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.


Agilent Early Career Professor Award Finalist
Agilent announced that Roel is amongst the five finalists for their 2016 Early Career Professor Award. We will learn on September 9 whether he has won! Read More ›

TCGA Adrenocortical Carcinoma Paper
The manuscript from the TCGA analysis working group on adrenocortical carcinoma, with Siyuan Zheng as first author, was published in Cancer Cell. The paper contains a multitude of highlights, such as new driver genes, molecular classification and identifies whole genome doubling as a marker for disease progression. Read More ›

AAAS Wachtel Award
Today, AAAS announced that Roel is this year’s winner of the Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Award. The formal ceremony for this Award will take place at the NIH campus in Bethesda on August 5th Read More ›

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 ›

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 ›

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  • The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston
  • Affiliated with SCBMB Graduate Program at Baylor College of Medicine