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Career Development Program

The Career Development Program aims to encourage and provide training and guidance for academic physicians-scientists, clinician-investigators and laboratory-based scientists who want to dedicate their endeavors to leukemia translational research. To achieve these aims, the Career Development Program will develop the following objectives:

  • Recruit and train physicians, scientists and senior postdoctoral fellows to become excellent translational investigators in leukemia research
  • Educate awardees in the basic principles of cancer biology, at both the molecular and cellular level, with an emphasis on translational science
  • Provide a firm foundation for awardees in the specific area of leukemia biology, laboratory, clinical and epidemiologic evaluation
  • Guide awardees to becoming effective leukemia translational researchers

These objectives will be accomplished through a strong mentorship program. Awardees will be instructed in the principles of leukemia clinical and basic research.

The Career Development Program will recruit senior medical or laboratory-based postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty who wish to develop a career in leukemia translational research. In addition, established senior faculty who wish to re-direct or extend their ongoing research programs into leukemia research will be eligible for participation. 

The unique educational environment that exists at the MD Anderson Cancer Center will add much to achieving our goals. Individuals who will make a two-year commitment in their training will be given preference, since this amount of training is ideal to obtain in-depth knowledge to be highly successful in a career of leukemia translational research.

Award Process

Three to four Career Development awardees will be selected in the first and each subsequent year. Solicitations will be made for qualified candidates from within and outside the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Minorities and women will be encouraged to apply.

Mentorship

The Career Development Program mentors will provide the following functions:

  • Serve as laboratory research advisors
  • Teach in the advanced courses and tutorials
  • Serve on training, advisory and supervisory committees

Mentors have been selected because they have independent, highly productive research laboratories with peer-reviewed grant support in leukemia-related research, and because of focus and interest in fundamental research that has potential for direct applications to leukemia. Several of the laboratory programs emphasize molecular biology and oncogene research.

2014 Career Development Award Recipients

  • Kumudha Balakrishnan, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Experimental Therapeutics
  • Rong Chen, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Experimental Therapeutics
  • Zhihong Zeng, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Instructor, Leukemia

2013 Career Development Award Recipients

  • Bing Carter, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Associate Professor, Leukemia
  • Rong Chen, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Experimental Therapeutics
  • Kevin McBride, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Molecular Carcinogenesis
  • Katy Rezvani, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Professor, Stem Cell Transplantation

2012 Career Development Award Recipients

  • Gheath Al-Atrash, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Alfonso Quintas-Cardama, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Department of Leukemia
  • Kumudha Balakrishnan, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Experimental Therapeutics
  • Venkata Battula, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Instructor, Department of Leukemia
  • Sean Post, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Department of Leukemia

2011 Career Development Award Recipients

  • Gheath Al-Atrash, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Gang Chen, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Instructor, Translational Molecular Pathology
  • Deepa Sampath, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Experimental Therapeutics
  • Sean Post, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Department of Leukemia
  • Yue Wei, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Department of Leukemia

2010 Career Development Award Recipients

  • Gang Chen, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Instructor, Translational Molecular Pathology
  • Lisa Chen, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Instructor, Genetics
  • Marcos Estecio, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Instructor, Department of Leukemia
  • Deepa Sampath, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Experimental Therapeutics
  • Yue Wei, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Department of Leukemia

2009 Career Development Award Recipients

No Career Development Awards Awarded

2007-2008 Career Development Award Recipients

  • Marcos Estecio Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Instructor, Department of Leukemia
  • Erkki Koivunen, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Associate Professor, Department of Leukemia
  • Ajoy Samanta, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Molecular Pathology
  • Shao-Qing Kuang, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Instructor, Department of Leukemia

2006 Career Development Award Recipients

  • Weiguo Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Instructor, Stem Cell Transplantation
  • Lanlan Shen, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Department of Leukemia
  • Ajoy Samanta, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Molecular Pathology
  • Shao-Qing Kuang, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Instructor, Department of Leukemia

2005 Career Development Award Recipients

  • Jaroslav Jelinek, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Instructor, Department of Leukemia - Research
  • Kristen Senechal, Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Instructor, Department of Molecular Genetics
  • Lanlan Shen, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Department of Leukemia
  • Weiguo (Wayne) Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Instructor, Department of Blood & Marrow Transplantation

2004 Career Development Award Recipients

  • Hesham Amin, M.D.- Abstract (pdf)
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Department of Hematopathology
  • Joya Chandra, Ph.D., B.S.- Abstract (pdf)
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Research
  • Ricardo Giordano- Abstract (pdf)
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Postdoctoral Fellow, GU Medical Oncology (T/R)
  • Jaroslav Jelinek, M.D., Ph.D.- Abstract (pdf)
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Instructor, Department of Leukemia - Research

2003 Career Development Award Recipients

  • Allen Yang, M.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Fellow, Medical Oncology
  • William Wierda, M.D., Ph.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Department of Leukemia
  • Joya Chandra, Ph.D., B.S.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics - Research
  • Hesham Amin, M.D.
    UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Assistant Professor, Department of Hematopathology

To apply, please contact:

Laura Sasse
Leukemia SPORE Grant Program Administrator
Phone: 713-745-2460
Fax: 713-792-4548
E-mail: Lsasse@mdanderson.org


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