Tom Yankeelov, Ph.D., is the founding Director of the Center for Computational Oncology and serves as Co-Director for the Quantitative Oncology Research Program within the Livestrong Cancer Institutes at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Yankeelov received an M.A. in Applied Mathematics and an M.S. in Physics from Indiana University, before completing a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering at SUNY @ Stony Brook. He completed his post-doc at Vanderbilt University where became a full professor in 2010.
Dr. Yankeelov was recruited to UT Austin with the support of a CPRIT Recruitment of Established Investigators grant in 2015. He now serves as the W.A. "Tex" Moncrief Chair of Computational Oncology and professor of Biomedical Engineering, Diagnostic Medicine, and Oncology. He is also an adjunct professor of Imaging Physics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The overall goal of Dr. Yankeelov's research is to develop tumor forecasting methods by integrating advanced imaging technologies with predictive, mechanism-based models of tumor growth to optimize therapy. This is accomplished by dividing his efforts into approximately equal parts mathematical modeling, pre-clinical development, and implementation in clinical trials.