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Genes and Development Ph.D. Program

Mechanistic Approaches to Understanding Cancer and Other Diseases

The Genes and Development Ph.D. Program (G&D) is for students seeking advanced training in biomedical research on the fundamental molecular mechanisms that control growth and cell differentiation, and that cause cancer and other human diseases.

Research in our program labs covers a broad spectrum of modern biomedical interests including Genetics and Epigenetics, Cancer Biology, Stem Cells and Development, and Genomics of Cancer and Disease. Diverse experimental systems, including mice, frogs, worms, fruit flies, sea urchins, yeast, and human cells, are used by G&D faculty and graduate students to conduct their research.

Located in Houston, Texas, in the heart of the world’s largest medical center, the G&D Program provides an exceptional setting for biomedical research and graduate education. Browse through our pages and you’ll discover an outstanding program that prepares students for successful biomedical research careers in academia, industry and government and other biomedical-related professions.

For more information, please read this message from our program director.



Three recent Nature papers from G&D labs

Three papers, either Published or In Press, have come from these G&D labs in the last few months: Dr. Elsa Flores, Dr. Nicholas Navin, and Dr. Xiaobing Shi. See the Publications page for article references.

G&D hosts 2-day short course on Genome Targeting and Imaging, January 2014

This January 29-30, the Genes & Development Program will host a special 2-day short course called “Snips & Pics: From Genome Targeting to Imaging” at MD Anderson. The course features talks by noted scientists from across the United States, which are free and open to the public, and hands-on demonstrations for graduate students. More Information

GSBS celebrates 50 years of educating scientists

Dr. Michelle Barton reflects on her first year serving jointly as dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), and on the 50th anniversary of GSBS. Read more here.

Program Communications

Genes and Development Program Brochure (pdf, 8 pages, 3.1 MB)

Genes and Development Annual Newsletters

Genes and Development Student Handbook is in revision. If you have questions, please contact Elisabeth Lindheim, Program Manager, at

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