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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 2022-2023

    October 12, 2022
    November 9, 2022
    December 14, 2022
    January 11, 2023
    February 8, 2023
    March 8, 2023
    April 12, 2023
    May 10, 2023
    June14, 2023
    July 12, 2023
    August 9, 2023
    September 13, 2023

    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 2022-2023 academic year

    Program Member Alternate
    Medical Physics Jason Stafford, PhD, Chair Jinzhong Yang, PhD
    Biochemistry and Cell Biology Guangwei Du, PhD Melvin Klegerman, PhD
    Cancer Biology Dung-Fang Lee, PhD Chunru Lin, PhD
    Genetic Counseling Meagan Choates, MS, CGC Kathryn Leal, MS, CGC
    Genetics and Epigenetics Bin Wang, PhD Shawn Bratton, PhD
    Immunology Zhen Fan, MD Roza Nurieva, PhD
    Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Nayun Kim, PhD Nick DeLay, PhD
    Neuroscience Sheng Zhang, PhD Michael Beierlein, PhD
    Therapeutics and Pharmacology Ali Azhdarinia, PhD Xiaodong Cheng, 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 2022-2023

    The Committee meets as needed.


    Members for the 2022-2023 academic year

    Member Role
    Anna Konovalova Chair - Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Program Representative
    Sabrina Bertilaccio, PhD Therapeutics & Pharmacology Program Representative 
    Kendra Carmon, PhD At-Large Representative 
    Jian Hu, PhD At-Large member
    Jin Seon Im, MD, PhD Immunology Program Representative
    Heidi Kaplan, PhD Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Program Representative
    Eugenie Kleinerman, MD At-Large member
    Lawrence Kwong, PhD Cancer Biology Program Representative
    Sheng Pan, PhD At-Large member
    Kai Sun, MD, PhD Biochemistry and Cell Biology Program Representative
    Ryan Sun, PhD Quantitative Sciences Program Representative
    Akihiko Urayama, PhD Neuroscience Program Representative
    Jun Wang, PhD Biochemistry and Cell Biology and Genetics and Epigenetics Program Representative

    GSBS Administration

    Cherilynn Shadding, PhD
    Lenay Johnson


    For questions about Admissions Committee matters, please email Lenay Johnson.

  • 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 2022-2023

    October 19, 2022
    November 16, 2022
    December 21, 2022
    January 18, 2023
    February 15, 2023
    March 22, 2023 *
    April 19, 2023
    May 17, 2023
    June 21, 2023
    July 19, 2023
    August 16, 2023
    September 20, 2023

    *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 2022-2023 academic year

    Member Role
    Richard Bouchard, PhD Chair          
    Blaine Bartholomew, PhD Member
    Shane Cunha, PhD Member
    Anne-Marie Krachler, PhD Member
    Guang Peng, MD, PhD Member
    Jian Wang, PhD Member
    Pamela Wenzel, PhD Member
    Wantong Yao, PhD Member
    Michael Zhu, PhD Member
    Dalia Hassan Student Representative - Genetics and Epigenetics/ MDACC
    Vivian Salama Student Representative - Cancer Biology / MDACC
    Shraddha Subramanian Student Representative - Cancer Biology / UTHealth
    Leslie Dunnington, 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 2022-2023

    Meets second Wednesday of every month, 12:30 pm



    Members for the 2022-2023 academic year

    Member

    Role

    Melinda Yates, PhD

    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
    Tanieka Young, MBA, MSHRD

    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 2022-2023

    January 26, 2023
    March 23, 2023*
    June 22, 2023
    August 24, 2023

    *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 2022-2023 academic year

    Member Role
    Jichao Chen, PhD Chair and President Elect
    Ali Azhdarinia, PhD Past Chair of Academic Standards Committee
    Richard Bouchard, PhD Chair of Curriculum Committee
    Shane Cunha, PhD Past Chair of Curriculum Committee
    Michael Curran, PhD At-Large Representative
    Cindy Farach-Carson, PhD Past Chair of Membership Committee
    Michael Galko, PhD Past Faculty President
    Jian Hu, PhD. Chair of Program Directors Committee
    Vasanthi Jayaraman, PhD At-Large Representative
    Anna Konovalova, PhD Chair of Admissions
    Wenbo Li, PhD Past Chair of Admissions Committee
    Jingfei Ma, PhD Past Chair of Student Scholarship Committee
    Pierre McCrea, PhD At-Large Representative 
    Rodrigo Morales, PhD Chair of Membership Committee
    Mabel Perez-Oquendo President of Graduate Student Association
    Claire Singletary, MS, CGC Faculty President
    Jason Stafford, PhD Chair of Academic Standards Committee
    Keila Torres, MD, PhD Chair of Student Scholarship Committee
    Melinda Yates, PhD Chair of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee


