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About Our Faculty

The program currently includes 65 faculty across 26 departments representing various University of Texas components or affiliates. These include MD Anderson Cancer Center; the Medical School, Dental Branch and GSBS at UT-Houston; Texas A & M University; and the National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA) in Clear Lake. Many of the faculty are noted specialists in their areas of study and have trained students who have achieved success in academic and industrial settings. Program faculty have been honored with distinguished education awards, recognizing their achievements in all aspects of graduate and post-graduate training.

The faculty’s interests are wide-ranging and encompass basic mechanistic studies in molecular biology, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, radiation physics, immunology and other cancer-related fields. Faculty also participate in translational research focused on problems of immediate clinical applicability. We have the world's leading experts in cancer metastasis research and cancer cell signaling.

  • Amin, Hesham, M.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Hematopathology
    Research Interests: Signal transduction, Apoptosis, Cell cycle, Cytokines Molecular targets  
    Email: hamin@mdanderson.org
  • Andreeff, Michael, M.D., Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Blood & Marrow Transplantation
    Research Interests: Apoptosis, drug resistance, cell cycle, gene therapy
    Tel: 713-792-7260
    Email: mandreef@mdanderson.org
  • Bar-Eli, Menashe, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Cancer Biology
    Research Interests: Melanoma, tumor metastasis, gene expression, tumor suppressor genes
    Tel: 713-794-4004
    Email: mbareli@mdanderson.org
  • Bast, Robert C., Jr., M.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Experimental Therapeutics
    Research Interests: Biomarkers (antigens and autoantibodies) for early detection of ovarian cancer; kinase regulation of paclitaxel sensitivity; imprinted tumor suppressor genes (ARHI/DIRAS, PEG3, SNRPN, NDN); autophagy; and tumor dormancy
    E-mail:  rbast@mdanderson.org
  • Bögler, Oliver, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Neurosurgery and Brain Tumor Center
    Research Interests: Research Interests: Molecular and cellular biology of gliomas, Signal transduction, Phosphoproteomics, Mass Spectrometry, Receptor tyrosine kinase regulation, Nuclear signaling by Receptor Tyrosine Kinases, Glial transformation, Novel platinum chemotherapeutics
    Email: obogler@mdanderson.org
  • Boyd, Douglas, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Cancer Biology
    Research Interests: Transcription, tumor cell invasion, metastases
    Tel: 713-792-8953
    Email: dboyd@mdanderson.org
  • Chandra, Joya, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Pediatrics
    Research Interests: Oxidative stress-dependent signaling, Induction of oxidative stress by biologically targeted agents, Apoptosis induction as a consequence of proteasome inhibition, Biology of pediatric and adult leukemias
    Email: jchandra@mdanderson.org
  • Chen, Junjie, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Experimental Radiation Oncology
    Research Interests: Biochemical and molecular aspects ofbreast/ovarian cancers and the roles of tumor suppressor genes in DNA damage-signaling pathways. We also study mitotic regulation and potential link between dynamic regulation of chromatin structures and tumorigenesis
    Email: jchen8@mdanderson.org
  • Chiao, Paul, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Surgical Oncology, Molecular & Cellular Oncology
    Research Interests: Transcription, NF-kappaB, pancreatic cancers
    Tel: 713-794-1030
    Email: pjchiao@mdanderson.org
  • Claret, François X. Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Molecular Therapeutics
    Research Interests: Signal transduction; cell cycle control; oncogenes
    Tel: 713-563-4204
    Email:fxclaret@mdanderson.org
  • Dai, Jiale, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Molecular Pathology
    Research Interests: Tumor suppressor genes, oncogenes, signal transduction
    Tel: 713-792-4322
    Email: jldai@mdanderson.org
  • Ellis, Lee, M.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Cancer Biology
    Research Interests: Angiogenesis, colon cancer 
    Tel: 713-792-6926
    Email: lellis@mdanderson.org
  • Fan, Zhen, M.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Experimental Therapeutics
    Research Interests: Breast cancer therapeutics, breast cancer development signaling and resistance to molecular-targeted therapies
    Email:  zfan@mdanderson.org
  • Fang, Bingliang, M.D., Ph.D.
