Dr. Jean Mulcahy Levy completed her pediatric residency at the University of Arizona and completed her fellowship at the University of Colorado Denver. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Mulcahy Levy is a former Hyundai Hope on Wheels Scholar and St. Baldrick’s Foundation Scholar, and has been awarded an NIH NCI K12 Child Health Research Career Development Award, a Department of Defense Career Development Award, an Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Young Investigator Award, as well as an NIH NCI K08 Mentored Career Development Award. As a fellow and now as an early investigator, Dr. Mulcahy Levy laid the groundwork for her current research by determining the importance of the connection between BRAF mutations and autophagy addiction in brain tumors. Dr. Mulcahy Levy’s laboratory research has focused on the study of autophagy, a multi-step cellular catabolic process that contributes to cell and organism survival during nutrient deprivation and other stresses, particularly chemotherapy and radiation. Her goal is to determine how to utilize autophagy to improve therapy for patients with malignant central nervous system (CNS) tumors.