The Genetics department is a basic science department located in the George and Cynthia Mitchell Basic Sciences Research Building at the world-renowned University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in the heart of the Texas Medical Center. The focus is on advancing knowledge of the molecular genetic mechanisms that regulate normal and abnormal cellular processes. Research grant support totals approximately 10 million dollars in annual direct costs.
Areas of genetics research emphasis within the department include the identification of disease loci, the use of genetic systems to identify critical steps in development, differentiation, cell proliferation, cell death, DNA repair and chromosome maintenance and segregation. These are important processes for cell and tissue maintenance that are often altered in cancer cells. The knowledge gained in our pursuit of basic mechanisms of cellular processes is shared with our clinical colleagues as we strive toward Making Cancer History.
The department has 130 staff members comprised of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, instructors, non-tenure track faculty, professional research staff and administrative staff. There is also a strong commitment to graduate and postgraduate education and training.
Faculty members are primarily affiliated with the Genes & Development and the Human and Molecular Genetics Ph.D. Programs of Study within the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston. Training is enhanced by the John H. Blaffer Lecture Series, a weekly departmental seminar series called the Research Exchange Series, and the Genes and Development Annual Retreat.
The Center for Genetics and Genomics is one of seven centers within the Institute for Basic Science at MD Anderson, facilitating synergy in genetics and genomics research. The Center is administered through the Genetics department.
Students in the department pursue Ph.D. and M.S. degrees through training in either of two graduate programs within the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. In addition to research training, these programs offer students numerous opportunities to participate in research seminars presented by leading scientists and to build career skills through courses and workshops.
The Genes & Development Graduate Program is for students seeking advanced training in biomedical research on the fundamental molecular mechanisms that control growth and cell differentiation, and that cause cancer and other human diseases. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Lindheim at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Human and Molecular Genetics Graduate Program is for students seeking advanced training in genetics, focusing on molecular mechanisms of human disease.
Many of the labs in Genetics offer research training for undergraduates. Opportunities are available year-round. During the summer many college students pursue research in the department through one of the MD Anderson summer research programs. For any of these opportunities, please look at our faculty members research interests, then contact them directly to apply to their lab.
Office of the Chair
Department of Genetics
Leah H. Byron
Research Department Administrator
Department of Genetics