Dr. Onel received both his undergraduate degree and an MA in modern European history from Yale University. He completed his PhD in molecular biology and his MD as part of the Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan-Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD program. Dr. Onel trained as a pediatrician at the Children’s Hospital of New York/Columbia University Medical Center, and as a pediatric oncologist at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He then went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in cancer genetics at The Rockefeller University. Dr. Onel joined the faculty of the University of Chicago in 2004, where he was an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Director of the Familial Cancer Clinic, and Associate Director of the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). He joined Northwell Health in the fall of 2016. Dr. Onel has extensive experience training both undergraduate and graduate students.
Dr. Onel studies the genetic contribution to cancer risk and response to therapy. His lab employs cutting edge technology and develops novel methods to investigate the role of genetics in human health and disease. His lab then studies functionally the genetic variants he discovers in order to understand their consequences and develop therapies to overcome their deleterious effects.