Faculty Educator of the Month: June 2011

Dr. Khandan Keyomarsi

Dr. KeyomarsiDr. Khandan Keyomarsi, Founder and Director of the Translational Research in Multidisciplinary Program (TRIUMPH), Hubert L. and Olive Stringer Professor in Medical Oncology, and Professor in the Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology and The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (GSBS), has been named the June 2011 Faculty Educator of the Month.

Dr. Keyomarsi, in collaboration with Dr. Robert Bast Jr., Vice President for Translational Research, created TRIUMPH in 2008 to provide an avenue of postdoctoral education for fellows seeking to pursue careers in translational research. In this 3-year program, fellows participate in didactic training, seminars, and rotations in medical, surgical, and radiation oncology and pediatric services. In addition, they receive training in drug development. Furthermore, each fellow pursues his or her research under the guidance of a mentor. All fellows who complete the program receive certificates from the GSBS.

In addition to her guidance of TRIUMPH, Dr. Keyomarsi has been a Lecturer for a course on cell-cycle regulation at MD Anderson since and 2003 and is an Instructor for a GSBS course entitled The Biology of Cancer Metastasis. Prior to coming to MD Anderson, she also was an Instructor for two courses at the University at Albany, State University of New York.

Furthermore, Dr. Keyomarsi has had extensive experience in supervising students and trainees at MD Anderson and the GSBS. Specifically, she has directly supervised 15 graduate students, 6 postdoctoral research fellows, and 6 clinical residents and fellows. Additionally, she has served on 18 advisory committees, 10 supervisory committees, and 1 examining committee. At the University at Albany, Dr. Keyomarsi directly supervised four postdoctoral research fellows, four graduate students, one medical student, and one undergraduate student; was a supervisory teacher for two graduate students; and served on three supervisory committees and one advisory committee.

Dr. Keyomarsi was awarded the Hubert L. and Olive Stringer Professorship in Medical Oncology in 2009. She also received the MD Anderson Faculty Scholar Award in 2002.

Dr. Keyomarsi received her Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Southern California in 1989. She went on to complete a fellowship at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology in 1993.

After her fellowship, Dr. Keyomarsi moved on to the University at Albany, where she was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences a Research Scientist at the Wadsworth Center for Laboratories and Research from 1994 to 1999. She was promoted to Associate Professor in 1998.

In 2000, Dr. Keyomarsi came to MD Anderson when she was named an Associate Professor in the Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology; she was also named an Associate Professor at the GSBS. She was promoted to Professor in 2005, and she became a Professor with Commendation at the GSBS in 2009. Also, Dr. Keyomarsi has served as an Associate Professor (2004-2005) and Professor (2005-2007) in the Department of Surgical Oncology.

Besides creating and leading TRIUMPH, since 2006, Dr. Keyomarsi has been the organizer for the PIONEERS program at MD Anderson, in which physician-scientists meet monthly to discuss their grant plans and listen to talks from senior faculty. She also organized a seminar series for students, postdoctoral trainees, and residents in the Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology (2001-2006) and was a member of the MD Anderson Academic Standards Committee (2006-2007), Basic Research Symposium Committee (2001 and 2003), and Trainee Recognition Day Judges Panel (2002-2005).

Over the past decade, Dr. Keyomarsi has been the principal investigator, a co-investigator, a co-program leader, or a collaborator for 15 funded research projects. She also has served as a grant reviewer on 13 study sections. Furthermore, Dr. Keyomarsi holds two U.S. patents.

Dr. Keyomarsi currently is an Associate Editor for three journals and serves on the editorial board for a fourth. She also is a reviewer for nine journals. Over the course of her career, Dr. Keyomarsi has authored more than 70 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 10 book chapters, 9 invited articles, 4 letters to the editor, 3 editorials, and 1 essay.