Koen Venken

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Koen Venken, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry

Verna and Marrs McLean Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and the NCI- designated Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Venken is an emerging scientist whose work focuses on the development of cutting edge molecular genetics and genomic technologies to identify new cancer genes that can be targeted for novel therapies.

He earned a bachelor of science degree in engineering, a master of science in biochemistry degree, as well as completed his graduate research training from the University of Antwerp in Belgium, Dr. Venken received his Ph.D. degree in developmental biology from Baylor in 2007, working in the lab of Dr. Hugo Bellen, professor of molecular and human genetics and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. Dr. Venken continued working in Dr. Bellen’s laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow. During his Ph.D. research and postdoctoral training, Dr. Venken developed tools that have significantly broadened the way researchers study fruit flies.

At Baylor, Dr. Venken will apply his training in genetics and genome engineering to identify novel cancer genes, using fruit flies as a model organism. He will also develop laboratory models that will eventually be used to test new cancer therapies. View Profile.

Articles about Dr. Venken:

Dr. Koen Venken named newest McNair Scholar at Baylor College of Medicine


McNair Medical Institute at Baylor


Learn more about the McNair Medical Institute at Baylor College of Medicine and the support of Robert C. and Janice McNair.