About the program: The Trainee Editing Service at MD Anderson is comprised of postdoctoral fellow and senior scientist editors with various backgrounds. This program serves two purposes
- To provide a free peer-editing service to MD Anderson graduate students and postdoctoral fellows.
- Presents an education opportunity for those who wish to gain editing experience. This program encourages the submission of early-phase manuscripts, award applications, reviews, book chapters, etc. Full follow-up editing of trainees’ original research papers is still available through the Department of Scientific Publications, which should be contacted separately.
Please review our guidelines before submitting a writing sample.
Directions for submitting a document for editing:
1. Download and Complete cover sheet.
2. Email completed cover sheet and document to be edited (in Microsoft Word format) to TES@mdanderson.org.
NOTE: Remember to copy ("cc") your primary investigator (P.I.) on the e-mail.
Brittany C. Parker Kerrigan, Ph.D.
Brittany is a T32 Translational Cancer Nanotechnology fellow in the Department of Neurosurgery at MD Anderson and Department of Bioengineering at Rice University. Her current project focuses on the development of more powerful diagnostic and treatment modalities for patients with glioblastoma. She received her bachelor of science in biology from the University of California, Irvine. At Irvine, Brittany performed Huntington Disease research in the laboratory of Gary Lynch, Ph.D. She earned her Ph.D., at MD Anderson in the lab of Wei Zhang, Ph.D., where she helped discover and characterize the recurrent fusion gene, FGFR3-TACC3. Brittany enjoys editing as a means to help others and to strengthen her own writing.
Mamdooh Alqathami, Ph.D.
Mamdooh is a postdoctoral fellow in the department of Radiation Physics. His current project focuses on the development of various quality assurance tools ranging from 3D phantoms/dosimeters for advanced radiotherapy techniques and also the development of novel multimodality nanocomposite markers for image registration and tumor tracking. He has experience in both radiation physics and biochemical engineering. Mamdooh is a referee in various international journals in fields such as medical physics, material science and biomedical nanotechnology.
Nicholas Whiting, Ph.D.
Nicholas is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Cancer Systems Imaging. His current project involves developing hyperpolarized silicon nanoparticles for enhanced molecular targeting using magnetic resonance imaging. He received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Southern Illinois University, where his research involved developing hyperpolarized xenon gas for NMR/MRI applications. Afterwards, he received an NSF International Research Fellowship to conduct research at the Sir Peter Mansfield Magnetic Resonance Centre at the University of Nottingham, where he continued to apply hyperpolarized gases for fundamental physics studies and pulmonary imaging. Nick hopes that this interdisciplinary skill set will be beneficial to his role with the Trainee Editing Service, and he looks forward to the opportunity to assist others.
Xiao Wang, Ph.D.
Xiao is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology. She received her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from University of Miami, Florida, where she worked with Carlos Morales, Ph.D. on mitochondrial and metabolic diseases in cancer and aging. After she moved to Houston, Xiao has been working with Dihua Yu, Ph.D., on early stage breast disease and breast cancer prevention. She has rich experience in writing grants and research articles, and she enjoys helping others with manuscript editing while improving her own writing skills.
Lingyong Li, Ph.D.
Lingyong is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine. His current projects focus on cellular and molecular mechanisms of pain transduction and circuitry, and plasticity of the spinal dorsal horn associated with chronic neuropathic pain. Before moving to MD Anderson Cancer Center, he worked at the Department of Pharmacology of Vanderbilt University Medical Center studying the role of GPCR Kinases in drug addiction and Parkinson’s disease. Currently, Lingyong is an Editorial Board Member and regular reviewer for several international journals.
Brandee Price, Ph.D.
Brandee is a Clinical Research Scientist in the Department of Surgical Oncology. Her current focus is on designing and writing protocols for clinical trials for the treatment of colorectal cancer. She received her Ph.D. in Human and Molecular Genetics from Baylor College of Medicine, where she studied gene therapy strategies for the treatment of Autosomal Dominant Retinitis Pigmentosa through hijacking the cell’s endogenous DNA repair pathways. Editing enables Brandee to hone her own writing and critical thinking skills.
Rachel Mullen, Ph.D.
Rachel is a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Richard Behringer, Ph.D. in the Department of Genetics. Her current research focuses on understanding cell-cell communication and signaling between adjacent epithelial and mesenchymal tissues using the developing reproductive tract as a model. She earned her Ph.D. at Indiana University School of Medicine Indianapolis in the lab of Simon Rhodes, Ph.D. Her dissertation project mapped and characterized tissue-specific enhancers of the human LHX3 gene, a transcription factor with essential roles in pituitary and neural development. Rachel takes pleasure in editing and enjoys helping others craft the best possible manuscript.
Tamara Laskowski, Ph.D.
Tamara is a postdoctoral fellow at MD Anderson Cancer Center in the CAR T-cell Therapy Lab in the department of Pediatrics, where she genetically engineers modified T-cells and Natural Killer cells for applications in cancer immunotherapy. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Baylor University, and subsequently her Ph.D. in Human Molecular Genetics and Immunology from the University Of Texas Graduate School Of Biomedical Sciences. Her areas of expertise are Genetic Engineering and Stem Cell Biology. Her graduate work focused on the correction of genetic mutations in stem cells from patients afflicted with an immunodeficiency called Wiskott - Aldrich syndrome and the subsequent derivation of immune cells with restored function. Tamara is passionate about scientific writing. She enjoys working with others to edit and refine scientific papers in order to improve the way each paper communicates the work of the author.
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