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Standing Committees

  • Academic Standards Committee

    The Academic Standards Committee consists of one member from each Program.  This Committee makes recommendations to the Deans on the following matters:

    • Appointment of faculty to all student Advisory and Examining Committees
    • Student plans in order to ensure that faculty policies concerning academic standards are met
    • All scholastic disciplinary matters; the Committee acts as a panel to determine whether grounds exist for dismissal of a student


    Meeting dates for 2021-2022

    October 13, 2021
    November 10, 2021
    December 8, 2021
    January 12, 2022
    February 9, 2022
    March 9, 2022
    April 13, 2022
    May 11, 2022
    June 8, 2022
    July 13, 2022
    August 10, 2022
    September 14, 2022

    The Committee will meet virtually until we are able to hold meetings in person. The meetings start at 9:00 a.m. on the second Wednesday of every month.


    Members for the 2021-2022 academic year

    Program Member Alternate
    Therapeutics and Pharmacology Ali Azhdarinia, PhD; Chair Xiaodong Cheng, PhD (UTHealth)
    Biochemistry and Cell Biology Jeffrey Frost, PhD Guangwei Du, PhD
    Cancer Biology Curtis Pickering, PhD Chunru Lin, PhD 
    Genetic Counseling Molly Daniels, MS, CGC Kathryn Gunther, MS, CGC
    Genetics and Epigenetics Bin Wang, PhD Shawn Bratton, PhD
    Immunology Zhen Fan, MD Roza Nurieva, PhD
    Medical Physics Jason Stafford, PhD Jinzhong Yang, PhD
    Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Heidi Kaplan, PhD Nayun Kim, PhD
    Neuroscience Sheng Zhang, PhD Michael Beierlein, PhD
    Quantitative Sciences Prahlad Ram, PhD Liang Li, PhD


    GSBS Administration

    Bill Mattox, PhD
    Natalie Sirisaengtaksin, PhD
    Wassim Chehab, PhD
    Bunny Perez


    For questions about Academic Standards Committee matters, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

  • Admissions Committee

    The Admissions Committee consists of a combination of faculty members recommended by the Dean's Office and Programs. This Committee is responsible for:

    • Soliciting recommendations from appropriate Programs concerning student admission
    • Evaluating applications for admission
    • Submitting recommendations concerning admissions to the Deans
    • Assuring that only persons who have demonstrated a potential for scientific excellence and meet the academic credentials defined in the GSBS Catalog can be recommended for admission


    Meeting dates for 2021-2022

    The Committee meets as needed.


    Members for the 2021-2022 academic year

    Member Role
    Wenbo Li, PhD Chair and Genetics & Epigenetics Program Representative
    Sabrina Bertilaccio, PhD Therapeutics & Pharmacology Program Representative 
    Kendra Carmon, PhD At-Large member
    Francesca Cole, PhD At-Large member
    Jian Hu, PhD At-Large member
    Jin Seon Im, MD, PhD Immunology Program Representative
    Eugenie Kleinerman, MD At-Large member
    Theresa Koehler, PhD Microbiology & Infectious Diseases Program Representative
    Anna Konovalova, PhD At-Large member
    Lawrence Kwong, PhD Cancer Biology Program Representative
    Steven Lin, MD, PhD At-Large member
    Suyu Liu, PhD Quantitative Science Program Representative
    Sean Marrelli, PhD At-Large member
    Sheng Pan, PhD At-Large member
    Kai Sun, MD, PhD Biochemistry and Cell Biology Program Representative
    Akihiko Urayama, PhD Neuroscience Program Representative

    GSBS Administration

    Cherilynn Shadding, PhD
    Karen Weinberg


    For questions about Admissions Committee matters, please email Karen Weinberg.

  • Curriculum Committee

    The Curriculum Committee consists of nine faculty members and three students. This committee is responsible for:

    • Review and approval of all course offerings of the Graduate Faculty
    • Evaluation of current GSBS courses
    • Approval of major changes to GSBS courses
    • Elimination of GSBS courses
    • Identification of courses that meet specific GSBS requirements
    • Recommendations on changes in curriculum as well as related practices


    Meeting Dates for 2021-2022

    October 20, 2021
    November 17, 2021
    December 15, 2021
    January 19, 2022
    February 16, 2022
    March 23, 2022 *
    April 20, 2022
    May 18, 2022
    June 15, 2022
    July 20, 2022
    August 17, 2022
    September 21, 2022

    *One week later than usual to accommodate Spring Break.

    The Committee will meet via WebEx until we are able to hold meetings in person. The meetings start at 2:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month.


    Members for the 2021- 2022 academic year

    Member Role
    Shane Cunha, PhD Chair          
    Jun-ichi Abe, MD, PhD Member
    Blaine Bartholomew, PhD Member
    Richard Bouchard, PhD Member
    Anne-Marie Krachler, PhD Member
    Guang Peng, MD, PhD Member
    Judith Smith, PharmD Member
    Peng Wei, PhD Member
    Michael Zhu, PhD Member
    Chiomo Odo Student Representative - Microbiology and Infectious Diseases / MDACC
    Jing Qian Student Representative - Cancer Biology / MDACC
    Jamie Tran Student Representative - Neuroscience / UTHealth
    Wantong Yao, MD, PhD Alternate


    GSBS Administration

    Bill Mattox, PhD
    Wassim Chehab, PhD
    Natalie Sirisaengtaksin, PhD
    Joy Lademora, MGM

    For questions concerning Curriculum Committee matters, please contact the Office of Academic Affairs.