    Dept of Thoracic Surgery
  • Fidler, Isaiah, D.V.M./Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Cancer Biology
    Research Interests: Cancer metastasis, angiogenesis, immunotherapy
    Tel: 713-792-8580
    Email: ifidler@mdanderson.org
  • Flores, Elsa, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Molecular and Cellular Oncology
    Research Interests: Tumor suppressor genes, DNA damage, apoptosis, gene expression, transcriptional regulation, mouse genetics
    Tel: 713-792-0413
    Email: elsaflores@mdanderson.org
  • Gallick, Gary, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Cancer Biology
    Research Interests: Tyrosine kinases, malignant transformation
    Tel: 713-792-3657
    Email: ggallick@mdanderson.org
  • Boyi Gan, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Experimental Radiation Oncology
    Research Interests: metabolic signaling in cancer development, aging and stem cell maintenance
    Tel: 713-792-8653
    Email: bgan@mdanderson.org
  • Gershenwald, Jeffrey, M.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Surgical Oncology and Cancer Biology
    Research Interests: Melanoma, metastasis, gene expression and gene expression profiling, gene regulation, lymphatic metastases, lymphangiogenesis
    Email:  jgershen@mdanderson.org
  • Gomez-Manzano, Candelaria, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Neuro-Oncology and Cancer Genetics
    Research Interests: Cancer stem cells, Brain tumors, Tie2-multicompartmental role, Tumor microenvironment, Mechanisms of tumor resistance
    Email:  cmanzano@mdanderson.org
  • Grimm, Elizabeth, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Deputy Division Head for Research Affairs, Division of Cancer Medicine. Professor, Department of Melanoma Medical Oncology - Research, Division of Cancer Medicine
    Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment: Professor, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, The University of Texas Health Science Center
    Research Interests: Interleukins, cytotoxic lymphocytes, macrophages, kinases
  •  Tel: 713-792-3667
    Email: egrimm@mdanderson.org
  • Hittelman, Walter, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Experimental Therapeutics
    Research Interests: Genomic instability, cell cycle, chemoprevention
    Tel: 713-792-2961
    Email: wnhittel@mdanderson.org
  • Huang, Peng, M.D., Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Molecular Pathology
    Research Interests: Research Interests: Mechanisms of cancer therapeutics; Anticancer agents; Cancer cell energy metabolism; Role of mitochondria in ROS generation and drug-induced apoptosis; Free radical/redox regulation and signaling; Role of p53 in DNA damage and apoptosis; CLL
    Email:  phuang@mdanderson.org
  • Huang, Suyun, M.D., Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Neurosurgery and Cancer Biology
    Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of tumor metastasis; angiogenesis; transcriptional factors; molecular diagnosis and therapy
    Tel: 713-834-6232
    Email: suhuang@mdanderson.org
  • Hughes, Dennis P.M., M.D., Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Pediatrics
    Research Interests: Cell signaling; small molecule inhibitors; ERBB family members (EGFR, Her-2, Her-4, etc.); nuclear trafficking of receptors; osteosarcoma; Ewing Sarcoma; clinical monitoring
    Tel: 713-563-9270
    Email: dphughes@mdanderson.org
  • Hung, Mien-Chie, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Molecular & Cellular Oncology
    Research Interests: Oncogenes, cell cycle, signal transduction, gene expression
    Tel: 713-792-3668
    Email: mhung@mdanderson.org
  • Jin, Jianping, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: UT Health Science Center/Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    Research Interests: Ubiquitin Signaling Pathway; Inflammatory Response in Breast Cancers;  Hematopoietic Stem Cells and Megakaryocyte Differentiation
    Email:  Jianping.Jin@uth.tmc.edu
  • Johnson, Randy, Ph.D.
    Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology  
  • Keyomarsi, Khandan, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Experimental Radiation Oncology
    Research Interests: Breast cancer, cell cycle control, drug-targeting
    Tel: 713-792-4845
    Email: kkeyomar@mdanderson.org
  • Kleinerman, Eugenie, M.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Pediatrics
    Tel: 713-792-8110
    Email: ekleiner@mdanderson.org
  • Kolonin, Mikhail G., Ph.D.
