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Biochemistry and Cell Biology

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.

The Biochemistry and Cell Biology Program

Doctorate and Masters students have the opportunity to work in any one of more than 100 faculty labs across The MD Anderson UTHealth Houston Graduate School, 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.

2022 BCB Lab Booklet

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News

Harry Karmouty-Quintana, PhD

Karmouty-Quintana, PhD, named director of Pulmonary Center of Excellence

Graduate School faculty member Harry Karmouty-Quintana, PhD, has been appointed director of the Pulmonary Center of Excellence at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston. Karmouty...
January 19, 2023
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Vasanthi Jayaraman, PhD

Jayaraman receives grant to study glutamate receptors involved in memory, other neurological processes

A five-year, nearly $3.5 million grant to study the mechanisms of brain receptors involved in neurological disorders such as learning disabilities has been awarded to Vasanthi Jayaraman, PhD, by the National...
December 26, 2022
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Targeting a specific enzyme could alleviate muscle wasting for cancer patients

Targeting a specific enzyme could alleviate muscle wasting for cancer patients

Targeting a specific enzyme in the muscle could help cancer patients preserve muscle mass and potentially prolong their survival, according to research from UTHealth Houston.
October 18, 2022
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GSBS student José S. Enriquez Ortiz participates in the Yale Ciencia Academy, learns about professional development and diversity in the science field

GSBS student José S. Enriquez Ortiz participates in the Yale Ciencia Academy, learns about professional development and diversity in the science field

After being accepted into the prestigious Yale Ciencia Academy program, José S. Enriquez Ortiz traveled to Yale University for a week filled with exercises, discussions, and networking...
September 21, 2022
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Photo of John F. Hancock, MA, MB, BChir, PhD, ScD,(left) and  Carmen Dessauer, PhD (right)

Hancock, Dessauer accept leadership roles at McGovern Medical School

Graduate School faculty member John F. Hancock, MA, MB, BChir, PhD, ScD, will be the new executive dean and H. Wayne Hightower Distinguished Professor in the Medical Sciences at McGovern Medical School...
July 29, 2022
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Dr. Harry Karmouty-Quintana
Program Director
harry.karmouty@uth.tmc.edu

Dr. Kristin Eckel-Mahan
Program Co-Director
kristin.l.mahan@uth.tmc.edu

Amanda Williamson
Program Manager
amanda.j.williamson@uth.tmc.edu