Agilent Early Career Professor Award

Agilent congratulates Roeland Verhaak, winner of the 2016 Agilent Early Career Professor Award

2016 Focus: Contribution to the development of advanced Big Data technologies aimed at making breakthroughs in life science research and imaging for clinical diagnostics.

Roeland G.W. Verhaak, Ph.D.

Roeland G.W. Verhaak, Ph.D.
Associate Professor 
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Dept. of Bioinformatics & Computational Biology and Dept. of Genomic Medicine
Houston, Texas

Dr. Verhaak received a M.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences at Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Medicine from Erasmus University Medical Center, Rotterdam, the Netherlands in 2006. He then conducted his Postdoctoral work at the Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard in Cambridge, MA.

Dr. Verhaak’s work on cancer genomics and computational biology and its impact on the molecular characterization of cancer are well known. During his graduate work he demonstrated that gene expression subtyping correlate with genomic alterations of Acute Myeloid Leukemia and provides prognostic value. As part of his postdoctoral research he further demonstrated that clinically distinct subtypes of Glioblastoma can be differentiated based on transcriptional profiling of the tumors.

Dr. Verhaak joined MDACC in 2010 and has built an outstanding research program to analyze terabyte-sized data sets from DNA, RNA, epigenome and other sequencing approaches with the goal of investigating therapy resistance in glioma. In 2015 he published the genomic characteristics of longitudinally sampled glioblastoma tumors and is currently expanding this effort through development of the GLASS consortium.  Dr. Verhaak’s has also been a key player at TCGA and his computational pipelines for massively parallel processing of sequencing and microarray expression data are still being used.

His outstanding work has been recognized by a number of awards related to the genomics of glioblastoma, including the Wilson S. Stone Memorial Award in 2011, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation Peter Steck Award in 2013, the Adult Basic Research Award from The Society for Neuro-Oncology in 2014 and the AAAS Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Award in 2016.

Dr. Verhaak will be taking the positions of Professor and Associate Director of Computational Biology at The Jackson Laboratory as of October 1st 2016.


Purpose of Award

  • Promote and encourage excellent research enabling measurements of importance to Agilent Technologies and the world
  • Establish strong collaborative relationships between Agilent researchers and leading professors early in their career
  • Build the prominence of Agilent as a sponsor of university research

Selection Criteria

  • Significant original research contributions enabling measurements of importance to Agilent Technologies and the world
  • Outstanding potential for future research
  • Alignment with specified award focus
  • Professor completed Ph.D. or M.D. less than 10 years before January 1, 2016.

Award Information

  • An unrestricted research award of $50,000 per year for 2 years to university in the professor's name
    • Option to use all or part of award to obtain Agilent products at 50% discount
    • Option to accelerate payments to facilitate procurement of equipment with list price over $100k
  • Engraved plaque commemorating award
  • Recognition on Agilent's website

2017 ECPA Award

  • Award focus, instructions and deadlines will be posted in October 2016.


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