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I am leading the computational biology group at IRIBHM, a laboratory of the  Université Libre de Bruxelles. We study cancer genomes and transcriptomes.

I formerly held research positions at the Santa Fe Institute, at the Theoretical Biology and Biophysics Group which is part of the Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA), and at IRIDIA, also a laboratory of the Université Libre de Bruxelles.

Peer reviewed articles (download related data sets here)

Fumagalli F., Gacquer D. Rothé F, Lefort A., Libert F., Brown D., Kheddoumi N., Shlien A., Konopka, T, Salgado R., Larsimont D., Polyak K., Willard-Gallo K., Desmedt C., Piccart M., Abramowicz M., Campbell P.J., Sotiriou S., Detours V., (2015), Principles Governing A-to-I RNA Editing in the Breast Cancer Transcriptome, Cell Reports, doi:10.1016/j.celrep.2015.09.032, (full text).

Tarabichi M., Saiselet M., Trésallet C., Hoang C., Larsimont D., Andry G., Maenhaut C. & Detours V., Revisiting the transcriptional analysis of primary tumours and associated nodal metastases with enhanced biological and statistical controls: application to thyroid cancer, (2015), Br J Cancer. 112(10):1665-1674.

Fimereli D., Gacquer D., Fumagalli D., Salgado R., Rothé F., Larsimont D., Sotiriou C. & Detours V., (2015), No significant viral transcription detected in whole breast cancer transcriptomes, BMC Cancer 15(1):1176.

Le Pennec S., Konopka T., Gacquer D., Fimereli D., Tarabichi M., Tomás G., Savagner F., Decaussin-Petrucci M., Trésallet C., Andry G., Larsimont D., Detours V. & Maenhaut C., (2015), Intratumor heterogeneity and clonal evolution in an aggressive papillary thyroid cancer and matched metastases, Endocr. Relat. Cancer 22(2):205-16.

Fumagalli D., Blanchet-Cohen A., Brown D., Desmedt C., Gacquer D., Michiels S., Rothé F., Majjaj S., Salgado R., Larsimont D., Ignatiadis M., Maetens M., Piccart M. & Detours V., Sotiriou C., Haibe-Kains B., (2014), Transfer of clinically relevant gene expression signatures in breast cancer: from Affymetrix microarray to Illumina RNA-Sequencing technology, BMC Genomics 21;15(1):1008, (full text)

Versteyhe S., Driessens N., Ghaddhab C., Tarabichi M., Hoste C., Dumont J.E., Miot F., Corvilain B. & Detours V., (2013), Comparative analysis of the thyrocytes and T-cells responses to H2O2 and radiation reveals an H2O2-induced antioxidant transcriptional program in thyrocytes, J. Clin. Endocrin. Metab., doi:10.1210/jc.2013-1266.

Tarabichi M., Antoniou A., Saiselet M., Pita J.M., Andry G., Dumont J.E., Detours V. & Maenhaut C., (2013), Systems biology of cancer: entropy, disorder, and selection-driven evolution to independence, invasion and "swarm intelligence". Cancer Metastasis Rev. 32(3-4):403-21. doi: 10.1007/s10555-013-9431-y

Fimereli D., Detours V.# & Konopka T., (2013), TriageTools: tools for partitioning and prioritizing analysis of high-throughput sequencing data. Nucleic Acids Res., 41(7):e86. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkt094.

Tarabichi M., Detours V. & Konopka T. (2012), Piecewise polynomial representations of genomic tracks. PLoS One, 7(11):e48941 (full text).

Coletta A., Molter C., Duque R., Steenhoff D., Taminau J., de Schaetzen V., Meganck S., Lazar C., Venet D., Detours V., Nowe A., Bersini H. & Weiss Solis D.Y. (2012), InSilico DB genomic datasets hub: an efficient starting point for analyzing genome-wide studies in GenePattern, Integrative Genomics Viewer, and R/Bioconductor, Genome Biol. 13(11) R104 (abstract).

Venet D., Detours V. & Bersini H. (2012). A Measure of the Signal-to-Noise Ratio of Microarray Samples and Studies Using Gene Correlations. PLoS One 7(12): e51013 (full text).

