Modeling the clonal evolution of high-risk CLL

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a heterogenous disease with clinical courses that range from very indolent to rapidly progressing cases. By using new computational methods, we aim to identify low- and high-risk CLL cases to subsequently model clonal evolution towards therapy resistance and a more aggressive type of CLL. In addition, we will analyze further pairs of pre-treatment and relapse cases that have been treated with the BCL2 inhibitor venetoclax. With our evolutionary reconstruction method we aim to uncover new resistance mechanisms and to combine our findings with long-term correlative clinical data to ultimately improve the care of patients with CLL.


Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Martin Peifer

Department of Translational Genomics

CMMC - Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne

University of Cologne

Robert-Koch-Straße 21

50931 Cologne


University of Cologne

Weyertal 115b

50931 Cologne

Dr. med. Kirsten Fischer

German CLL Study Group

Department I of Internal Medicine

University Hospital of Cologne

Kerpener Straße 62 

50937 Cologne