Spotlight on Research: Mona Al-Gizawiy
We acknowledge and appreciate Mona Al-Gizawiy, PhD as our first featured “Spotlight on Research” staff member. Originally from Germany, Mona has a degree in veterinary medicine in addition to a PhD. She has been a Research Associate II in the Kathleen Schmainda Lab since March of 2010.
When asked to explain her role in Cancer Center research and the work she's involved with, Mona said, "The Schmainda lab is part of the Neuro-Oncology Translational Brain Tumor Program. Our team studies brain tumors and their biology using MR imaging. We are conducting human subject research and use preclinical models to help clinicians and neurosurgeons better diagnose, monitor, and treat their brain cancer patients. We collaborate with numerous researchers and clinicians, combining imaging data with histological, molecular, and other in vitro findings.
I am involved in different projects, doing anything from cell culture to drawing ROIs on brain scans, and take care of the everyday needs of the lab. I also manage the MCW Brain and Spine Tissue Bank, which makes brain and spine specimens available to MCW researchers. Recently, I have become more involved with the preclinical work we do. I really like the people I work with. We are a great team, work well together, and most importantly, also get along very well."
When asked what others might never guess she does in her role, Mona replied, "I get to watch a lot of brain surgeries up close."
When she’s not working hard in the Schmainda Lab, Mona enjoys her time at home with husband, Scott, and their two cats.
Thank you, Mona for your dedication the Cancer Center and MCW.