Just published in Cancer Cell: Alison Taylor's work on cancer aneuploidy, delineating aneuploidy as the most common alteration in cancer genomes and showing genomic and functional correlates of aneuploidy, working with Gavin Ha, Galen Gao, Andy Cherniack, Rameen Beroukhim and TCGA friends. Plus, Alison developed, together with Peter Choi, a beautiful method to generate aneuploid chromosomes using genome engineering (in this case, chopping off 3p using CRISPR to build cellular models of 3p loss or of 3q gain). If you are a university hiring faculty, and want to recruit a scientist who is willing to tackle tough and important scientific problems with tenacity, keep an eye out for Alison!
Also, out today, Ashton Berger as lead author from our group (with TCGA folks and many others, but without me as an author) led the pan-cancer analysis of the genomes of breast and gynecological cancers. Great work! Ashton is a computational biologist just a couple years out of undergrad studies at UT Austin. Grad schools and biotechs, keep an eye out for Ashton!
More to come in this space soon...