    Affiliation: UT Health Science Center/Institute of Molecular Medicine, Center for Stem Cell Research
    Research Interests: Mesenchymal stem cells, mechanisms of adult stem cell, mobilization/migration/engraftment, Role of mesenchymal stem cells in cancer vasculogenesis, Role of adipose tissue/adipose stem cells in cancer progression
    Email:  Mikhail.G.Kolonin@uth.tmc.edu
  • Koo, Ja Seok, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Department of Thoracic, Head and Neck Medical Oncology
    Research Interests: Mucous and squamous differentiation of bronchial epithelium Retinoids, CREB, Mucin, Inflammation, Cytokine, Airway secretions, Lung cancer
    Email:  jskoo@mdanderson.org
  • Kurzrock, Razelle, M.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Bioimmunotherapy
    Research Interests: Cytokine deregulation, chromosomal translocations
    Tel: 713-794-1226
    Email: rkurzroc@mdanderson.org
  • Lee, Ju-Seog, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Systems Biology
    Research Interests: Systems biology, Gene expression profile, Cancer genomics, Microarray, Proteomics, Integromics
    Email:  jlee@mdanderson.org
  • Lee, Min Gyu, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Molecular and Cellular Oncology
    Research Interests: Histone modifications, Histone-modifying enzymes, Gene regulation, Epigenetics, Tumor Suppression and Cancer
    Email:  mglee@mdanderson.org
  • Lee, Mong-Hong, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Molecular and Cellular Oncology
    Research Interests: Cell cycle regulation, gene knock-out, gene expression
    Tel: 713-794-1323
    Email: mhlee@mdanderson.org
  • Lev, Dina, M.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Cancer Biology
    Research Interests: Soft tissue sarcoma, Chemoresistance, Angiogensis,  Lymphangiogenesis, Metastasis, Pre-clinical therapeutic models, Tumor microenvironment, Gene therapy, p53 tumor suppressor gene function, Signal transduction pathways,High throughput assays
    Email:  dlev@mdanderson.org
  • Lin, Hui-Kuan, Ph.D.
    Assistant  Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology
    Research Interests: Tumor suppressor gene/oncogene in cancer development, Protein phosphorylation
    Email:  hklin@mdanderson.org  
  • Lin, Shiaw-Yih, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Molecular Therapeutics
    Research Interests: Cellular immortalization, genomic instability, metastasis
    Tel: 713-563-4217
    Email: sylin@mdanderson.org
  • Lin, Xin, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Molecular and Cellular Oncology
    Research Interests: Signal transduction; activation of NF-kB family of transcription factors; protein phosphorylation; lymphocyte activation, development and differentiation; cell proliferation and tumorigenesis
    Tel: 713-792-8969
    Email: xlin@mdanderson.org
  • Liu, Mingyao, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Institute of Biosciences and Technology
    Research Interests: G-protein coupled receptors; G-proteins; molecular basis of signal transduction; mechanism of human stem cell differentiation
    Tel: 713-677-7505
    Email: mliu@ibt.tmc.edu
  • Logsdon, Craig D., Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Cancer Biology and GI Medical OncologyResearch Interests: Pancreatic disease, biomarker discovery, cancer cell biology, molecular biology, gene therapy, inflammation
    Tel: 713-563-3585
    Email: clogsdon@mdanderson.org
  • Lu, Xiongbin, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Cancer Biology
    Research Interests: DNA damage signaling pathways, MicroRNA biogenesis, p53 tumor suppressor, Protein phosphatases and deubiquitinases
    Tel: 713-745-6247
    Email: xlu2@mdanderson.org
  • Lu, Zhimin, M.D., Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Neuro-Oncology  and Molecular/Cellular Oncology
    Research Interests: Signal transduction,  Oncogenesis,  Tumor cell migration, Invasion and metastasis, Cancer metabolism
    Email:  zhiminlu@mdanderson.org
  • Ma, Li, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer, Experimental Radiation Oncology
    Research Interests: MicroRNA-mediated regulation of metastasis Epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) Stem cells Molecularly targeted therapeutics
    Email: lma4@mdanderson.org
  • Mani, Sendurai A., Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Molecular Pathology
    Research Interests: Metastasis, EMT, normal/cancer stem cells
    Tel: 713-792-9638
    Email: smani@mdanderson.org
  • McCarty, Joseph, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Cancer Biology
    Research Interests: Cerebrovascular disease; angiogenesis; cell adhesion and signaling; blood-brain barrier; brain cancer and metastasis
    Tel: 713-792-0429
    Email: jhmccarty@mdanderson.org
  • McConkey, David, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Cancer Biology
    Research Interests: Apoptosis, tumor metastasis
    Tel: 713-792-8591
    Email: dmcconke@mdanderson.org
  • Mehta, Kapil, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Bioimmunotherapy
    Research Interests: Mechanisms of retinoid action and drug resistance
    Tel: 713-792-2649
    Email: kmehta@mdanderson.org
  • Meric-Bernstam, Funda, M.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Surgical Oncology
    Research Interests: Breast Cancer, cancer biology, molecular oncology, gene expression, translational regulation, signal transduction, molecular therapeutics
