The Genes & Development Program (G&D) is a research-oriented Ph.D. program at the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (GSBS). The research in G&D labs is broadly focused on the fundamental cellular and molecular mechanisms that control cell growth and differentiation, and that cause cancer and other human diseases. From basic science investigations to translational studies, G&D students and faculty are actively engaged in the pursuit of new scientific knowledge that could one day lead to clinical advances.

Based in the Department of Genetics and Experimental Radiation Oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, G&D offers students the unique opportunity to study and conduct research at one of the premier cancer centers in the United States, located within the largest medical center in the world – the Texas Medical Center.

We aim to train students who are knowledgeable, critical, and productive independent scientists. We achieve this through cutting edge research projects, seminars, journal clubs, classes, retreat, lab collaborations, social gatherings and career development activities.

Message from the Director

Congratulations G&D Students!

Atanu Paul (Advisor: Dr. Bin Wang)
Received Presidents’ Research Scholarship, Dec. 2015: $5000

Sponsored by the Presidents of MD Anderson and UTHealth, this award recognizes GSBS’s very best senior PhD students and showcases their dissertation work at the Presidents’ Research Scholars Symposium on February 5, 2016.

Neeraj Aryal (Advisor: Dr. Guillermina Lozano)
Received 2015-16 Gigli Family Endowed Scholarship, Dec. 2015: $2500



Kaushik Thakkar (Advisor: Dr. Michelle Barton)
Received T.C. Hsu Memorial Scholarship, Dec. 2015: $5000



Ngoc Bui (Advisor: Dr. Elsa Flores)
Received Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Scholarship in Cancer Research, Dec. 2015: $5000



Johnathon Rose (Advisor: Dr. Giulio Draetta)
Received renewal of Pauline Altman-Goldstein Foundation Discovery Fellowship, October 2015: Full stipend fellowship

In the News

MD Anderson Faculty Scholar Awards: G&D faculty receive three of the five 2016 MD Anderson Faculty Scholar Awards: Dr. Swathi Arur, Dr. Nicholas Navin and Dr. Xiaobing Shi. They will be recognized at the Presidents’ Recognition for Faculty Excellence Reception on February 22, 2016 at 5:00 pm in Onstead Auditorium. Congratulations!

New G&D Faculty Member:  Dr. Don Gibbons, Assistant Professor, Department of Thoracic and Head and Neck Medical Oncology at MD Anderson, joined the Genes and Development Program faculty on February 1, 2016. 

CPRIT Awards:  Three G&D faculty received CPRIT grants totaling $2,700,000, November 2015: Dr. Swathi Arur, Dr. Giulio Draetta, and Dr. Xiaobing Shi.

Elected to AAAS:  G&D faculty member and Dean of GSBS, Dr. Michelle Barton, was elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), November 2015.