Illustration of a cancer cellBy using state-of-the-art genomic technologies and an unprecedented level of collaboration with the leading research institutions in New York, the NYGC is on the cutting edge of investigation into the origins, diagnosis and evolution of cancer.

Genome Center Cancer Group

The Genome Center Cancer Group (GCCG), led by Harold Varmus, MD, NYGC and Weill Cornell Medicine, and Charles Sawyers, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, is composed of clinicians and cancer researchers from NYGC’s member institutions, including 8 NCI-Designated Cancer Centers. The GCCG launched Polyethnic-1000, a project to study cancer in New York’s ethnically diverse, underserved patient populations. The group is also spearheading the multi-institutional Very Rare Cancer Consortium, a research cohort focused on understanding the genetic causes for rare, understudied cancers.


Computational Cancer Genomics Working Group

Led by Simon Tavaré, PhD, NYGC and Columbia University, and Sohrab Shah, PhD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and modeled after our GCCG and Polyethnic-1000 initiatives, the Computational Cancer Genomics Working Group aims to build collaborations that apply novel statistical approaches and population-level analyses to major cohorts in cancer genomics and develop new computational tools and frameworks for emerging and potentially transformative technologies such as Direct Library Preparation Plus.

NYGC Core Faculty Members Marcin Imielinski, MD, PhD; Dan Landau, MD, PhD; and Neville Sanjana, PhD, are all also engaged in pioneering cancer research.