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Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Research imagesThe Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is one of six basic science departments at MD Anderson dedicated to advancing our knowledge of the processes that regulate cell growth, survival and differentiation at the molecular level.

The department currently occupies about 30,000 square feet of modern new laboratory space in the George and Cynthia Mitchell Basic Sciences Research Building, which opened its doors in April 2005. Department faculty members have ample laboratory and office space and unlimited opportunities for their research teams to advance their projects. Grants to department faculty through both government and private agencies exceed $4.5 million in annual direct costs.

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    Congratulations to three department faculty members for being selected as MD Anderson's first R. Lee Clark Fellows.

    Michael Galko, Ph.D.
    Xiaobing Shi, Ph.D.
    Jichao Chen, Ph.D.

    This prestigious new award program recognizes and supports 16 MD Anderson junior faculty members whose early excellence indicates they will become future leaders. The program is named in honor of MD Anderson’s first president.

    Read more about Dr. Clark

  • Aundrietta Duncan

    Congratulations to Aundrietta Duncan, a trainee in the Barton Lab! She has received an NIH F31 fellowship, the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research.

    Read more on the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (GSBS) website.

  • Research Seminar presentation winners Fall 2013

    Congratulations to Avinash Venkatanarayan (Flores Lab) and Ryan McCarthy (Barton Lab) for their award-winning presentations in the Research Seminar Series for Fall 2013. Each Friday, a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow or faculty member in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology presents his or her most recent work in this series hosted by Dr. William Klein. Avinash (1st place) and Ryan (2nd place) each received a certificate and a cash award. Well done!

  • Michelle Barton, Ph.D., professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at MD Anderson, reflects on her first year serving jointly as dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), and on the 50th anniversary of GSBS.

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  • McSpadden epigenetics image

    Research in epigenetics and structural biology by Michelle Barton, Ph.D. and John Ladbury, Ph.D., both of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, is contributing to concepts for new treatments for cancer patients.  Image: Wyatt McSpadden

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  • Faculty Spotlight

    Two of MD Anderson's Faculty Educators of the Month in 2013 have come from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Congratulations!

    Faculty Educator of the Month for November 2013
    Dr. Michelle C. Barton

    Faculty Educator of the Month for February 2013
    Dr. Pierre D. McCrea

  • Elsa Flores

    Study finds key to calling back-up help when tumor-fighter p53 goes down. Pictured: Dr. Elsa Flores, senior author.

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