Dom G., Tarabichi M., Unger K., Thomas G., Oczko-Wojciechowska M., Bogdanova T., Jarzab B., Dumont J.E., Detours V. & Maenhaut C. (2012), A gene expression signature distinguishes normal tissues of sporadic and radiation-induced papillary thyroid carcinomas. Br. J. Cancer, doi:10.1038/bjc.2012.302 (abstract).

Tomás G., Tarabichi M., Gacquer G., Hébrant A., Dom G., Dumont J.E., Keutgen X., Fahey T.J., Maenhaut C. & Detours V. (2012), A general method to derive robust organ-specific gene expression-based differentiation indices: application to thyroid cancer diagnostic, Oncogene 23 January 2012, (abstract).

Venet D., Dumont J.E. & Detours V. (2011), Most Random Gene Expression Signatures are Significantly Associated with Breast Cancer Outcome, PLoS Computational Biology 7(10), e1002240, (full text).

Lambert N., Lambot M.A., Bilheu A., Albert V., Englert Y., Libert F., Noel J.C., Sotiriou C., Holloway A.K., Pollard K.S., Detours V. & Vanderhaeghen P. (2011) Genes Expressed in Specific Areas of the Human Fetal Cerebral Cortex Display Distinct Patterns of evolution, PLoS One 6(3), e17753 (abstract, full text).

Maenhaut C., Detours V., Dom G., Handkiewicz-Junak D., Oczko-Wojciechowska M. & Jarzab B. (2011), Gene Expression Profiles of Radiation-induced Thyroid Cancers, Clin. Oncol. 23(4), p282-8 (abstract).

van Staveren W.C., Solis D.Y., Hebrant A., Detours V., Dumont J.E. & Maenhaut C. (2009), Human Cancer Cell Lines: Experimental Models for Cancer Cells In Situ? Cancer Stem Cells? BBA Reviews 1795(2) p92-103 (abstract).

Detours, V., Versteyhe, S., Dumont J. E. & Maenhaut C., (2008), Gene Expression Profiles of Post-Chernobyl Thyroid Cancers, Curr. Op. in Endocrinol., Metabolism and Diabetes 15, p440-5 (abstract, full text).

Burniat, A., Jin, L., Detours, V., Driessens, N., Goffard, J.C., Santoro, M., Rothstein, J., Dumont, J.E., Miot, F. & Corvilain B.,  (2008), Gene Expression in RET/PTC3 and E7 Transgenic Mouse Thyroids: RET/PTC3 but not E7 Tumors are Partial and Transient Models of Human Papillary Thyroid Cancers. Endocrinology 149, p5107-17 (abstract, full text).

Detours, V., Delys, L., Libert, F., Weiss Solís, D., Bogdanova, T., Dumont, J. E., Franc, B., Thomas, G. & Maenhaut, C., (2007), Genome-wide Gene Expression Profiling Suggests Distinct Radiation Susceptibilities in Sporadic and Post-Chernobyl Papillary Thyroid Cancers, British J. Cancer 97, 818-25 (abstract, full text).

van Staveren WC, Solís DW, Delys L, Duprez L, Andry G, Franc B, Thomas G, Libert F, Dumont JE, Detours V, Maenhaut C., (2007), Human thyroid tumor cell lines derived from different tumor types present a common dedifferentiated phenotype, Cancer Res. 67(17):8113-20 (abstract, full text).

Delys, L., Detours, V., Franc, B., Thomas, G., Bogdanova, Tronko, M., T., Libert, F., Dumont, J. E.  & Maenhaut, C., (2007), Gene expression and the biological phenotype of papillary thyroid carcinomas, Oncogene 26(57), 7894-903 (abstract, full text).

Song Y, Driessens N, Costa M, De Deken X, Detours V, Corvilain B, Maenhaut C, Miot F, Van Sande J, Many MC, Dumont JE, (2007), Roles of hydrogen peroxide in thyroid physiology and disease, J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 92(10), 3764-73 (abstract, full text).

van Staveren, C. G., Detours, V., Dumont, J. E., & Maenhaut, C., (2006), Negative feedbacks in normal cell growth and their suppression in tumorigenesis. Cell Cycle 5, 571-572 (full text).

van Staveren, C. G., Weiss, D., Delys, L., Venet, D., Cappello, M., Andry, G., Dumont, J. E., Libert, F., Detours, V., & Maenhaut, C., (2006), Gene Expression in TSH-treated Human Thyrocytes and Autonomous Adenomas: Suppression of Negative Feedbacks in Tumorigenesis, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 103, 413–418 (abstract, full text).

