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I'm Ed van Veen, an onco-neuroscientist at UCLA.

I'm investigating how the nervous system, cancer, and cancer therapies interact. I use mice as a model because of the sophisticated molecular tools available for observing and perturbing neural function, and the ability to recapitulate many aspects of human carcinogenesis using engineered mutations.

Recent Projects

My projects have focused on either cancer science or neuroscience, but most recently I have integrated these interests to study how the widely used chemotherapeutic, tamoxifen, produces deleterious side effects. Below are links to relevant publications and preprints.

Sex specific neurons regulate body temperature

Sex specific neurons regulate body temperature

PI3K drives cancer de-differentiation


PI3K drives cancer de-differentiation

Tamoxifen regulates bone density and body temperature via the hypothalamus

Tamoxifen regulates bone density and body temperature via the hypothalamus

Queryable Datasets

If you would like to query our single cell datasets, I have built webservers to make it easy.



To query gene expression in neurons of the VMH, follow this link:
Query data from Nat. Metab. 2020

To query query how tamoxifen affects different cell types in the hypothalamus, follow this link:
Query data from Tmx dataset

CV

My publications are here.


My complete CV is here.

DEI Philosophy

My gender and skin color have given me privileges in science and in greater society that many simply don’t experience. But power systems that promote only a narrow subset of the population are destructive to trainees and to science as a discipline. In my career I have drawn on my personal experiences to connect with and promote those who are disenfranchised.
My entire philosophy on the need to correct historical injustice in science is available here.