Laboratory research is a key component of the scientific approach at Phoenix Children’s Research Institute.

Pediatric patients are stricken with devastating common and rare diseases. Some hold little or no curative promise from current knowledge and available treatments. To confront this grave reality, Phoenix Children's Research Institute has several labs conducting important research.

Our goal is to further our understanding of the mechanism of neurological diseases and cancer. By making new discoveries that directly impact patient care, our translational research is transforming the lives of our patients.

A Variety of Research Labs

Institute of Molecular Medicine Lab

This lab focuses on the research and development of these pediatric cancers:

  • Acute myeloid leukemia (AML)
  • Neuroblastoma
  • Other malignancies

Our goal is to develop advanced diagnostic technologies and translate those into clinical care.

Neurogenetics Lab

This lab studies the molecular and cellular basis of cerebral palsy (CP) and related movement disorders. Our goal is for a personalized medicine approach to care by combining genomic insights with studies designed to develop new therapies.

Neurotrauma Lab

The work of this lab focuses on biomedical research, advanced knowledge and improvement in understanding:

  • Pediatric neurological injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Epilepsy
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke disease processes 

Our goal is for healthcare providers to improve patient care and quality of life for patients and their families.

Pediatric Infectious Disease Laboratory

Our work in this lab focuses on diagnostic, treatment and preventative measures for common conditions affecting pediatric patients, their families and public health.