Center for Cancer Epigenetics

The Center for Cancer Epigenetics (CCE) brings together faculty members focused on epigenetics, the study of heritable and acquired changes that affect gene expression and cellular differentiation without DNA sequence alteration. The CCE is directed by Sharon Dent, Ph.D.

Epigenetic changes are now thought to be just as important as gene mutations in cancer development. The ultimate goal of the center is to define the full spectrum of epigenetic changes that occur in cancers, to discover the molecular causes of these changes, and to translate that newly gained knowledge into the clinic in the form of novel, epigenetic-based therapies. Members of the center include faculty from several basic research and clinical departments at MD Anderson, including our Smithville campus, as well as Baylor College of Medicine. Information and ideas are exchanged through weekly seminars and a monthly Distinguished Lecturer Series. For more information about our research programs, use the faculty link on this page, then click on each member's name to see individual research interests.

What is Epigenetics? (pdf)

CCE Scholars Program

The Center for Cancer Epigenetics Scholar Program provides one year of salary support to outstanding Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows working in the laboratories of CCE faculty members. 

2016-2017 Postdoctoral CCE Scholars:

  • Dr. Jianqiang Bao, Ph.D. (M. Bedfod, mentor)
  • Dr. Jiameng Dan, Ph.D.  (T. Chen, mentor)
  • Dr. Yilei Zhang, Ph.D.  (B. Gan, mentor)


2016-2017 Ph.D. Student CCE Scholars:

  • Yongming Xue (X. Shi, mentor)
  • Cavan P Bailey (J. Chandra, mentor)


2013-2014 Pilot Project Awards

  • Ana Aparicio, M.D.
  • Tasneem Bawa-Khalfe, Ph.D.
  • Min Gyu Lee, Ph.D.
  • Kunal Rai, Ph.D.
  • Hong Wen, Ph.D.