Faculty Educator of the Month: April 2010

Dr. Gilbert J. Cote

Gilbert J. Cote, Ph.D., director of the Program in Human and Molecular Genetics at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (GSBS) and professor in the Department of Endocrine Neoplasia and Hormonal Disorders, has been named the April 2010 Faculty Educator of the Month.

A member of the GSBS faculty since 1993, Dr. Cote co-directed the Program in Human and Molecular Genetics from 2006 until 2008, when he became the sole director. In this program, students seeking a Ph.D. or M.S. degree take part in research in six areas in the field of human genetics: animal models of human genetic disease, bioinformatics/computational genomics, cancer genetics, complex disease genetics, medical genetics, and molecular/cellular genetics. Students also plan an annual symposium of presentations by faculty, students and a guest lecturer.

Dr. Cote also has had a great deal of didactic educational experience at the GSBS. Since 2003, he has been a lecturer for the Endocrinology Educational Conference, a meeting he organized from 2003 to 2005. Also, he has been a co-organizer (1994-1996) and lecturer (1994-2003) for the Endocrinology Molecular Biology Program. Furthermore, Dr. Cote is a co-coordinator for the course Current Topics in Human and Molecular Genetics and has been an instructor or lecturer for five courses.

In addition, Dr. Cote has had a significant amount of direct educational experience with students in the GSBS and at MD Anderson. Specifically, he has directly supervised 5 clinical residents and fellows, 13 postdoctoral research fellows, 3 graduate students and 4 undergraduate and Allied Health students. Additionally, he has chaired or served on 36 advisory committees, 37 supervisory committees and 30 examining committees.

Dr. CoteDr. Cote has also made several educational contributions outside MD Anderson and the GSBS. For example, he has been an instructor or lecturer for courses at The University of Texas School of Public Health, Prairie View A&M University, and McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Also, he served as a mentor in the New Investigator Development Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (2008-2009) and on supervisory and examining committees at several different institutions.

In 2004, Dr. Cote was recognized for his educational efforts with the John P. McGovern Outstanding Teacher Award. Also, he was reappointed to the GSBS faculty with commendation in 2006 and was nominated as a Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentor by the Postdoctoral Fellows Association in 2009 and 2010.

Dr. Cote received his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry from The University of Vermont in 1987 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in molecular endocrinology at Baylor College of Medicine. He then joined Baylor College of Medicine and the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center as an instructor in the Department of Medicine; he was promoted to assistant professor in 1989 and named adjunct assistant professor in 1992.

Dr. Cote came to MD Anderson in 1992 as an assistant professor in the Department of Endocrine Neoplasia and Hormonal Disorders. He was promoted to associate professor in 1998 and professor in 2008. Also, Dr. Cote joined the GSBS faculty as an adjunct assistant professor (1993-1998); he became a member of the Program in Human and Molecular Genetics in 1996 and was promoted to adjunct associate professor in 1998 and professor in 2008.

During his time at MD Anderson and the GSBS, Dr. Cote has served on numerous committees, including the Executive Committee of the Scientific Faculty, Postdoctoral Fellows Advisory Committee, Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate, Academic Standards Committee and several committees related to the Program in Human and Molecular Genetics. Most recently, he was a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Compliance Committee that worked to ensure the successful reaccreditation required to award undergraduate and graduate degrees through the MD Anderson School of Health Professions and the GSBS.

Dr. Cote has been in demand as a presenter and speaker at several meetings throughout North America and Europe. Also, he has been an organizer for four major conferences in the United States.

While at MD Anderson, Dr. Cote has been the principal investigator, a co-investigator or a faculty mentor for 10 funded research projects. Furthermore, he is a co-owner of a patent for a technique used to screen for persistent hyperinsulinemic hypoglycemia in infants.

Since 2005, Dr. Cote has been a member of the Faculty of 1000 Medicine. Also, during his time at MD Anderson, Dr. Cote has been a reviewer for a long list of journals. Over the span of his career, Dr. Cote has authored more than 75 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 9 invited articles, 2 editorials and 29 book chapters.