Matthew Waitkus
Matthew Waitkus

Matthew Waitkus

Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery


The Waitkus Laboratory is a team of researchers focused on understanding the molecular biology of malignant brain tumors. We work alongside clinician-scientists in the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke to investigate the mechanisms by which brain tumors arise, progress, and recur. 

Adult and pediatric malignant gliomas are caused by specific sets of genetic mutations that allow tumor cells to (1) proliferate indefinitely, (2) obtain and utilize nutrients to grow, and (3) evade normal anti-tumor protective mechanisms, such as programed cell death and immune surveillance. In the Waitkus Laboratory, our overarching goal is to better understand the mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis and progression of malignant gliomas. We aim to use this knowledge to develop improved methods for glioma diagnosis, prognostication, and treatment


Assistant Professor in Neurosurgery in the School of Medicine

2021 School of Medicine

Assistant Professor of Pathology in the School of Medicine

2021 School of Medicine

Member of the Duke Cancer Institute in the School of Medicine

2020 School of Medicine


M.S. 2009

2009 The Ohio State University, College of Medicine

Ph.D. 2014

2014 Cleveland State University

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Durham, NC