Message from the Director

The Genes & Development Graduate Program offers a unique opportunity for Ph.D. students to study exciting fundamental questions in biology using cutting-edge tools aimed at understanding the fundamental mechanisms of cancer and disease at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.

Our program currently has 36 faculty members and 40 students with research covering a broad spectrum of modern biomedical interests including Genetics and Epigenetics, Cancer Biology, Stem Cells and Development, and Genomics of Cancer and Disease. A number of students from our program have gone on to obtain faculty positions at top universities and others have achieved successful careers in biotechnology, bioinformatics, patent law and intellectual property development.

Most of the faculty of our program are housed in the Mitchell Basic Sciences Research Building, located in the heart of the Texas Medical Center, where we foster a highly collegial and interactive environment through offerings of classes, seminars and other activities, including workshops to train students to use cutting-edge experimental approaches such as bioinformatics and genome-wide analyses. Each spring all members of the program participate in a stimulating science retreat outside of Houston, where faculty and students give seminars and present posters and have a fun, learning experience. Throughout the year, students are given opportunities to present their work in journal clubs, seminars and committee meetings where they develop valuable communication skills and exchange ideas.

The program also sponsors the outstanding weekly Blaffer Lecture Series in which prominent scientists from all over the world come to speak about their latest research. Each week the program hosts a student luncheon with one of these speakers, providing a chance for our students to meet with these great scientists. The program also sponsors career development events designed to improve our students’ communication skills and to assist them in finding suitable career paths.

Students typically join our program at the end of their first year at The University of Texas-Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), after they join a laboratory to conduct their thesis research. Application forms and information for graduate school admissions are available here. If you are a current GSBS student who is interested in joining our program, please contact me. In either case, if you have any questions about research training opportunities that we offer or how to join our Program, please don’t hesitate to email or call me. I look forward to hearing from you!

If you are interested in a career in biomedical research, I hope you will consider our program in Genes and Development.

Sadhan Majumder, Ph.D.
Director, Genes and Development Graduate Program
Professor, Department of Genetics