    Administration

    Diane Bodurka, MD
    Jeffrey Frost, PhD
    Lenay Johnson
    Raghu Kalluri, MD, PhD
    Bill Mattox, PhD
    Raquel Salinas, PhD
    Cherilynn Shadding, PhD
    Karen Weinberg

  • 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 2022-2023

    October 6, 2022
    December 1, 2022
    February 2, 2023
    March 2, 2023*
    April 6, 2023
    June 1, 2023
    August 3, 2023
    * These are additional meetings, if needed.

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


    Members for the 2022-2023 academic year

    Member Role                                          
    Rodrigo Morales, PhD Chair - Neuroscience Program Representative
    Zheng (Jake) Chen, PhD Biochemistry and Cell Biology and TAP Program Representative
    Charles Darkoh, PhD Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Program Representative
    Patrick Dougherty, PhD Neuroscience Program Representative
    Suhendan Ekmekcioglu, PhD Cancer Biology and Immunology Program Representative
    Mary Cindy Farach-Carson, PhD Biochemistry and Cell Biology and Medical Physics Program Representative
    Aarti Ramdaney, MS, CGC Genetic Counseling Program Representative
    Deepa Sampath, PhD Cancer Biology and TAP Program Representative
    Richard Wood, PhD Genetics and Epigenetics Program Representative


    GSBS Administration

    Bill Mattox, PhD
    Jennifer Price, MBA, MHRM
    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 2022-2023

    • September 13, 2022
    • November 8, 2022
    • February 14, 2023
    • April 11, 2023
    • July 11, 2023
    • September 12, 2023


    Members for the 2022-2023 academic year

    Member Role/Program
    Jian Hu, PhD Chair, Cancer Biology
    Harry Karmouty-Quintana, PhD Biochemistry and Cell Biology
    Claire Singletary, MS, CGC Genetic Counseling
    Francesca Cole, PhD Genetics and Epigenetics
    Seyed Javad Moghaddam, MD Immunology
    Rebecca Howell, PhD Medical Physics
    Michael Lorenz, PhD Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
    Qingchun Tong, PhD Neuroscience
    Traver Hart, PhD Quantitative Sciences
    William Plunkett, PhD Therapeutics and Pharmacology
    Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD MD/PhD Program (ex officio)
    Yiming Cai Student Member
    Stephen Farmer, Jr. Student Member

    GSBS Deans/Administration

    Sharon Dent, PhD
    Jeffrey Frost, PhD
    Bill Mattox, PhD
    Cherilynn Shadding, PhD
    Karen Weinberg
    Amanda Williamson

  • 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 2022-2023

    The Committee meets as needed.


    Members for the 2022-2023 academic year

    Member Role
    Dr. Keila Torres, MD, PhD Chair - Genetics & Epigenetics Program Representative
    Askar Akimzhanov, PhD At-Large Representative
    Chandra Bartholomeusz, MD Therapeutics and Pharmacology Program Representative
    Pratip Bhattacharya, PhD Medical Physics Program 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
    Joo Eun Jung, PhD Neuroscience Program Representative
    Humam Kadara, PhD Immunology Program Representative
    Hyun-Eui Kim, PhD Biochemistry and Cell Biology Program Representative
    Anil Korkut, PhD Quantitative Sciences Program Representative
    Shiaw-Yih "Phoebus" Lin, PhD Therapeutics & Pharmacology Program Representative
    John Seymour, PhD Neuroscience Program At-Large Representative
    Shabnam Shalapour, PhD Cancer Biology and Immunology Program At-Large Representative
    Jyotika Sharma, PhD At-Large Representative 
    Dr. Kyoji Tsuchikama, PhD At-Large Representative
    Xiaochun Wang, PhD Medical Physics Program 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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