Dr. Das is a neurosurgeon and scientist at St.Michael’s Hospital and the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science, and Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at the University of Toronto. Dr. Das studied English Literature at the University of Michigan and Philosophy at Harvard University before moving to Chicago for medical school at Northwestern University. He completed a doctor of philosophy at the National Institutes of Health, where he studied the molecular processes that underly adult neurogenesis in the lab of Dr. ZuHang Sheng. He returned to Chicago for his neurosurgical residency, during which time he also began work on cancer stem cells in primary brain tumours in the lab of Dr. John Kessler. He was recruited to the University of Toronto in 2010. Dr. Das’s clinical practice and clinical research focus of the treatment of patients with tumours of the brain and spine. His laboratory at the Hospital for SickKids focuses on non-coding RNA and control of cell identity in glioblastoma and neural stem cells. He is a member of the Arthur and Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre at the Hospital for SickKids, and faculty with the Institute of Medical Science and Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology.