Faculty Educator of the Month: September 2012

William W. Mattox, Ph.D.

William W. Mattox, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Genetics and member of the faculty of The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (GSBS), has been named the September 2012 Faculty Educator of the Month.

Over nearly 2 decades, Dr. Mattox has been a major contributor to the education of students at the GSBS, as he has been an instructor, course coordinator, or discussion leader for 14 courses. In addition, he originated the GSBS courses Experimental Genetics and Critical Thinking in Science. He is currently the course coordinator for both of these courses and is an instructor for another GSBS course.

Dr. Mattox also has had varied educational experience at MD Anderson. For example, he was a founding member of the institution's Graduate Education Committee, which he currently chairs. In this role, he has participated in efforts to further the recruitment of outstanding students, enhance the environment for faculty educators, increase support for graduate programs, and improve the visibility of MD Anderson's educational mission. He is also currently a member of the Genes and Development Graduate Program faculty as well as the Steering Committee for the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas Training Program in Cancer Research. He previously served as both the Co-director and Director of the Genes and Development Graduate Program. Other contributions have included lecturing in the MD Anderson Summer Extern Program (2004-2008), co-coordinating the John H. Blaffer Lecture Series (1995-2001), and serving on the Steering Committee of the National Institutes of Health T32 Training Program in Molecular Genetics of Cancer.

When it comes to direct interaction with trainees, Dr. Mattox’s experience is even more extensive, as he has been a research mentor for 28 graduate students, 14 undergraduates, and 9 postdoctoral fellows. In addition, he has chaired or served on 57 advisory committees, 47 examining committees, and 43 supervisory committees at the GSBS. These efforts have extended to other institutions, as Dr. Mattox has been a member of advisory, examining, and supervisory committees at Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Houston, and the University of Paris-Sud.

In 2010, Dr. Mattox was honored for his educational contributions with the William Randolph Hearst Foundation Faculty Achievement Award in Education. He has also been recognized with numerous awards from the GSBS for his contributions to graduate education.

Dr. Mattox received his Ph.D. degree in molecular genetics from the California Institute of Technology in 1986. He then completed his postdoctoral research at Stanford University in 1992, where he was awarded fellowships from both the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation and the American Cancer Society. After finishing his postdoctoral training, Dr. Mattox came to MD Anderson as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics and joined the GSBS faculty in 1993. In 1994, he received a Pew Scholars Award in Biomedical Sciences from the Pew Charitable Trusts. He was promoted to his current position of Associate Professor in 1999.

During his time at MD Anderson, Dr. Mattox has served on 22 grant study sections, including several sections for the National Science Foundation. Also, he has been the principal investigator for 11 extramurally funded research projects.

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