Roel Verhaak, Ph.D.

Professor & Associate Director of Computational Biology, The Jackson Laboratory

Roel Verhaak, Ph.D., is a professor and associate director of computational biology at the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, CT. He was involved with and a co-leader of the glioma projects of The Cancer Genome Atlas while at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT, and the faculty of University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, work that has helped elevate our understanding of this lethal type of brain tumor. He was among the first to recognize the frequency and potential of extrachromosomal DNA amplifications in cancer. Roel’s research focuses on brain tumors, primarily leveraging computational analysis of datasets of unprecedented size and complexity.

Roel holds a Ph.D. in Medicine from Erasmus University Medical Center, the Netherlands. Prior to completing his Ph.D., Roel earned his M.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences from the Radboud University in Nijmegen, the Netherlands.