Department of Pediatrics
Ami Desai is interested in pediatric cancer research and developmental therapeutics. Her research focus is on the investigation of new drugs to treat childhood and young adult cancers, and understanding treatment-related toxicities, particularly with regard to solid tumors. She is also interested in the discovery and use of biomarkers of drug toxicity and disease response in drug development and treatment paradigms.
Desai’s research has been published in several peer-reviewed journals, including Bone Marrow Transplantation, Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology, and Pediatric Blood & Cancer. She is the recipient of a Center for Childhood Cancer Research/Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) Young Investigator Award and has served as an ALSF Developmental Therapeutics Scholar, among other honors.
Desai earned a BA in economics, with highest honors, from Rutgers University and an MD from the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She completed her internship and residency in pediatrics at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital and a fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. She also completed a master of science in clinical epidemiology program at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, with a concentration in pharmacoepidemiology.