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John Quackenbush, PhD

Professor, Department of Biostatistics, Harvard School Of Public Health

Professor, Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Contact Info

John Quackenbush
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA, 02215
Mailstop: SM822
Phone: 617-582-8163
Fax: 617-582-7760


Julianna Coraccio
Administrative Support Associate
Biostatistics & Computational Biology
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
450 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA, 02215
Mailstop: SM-822
Phone: 617-582-7667
Fax: 617-582-7760

DF/HCC Program Affiliation

Breast Cancer
Biostatistics and Computational Biology

Lab Website

Center for Cancer Computational BiologyLaboratory of Compuatational Biology and Functional Genomics

Research Abstract

Two trends are driving innovation and discovery in biological sciences: technologies that allow holistic surveys of genes, proteins, and metabolites and the growing realization that analysis and interpretation of the resulting requires an understanding of the complex factors that mediate the link between genotype and phenotype. The growing body of biological and biomedical information, driven by an exponential drop in the cost of generating genomic data, provides an outstanding opportunity for leveraging what we already “know” in a systematic way to understand the problems that we are studying, including the processes that drive the development of disease phenotypes. Our group uses a variety of bioinformatics and computational approaches, biostatistical analyses, and fundamental laboratory investigation to explore fundamental questions about the nature of human disease. Our approach is based on using high-throughput assays and applying "systems" methods integrate diverse datatypes, including the genome sequence, its annotation, genetic information, phenotype, and the vast body of knowledge captured in the literature. Our goal is not only to develop our own insight into these processes, but to instantiate our methods in tools, protocols, and databases to the broader community that will accelerate research beyond our own.


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