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Roel Verhaak, Ph.D.

Professor and Associate Director of Computational Biology

Farmington, CT

Brain tumors, sequencing, computational biology.

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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