Ralf Krahe, Ph.D., professor in Genetics, has been named Faculty Educator of the Month for February 2018.
Krahe, who joined MD Anderson in 2002 as an associate professor, has served in his current position since 2011. He has held a dual appointment as professor at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) since 2002.
As a 1995 alumnus of the GSBS, Krahe did not need to think twice when an opportunity arose to return to MD Anderson as a faculty member. “I joined not only because of the exceptional research opportunities and environment, and outstanding colleagues in the Department of Genetics,” he says. “My decision was facilitated by the unique institutional culture and the wonderful educational opportunities at GSBS, which allowed me to combine my passions for genetics research and education at my alma mater. As an alumnus of the Human & Molecular Genetics Program, I was thrilled to get involved in graduate education, a means of continuing and giving back what my mentors at GSBS had instilled in me as a trainee.”
Krahe’s teaching experience includes providing instruction for multiple GSBS courses focusing on human genetics, genetics and genomics, mutagenesis and carcinogenesis, critical thinking in science, and ethical dimensions in biomedical research. With almost 20 years of experience at academic institutions, Krahe has mentored close to 100 trainees, including graduate and medical students, medical residents and postdoctoral fellows, and undergraduate and high school students. “My approach is to educate broadly trained, independent, self-motivated, creative and critical-thinking scientists by providing challenging opportunities for intellectual and research development and by inspiring curiosity and creativity,” Krahe says. He finds the opportunity to mentor minority students, who are underrepresented in the field of biomedical research, especially fulfilling.
“In my laboratory, I have created a nurturing environment that fosters rigorous training of my trainees to become well-trained, productive and independent scientists,” Krahe says. “I consider my involvement in the education of trainees at all levels and the training of the next generation of scientists a true privilege.”
The MD Anderson Faculty Educator of the Month program recognizes MD Anderson faculty members who demonstrate excellence and innovation in teaching.