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Genetics and Epigenetics Program Events

2019 G&E Retreat - November 8-9, 2019 in Galveston, Texas. Contact for more information.

G&E Elevator Speech Contest (June 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm).  Location: GSBS Large Classroom and C1.101
All G&E students eligible to participate in 90-second elevator speech contest. Winner competes at the GSBS Graduate Student Research Day Elevator Speech Competition on June 27th in Onstead Auditorium. Contact for more information.

Directors Roundtable Lunch with Students (June 3, 2019 at Noon) Location: GSBS Library; Science Park-TBD
G&E Directors, Dr. Pierre McCrea & Dr. Jichao Chen, meet with students over lunch for discussion about the G&E program. All G&E students encouraged to attend. Lunch provided.

G&E Rotation Talks (May 17, 2019 at 10:00 am)Location: GSBS Large Classroom and C1.102
First year students doing tutorials in labs of G&E faculty members give 8-minute talks at the end of their rotation to present the findings of their project. Everyone is invited to attend. For information, contact

GEM Student Seminar Series (May 9, 2019 at 12:00 pm)
The 2nd Thursday of each month, two G&E students give 30 minute talks on their thesis projects. Everyone is welcome! For more information, contact Amelie Albrecht at  

G&E 2019 Spring Career Symposium at MD Anderson Science Park, Smithville, Texas (April 26, 2019). More Information
This all day symposium featured presentations, workshops, panels and round tables on a range of career development topics. Designed for students at all stages of their PhD training with interests in academia, biotech, pharma, tech transfer, teaching and more. Student Co-Chairs: and

GEM Student Seminar Series (April 11, 2019 at 12:00 pm)
The 2nd Thursday of each month, two G&E students give 30 minute talks on their thesis projects. Everyone is welcome! The April speakers are Danielle Little (Advisor: Dr. Jichao Chen) and Roxsan Manshouri (Dr. Don Gibbons).  For more information, contact  

G&E Rotation Talks (March 7, 2019 at 1:30 pm)  

Lunar New Year Event (February 11, 2019 at 3:00 pm, GSBS Commons)
G&E and Quantitative Sciences (QS) programs celebrate the Year of the Pig at their joint Lunar New Year networking event featuring traditional refreshments and activities. The event is organized by students Hieu Van and Xingdi Ma. All members of G&E and QS program labs are welcome!

G&E Retreat
September 22-23, 2018)
For more information, click on "G&E Retreat" above. 

G&E New Student Orientation Program (August 31, 2018)
11:30 - 12:15p:  Overview of Program and Research Opportunities, GSBS Large Classroom
12:15 - 1:15p:  Lunch with G&E faculty and students, Onstead Forum
1:15 - 1:45p:  Student Panel to answer questions, Onstead Forum

G&E Ice Cream Social (July 27, 2018, 3:00 pm. Onstead Forum, Mitchell BSRB)
Cool off at the G&E summer ice cream social and cookie decorating contest. Graduate students, summer college students, faculty, postdocs and staff in Genetics and Epigenetics Program labs are invited! 

G&E Arts Showcase (June 18, 2018, 4:00 - 6:00 pm. Onstead Forum, Mitchell BSRB)
Students, faculty, postdocs and staff in the Genetics and Epigenetics Program community exhibit their visual art, perform musical pieces, read their poetry and showcase craft and culinary talents at our annual Arts Showcase. Exhibits open 4-6p; performances start at 4:30. The public is invited. Click here for the list of exhibitors and performers. 

2018 G&E Research Symposium April 12, 2018 (see below for details)

Spring PhD Thesis Defense Seminars

March 8 at 2:00 pm: Erin Williams (Mentor: Dr. Andrew Gladden). GSBS Large Classroom, S3.8371. Disruption of Apicobasal Polarity in Endometrial Development & Homeostasis

March 9 at 1:00 pm: Justin Wong (Mentor: Dr. Ralf Krahe). BSRB S14.8336. Omics Approaches to Uncovering Genetic & Somatic Variability Underlying Sarcoma-associated Disorders

March 22 at 10:00 am: Sitaram Gayatri (Mentor: Dr. Mark Bedford). Science Park Conference Center Auditorium; video-conferenced to GSBS All Purpose Room, S3.8456. Characterizing the Recognition Motif and Novel Substrates of CARM1

March 27 at 1:00 pm: Esmeralda Ramirez-Pena (Mentor: Dr. Sendurai Mani). BSRB S14.8336. The Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition in Breast Cancer Induces Alterations in Metabolism

April 6 at 2:00 pm:  Neeraj Aryal (Mentor: Dr. Guillermina Lozano). GSBS Large Classroom, S3.8371. Phosphorylation impairs Dicer1 function to accelerate aging and tumorigenesis in vivo

April 9 at 1:00 pm: Anna Casasent (Mentor: Dr. Nicholas Navin). GSBS Large Classroom, S3.8371. 