    Email:  fmeric@mdanderson.org
  • Mills, Gordon, M.D, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson CancerCenter/Molecular Therapeutics
    Research Interests: Ovarian cancer, signal transduction, human cancer genetics
    Tel: 713-792-4687
    Email: gmills@mdanderson.org
  • Myers, Jeff, M.D./Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Cancer Biology
    Research Interests: Orthotopic models of oral cancer, anoikis, tumor progression
    Tel: 713-745-2667
    Email: jmyers@mdanderson.org
  • Naora, Honami, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Molecular Therapeutics
    Research Interests: Cell differentiation, embryonic patterning, tumor histogenesis and tumor behavior, cancers of female reproductive organs
    Tel: 713-563-4222
    Email: hnaora@mdanderson.org
  • Navone, Nora, M.D./Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/G.I. Medical Oncology
    Research Interests: Prostate cancer, p53, TGF-beta, tumor progression
    Tel: 713-792-2830
    Email: nnavone@mdanderson.org
  • Park, Jae-Il, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Experimental Radiation Oncology
    Research interests: Telomerase dynamics, Telomerase regulation, Cells of origin in cancer and stem cells, Wnt pathway in cancer and stem cell regulation
    Email:  jaeil@mdanderson.org
  • Pollock, Raphael, M.D., Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Surgical Oncology
    Research Interests: Oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes in soft tissue sarcoma
    Email:  rpollock@mdanderson.org
  • Sarbassov, Dos, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Molecular and Cellular Oncology
    Research Interests: Cell signaling, Cell growth regulation, proliferation, survival, and migration, Rapamycin and the mTOR (mammalian Target Of Rapamycin) pathway, Kinases and phosphatases, Anti-cancer drug development.
    Email:  dsarbass@mdanderson.org
  • Sood, Anil K., M.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Gynecologic Oncology and Cancer Biology
    Research Interests: Vascular development in cancer, receptor tyrosine kinase regulation, invasion, metastasis
    Tel: 713-745-5266
    Email: asood@mdanderson.org
  • Sun, Shao-Cong, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Immunology
    Research interests: NF-kB signaling, protein ubiquitination, autoimmunity, inflammation and cancer
    Email:  ssun@mdanderson.org
  • Travis, Elizabeth, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Experimental Radiation Oncology
    Research Interests: Molecular genetics, radiosensitivity
    Tel: 713-792-4861
    Email: etravis@mdanderson.org
  • Tsai, Kenneth, M.D., Ph.D.
    Dept of Dermatology & Immunology
  • Tyler, Jessica, Ph.D.
    Dept of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Ueno, T. Naoto, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Blood and Marrow Transplantation
    Research Interests: Gene therapy, cell cycle, apoptosis, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, kidney cancer
    Tel: 713-792-8754
    Email: nueno@mdanderson.org
  • Wang, Zhengxin, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Cancer Biology
    Research Interests: Mechanisms of action of androgen receptor in the regulation of prostate-specific gene expression with an emphasis on how de-regulation leads to prostate cancer
    Email:  zhenwang@mdanderson.org
  • Wong, Kwong-Kwok, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Gynecologic Oncology
    Research Interests: Molecular pathogenesis of ovarian cancers, next generation sequencing, cancer cell signaling pathways
    Email:  kkwong@mdanderson.org
  • Wu, Xiangwei, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Head & Neck Surgery
    Email:  xwwu@mdanderson.org
    Research Interests: Mechanisms of p53 and death receptor-mediated apoptosis and applications in chemoprevention and cancer therapy
  • Xie, Keping, M.D., Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Gastrointestinal Medical Oncology and Cancer Biology
    Research Interests: Cancer metastasis, angiogenesis, gene regulation, molecular diagnosis and therapy
    Tel: 713-792-2013
    Email: kepxie@mdanderson.org
  • Xu, Xiaochun, M.D., Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Clinical Cancer Prevention
    Research Interests: Retinoids and their nuclear receptors in cell differentiation, carcinogenesis, and chemoprevention; nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) in carcinogenesis and chemoprevention; biomarkers for carcinogenesis and tumor promotion
    Tel: 713-745-2940
    Email: xxu@mdanderson.org
  • Yu, Dihua, M.D./Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Surgical Oncology
    Research Interests: Cancer metastasis, drug resistance, oncogenes, suppressor genes
    Tel: 713-792-3636
    Email: Dyu@mdanderson.org
  • Zhang, Wei, Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Pathology
    Research Interests: Cell cycle, cell death, signal transduction, radiotherapy 
    Tel: 713-745-1103
    Email: wzhang@mdanderson.org
  • Zweidler-McKay, Patrick, M.D., Ph.D.
    Affiliation: MD Anderson Cancer Center/Department of Pediatrics
    Research Interests: Leukemias, Neuroblastoma Molecular therapeutics, Xenograft models
    Tel: 713-563-5395
    Email: pzweidler@mdanderson.org

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