• Researcher Profile

    Franziska Michor, Ph.D.

    Franziska Michor, Ph.D.
    Professor of Computational Biology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
    Charles A. Dana Chair in Human Cancer Genetics

    Office phone: 617-632-5045
    Email: michor@jimmy.harvard.edu
    Website: http://michorlab.dfci.harvard.edu/

    Preferred contact method: email

    Research Department

    Biostatistics and Computational Biology

    Area of Research

    Cancer evolution, mathmatical modeling, cancer genomics, treatment response, cancer stem cells

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    450 Brookline Avenue
    Center for Life Sciences CLS 11029
    Boston, MA 02215


    Dr. Franziska Michor is an Associate Professor of Computational Biology in the Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health – as well as the Principal Investigator of the NIH’s Physical Science-Oncology Center located at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.  Dr. Michor obtained her undergraduate in mathematics and molecular biology from the University of Vienna, Austria, medical biotechnology at the Università degli Studi di Trieste, Italy, as well as her PhD from the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University.  Afterwards, she was awarded a junior fellowship from the Harvard Society of Fellows.  From 2007 until 2010, she was an Assistant Professor in the Computational Biology Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.  In 2010, she moved to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard School of Public Health.  Dr. Michor has been the recipient of the Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize of the Society for the Study of Evolution, a Gerstner Young Investigator Award, and a Leon Levy Young Investigator Award.  Dr. Michor’s laboratory investigates the evolutionary dynamics of cancer initiation, progression, response to therapy, and emergence of resistance.

    Recent Awards

    • Gerstner Young Investigator Award, 2010
    • Leon Levy Young Investigator Award, 2009
    • Austrian Scientists and Scholars in North America (ASCINA) Award, 2008
    • Theodosius Dobzhansky Prize, Society for the Study of Evolution, 2007
    • Junior Fellowship, Harvard Society of Fellows, Harvard University, 2005-2008
    • Harold M. Wintraub Graduate Student Award, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington, 2004
    • Austrian Mathematical Society Prize for paper titled, The Mathematics of Planetary Movement, 2000


    Cancer evolution, mathmatical modeling, cancer genomics, treatment response, cancer stem cells

    The research of our lab focuses on the evolutionary dynamics of cancer. Cancer emerges due to an evolutionary process in somatic tissue. The fundamental laws of evolution can best be formulated as exact mathematical equations. Therefore, the process of cancer initiation and progression is amenable to mathematical investigation. Current areas of research include cancer stem cells, evolution of drug resistance, and the dynamics of metastasis formation.


    • Liu, Lin, BS
    • Zhao, Rui, BS, MS
    • Haeno, Hiroshi, PhD
    • Riester, Markus, PhD
    • Podlaha, Ondrej, PhD
    • Maruvka, Yosef, PhD
    • Cheng, Yu-Kang, PhD
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