Thus, from the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object of which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals directly follows. There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved.     Charles Darwin (On the Origin of Species, 1859)

Welcome to my web page. I am currently a Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton (London). Here we try to unravel the  somatic evolution of cancer. We therefore combine methods and ideas of evolutionary theory and cancer genomic data. We develope novel approaches that allow us to measure  the in vivo mutation rate per cell division and to  infer the role of clonal selection during tumour growth, at treatment and relapse. I am  lucky enough to closely collaborate  on many of these problems with many great colleagues  and friends, amongst them Arne Traulsen from the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology, Andrea Sottoriva from the Institute of Cancer Research, Marc Williams, Weini Huang and Trevor Graham from the Bart’s Cancer Institute, Philipp Altrock from the Dana Farber Cancer Center and David Dingli from Mayo Clinic. 

© Benjamin Werner 2016