The Genes & Development Graduate Program 20th Anniversary Symposium

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This symposium celebrates the 20th Anniversary of the Genes & Development Graduate Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Established in 1992, the G&D Program is one of the Ph.D. Programs within The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston. All featured speakers are G&D Program graduates.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012
9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

MD Anderson Cancer Center
Onstead Auditorium
Mitchell Basic Sciences Research Building, 3rd Floor
6767 Bertner Street, Houston

9:00Welcome: Gigi Lozano, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Dept. of Genetics
Michelle Barton, Ph.D.
, Dean, The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
9:15Valerie Reinke, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Yale University (Ph.D. 1996, Advisor: Dr. Lozano)

"Specialized gene regulatory mechanisms in the immortal germ line"
9:45Jay L. Vivian, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Kansas Medical Center (Ph.D. 1999, Advisor: Dr. Klein)

"TGF-beta-superfamily signaling regulates embryonic stem cell heterogeneity: Self-renewal as a dynamic and regulated equilibrium"
10:15Yibing Qyang, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Yale School of Medicine (Ph.D. 2002, Advisor: Dr. Marcus)

"Reprogramming, small molecule screening, tissue engineering: How to repair damaged hearts and blood vessels"
11:15Allison W. Xu, Ph.D., Associate Professor, University of California, San Francisco (Ph.D. 1999, Advisor: Dr. Dent)

"CNS regulation of energy metabolism"
11:45Luetta Allen, Ph.D., Project Director, Translational Research, MD Anderson Cancer Center (Ph.D. 2000, Advisor: Dr. Etkin)

"My career as an adaptor molecule"
12:15Lunch (Onstead Foyer)
2:00G&D Program 20-Year Retrospective: William Klein, Ph.D., Professor and Chair and Elsa Flores, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; William Mattox, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. of Genetics
2:30Jae-il Park, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, MD Anderson Cancer Center (Ph.D. 2006, Advisor: Dr. McCrea)

"Wnt signaling in development and cancer"
3:00Jaime Rivera, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Massachusetts Medical School (Ph.D. 1997, Advisor: Dr. Behringer)

"Reflections from 20 years of mouse gastrulation studies"
4:00Weimin Bi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine (Ph.D. 2000, Advisor: Dr. de Crombrugghe)

"Studies of chromosomal rearrangements in the era of genomic arrays"
4:30John Parant, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham (Ph.D. 2003, Advisor: Dr. Lozano)

"Fish p53 and Roberts Syndrome: Cancer meets development"
5:00Closing Remarks: Richard Behringer, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. of Genetics
(Onstead Foyer)


The symposium is open to the public. There is no charge to attend and there is no pre-registration. Parking is available in the McGovern Texas Medical Center Commons (Garage 15), 6550 Bertner Street, Houston, TX 77030.

For more information, please contact Elisabeth Lindheim at

G&D 20th Anniversary Symposium Flyer

Flyer for the G&D 20th Anniversary Symposium (pdf, 188 KB)