Using experimentation, computation and theory, we characterize the influence of genomic variation on patient phenotypes (like survival) and intermediate phenotypes (like gene expression, transcription factor binding or tissue architecture).

Genome Tissue Interactions
cancer genome cancer mechanism cancer tissue network biology
Evolution Function Context Methods

We quantify the heterogeneity of tumours and reconstruct their evolutionary history.

We investigate the genetic and protein factors that determine the binding dynamics of nuclear receptors.

We put genomics in a tissue context by quantifying content and composition of the tumour microenvironment.

We develop computational and statistical methods to visualize, analyze and reconstruct biological networks.



  • Ross and Markowetz (2016), OncoNEM: Inferring tumour evolution from single-cell sequencing data, Genome Biology, 17:69
  • Schwarz et al (2015), Spatial and temporal heterogeneity in high-grade serous ovarian cancer: a phylogenetic reconstruction, PLoS Med, 12(2)
  • Yuan et al (2015), BitPhylogeny: A probabilistic framework for reconstructing intra-tumor phylogenies, Genome Biol, 16:36

... more publications


  • Bitphylogeny - Bayesian framework for intra-tumour phylogenies
  • CRImage - tumour tissue analysis
  • GoIFISH - quantify single cell heterogeneity from IFISH images
  • MEDICC - intra-tumor copy-number comparisons
  • nem - inferring Nested Effects Models from downstream perturbation effects
  • RedeR - bridging the gap between statistical computing and network visualization

... more software


Florian Markowetz
University of Cambridge CRUK Cambridge Institute
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