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The Virginia Harris Cockrell Cancer Research Center at Science Park

Science Park is a basic research campus of MD Anderson located in Central Texas near Austin. Home to the Department of Molecular Carcinogenesis, MD Anderson's largest basic science department, the campus offers a unique setting for research, education and conferences.

Our Research

Our research aims to define the mechanisms that control normal cell proliferation, differentiation, survival and genome maintenance to identify the processes that drive cancer. Research in the department is multidisciplinary and falls under three areas:

Research Highlight

The Bedford lab studies the methylation of arginine amino acids in histones and other chromatin-associated proteins. In a recent study, they showed that TDRD3, a reader of methyl-arginine marks on histone tails, interacts with TOP3B, a topoisomerase that unwinds DNA at regions of active gene expression. The study provides evidence that this partnership can prevent DNA breakage and chromosomal translocations, two of the hallmarks of cancer.

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Our Campus


Nestled within the Lost Pines forest of Central Texas near Smithville, the Science Park campus is within driving distance from Austin, "The Live Music Capital of the World."


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Departmental Seminar Series: "Bioinformatics analysis of somatic mutation and genome-wide methylation profiles," Ting Gong, PhD, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Science Park
April 14, 2014 - 11:00 a.m.

Departmental Seminar Series: "The role of arginine methylation in the regulation of RNA binding proteins and DNA damage signaling," Stephane Richard, PhD, McGill University
April 16, 2014 - 11:00 a.m.

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Faculty Spotlight: Fernando Benavides, DVM, PhD, DACLAM

The Benavides lab is seeking to define new mouse models through forward genetics (from phenotype to genotype). In particular, the lab is studying spontaneous mouse mutations with skin phenotypes, aiming to identify genes important for skin and hair follicle biology.  Our ultimate goal is to develop new animal models, particularly but not limited to mouse models of cancer.

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