  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

    The Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee consists of a combination of faculty members and students. This Committee is responsible for:

    • Ensuring that the GSBS creates and maintains an environment that is inclusive and equitable for GSBS students
    • Regular assessment of the community
    • Establishing impactful training and programming for the community
    • Reviewing GSBS data and setting benchmarks
    • Surveying GSBS policies and mission
    • Making recommendations to the Deans

     

    Meeting dates for 2021-2022

    To be determined



    Members for the 2021-2022 academic year

    Member

    Role

    TBD

    Chair

    Jennifer Czerwinski, MS CGC

    Faculty Member

    Candelaria Gomez-Manzano, MD

    Faculty Member

    Daniel Harrington, PhD

    Faculty Member

    Ralf Krahe, PhD

    Faculty Member

    Melinda Yates, PhD

    Faculty Member

    Taylor Halsey

    Student Member

    Mabel G. Pérez-Oquendo

    Student Member

    Josue E. Pineda

    Student Member

    Kari Brewer Savannah, PhD 

    Staff Member

    Natalie Sirisaengtaksin, PhD

    Staff Member

    Karen Weinberg

    Staff Member

     

    GSBS Administration

    Cherilynn R. Shadding, PhD


    For questions about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee matters, please email the Office of Diversity and Student Affairs.

     

  • Executive Committee

    The Executive Committee consists of the Deans, the Faculty President and Vice-President, the Chairpersons of standing committees, the Graduate Student Association President, and three at-large representatives from among the GSBS Faculty who will be appointed to staggered terms of three-years each by the GSBS Membership Committee.  In addition, the Faculty President and chairs of the Academic Standards, Admissions, Curriculum and Membership Committees serve as ex officio voting members of the Committee in the year following their appointments. The Faculty Vice-President is the chair of the Executive Committee. Responsibilities of the Executive Committee include:

    • Coordinating activities of standing committees
    • Reviewing academic policy
    • Periodic evaluation of Programs
    • Initiating emergency legislation
    • Nominating candidates for Faculty Vice-President
    • Assuming an advocacy role in matters related to academic freedom, appointments, and tenure involving members of the Graduate Faculty (upon request)


    Meeting dates for 2021-2022

    October 21, 2021
    January 20, 2022
    March 24, 2022*
    June 16, 2022
    August 18, 2022

    *One week later than usual to accommodate Spring Break.

    The Committee meets at least five times per year virtually until we are able to hold meetings in person. The meetings start at 2:00 p.m.


    Members for the 2021-2022 academic year

    Member Role
    Claire Singletary, MS, CGC Chair and President Elect
    Ali Azhdarinia, PhD Chair of Academic Standards Committee
    Rebecca Berdeaux, PhD At-Large Representative
    Michael Blackburn, PhD Dean
    Cindy Farach-Carson, PhD Chair of Membership Committee
    Shane Cunha, PhD Chair of Curriculum Committee
    Daniel Frigo, PhD At-Large Representative
    Jeffrey Frost, PhD Past Faculty President
    Michael Galko, PhD Faculty President
    Jian Hu, PhD Past Chair of Student Scholarship Committee
    A. Kyle Jones, PhD Past Chair of Curriculum Committee
    Wenbo Li, PhD Chair of Admissions Committee 
    Jingfei Ma, PhD Chair of Student Scholarship Committee
    William Margolin, PhD Past of Membership Committee 
    Sean Marrelli, PhD Past Chair of Admissions Committee
    Pierre McCrea, PhD At-Large Representative 
    Rian Morgan President of Graduate Student Association
    Mohammad Salehpour, PhD Past Chair of Academic Standards Committee 
    TBD Chair of Program Directors Committee


    Administration

    Diane Bodurka, MD
    Patricia Cruz Bruesch, MPA
    Raghu Kalluri, MD, PhD
    Bill Mattox, PhD
    Raquel Salinas, PhD
    Cherilynn Shadding, PhD
    Karen Weinberg

  • Medical Scientist Training Program Committee

    Meeting dates for 2021-2022

    The Committee meets as needed.


