"It's the questions we can't answer that teach us the most. They teach us how to think. If you give a man an answer, all he gains is a little fact. But give him a question and he'll look for his own answers." –Patrick Rothfuss


Undergraduate Education: Colby College, Waterville, ME, B.A., 2011

Graduate School / Medical School: University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, M.D., 2017

Academic interests 


Head and neck surgery, pediatric otolaryngology, facial plastics


Head and neck oncology, tumor DNA as a cancer biomarker, and novel cancer therapeutics

Recent Publications

Schnorenberg MR, Bellairs JA, Samaeekia R, Acar H, Tirrell MV, LaBelle JL. Activating the Intrinsic Pathway of Apoptosis Using BIM BH3 Peptides Delivered by Peptide Amphiphiles with Endosomal Release., Materials (Basel) 2019 Aug; 12(16):

Bellairs JA, Gluth MB. A histopathological connection between a fatal endolymphatic sac tumour and von Hippel-Lindau disease from 1960., J Laryngol Otol 2018 Jan; 132(1):75-78

Bellairs JA, Hasina R, Agrawal N. Tumor DNA: an emerging biomarker in head and neck cancer., Cancer Metastasis Rev 2017 09; 36(3):515-523

Leshchiner ES, Parkhitko A, Bird GH, Luccarelli J, Bellairs JA, Escudero S, Opoku-Nsiah K, Godes M, Perrimon N, Walensky LD. Direct inhibition of oncogenic KRAS by hydrocarbon-stapled SOS1 helices., Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2015 Feb; 112(6):1761-6

Gavathiotis E, Reyna DE, Bellairs JA, Leshchiner ES, Walensky LD. Direct and selective small-molecule activation of proapoptotic BAX., Nat Chem Biol 2012 Jul; 8(7):639-45