MD Anderson Cancer Center - UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

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Our graduate school is a unique partnership between two institutions:  The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).  This partnership in graduate education has existed for more than 50 years.  In July of 2012 the President of MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Ronald DePinho, and the President of UTHealth, Dr. Giuseppe Colasurdo, made an innovative decision to have two deans, one from each institution.  To our knowledge, this is the first model of its kind in the country and we were honored to accept the position. 

The goals of our shared governance are to capitalize on the strengths of the respective institutions and develop a strong and unified graduate school: MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.  As deans of GSBS, we are committed to providing our students with access to top research programs, a curriculum that develops their potential and expands their universe, and training that prepares them for top positions across the biomedical workforce.  We work jointly as deans to build on the strengths of the faculty and the incredible resources found in the Texas Medical Center, with the goal of enhancing the overall quality of graduate education.  

The collaborations and scientific opportunities that our unique partnership provides allow us to reach great heights in research and education.  This is captured in our tag line “Synergy in Science®.”  We invite you to explore this website to learn more about what our school has to offer and consider how we can help you realize your passion to pursue a career in the biomedical sciences.

Michelle Barton, Ph.D.                       

Dean, MD Anderson Cancer Center 

Michael Blackburn, Ph.D.

Dean, UTHealth