Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery
UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital
The broad, long-term objective of the Schwer laboratory is to gain mechanistic insight into how the interrelated processes of DNA repair, chromatin regulation, and transcriptional regulation, affect normal brain physiology and disorders. More specifically, Dr. Schwer investigates mechanisms of chromosomal DNA double-strand break formation and repair in neural stem/progenitor cells and other neural cell types in the contexts of neurodevelopment, neural functioning, diversity, and disease.
One major current focus involves understanding causes of genome instability and chromosomal rearrangements in neural progenitors that give rise to medulloblastoma and other brain cancers.
Clinical Research, Neurosurgery