MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Cancer Biology Image 1The Cancer Biology Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) in Houston is dedicated to providing students with the highest quality of training in diverse areas of cancer biology research.

Given the unique environment of the Texas Medical Center, the philosophy of the Cancer Biology Program is to supplement traditional graduate school training with both depth and breadth of knowledge in cancer biology. 

Students will follow the standard format of choosing a single mentor who will guide an independent research project. However, our students frequently use the resources and expertise of several laboratories in different departments during the development of their cancer-related dissertation projects. This training provides a rich experience that increases the expertise and competitiveness of our graduates. 

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Currently, we have about 70 students and 120 faculty affiliated with the program. Our students have been among the most outstanding and productive of the GSBS. They also have been the recipients of many GSBS awards, as well as nationally competitive awards and fellowships. Like the faculty, the students bring wide-ranging perspectives and goals to their research. The program excels in accommodating these interests while fostering interactions among all of our students.

The program faculty are eager to train motivated students, and will gladly provide additional information with respect to their research programs and training opportunities in their laboratories.

This is an exciting new era in cancer research. A systematic training in cancer biology should allow our students to meet the challenge of Making Cancer History.

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. 

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Cancer Biology Faculty Member, Jian Hu, PhD named 2019 McGovern teaching award winner


Award Winning Students

Congratulations to Cancer Biology Student Fellowship, Scholarship and Award Recipients 

Rakhee Baja(mentor: Don Gibbons, MD, PhD)
2020-2021 T.C. Hsu Memorial Scholarship

Ana Bolivar (mentor: Eduardo Vilar-Sanchez, MD, PhD)
2020-2021 Predoctoral Fellow in the training program on Translational Genomics and Precision Medicine Approaches in Cancer

Li Cai (mentor: Ronald DePinho, MD)
2020 GSBS Endowment Scholarship

Vidhi Chandra (mentor: Florencia McAllister, PhD)
2020-2021 Investing in Student Futures Fellowship
2019-2020 Scholarship for Excellence in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at MD Anderson Cancer Center

Olu Coker (mentor: E. Scott Kopetz, MD, PhD)
2020-2021 Predoctoral Fellowship position in the training program on Translational Genomics and Precision Medicine Approaches in Cancer

Kebbeh Darpolor (mentor: Raghu Kalluri, MD, PhD)
2020-2021 Rosalie B. Hite Fellowship
2020 Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellowship
2019-2020 American Legion Auxiliary Fellowship in Cancer Research 

Merve Dede (mentor: Traver Hart, PhD)
2020-2021 Schissler Foundation Fellowship
2019-2020 Cancer Answers/Sylvan Rodriguez Scholarship

Mary Fuentes (mentor: Pawel Mazur, PhD)
2020-2021 The Fadine Jackson Roquemore Scholarship in Cancer Research
2019-2020 American Legion Auxiliary Fellowship in Cancer Research
2018-2019 Sylvan Rodriguez Foundation Scholarship honoring George M. Stancel, Ph.D.

Carolina Garcia-Garcia (mentor: Cullen Taniguchi, MD, PhD)
2021 Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellowship
2018-2019 Ellen Taylor Goldin Legacy Scholarship
2017-2018 Sylvan Rodriguez Foundation Scholarship honoring George M. Stancel, Ph.D.

Sarah Glazer (mentor: David Piwnica-Worms, MD, PhD)
2017-2018 Sylvan Rodriguez Foundation Scholarship honoring George M. Stancel, Ph.D.

Cheng-En Hsieh (mentor: Michael Curran, PhD)
2019-2020 Ralph B. Arlinghaus, Ph.D. Scholarship

Walaa Kattan (mentor: Dr. John Hancock, PhD)
2021 Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellowship - Renewal
2020-2021 Renewal - Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Professorship/Fellowship in Cancer Research
2020 Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellowship

Sunada Khadka (mentor: Florian Muller, PhD)
2020-2021 Renewal - Larry Deaven Ph.D. Fellowship in Biomedical Sciences
2019-2020 Larry Deaven Ph.D. Fellowship in Biomedical Sciences
2019-2020 R.W. Butcher Student Achievement Scholarship

Rumi Lee (mentor: Ronald DePinho, MD)
2020-2021 Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Scholarships in Cancer Research

Jiexi Li (mentor: Ronald DePinho, MD)
2019-2020 Meyn Scholarship for Cancer Research

Shengxin Li (mentor: Hyun-Eui Kim, PhD)
2020-2021 Sam Taub and Beatrice Burton Endowed Fellowship in Vision Disease

Yating Li (mentor: Cassian Yee, MD)
2019-2020 Mercedes-Benz of West Houston Scholarship

Abdallah Mohamed (mentor: Clifton Fuller, MD, PhD)
2018-2019 Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Scholarship in Cancer Research

Ryan Nini (mentor: Peter Friedl, MD, PhD)
Recipient of the 2018-2019 Scholarship for Excellence in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at MD Anderson Cancer Center

Sonia Patel (mentor: John Heymach, MD, PhD)
2020-2021 Investing in Student Futures Fellowship

Jing Qian (mentor: Powel Brown, MD, PhD)
2020-2021 Ray Meyn Scholarship for Cancer Research

Dhwani Rupani (mentor: Andrew Rhim, MD)
2019-2020 Floyd Haar, MD Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Memory of Freda Haar

Hannah Savage (mentor: Keri Schadler, PhD)
2020-2021 Schissler Foundation Fellowship
2019-2020 Scholarship for Excellence in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at MD Anderson Cancer Center 

Dong Ho Shin (mentor: Juan Fueyo, MD)
2020-2021 John and Rebekah Harper Fellowhip
2018 Terry and Janet Klebe Fellowship

Seula Shin (mentor: Jian Hu, PhD)
2020 - GSBS Presidents' Research Scholarship
2019-2020 Renewal - Russell and Diana Hawkins Family Foundation Discovery Fellowship
2018-2019 Russell and Diana Hawkins Family Foundation Discovery Fellowship
2017-2018 Sam Taub and Beatrice Burton Endowed Fellowship in Vision Disease 

Xiaojie Yang (mentor: Pawel Mazur, PhD)
2020-2021 The Antje Wuelfrath Gee and Harry Gee, Jr. Family Legacy Scholarship

Fatma Yasar (mentor: Jian Hu, PhD)
2019-2020 Steve Lasher and Janiece Longoria Graduate Student Research Award in Cancer Biology
2019 Graduate Student Research Day – Elevator Speech Competition – 1st place as well as the winner of the People’s Choice Award

Er-Yen Yen (mentor: Giulio Draetta, MD, PhD)
2019-2020 Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Scholarships in Cancer Research 

Daniel Zamler (mentor: Giulio Draetta, MD, PhD)
2019-2020 Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Scholarships in Cancer Research