Roel Verhaak, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Director of Computational Biology, The Florine Deschenes Roux Chair for Genomics and Computational Biology

Brain tumors, sequencing, computational biology
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Farmington, CT




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    @tugbabagcionder COVID might well be contributing, generally infection rates don’t seem to bad right now
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    Most of the delays are at the airports, bag handling, security, tuggers, etcetera, all seem grossly understaffed.
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    Air travel never seemed this chaotic - long waits everywhere. Price for a lack of customers over nearly two years.
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    RT @michelle_monje: The nervous system plays a central role in cancer pathogenesis and cancer & cancer therapies can alter nervous system f…
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    Exciting new step for JAX CLIA. Send your samples for an accurate brain tumor Heidelberg methylation profile classification in a CLIA certified setting.
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    RT @NatureRevCancer: NEW content online! Structural variations in cancer and the 3D genome
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    RT @CRUKresearch: ecDNA detected in about 20% of TRACERx patient cohort... @cbailey_58 painting a compelling picture of the role of ecDNA.…
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    RT @ShikhaJainMD: Cancer patients who have cancer and are pregnant will now not be able to have an abortion in many states so they can star…
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We are a computational cancer biology lab with a research focus on the analysis of cancer genomics data to improve our understanding of cancer biology. We have a specialized research interest in understanding disease progression of brain tumors, and to study the role of extrachromosomal DNA amplifications in cancer. Our group combines wet lab approaches for functional modeling with large datasets and computational methods.

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Education and experience

  • 2006: PhD, Medicine, Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
  • 2000: MSc, Biomedical Sciences, Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.


  • 2007-2010: Postdoctoral Fellow, Laboratory of Matthew Meyerson, Department of Medical Oncology, Dana- Farber Cancer Institute/Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge MA.
  • 2006: Visiting Scientist, Laboratory of John Quackenbush. Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Boston, MA.


  • 2008-2010: Fundamental and pre-clinical fellowship, Dutch Cancer Society KWF
  • 2006: Netherlands Genomics Initiative Fellowship


  • 2016-current: Professor and associate director for computational biology, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine, Farmington, CT
  • 2015-2016: Associate professor, Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology (primary), Department of Genomic Medicine (affiliate), UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.
  • 2013-2015: Assistant professor, Department of Genomic Medicine, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.
  • 2010-2015: Assistant professor, Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.
  • 2010: Computational biologist, Laboratory of Matthew Meyerson, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA.
  • 2006-2007: Research Scientist, Laboratory of Peter JM Valk, Department of Hematology, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
  • 2002-2003: Software engineer, Dalicon BV, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.

Honors and accomplishments

  • 2016: Agilent Early Career Professor Award
  • 2016: AAAS Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Award
  • 2015: Finalist, Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentor Award.
  • 2014: Adult Basic Science Award, Society for Neuro-Oncology Meeting 2014
  • 2013: Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, Peter Steck Memorial Award
  • 2011: Wilson S. Stone Memorial Award at MD Anderson's Symposia on Cancer Research