We are a computational cancer biology lab at the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. Our lab is affiliated with the Department of Genomic Medicine and the Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Our research focus is in 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, particularly glioblastoma and glioma. We mostly use high throughput sequencing and computational analysis in our research.


Verhaak lab publishes ultimate TCGA glioma study in Cell
Today, we published the final chapter of The Cancer Genome Atlas glioma project. In this paper, we analyzed the molecular profiles of 1,122 diffuse adult gliomas and established new insights with respect to telomere maintenance, glioma driving genes and optimized clinical classification. Read More ›

Cancer Cell paper
2016 kicked of with a jumpstart; our manuscript on genomic characterization of adrenocortical carcinoma, with Siyuan Zheng as first author, was accepted for publication in Cancer Cell. Another milestone for the lab! Read More ›

NBTS Oligo Research Fund Grant
The National Brain Tumor Society has generously awarded a three year grant to support our GLASS Consortium initiative. The Consortium aims to to perform molecular profiling of glioma patient samples at multiple timepoints in their disease history. We are ecstatic and thankful for the support from the largest brain tumor charity in the US! Read More ›

Longitudinal glioma analysis consortium initiative
Roel and others organized a satellite meeting at the annual Society of Neuro-Oncology symposium, which involved participants from twenty institutions from all over the world. This meeting has marked the inception of the Glioma Longitudinal Analysis (GLASS) Consortium. More info can be found at http://www.glass-consortium.org. Read More ›

TCGA Low Grade Glioma Paper
The TCGA lower grade glioma paper was published in the New England Journal today with critical contributions from our lab. Roel was cited on NBC news! Read More ›

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