Jacksonville, Florida




Rachel Sarabia Estrada, D.V.M., Ph.D., assists in directing the Brain Tumor Stem Cell Research Laboratory, where she oversees and conducts the preclinical studies that are leading to new treatments and methods of delivery to treat primary and metastatic tumors of the spine and brain. One of her main goals is to lead an integrated research team that focuses on translational and preclinical research to facilitate bench to bedside contributions.

Dr. Sarabia Estrada focuses her research on developing experimental models of metastatic and uncommon tumors of the spine and brain. She is interested in targeting the tumor sites using cell therapy in combination with chemotherapy and focal radiation, and studying how tumors affect the motor and sensorial behavior in disease models.

Focus areas

  • Development of patient-derived xenograft models for the study of metastasis to the spine and brain
  • Identification of potential therapeutic targets for the prevention and treatment of spine and brain metastasis
  • Development and characterization of chordoma preclinical models

Significance to patient care

Dr. Sarabia Estrada's research helps develop and test interventions that will improve cancer therapies to increase and improve the quality of life for patients with cancer. Her research efforts aim to translate into more-effective therapies in the clinical setting.

Professional highlights

  • Adjunct professor, Anahuac University, Mexico City, 2016-present
  • Recipient, Young Investigator Research Grant Award, AOSpine International, 2015
  • Recipient, Young Investigator Research Award, North American Spine Society, 2014
  • Member, National System of Researchers, Mexico, 2009-present


Academic Rank

  1. Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery


  1. Ph.D. - Biomedical Sciences, Neuroscience University of Guadalajara
  2. DVM - Veterinary Medical Doctor University of Guadalajara

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