Thomas Yankeelov, Ph.D.
The University of Texas at Austin
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Recruitment of Established Investigators
September 10, 2015
Being diagnosed with cancer can be frightening, especially not knowing what’s ahead. Not even physicians can answer with certainty questions like, “How fast is my tumor growing? How will it respond to therapy?”
Thomas Yankeelov, Ph.D., hopes to change that, by making the prediction of the growth of tumors during therapy as familiar and scientific as forecasting the weather. Yankeelov, a computational scientist, was recruited as a CPRIT Established Investigator and heads a new Center for Computational Oncology at The University of Texas at Austin. It’s the only center of its kind in the U.S.
“The overall goal of our research is to develop tumor-forecasting methods by integrating advanced imaging technologies with other patient-specific data,” said Yankeelov, who was a professor at Vanderbilt University before coming to Austin in early 2016. “We want to be able to predict tumor growth and optimize therapy for each patient.”