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Genes and Development Ph.D. Program

Mechanistic Approaches to Understanding Cancer and Other Diseases

Genes & Development (G&D) is a research-oriented Ph.D. program at the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (GSBS). Based primarily at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the research in G&D labs is broadly focused on the fundamental cellular and molecular mechanisms that control cell growth and differentiation, and that cause cancer and other human diseases. From basic science investigations to translational studies, G&D students and faculty are actively engaged in the pursuit of new scientific knowledge that could one day lead to clinical advances.  

We aim to graduate students who are knowledgeable, critical, and productive independent scientists. We achieve this through cutting-edge research projects, seminars and journal clubs, curriculum, annual retreats, lab collaborations, social gatherings, and career development activities. 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.




Three Nature and Developmental Cell papers from G&D labs

Click here to see these papers from the labs of Dr. Swathi Arur, Dr. Elsa Flores, Dr. Nicholas Navin, and Dr. Xiaobing Shi. See the Publications page for article references.

G&D Welcomes Two New Faculty Members

In May 2015, two MD Anderson faculty joined the Genes & Development Program: Sendurai Mani, PhD and M. James You, MD,PhD. Dr. Mani is an Associate Professor in the Department of Translational Molecular Pathology and Dr. You is an Associate Professor in the Department of Hematopathology. In total, eight MD Anderson faculty joined G&D during the last year:  Dr. Junjie Chen, Dr. Boyi Gan, Dr. Lei Li, Dr. Li Ma and Dr. Jae-il Park in the Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology and Dr. George Eisenhoffier in the Department of Genetics.   

Dr. Nicholas Navin wins 2015 AAAS Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Award; Dr. Li Ma won in 2014

G&D faculty member, Dr. Nicholas Navin, Assistant Professor, in the Department of Genetics at MD Anderson, won the prestigious 2015 Martin and Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Award. This award honors early-career investigators who have performed outstanding work in the field of cancer research. Winners are invited to give a public lecture and receive $25,000. Especially noteworthy is the fact that another G&D faculty member, Dr. Li Ma, Assistant Professor in the Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology, won this prize in 2014.

Annual G&D Retreat


Annual G&D Program Retreat
November 14-15, 2015
La Torretta Lake Resort
on Lake Conroe
Montgomery, Texas

Held jointly with the GSBS Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis Program
More Information here

Student Profile

Pushan Dasgupta - Genes and Development programPushan Dasgupta
Genes and Development

"Intellectually, cancer is a fascinating disease to research because there’s not one way that it works – not one mechanism that causes cancer. It’s kind of like a kaleidoscope."

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