Faculty Educator of the Month: January 2014

Dr. Mark T. Bedford

Dr. Mark T. Bedford, Co-director of the Center for Cancer Epigenetics and Associate Administrative Director for Research and Facilities and Professor in the Department of Molecular Carcinogenesis, has been named the January 2014 Faculty Educator of the Month.

For more than a decade, Dr. Bedford has been active in the classroom as a member of the faculty at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (GSBS). Specifically, he has been an Instructor for the courses Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis, Basic Concepts in Tumor Biology, and The Ethics Dimensions of the Biomedical Sciences since 2002. In addition, he was the Organizer of the GSBS Student Seminar Series from 2006 to 2012.

Since 2000, Dr. Bedford has directly supervised eight graduate students. Four of them have received their Ph.D. degrees, and the remaining four are currently carrying out their thesis research. Furthermore, he has directly supervised eight postdoctoral fellows, three of whom are current members of his laboratory. Dr. Bedford has also directly supervised 19 undergraduate and Allied Health students, 14 rotational students at the GSBS, and 1 non-tenure track assistant professor.

Dr. Bedford has also been quite active on educational committees at the GSBS. For example, he has been the chair or a member of 28 advisory committees, 29 supervisory committees, and 19 examining committees. Additionally, he is a member of the Graduate Education Committee and Academic Standards Committee at MD Anderson. He also served on the Admissions Committee from 2006 to 2008 and chaired that committee from 2008 to 2009.

In 2013, Dr. Bedford was honored by the GSBS for his educational work with the Thomas Stull Matney, Ph.D., Endowed Professorship in Cancer Genetics. He also received the MD Anderson Faculty Scholar Award in 2006. In addition, Dr. Bedford received the Damon Runyan - Walter Winchell Scholar Award for 2002-2005.

Dr. Bedford received his Ph.D. degree in developmental biology from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, in 1996. He then came to the United States, completing a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School in 2000.

After his fellowship, Dr. Bedford came to MD Anderson when he was named an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Carcinogenesis in 2000. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2006 and Professor in 2011. Furthermore, he was appointed Administrative Director for Research and Facilities at The Virginia Harris Cockrell Cancer Research Center at Science Park in 2010 and Co-director of the Center for Cancer Epigenetics in 2011. From 2010 to 2013, Dr. Bedford was the Director of the Transgenic Mouse Facility. He is also a co-founder of EpiCypher and a consultant for Cell Signaling Technology.

Since coming to MD Anderson, Dr. Bedford has been the principal investigator, a co-principal investigator, a co-investigator, or a core leader for 14 funded research projects. Additionally, he has been a grant reviewer for a long list of funding agencies and study sections.

Since 2001, Dr. Bedford has been a reviewer for numerous journals. Over the course of his training and career, Dr. Bedford has written more than 100 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 9 invited articles, and 7 book chapters.