Mounica Paturu, MD

Mounica Paturu


BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MD, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine

Research Interests

Blood brain barrier/blood tumor barrier permeability and therapeutics; bioengineering; medical device design; augmented reality


Gold Humanism Honor Society (2020)
Honoring select few medical students for excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion, and dedication to service

JNS Editors Choice
First author on Does ventricle size contribute to cognitive outcomes in posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus? Role of early definitive intervention

AANS Aaron Cohen-Gadol Research Grant Awardee  (2017)
Awarded $2,500 for neurosurgical research by AANS/NREF                                                                    

Medical Student Award Best Research  (2017)
Awarded at AANS 2017 Conference

President & Founder of WUSM AANS Neurosurgery Chapter (2020)                                               

USPTO Patent for Humanity Award  (2015)                                                                                               

Sling Health Entrepreneurship Grant  (
$10,000 awarded for designing interface to promote health care transparency

John L Asinari Research Award  (2016)
For outstanding undergraduate research in life sciences                                                                                                                                                  


Fencing, running, traveling

Residency Publications

Paturu MR*, Salehi A*, Patel B*, et al. Therapeutic enhancement of blood-brain and blood-tumor barriers permeability by laser interstitial thermal therapy. Neurooncol Adv. 2020;2(1):vdaa071. Published 2020 Jun 30. doi:10.1093/noajnl/vdaa071 *contributed equally 

Paturu MR, Triplett R, Thukral S, Alexopoulos D, Smyser CD, Limbrick DD, Strahle JM. Does ventricle size contribute to cognitive outcomes in posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus? Role of early definitive intervention. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2021 Chosen as JNS Editors Choice 

Mahaney KB, Buddhala C, Paturu M, Morales DM, Smyser CD, Limbrick DD, Gummidipundi SE, Han SS, Strahle JM. Elevated cerebrospinal fluid iron and ferritin associated with early severe ventriculomegaly in preterm posthemorrhagic hydrocephalus. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2022 

 Kelly B. Mahaney MD, MS , Chandana Buddhala PhD, Mounica Paturu BS, Bing Xue PhD, Dakota DeFreitas BS, Diego Morales MS, David D. Limbrick, Jr. MD, PhD, Jennifer M. Strahle MD, Intraventricular Hemorrhage Clearance in Human Neonatal CSF: Predictors of Hydrocephalus, Stroke 2020  

Wang CC, Weyrer C, Paturu M, Fioravante D, Regehr WG. Calcium-Dependent Protein Kinase C Is Not Required for Post-Tetanic Potentiation at the Hippocampal CA3 to CA1 Synapse. J Neurosci. 2016;36(24):6393–6402. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0708-16.2016 

Mounica Paturu, Afshin Salehi, Matthew Caine, Tatenda Mahlokozera, Hiroko Yano, Eric Leuthardt, Robyn Klein, Robert Schmidt, Albert Kim, Laser Interstitial Thermal Therapy Increases Blood-Brain Barrier and Blood-Tumor Barrier Permeability in a Mouse Model of Glioblastoma., Neuro-Oncology, Volume 21, Issue Supplement_6, November 2019, Page vi89. 

Tatenda Mahlokozera, Mounica Paturu, Daniel Hafez, Diane Mao, Albert H Kim, The TRIM26-SOX2 Ubiquitin Signaling Axis Regulates the Maintenance and Tumorigenicity of Glioblastoma Stem-like Cells, Neurosurgery, Volume 66, Issue Supplement_1, September 2019, nyz310_215 

Chandana Buddhala, Mounica Paturu, Diego Morales, Christopher Smyser, David D Limbrick, Kelly B Mahaney, Jennifer Strahle, 124 Intraventricular Hemorrhage Clearance Markers in Human Neonatal Cerebrospinal Fluid: Predictors of Hydrocephalus and Outcome, Neurosurgery, Volume 65, Issue CN_suppl_1, September 2018, Page 88.  

Yang PH, Tao Y, Luo J, Paturu M, Lu HC, Ramkissoon S, Heusel JW, Leuthardt EC, Chicoine MR, Dowling JL, Dunn GP, Duncavage E, Dahiya S, Chattherjee AR, Kim AH. analysis of associations between clinical sequencing and outcome in glioblastoma. Neurooncol Adv. 2022 

Mahlokozera T, Patel B, Chen H, Desouza P, Qu X, Mao DD, Hafez D, Yang W, Taiwo R, Paturu M, Salehi A, Gujar AD, Dunn GP, Mosammaparast N, Petti AA, Yano H, Kim AH. Competitive binding of E3 ligases TRIM26 and WWP2 controls SOX2 in glioblastoma. Nat Commun. 2021