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Center for Genetics and Genomics

Spectral KeratypingThe Center for Genetics and Genomics is an established Center focused on establishing critical mass and synergy in genetic and genomic approaches to studying cancer development at MD Anderson.

One of the mechanisms to accomplish this is to bring together faculty to present and discuss current research, exchange ideas, and establish collaborations. The Center provides pilot funds to support innovative research ideas with the potential to evolve into new grants. The Center also supports the Cytogenetics Facility and provides seed monies for sequencing projects.  Additionally, the center invites internationally renowned seminar speakers.

The Center for Genetics and Genomics is one of seven centers within the Institute for Basic Science at MD Anderson. Each center, including the Center for Genetics and Genomics, works on a research theme that encourages participation and interaction among  basic, translational and clinical faculty members. An important task for this center is to identify MD Anderson faculty who have interests and wish to play an active role in establishing and maintaining center activities. All MD Anderson faculty are welcome to become members by simply sending a biosketch to Lisa Gower at

Center for Genetics and Genomics Scholar Program

The Center for Genetics and Genomics Scholar Program was established to entice incoming postdoctoral fellows to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. This award provides salary and research support in the amount of $50,000 per year for a postdoctoral scholar.  This is an international program designed to attract applicants who have demonstrated research of outstanding quality.

Applications are welcome from all qualified incoming students. The Center for Genetics and Genomics Scholar Program strongly encourages under-represented populations, including women, under-represented racial and ethnic minorities, and persons with disabilities to apply for this award.   


• Curriculum vitae
• Two letters of recommendation

Candidates for a Center for Genetics and Genomics Scholar Award may only apply to a faculty member in the Center for Genetics and Genomics. Applicants must be incoming postdoctoral candidates. Application materials must be submitted in English.

Program Criteria:

• May only be applying for a position with one P.I.
• One year award period
• Exceptional candidates are expected to compete for an extramural fellowship

For more information, contact Lisa Gower at

Scholar Awards

Ruli Gao, Ph.D. (Nicholas Navin, Ph.D. - Mentor)

Monthly Meeting

Thursday, February 19, 2014
4:00pm - 5:00pm - Meeting 
5:00pm - 6:00pm - Reception
14th floor conference room, BSRB - S14.8336

“Presentation - TBA”

Upcoming Special Lectures

Hosted by the Center for Genetics and Genomics

Tuesday January 27, 2014
Blaffer Lecture Series
Onstead Auditorium
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

David Threadgill, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX
“Modeling population genetic heterogeneity to investigate the intersection between environmental exposure and cancer susceptibility”

Tuesday, February 17, 2014
Blaffer Lecture Series
Onstead Auditorium
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Gabriele Bergers, Ph.D.
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA
“Targeting the vascular niche: An immune cell's perspective”

Tuesday, April 28, 2014
Blaffer Lecture Series
Onstead Auditorium
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Joe Gray, Ph.D.
Oregon Health and Science University
Portland, OR
“Spatial system biology and cancer – from omics to architecture”

Onstead Auditorium is accessible from the Main MDACC Bldg. via the 3rd/4th floor Tan Zone skybridges and the front entrance to BSRB on 6767 Bertner, Houston, TX 77030. For further information contact Elva Lopez  at 713-834-6325.

 Distinguished Speaker History 

Pilot Project Awards


Swathi Arur, Ph.D.
Vicki Huff, Ph.D.
David Johnson, Ph.D.
Louise Strong, M.D.
M. James You, Ph.D.


Bin Wang, Ph.D.
Ralf Krahe, Ph.D.


Jill Schumacher , Ph.D.
Nicholas Navin, Ph.D. & Paul Scheet, Ph.D.
Randy Legerski, Ph.D.
Sean Post, Ph.D.
Bill Mattox, Ph.D.
Richard Behringer, Ph.D.


Jill Schumacher, Ph.D.
Bin Wang, Ph.D.
Swathi Arur, Ph.D.

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