Jannik N. Andersen, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Director – Drug Discovery Biology
Institute for Applied Cancer Science
University of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center

Jannik Andersen, Ph.D., has extensive expertise in basic and translational cancer research, oncogenic signaling and targeted oncology therapeutics. Prior to joining MD Anderson, he was the associate director of drug discovery at the Belfer Institute of Applied Cancer Science at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where he served as the science alliance manager for the corporate partnership with Merck & Co., Inc. Prior to joining the Belfer Institute, he worked for Merck Research Laboratories, Boston, where he led early drug discovery and biomarker programs focusing on genetic and pharmacological validation of novel drug targets and biomarker hypothesis. 

Andersen has authored highly cited original articles and reviews in drug discovery, signal transduction and personalized molecular oncology published in Cell, Nature, Nature Medicine and Science Translational Medicine. He is the principal author of a peer-reviewed website on protein tyrosine phosphatases (PTPs) focusing on sequence analysis, genomics, protein structure and inhibitor design. This original work led to the commercialization of the Expression Arrest™ shRNA library sold by Open Biosystems (RNAi screening).  

Andersen has a multidisciplinary educational background with a M.Sc. in chemical engineering from the Technical University of Denmark, as well as a M.Sc. degree in human biology from the University of Copenhagen and a Ph.D. from the Faculty of Medicine, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He conducted his Ph.D. educational research at Novo Nordisk, training in a world-class signal transduction laboratory focusing on protein phosphatase small molecule drug discovery.  Dr. Andersen conducted his post‐doctoral studies in the laboratory of Nicholas Tonks, Ph.D., Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, N.Y.