Lectures and Seminars

To foster the ongoing education of its faculty, trainees, and staff members, the Department of Translational Molecular Pathology supports and promotes various learning opportunities throughout the year. Such opportunities include the following events.

The Translational Molecular Pathology (TMP) Distinguished Speaker Seminar Series consists of monthly seminars delivered by invited speakers who are leading authorities in areas relevant to various disciplines of Translational Science. The goal of this seminar series is to promote interaction of the TMP faculty and trainees with the speakers in order to advance the programmatic efforts of the department. These interactions can include either collaboration or consultation with the speakers in both ongoing and proposed peer reviewed funded projects (SPORE, EDRN and P01, etc.).
Schedule: 2nd Thursday of each month
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Location: LSP9.4101-4104
Organizer: Dr. Subrata Sen & Barbara Sadeghi
Contact: 713-834-6030

The Translational Molecular Pathology (TMP) also offers a Trainee Luncheon session with our invited Distinguished Speaker.  This luncheon is exclusive to our trainees and offers a structured interactive environment for trainees to learn about our invited speakers, their career tracks, scientific endeavors and expertise, and strategies for successfully navigating the academic course.
Schedule: 2nd Thursday of each month
Time: 12:30am-1:30pm
Location: LSP9.1007
Organizer: Drs. Rama Soundararajan, Ann Killary & Barbara Sadeghi
Contact: 713-834-6030

The Translational Molecular Pathology (TMP) Department Research Seminars is a monthly department research presentation forum. This platform provides the regular opportunity for all trainees to present their ongoing research at length, improve presentation skills, and receive real-time feedback, trouble-shooting help and overall direction for their project/s from faculty and peers alike.
Schedule: 2nd Thursday of each month
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Location: LSP9.4101-4104
Organizer: Dr. Mani & Barbara Sadeghi
Contact: 713-834-6030

The Translational Molecular Pathology (TMP) Department Retreat is an annual two--day event organized by a rotating retreat committee. This retreat is dedicated faculty/student/fellow/staff collaboration in which faculty present their research in an informal setting while staff help in the organization and serve as session chairs. There is an extremely active poster session and from this event, prizes are awarded for the classified-, graduate student- and postdoctoral/M.D. Fellow category with the winners in each category being endowed travel funds to present their work at a national meeting.  
Schedule: Annually in June
Time: Two-day event (current year - June 9th and 10th)
Location: Hotel Derek
Organizers: Drs. Bhat, Tetzlaff & Sarah Fayle
Contact: 713-563-4269

The Translational Molecular Pathology (TMP) Department sponsors Four Technical Workshops which are offered quarterly to all UT MD Anderson Cancer Center graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. The technical workshops are led by TMP program faculty as well as faculty throughout the Texas Medical Center (TMC) in core competency areas of translational science, including medical informatics and bioinformatics. Each workshop focusses on one of four interrelated and sequential themes that are fundamental in the clinical history of cancer development and progression, beginning with early detection and surveillance and ending with late-stage disease, metastasis and survivorship (one theme being offered each quarter).

    Schedule:
    February 24, 2016: This first workshop focused on early detection and prevention of cancer
    URL: http://www3.mdanderson.org/streams/FullVideoPlayer.cfm?mediaID=3C212633-6870-40A7-A4D3-654E018B6185

    May 10, 2016: This second workshop will expose trainees to treatment strategies for primary tumors including surgery as well as translational methodologies (and concepts     to study the resected primary tumors including histopathology and next-generation sequencing).
    URL: http://www3.mdanderson.org/streams/FullVideoPlayer.cfm?mediaID=C9DFE04E-7928-43F1-8C95-85A96E79351C

    August 2016, and November 2016, future dates, times and locations will be on posted on the institutional calendar and the Research Weekly listserv.  
    Time: TBA
    Location: LSP9.4101-4104
    Organizers: Drs. Bhat, Kwong, Tapia & Kadara & Sarah Fayle
    Contact: 713-563-4269

The Translational Molecular Pathology (TMP) Department offers a TMP Fellowship Program. This fellowship is offered on a competitive basis to outstanding postdoctoral fellows and/or M.D. pathology fellows interested in a career in translational molecular pathology of cancer. TMP fellows are expected to present their research at departmental seminars and national meetings as well as to write competitive grant applications to further their careers as independent investigators at the completion of the fellowship.
Organizer: Drs. Ann Killary, Rama Soundararajan & Sarah Fayle, Project Director
Contact: 713-563-4269

The Translational Molecular Pathology (TMP) Department offers a Work-Life Balance Seminar to all UT MD Anderson Cancer Center graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. These seminars provide an informal venue for trainees to discuss the challenges of balancing both the requirements of research career in science as well as a satisfying home life.  
Schedule: Monthly on rotating Thursdays
Time: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location: LSP9.4101-4104
Organizer: Drs. Ann Killary, Rama Soundararajan & Sarah Fayle, Project Director
Contact: 713-563-4269

The Translational Molecular Pathology (TMP) Department offers a Career Path Seminar Series to all UT MD Anderson Cancer Center graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. These are invited talks by distinguished scientists and industrial leaders (also from a variety of collaborating institutions) who inform trainees about alternate (non-academic) career paths including private industry, Intellectual Property Lawyers, and pharmaceutical companies.
Schedule: Monthly on rotating Thursdays
Time: 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Location: LSP9.4101-4104
Organizer: Dr. Kenneth Tsai & Sarah Fayle, Project Director
Contact: 713-563-4269

The Translational Molecular Pathology (TMP) Department offers a Journal Club. The goals of this forum are to 1) aid trainees keep up with literature (high-impact journals); 2) allow trainees exposure to a wide variety of study designs and model systems; 3) promote critical appraisal skills (systematic weighing of evidence); 4) promote participation/research analysis/review skills. This series has been highly successful in the past years, and includes career counseling sessions (wherein every trainee is encouraged to draft a personalized career plan), and also offers extensive training on fine-tuning scientific presentation skills.  
Schedule: Biweekly on every other Friday, enrollment rotates every 6 months
Time: 12:30pm-2.00pm
Location: LSP9.4101-4104
Organizer: Dr. Rama Soundararajan & Barbara Sadeghi
Contact: 713-834-6030