MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Positions may be available on training grants in the areas listed below. Training grants are open only to US citizens or permanent residents, unless noted below. General inquiries can be directed to Nicolle Patterson (713.500.9886). For information about a specific training program, please contact the program directly.

Any updates to this list should be sent to Nicolle Patterson. Last update 12/7/2020.

Current MD Anderson Training Grants:

CPRIT Training Program
*International students with Visas also eligible to apply
Directors: Khandan Keyomarsi, PhD (Experimental Radiation Oncology) & Stephanie Watowich, PhD (Immunology)
Website: CPRIT Graduate Scholar Program

Cancer Prevention Research Training Program
Director: Shine Chang, PhD (Epidemiology)
Associate Director: Carrie Cameron, PhD (Epidemiology)

Translational Genomics and Precision Medicine in Cancer Training Program
Directors: Ann Killary, PhD (Translational Molecular Pathology) & Ignacio Wistuba, MD (Translational Molecular Pathology)
Contact: Jeannette McGee 713.834.6076
Website: NCI Training Program in Translational Genomics and Precision Medicine Approaches in Cancer

Training Grant in Cancer Biology
Director: Raghu Kalluri, PhD (Cancer Biology)
Contact: Annemarie Putze 713.794.5310

Training Program to Reduce Breast Cancer Disparities in Black and Hispanic Women
Directors: Lorna McNeill, PhD, MPH (Health Disparities Research) & Kelly Hunt, MD (Breast Surgical Oncology)

Current UTHealth Training Grants:

CCTS TL1 Training Program
Directors: Michael Blackburn, PhD (Biochemistry & Cell Biology) 
Contact: Nicolle Patterson 713.500.9886

Molecular Basis of Infectious Disease
Directors: Theresa Koehler (Microbiology & Molecular Genetics) & Steven Norris, PhD (Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)
Contact: Theresa Koehler, PhD 713.500.5450 Steven Norris, PhD 713.500.5338

Innovation in Cancer Prevention Research
Director: Roberta Ness, MD, MPH (Epidemiology) & Patricia Mullen, DrPH (Health Promotion and Behavioral Sciences)

Current Gulf Coast Consortia Training Grants:

These training grants are open to predoctoral students at UTHealth and MD Anderson, but applicants must have mentors and co-mentors who are members of the training grant faculty roster. Inquiries regarding faculty membership should be directed to individual grant programs. For general GCC information, visit

Houston Area Molecular Biophysics Program
Director: Theodore Wensel, PhD (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, BCM)
Contact: Vanessa Herrera 713.348.4752
Website: GCC HAMBP

NLM Training Program in Biomedical Informatics
Director: Lydia Kavraki, PhD (Computer Science, Rice University) &
Elmer Bernstam, MD (Biomedical Informatics, UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics)
Contact: Melissa Glueck 713.348.4563
Website: GCC NLM

Training Interdisciplinary Pharmacology Scientists (TIPS)
Director: Carmen Dessauer, PhD (Integrative Biology & Pharmacology, UTHealth McGovern Medical School)
Contact: Vanessa Herrera 713.348.4752
Website: GCC TIPS

Training in Precision Environmental Health Sciences (TPEHS)
Director: Cheryl Lyn Walker, PhD (Molecular & Cell Biology, Baylor College of Medicine)
Contact: Vanessa Herrera 713.348.4752
Website: GCC TPEHS