Swathi Arur has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Genetics Society of America (GSA), January 2019.
Swathi Arur, Ph.D. investigates the role of environmental cues and maternal nutrition in regulating oogenesis and oocyte to embryo transition in the transparent worm, Caenorhabditis elegans. Genetic research with C. elegans has informed many fields of biology, including cancer biology, via discovery of fundamental processes such as apoptosis, and siRNA and miRNA biogenesis. As GSA board of director Dr. Arur will provide strong advocacy for cross model organism collaborative research initiatives in order to understand fundamental processes of normal organismal development. Dr. Arur is passionate about Initiatives that foster increased engagement of trainees in fundamental genetic research.
GSA is the professional membership organization for scientific researchers and educators in the field of genetics dedicated to promoting research in genetics, facilitating communication among geneticists worldwide and provide advocacy to government leaders. GSA has more than 5500 individual members including over 20 Nobel Laureates.
Pierre McCrea awarded The University of Texas System Board of Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA) for 2018.
Pierre McCrea, Ph.D., one of 27 faculty members from UT’s 14 academic and health institutions, has been named a recipient of the 2018 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Nominees undergo a series of rigorous evaluations by students, peer faculty and external reviewers. Dr. McCrea has left his mark on The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS), serving as major advisor to 15 Ph.D. graduates and 3 M.S. graduates and as a member of 212 student advisory committees – a record for the graduate school! He’s a founding member of the Graduate Education Committee and has served as a lecturer in a dozen GSBS courses. He served as director and co-director of their Genes and Development program for 3 years, and will serve another 2-year term as director beginning this fall. His students praise his mentorship and teaching process, and he works with other faculty members to improve their mentoring skills.
Nicholas Navin, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Genetics, honored with the 2018 Dallas Forth Worth Living Legend Faculty Achievement Award in Basic Research.
Navin was selected for this prestigious award for his exemplary research work in MD Anderson Cancer Center’s mission areas.
Guillermina (Gigi) Lozano awarded the President's Leadership Award for Advancing Women and Minority Faculty
Lozano was recognized for her contributions that made a significant impact on the career advancement of MD Anderson women and minority faculty.
Michael Galko awarded the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Maximizing Investigator's Research Award (MIRA) R35 grant in the area of basic biomedical research.
The prestigious NIGMS R35 MIRA mechanism is intended to provide long-term stable support to accomplished investigators with outstanding records of research productivity who propose to pursue creative and risky new avenues of research. The mechanism allows investigators the opportunity to take greater risks, be more adventurous in their lines of inquiry, and take the time to develop new techniques. Dr. Galko’s MIRA-funded research will explore basic mechanisms of skin wound closure and inflammation, topics that are of direct importance to cancer biology.
Richard Behringer and Jan Parker-Thornburg recipients of the 2017 Ming K. Jeang Award
Behringer and Parker-Thornburg were recognized for their outstanding research articles published in Cell and Bioscience.
Guillermina (Gigi) Lozano awarded the Charles A. LeMaistre Outstanding Achievement Award in Cancer
Lozano received the LeMaistre Award in recognition of her far-reaching contributions to markedly enhance the reputation of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Swathi Arur winner of the MD Anderson Distinguished Research Faculty Mentoring Award
Arur, nominated by faculty, is the recipient of this prestigious award recognizing her dedication to mentoring.
Pierre McCrea named 2017 Darlington mentor award winner
McCrea, the recipient of the 2017 Paul E. Darlington Mentor Award for GSBS Faculty, is affiliated with the GSBS Program in Genetics and Epigenetics and has been a GSBS faculty member since 1993. His research seeks to reveal the biology of varied catenin proteins in primary cell/ cell line settings. His lab’s long-range purpose is to understand how the roles of catenins are networked in normal development and disease states such as cancer.
Swathi Arur selected as a Sabin Fellow
Arur one of MD Anderson’s brightest young researchers, was selected as a member of the second annual class of Andrew Sabin Family Fellows, a prestigious program established through the generosity of MD Anderson Board of Visitors member Andrew Sabin. The program encourages ingenuity, creativity, independent thinking and high-risk, high-impact research. Arur’s genetics research focuses on the interplay of RAS signaling and small RNA biogenesis enzymes in promoting tumor progression and metastasis.
Guillermina (Gigi) Lozano elected to National Academy of Sciences
Lozano has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for her pioneering work in describing the p53 pathway, a recognized tumor suppressor gene associated with cancer. Lozano was the first to establish p53 as a transcriptional activator of other genes. She also showed that common p53 mutants fail to launch transcription, and discovered other proteins, Mdm2 and Mdm4, which play critical roles in inhibiting p53 activity in development and cancer. Membership is a widely accepted mark of excellence in science and is considered one of the highest honors that a scientist can receive.
Nicholas Navin receives the Jack and Beveraly Randall Prize for Excellence in Cancer Treatment
The Jack and Beverly Randall Endowment honors Dr. Navin's innovative cancer research! He was honored with this award at the President’s Recognition for Faculty Excellence event.
Ruli Gao postdoctoral fellow, wins 2016 Outstanding Research Publication Award
She is one of three selected for her outstanding publication: “Punctuated copy number evolution and clonal stasis in triple-negative breast cancer” Nature Genetics, Volume 48, Number 10, October 2016. She is receiving this recognition for her contribution to scientific literature in cancer research at MD Anderson. She is in Dr. Nicholas Navin’s lab.
Oscar Ruiz receives first place in the 2016 Nikon Small World Photo Competition
Ruiz brings the world face-to-face with his research on facial development and cellular morphogenesis with his winning image of a four-day-old zebrafish embryo. Ruiz uses the zebrafish to study genetic mutations that lead to facial abnormalities such as cleft lip and palate in humans in the lab of George Eisenhoffer, Ph.D. Click here to read more and see this award winning photo.
Nicholas Navin among first recipients of the prestigious Sabin Fellows program
Beginning this year, the Andrew Sabin Family Fellowship Program funded up to eight two-year research fellowships. The program encourages creative, independent thinking and high-risk, high-impact research. Fellowships will be giving deserving early-career researchers at MD Anderson the means to strive toward their collective goal to end cancer. Navin aims to use single cell sequencing technologies to investigate tumor evolution in breast cancer patients and understand how they evolve resistance to chemotherapy. These studies are expected to lead to new diagnostic modalities and therapeutic targets to improve treatment and outcomes for breast cancer patients.
Michael Galko named Faculty Educator of the Month: January 2016
The Faculty Educator of the Month Recognition features outstanding MD Anderson faculty educators who demonstrate excellence and innovative practice in education.
Nicholas Navin wins notable AAAS Martin & Rose Wachtel Cancer Research Award
The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Wachtel Award is an annual award that honors early career investigators performing outstanding work in cancer research. Winners receive a cash prize, deliver a public lecture on their research and have their award entry essay published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. Navin was selected for his research on single-cell DNA analysis. He will present his work at the National Institutes of Health on July 31, 2015.