Mekhail Anwar, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Radiation Oncology
Aspiring chef, winter traveler, melding computer chips and biology to fight cancer
Mekhail Anwar, MD PhD, is a physician-scientist with over 15 years of experience in bioengineering and integrated circuit design experience, with an active clinical practice in Radiation Oncology. He received his BA in Physics from UC Berkeley, where he graduated as the University Medalist, and went on to receive his Ph.D. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge MA) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences followed by an MD from the University of California, San Francisco, completing residency in Radiation Oncology at UCSF. He joined the faculty at the UCSF in 2014, where he focuses on the use of precision radiotherapy for challenging to treat malignancies, such as pancreas cancer. He is a Core member of the UC Berkeley and UCSF Bioengineering group, and recipient of the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program Physician Research Award, the AACR Career Development Award and the NIH Trailblazer Award.
Awards & Honors
Recent Significant Publications
Lee, K., Scholey, J., Norman, E. B., Daftari, I. K., Mishra, K. K., Faddegon, B. A., … Anwar, M. (2020). A Millimeter-scale Single Charged Particle Dosimeter for Cancer Radiotherapy. ArXiv Preprint ArXiv:2005.05071.
The inability to precisely predict dose distribution of both proton radiotherapy and radionuclides limits use of these technologies. Here we introduce a first-in-class
Susko, M., Wang, C.-C., Lazar, A., Kim, S., Laffan, A., Feng, M., … Anwar, M.
Anal cancer is a relatively rare and understudied disease, and within this, the outcomes of HIV positive patients – who are at exceedingly high risk due – remain unknown.
Najafiaghdam, H., Papageorgiou, E., Torquato, N. A., Tian, B., Cohen, B. E., & Anwar, M.
Intraoperative imaging of microscopic disease is essential to complete surgical removal of all tumor cells and optimal cancer outcomes, however high sensitivity in a small,
Papageorgiou, E. P., Boser, B., & Anwar, M. (2019). Chip-Scale
This work advances the field of intraoperative imaging by shrinking a fluorescence microscope down a 3 x 5 x 0.5 mm computer chip, opening the door to highly sensitive
Ameri, A., Zhang, L., Gharia, A., Niknejad, A. M., & Anwar, M.
All electric sensing and manipulation of tumor cells is possible with electric fields. We use ultrahigh frequency electric fields to penetrate deep into single cells to