Detours, V., Dumont, J. E., & Maenhaut, C., (2006), Systems Biology, Cell Specificity and Physiology, in Theories in Medicine, Paton R. & McNamara L. Eds. Elsevier (full text).

Wattel, S., Mircescu, H., Venet, D., Burniat, A., Franc, B., Frank, S., Andry, G., Van Sande, J., Rocmans, P., Dumont, J. E., Detours, V. & Maenhaut, C., (2005), Gene Expression in Thyroid Autonomous Adenomas Provides Insight on their  Physiopathology, Oncogene 24, 6902-16 (abstract, full text).

Detours, V., Wattel, S., Venet, D., Hutsebaut, N., Bogdanova, T., Tronko, M. D., Dumont, J. E., Franc, B., Thomas, G. & Maenhaut, C., (2005), Absence of a Specific Radiation Signature in Post-Chernobyl Thyroid Cancers, British J. Cancer 92, 1545-1552 (abstract, full text).

Detours, V., Dumont, J. E., Bersini, H., & Maenhaut, C., (2003). Integration and Cross-Validation of High-Throughput Gene Expression Data: Comparing Heterogenous Data Sets, FEBS Lett. 546, 98-102 (abstract, full text).

Yusim, K., Kesmir, C., Addo, M. M., Altfeld, M., Gaschen, B., Chigaev, A., Detours, V. & Korber, B. T., (2002), Clustering Patterns of CTL Epitopes in HIV-1 Proteins Reveal Imprints of Immune Evasion on HIV-1 Global Variation, J. Virology, 76(17), 8757-8768 (abstract, full text).

Kesmir, C. Nussbaum, N. K., Shild, H., Detours, V., Brunak, S., (2002), Prediction of Proteasome Clivage Motifs by Neural Networks, Protein Engeneering, 15(4), 287-296 (abstract, full text).

Korber, B. T., Gaschen, B., Yusim, K., Thakallapally, R., Kesmir, C. & Detours, V., (2001), Evolutionary and Immunological Implications of Contemporary HIV-1 Variation, Brit. Med. Bull., 58, 19-42 (abstract, full text).

Detours, V. & Perelson, A. S., (2000), The Paradox of Alloreactivity and Self MHC Restriction: Quantitative Analysis and Statistics, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA, 97, 8479-8483 (abstract, full text).

Detours, V., Mehr, R., & Perelson, A. S., (2000), Deriving Quantitative Constraints Under Which T Cell Selection Operates from Data on the Mature T Cell Repertoire, J. Immunol. 164, 121-128 (abstract, full text).

Detours, V., Mehr, R., & Perelson, A. S., (1999) A Quantitative Theory of Affinity-Driven T Cell Repertoire Selection, J. theor. Biol. 200, 389-403 (abstract, full text).

Detours, V., & Perelson, A. S., (1999), Explaining High Alloreactivity as a Quantitative Consequence of Affinity-Driven T Cell Selection, Proc. Nat. Acad. Sci. USA 96, 5153-5158 (abstract, full text).

Detours, V., Sulzer, B., & Perelson A. S., (1996), Size and Connectivity of the Idiotypic Network are Independent of the Discreteness of the Affinity Distribution, J. theor. Biol. 183, 408-416 (abstract, full text).

Bersini, H., & Detours, V., (1994), Asynchrony Induces Stability in Cellular Automata Based Models, in Proceedings of the Fourth Conference on Artificial Life, Brooks, R. A., Maes, P., Eds. MIT Press (full text).

Detours,V., Bersini, H., Stewart, J., Varela, F. J., (1994), Development of Idiotypic Network in Shape Space, J. theor. Biol. 170, 401-414 (abstract, full text). 


1.     Detours, V., (1996), Modèles Formels de la Sélection des Cellules B et T, Ph. D dissertation, Université Paris 6.

2.   Detours, V., (1992), Simulations du Réseau Idiotypique, Master thesis, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, École Polytechnique, Université Paris 6.