Thomas Yankeelov, PhD

Portrait of Thomas Yankeelov, PhD

Thomas Yankeelov, PhD

Director of Cancer Imaging Research

Diagnostic Medicine
LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes

Thomas Yankeelov serves as Director of Cancer Imaging Research in the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes of the Dell Medical School. He holds the W.A. "Tex" Moncrief Jr., Simulation-Based Engineering and Sciences Professorship II – Computational Oncology and leads the Tumor Modeling Group in the university’s Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences.

He is a computational biomedical engineer and came to The University of Texas at Austin from Vanderbilt University, where he served as the Ingram Professor of Cancer Research; professor of radiology and radiological sciences, physics, biomedical engineering and cancer biology; and director of cancer imaging research. He also served as a co-leader of the Host-Tumor Interactions Research Program for the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

Yankeelov is the recipient of a distinguished $6 million recruitment grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

His clinical research focuses on improving patient care by employing advanced imaging methods for the early identification, assessment and prediction of tumors and their response to therapy. He has developed successful tumor-forecasting methods by combining imaging technologies with patient-specific data to build predictive, multiscale biophysical models of tumor growth. His research emphasizes the importance of offering personalized therapies to cancer patients.

Yankeelov is a fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers and has served on the editorial boards of scientific publications such as Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Medical Physics and Breast Cancer Research. He received his B.A. in mathematics from the University of Louisville, his M.A. in applied mathematics and M.S. in physics, both from Indiana University, and his Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Stony Brook University.