Faculty Educator of the Month: October 2012

David J. McConkey, Ph.D.

David J. McConkey, Ph.D., Director of Urological research, Professor in the departments of Cancer Biology and Urology, and President-Elect and member of the faculty of The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (GSBS), has been named the October 2012 Faculty Educator of the Month.

As a longstanding member of the GSBS faculty, Dr. McConkey has amassed a wealth of experience in training young scientists. Specifically, he has been an instructor, co-instructor, or lecturer for 19 courses in the GSBS. Also, he has been a course director and coordinator for one course each. Currently, Dr. McConkey is an instructor for three courses: Cancer Biology, Cancer Cell Signaling, and Fundamental Biological Principles of Molecular Imaging and Therapeutics. He is also on the faculty for four institutional training grants.

A large number of trainees have benefitted from Dr. McConkey’s supervision over nearly 2 decades. For example, he has been a research mentor for 26 clinical residents and fellows, 9 postdoctoral research fellows, and 2 medical students. He also has been a thesis advisor for 21 graduate students. He currently mentors 11 trainees and 2 instructors and advises 5 graduate students.

Furthermore, Dr. McConkey has served on 90 advisory committees, 78 supervisory committees, and 49 examining committees. Thirteen of these committees are active.

Dr. McConkey also contributes to biomedical education by serving on other committees. In particular, he is a member of the GSBS Executive Committee, GSBS Program Coordinating Committee, GSBS Academic Standards Committee, Experimental Therapeutics Academic Program Executive Steering Committee, and Graduate Education Committee.

In 2001, Dr. McConkey was recognized for his educational work with the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award. He is also a recipient of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Honors Convocation (2001-2003) and the MD Anderson Award for Research Excellence (2003) and was a finalist for the Julie and Ben Rogers Award for Excellence (2003).

Dr. McConkey received his Ph.D. degree in biochemical toxicology from the Karolinska Institute in 1989. He then completed his postdoctoral training as a research fellow in the Laboratory of Immunobiology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in 1993.

After his fellowship, Dr. McConkey came to MD Anderson as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cancer Biology and Assistant Professor at the GSBS. He was promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Cancer Biology and Professor at the GSBS in 1999 and Professor in the departments of Cancer Biology and Urology in 2007. Dr. McConkey was named Director of Urological Research in 2007, as well.

During his time at MD Anderson, Dr. McConkey has been the principal investigator, a co-principal investigator, or a collaborator for 23 funded research projects. He also has served on study sections and participated in site visits for a long list of granting agencies. Furthermore, he is a co-holder of a pending patent.

Dr. McConkey currently serves on the editorial boards for five journals. He is also a reviewer for 17 journals. Over the course of his education and career, Dr. McConkey has authored nearly 200 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 28 invited articles, and 25 book chapters.

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