MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences


The Biochemistry and Cell Biology (BCB) Graduate Program is a rigorous, interdisciplinary program that focuses on understanding fundamental biological, biochemical and molecular underpinnings of normal cellular and organ function, and how these mechanisms affect normal and abnormal (disease) biological function. Doctorate and Masters students have the opportunity to work in any one of more than 100 faculty labs across the UTHealth and MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the program welcomes students whose interests overlap with the program even if their mentor is not a program faculty. Faculty interests are a microcosm of those in GSBS and represent a broad array of disciplines including biochemistry, molecular biology, pharmacology, animal physiology, cell biology, cancer biology, neurobiology, biophysics, and computational biology and molecular modeling applied to numerous disease states and model organisms as well as translational research in humans.

Our diverse group of current students loves the student-focused, interactive faculty and community feel of the program that incorporates rigorous coursework, multidisciplinary laboratory training, and development of practical skills such as grant writing and presentation skills. BCB students are highly competitive for national and local fellowships and awards, as reflected by their outstanding publication records. BCB students also enjoy leadership opportunities including hosting external seminars by local and national researchers, research workshops, and student-run social activities. Our dedicated faculty provide an exceptional training and mentoring environment that propels BCB students to innovation in research and effectively prepares them for their next career step.

Students affiliated with legacy programs (i.e., those that existed before the GSBS program reorganization), may click here to find information about their program requirements.

2021 Medical School Research Retreat Poster Winners

Joan Jacob: Mentor Dr. Kendra Carmon

Jessie Morrill: Mentors Dr. Qingchun Tong 

Vinay Nair: Mentor Dr. Alemayehu Gorfe

Rachel Van Drunen: Mentor Dr. Kristin Eckel Mahan

2021 GSBS Kopchick Fellowships

Nathaniel Berg: Mentor Dr. Holger Eltzschig

Elia Lopez: Mentors Dr. Terry Walters and Carmen Dessauer

Nabina Paudyal: Mentor Dr. Vasanthi Jayaraman

2020-2021 GSBS Scholarships/Fellowships

R.W. Butcher Achievement Award          
Vinay Nair: Mentor Dr. Alex Gorfe

George M. Stancel, Fellowship in Biomedical Sciences    
Savannah West: Mentos Drs. Askar Akimzhanov and Darren Boehning

Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Scholarship in Cancer Research
Mikayla Waters: Mentor Dr. Melinda Yates

Current Events

BCB Symposium
Friday, March 5, 2021

BCB Research in Progress Workshops - Bi-Weekly
Tuesday, 1pm, WebEx
Contact Dr. Rebecca Berdeaux or Amanda Williamson for details

BCB Student Meetings - Bi-Weekly
Tuesday, 1pm, WebEx
Contact Tristen Tellman for details