Faculty Educator of the Month: June 2014

Dr. Andrew B. Gladden

Dr. Andrew B. Gladden, Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics and at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (GSBS), has been named the June 2014 Faculty Educator of the Month.

Over the past 2 years, Dr. Gladden has been quite active in training young scientists at the GSBS. Specifically, he has organized both sections of the Current Topics in Genes and Development course, which trains students in how to write scientific manuscripts and proposals and how to present their research to both fellow scientists and nonscientists. Also, Dr. Gladden has been one of the Faculty Discussion Leaders for The Ethical Dimensions of the Biomedical Sciences course. Since 2013, he has been an Instructor in two other courses: Fundamental Mechanisms of Cancer Development and Molecular Biology of the Eukaryotic Cells.

In addition, Dr. Gladden is a research mentor for three graduate students and one M.D./Ph.D. student. Since 2012, he has chaired two advisory committees and served on four other advisory committees and four examining committees. Dr. Gladden also was a member of an advisory committee at Baylor College of Medicine in 2012-2013.

Furthermore, Dr. Gladden was the organizing committee chair for the GSBS Genes and Development Program short course in January 2014. This free 2-day course, which was held at MD Anderson and sponsored by The Hearst Foundations, was open to the public. Additionally, Dr. Gladden has given presentations at meetings throughout the country and in Europe.

Earlier this year, Dr. Gladden was recognized for his research with the Neurofibromatosis Research Program New Investigator Award from the U.S. Department of Defense. He is also a recipient of the Rising STARS Award from The University of Texas System (2011-2013) and the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health (2006-2009).

Dr. Gladden received his Ph.D. degree in cell and molecular biology from the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. He then went on to complete a dual research fellowship at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center in 2011.

After his fellowship, Dr. Gladden came to MD Anderson in 2011 when he was named to his current position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Genetics. He was appointed to the GSBS faculty in 2012.

Dr. Gladden currently is a reviewer for three publications. Over the course of his training and career as a researcher, he has written 14 articles published in peer-reviewed journals.