Aru Narendran MD, PhD


"The immense task of finding new and effective therapies can only be achieved as part of a team with diverse expertise and strengths but with one objective. POETIC fitted this definition perfectly."

Professor of Pediatrics and Oncology at Alberta Children's Hospital

Dr. Narendran received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Biochemistry and Immunology, a PhD in Neuroimmunology and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Ontario Cancer Institute (OCI). His medical training was from McMaster University (MD), Tufts University (Pediatrics Residency) and the Hospital for Sick Children (Pediatric Hematology and Oncology fellowship). He is the recipient of a number of awards including the Odile Schweisguth Prize from the International Society of Pediatric Oncology (SIOP) and a young investigator award from the Children’s Oncology Group (COG). Dr. Narendran is currently a full professor in the division of Pediatric Oncology at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and holds joint appointments in the departments of Oncology, Pediatrics and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. His current responsibilities also include directing the POETIC laboratory for preclinical and drug discovery studies, training students and postdoctoral fellows in childhood cancer research and teaching graduate level courses in Ethics, Cancer Biology and Novel Therapeutics.