Kevin J. Anderson, Ph.D.

Associate Research Scientist

Integrates spatial profiling and single-cell sequencing approaches to study the effect of microenvironmental interactions on brain tumor heterogeneity and disease progression. 

Dr. Anderson received his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from Cornell University. For his thesis research he adapted a multiscale numerical simulation in order to describe the behavior of circulating tumor cell aggregates as they travel through the bloodstream and form the initial interactions necessary for the formation of secondary tumors. As a postdoctoral researcher, he wanted to expand his perspective on understanding cancer biology and shift focus from external cellular factors to genetic mutations and internal cellular mechanisms that drive tumor development and therapy response. To that end, he joined the lab of Dr. Roel Verhaak and worked on several projects applying various computational approaches to study the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that contribute to brain tumor heterogeneity and disease progression at the bulk tumor and single-cell level. Dr. Anderson currently works in the lab of Dr. Frederick Varn as an Associate Research Scientist, expanding on investigations of brain tumor heterogeneity by integrating spatial profiling with single-cell sequencing to study the effect of microenvironmental interactions on brain tumor heterogeneity and disease progression.

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Education and experience


Cornell University
Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering
Adv: Dr. Michael King

Cornell University
M.S. in Biomedical Engineering
Advisor: Dr. Michael R. King

University of Alabama at Birmingham
B.S., Biomedical Engineering


The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
Associate Research Scientist
Advisor: Dr. Fred Varn

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine
Postdoctoral Associate
Advisor: Dr. Roel Verhaak

Vanderbilt University
Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Cornell University
Graduate Research Assistant