she was fully funded by the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and the Canadian Institute of Health Research Strategic Training Program. She completed her post-doctoral training in the Neurosurgery Department at BWH in developing the 3D human blood-brain-barrier organoid model, as well as peptides that target malignant brain tumors. Her post-doctoral fellowship was fully funded by the Canadian Institute of Health Research Fellowship, where her application was ranked #1 out of more than a thousand applicants.

As a faculty, Dr. Cho has received multiple awards  and grants, including the Career Development Award funded by the Department of Defense, the Next-Gen Award at BWH, the Women’s Brain Initiative Grant, Harvard Neuro-Discovery Imaging Grant, and the Harvard Stem Cell Institute Blood-Brain-Barrier Grant. She is an inventor on patent applications covering tumor-homing peptides for applications in cancer therapy and detection.

Dr. Cho is currently leading several research developments in modeling brain tumors that originated from patients, the human blood-brain-barrier, as well as engineering new and rationally designed targeted therapies in neuro-oncology.