Jean Claude Zenklusen, PhD

Director, The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA)


Jean Claude Zenklusen

Dr. Zenklusen was born 1964 in Visp, Switzerland. He earned a Master in Sciences (Biochemistry) from the University of Buenos Aires in 1990. He received his Ph.D. in Cancer Biology and Genetics from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, in 1995. In 1996, Dr. Zenklusen took a post-doctoral position at the National Genome Research Institute where, while participating in the Human Genome Project, he cloned two novel tumor suppressor genes. From 2003 until 2009, Dr. Zenklusen  was  Senior Staff Scientist at the NCI Neuro-Oncology Branch where he directed the Glioma Molecular Diagnostic Initiative and its companion data portal REMBRANDT. From 2009 until 2013, Dr. Zenklusen served as the Scientific Program Director of the Office of Cancer Genomics (OCG), where he oversaw a variety of large-scale projects.  In August 2013, Dr. Zenklusen was named Director of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), the largest-scale cancer genomics project to date.