    Members for the 2020-2021 academic year

    Director and Co-Directors
    Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD Director
    George Calin, MD, PhD Co-Director
    Ruth Heidelberger, MD, PhD Co-Director
    Edgar T. Walters, PhD Co-Director
    Wendy Woodward, MD, PhD Co-Director
    Raghu Kalluri, MD, PhD Co-Director
    Members
    Michael Davies, MD, PhD
    Holger Eltzschig, MD, PhD
    Faye Johnson, MD, PhD
    Anirban Maitra, MBBS
    Louise McCullough, MD, PhD
    Nitin Tandon, MD

    Student Representatives
    TBD

    Ex Officio Members
    Wallace Gleason, Jr., MD
    William Mattox, PhD
    Hariyadarshi Pannu, PhD
    Cherilynn Shadding, PhD
  • Membership Committee

    The Membership Committee consists of nine faculty members and makes recommendations to the Deans on the following matters:

    • Appointment of new faculty members
    • Faculty reappointments at least once every five years
    • Membership of standing committees of the Graduate Faculty


    Meeting dates for 2021-2022

    October 7, 2021
    November 4, 2021*
    December 2, 2021
    February 3, 2022
    March 3, 2022*
    April 7, 2022
    June 2, 2022
    August 4, 2022
    * These are additional meetings, if needed.

    The Committee will meet virtually until we are able to hold meetings in person. The meetings start at 2:00 p.m. on the first Thursday of even months.


    Members for the 2021-2022 academic year

    Member Role                                          
    Cindy Farach-Carson, PhD Chair 
    Charles Darkoh, PhD Member
    Patrick Dougherty, PhD Member
    Suhendan Ekmekcioglu, PhD Member
    J. Jack Lee, PhD Member
    Osama Mawlawi, PhD Member
    Rachel Miller, PhD Member
    Rodrigo Morales, PhD Member
    Shuxing Zhang, PhD Member
    Deepa Sampath, PhD Alternate


    GSBS Administration

    Bill Mattox, PhD
    Natalie Sirisaengtaksin, PhD


    For questions about Membership Committee matters, please email GSBS Faculty Affairs

  • Program Directors Committee

    The Program Directors Committee consists of Program Directors and two student representatives.  The director of the MD/PhD Program is an ex officio member. The Committee makes recommendations to the Deans and the Executive Committee concerning the effectiveness and initiation of GSBS policies, including:

    • policies that affect the function of the Graduate School
    • policies that affect the structure and governance of Graduate Programs
    • approval of new graduate programs

    Meeting dates for 2021-2022

    • November 9, 2021
    • February 8, 2022
    • April 12, 2022
    • July 12, 2022
    • September 13, 2022


    Members for the 2020-2021 academic year

    Member Role/Program
    Claire Singletary Chair, Genetic Counseling
    Harry Karmouty-Quintana Biochemistry and Cell Biology
    Menashe Bar-Eli Cancer Biology
    Jichao Chen Genetics and Epigenetics
    Seyed Javad Moghaddam Immunology
    Richard Wendt Medical Physics
    Michael Lorenz Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
    Qingchun Tong Neuroscience
    Liang Li Quantitative Sciences
    William Plunkett Therapeutics and Pharmacology
    Dianna Milewicz MD/PhD Program (ex officio)
    Nicole Stephens Student Member, Neuroscience
    Benjamin Whitfield Student Member, Immunology

    GSBS Deans/Administration

    Michael Blackburn, PhD
    Patricia Cruz Bruesch, MPA
    Bill Mattox, PhD
    Cherilynn Shadding, PhD
    Elisabeth Lindheim

  • Student Scholarship Committee

    The Student Scholarship Committee consists of a faculty representative from each GSBS Program. The Committee is responsible for:

    • Providing appropriate reviewers for student scholarships and fellowships that draw on representation from all GSBS Programs
    • Providing input on the processes used to identify winners of student scholarships and fellowships
    • Providing recommendations to the GSBS Deans on policies related to the establishment of new awards for students


    Meeting dates for 2021-2022

    The Committee meets as needed.


    Members for the 2021-2022 academic year

    Member Role
    Jingfei Ma, PhD Chair and At-Large Representative
    Askar Akimzhanov, PhD At-Large Representative
    R. Eric Davis, PhD At-Large Representative
    Fabricio Do Monte, PhD Neuroscience Program Representative
    Yejing Ge, PhD Cancer Biology Program Representative
    Bo Hu, PhD Microbiology & Infectious Diseases Program Representative
    Malorie Jones, MS, CGC Genetic Counseling Program Representative
    Goo Jun, PhD At-Large Representative
    Humam Kadara, PhD Immunology Program Representative
    Anil Korkut, PhD Quantitative Sciences Program Representative
    Dung-Fang Lee, PhD At-Large Representative
    Shiaw-Yih "Phoebus" Lin, PhD Therapeutics & Pharmacology Program Representative
    Jyotika Sharma, PhD At-Large Representative 
    Dr. Keila Torres, MD, PhD Genetics & Epigenetics Program Representative
    Dr. Kyoji Tsuchikama, PhD At-Large Representative
    Xiaochun Wang, PhD Medical Physics Program Representative
    Dr. Liuqing Yang, PhD Biochemistry & Cell Biology Program Representative
    Dr. Haoqiang Ying, MD, PhD At-Large Representative


    GSBS Administration

    Bill Mattox, PhD
    Wassim Chehab, PhD
    Joy Lademora, MGM
    Susan Simon

    For questions about Student Scholarship Committee matters, please email Bill Mattox


Questions?


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