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Message from the Chair

Dr. William KleinThe Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is located within the world-renowned Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas. For the past 25 years, MD Anderson has ranked as one of the nation’s top two cancer centers in U.S. News & World Report’s annual "Best Hospitals" survey. MD Anderson’s prestige relies heavily on cutting edge research being performed in the laboratories and clinics of basic, translational and clinical faculty members. As one of eight basic science departments at MD Anderson, we lead the way in addressing fundamental questions associated with regulating the macromolecular events taking place within cells and tissues. Knowledge gained from basic scientific studies like those performed in our laboratories is the major engine that drives new developments in cancer prevention, diagnosis and therapy.

The department’s mission is to acquire and disseminate knowledge on the fundamental properties of molecular and cellular processes, educate and mentor our trainees to participate as leaders in the scientific enterprise throughout the world and promote the highest standards of scientific excellence and rigor. To accomplish our mission, we have established broad-based, diverse research programs employing a wide variety of experimental approaches and model systems to address key issues in cell regulation, differentiation and development.

Our broad research themes include transcriptional and post-translational regulation of gene activity; cell growth and survival; cell-cell signaling and signal transduction; differentiation and development; and the structure, chemistry and function of macromolecules.

In these pages, we detail our research and educational programs, highlighting the host of impressive discoveries made in recent years by our faculty members and their research teams. We are enthusiastic about our department and the superb environment that makes MD Anderson a unique place to perform research. We gladly invite your questions and comments on our department’s research and educational activities.

William Klein, Ph.D.
Professor and Chairman
Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Chemistry

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