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Lab Members

Eduardo Vilar-Sanchez, M.D., Ph.D. (Principal Investigator)

Eduardo Vilar-Sanchez is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention, University of Texas – MD Anderson Cancer Center. He also has a joint appointment in the Department of Gastro-Intestinal Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine and is a Regular Member of the UT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

He received his M.D. and Ph.D. from Miguel Hernandez University Medical School, Alicante and completed his training in Medical Oncology at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital, Barcelona both in Spain. Before earning his Ph.D., he received a Masters Degree (M.Sc.) in molecular oncology from the Spanish National Cancer Research Center (CNIO), Madrid, Spain. His dissertation work was awarded with the extraordinary award for Ph.D. dissertations of the University Miguel Hernandez.

In 2007 he received a fellowship from 'la Caixa' Foundation to complete his research training in US (2007-2009) and joined Stephen Gruber's Lab at the University of Michigan as a postdoctoral fellow. Subsequently, he joined the University of Michigan Hematology/Oncology Fellowship program in December 2009. He completed his training in Hematology and Medical Oncology in December 2011. He joined MD Anderson as Assistant Professor in January of 2012.

He has been twice awarded a Merit Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Foundation in 2008 and 2009. In 2011, he received the University of Michigan - Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Program Award for Excellence in Research. In addition, the same year he was awarded an ASCO Young Investigator Award by the Conquer Cancer Foundation at the 2011 ASCO Annual Meeting.

His research interests include the molecular biology of colorectal tumors and preneoplastic intestinal lesions, the application of high-throughput tools in genomics and transciptomics to guide drug development in the context of chemoprevention and cancer treatment. His research laboratory is also focused on developing chemoprevention strategies for patients diagnosed with Lynch syndrome and sporadic colorectal cancers displaying microsatellite instability.

His clinical activity is devoted to the care of patients diagnosed with colorectal cancer in the Colorectal Cancer Multidisciplinary Clinic.

Dumonique Rayson, BS (Administrative Assistant)

Ms. Rayson has been working at MD Anderson Cancer Center for three years. She manages investigators’ agendas, meetings, teleconferences, travel, and everything that is needed to administratively support the Vilar Lab.

Gita Bhatia, PhD (Research Assistant II)

Hong Wu, BS (Research Assistant II)

Ester Borras Flores, PhD (Post- Doctoral Fellow)


Paul Scheet, PhD (Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center)

Y Nancy You, MD, MHSc, FACS (Assistant Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center)

Gabriel Capella, MD, PhD (Group Leader, Catalan Institute of Oncology in Barcelona, Spain)

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