April 11 at 11:00 am: Charissa Kim (Mentor: Dr. Nicholas Navin). GSBS Large Classroom, S3.8371. Genomic Evolution of Chemoresistance in Triple-negative Breast Cancer Delineated by Single Cell Sequencing

April 11 at 3:00 pm: Alejandro Vilar-Prados (Mentor: Dr. Anil Sood). BSRB S14.8336. Identifying molecular targets and validating novel therapies for ovarian cancer

April 13 at 1:00 pm: Ngoc Bui (Mentor: Dr. Elsa Flores). GSBS Large Classroom, S3.8371. Deciphering the roles of ΔNp63 in regulating epithelial to mesenchymal transition, cancer progression and metastasis

April 17 at 2:00 pm: Nicolas Veland (Mentor: Dr. Taiping Shen). Science Park Conference Center Auditorium; Houston TBA. The Regulation of DNA Methylation in Mammalian Development and Cancer

May 21 at 9:00 am: Andrew Davis (Mentor: Dr. Elsa Flores). GSBS Large Classroom, S3.8371. Investigating the Roles of TAp63 and TAp73 in Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Lung Adenocarcinoma

June 6 at 9:00 am: Yongming Xue (Mentor: Dr. Xiaobing Shi). GSBS Large Classroom, S3.8371 and video-conferenced to OSB (SAT1.001) in Science Park.  "Role of P300 ZZ Domain in Chromatin Association and Histone Acetylation"

July 2 at 2:00 pm: Gita Dangol (Mentor: Dr. Anirban Maitra). GSBS Large Classroom, S3.8371 and video-conferenced to OSB (SAT1.001) in Science Park.  "Loss of Rnf43 accelerates Kras-mediated pancreatic neoplasia”

July 23 at 1:00 pm: Sarah Wu (Mentor: Dr. Elsa Flores). GSBS Large Classroom, S3.8371. "Investigating the Roles of p63 Isoforms in Lung Stem Cell Populations and Lung Cancer


First Annual G&E ResearchSymposium (April 12, 2018, Onstead Auditorium, Mitchell BSRB). 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Organized by G&E students, this all-day symposium features student speakers, keynote address by Dr. Vivian Cheung, HHMI Investigator, University of Michigan, faculty highlight speaker, Dr. Louise Strong, of MD Anderson and Past-President of the AACR, and career development activities.  Everyone in the G&E community and larger GSBS graduate school community is invited to participate.
Faculty Highlight Seminar: 11:00 AM, Dr. Louise Strong, Professor, Department of Genetics, MD Anderson 
Keynote Address:  4:00 PM, Dr. Vivian Cheung, Investigator, HHMI and Professor, University of Michigan
Career Development Activities:  Speed mentoring (11a); Finding a Postdoc Seminar (2:00p); Faculty Panel (3:00p) 

Rotation Talks (March 1, 2018 at 1:00 pm, GSBS Large Classroom, Mitchell BSRB)
First year students doing a tutorial in the lab of a G&E faculty member are invited to give a short talk at the end of the tutorial period to present the findings of their research project. The Winter 2018 talks will be Thursday, March 1 at 1:00p in the GSBS Large Classroom. The Fall 2017 talks were held December 7th at 1:00 pm in the GSBS Large Classroom. Pizza served! All are welcome.

Lunar New Year Event (March 1, 2018 at 3:00 pm, GSBS Commons)
G&E celebrates the Year of the Dog at its Lunar New Year networking event featuring traditional refreshments and Chinese calligraphy, lantern riddles, origami dogs, and knotted bracelets. The event is organized by students Chang Sun, Danielle Little and Yongming Xue. All members of G&E program labs welcome!

Ugly Sweater Afternoon Jingle & Mingle Networking Event
Students, faculty and postdocs gathered for a late afternoon mixer on December 6th in the GSBS Commons with home-baked cookies and 'ugly' seasonal sweaters. This was followed by a viewing of the movie "Elf" with popcorn and hot cocoa served in the Large Classroom. The event was organized by G&E students Sydney Moyer and Mimi Uyen.

Halloween Ice Cream Social and Cookie Decorating Event
G&E students, Danielle Little and Lalit Patel, organized a Halloween ice cream social and cookie decorating event October 23rd to which all first year students were invited. 

G&E Annual Program Retreat
The annual retreat was held October 14, 2017 at MD Anderson's Science Park Campus in Smithville, Texas. Program students and faculty gathered together for a day of student talks, posters, and scientific and social exchange. 

Lunch and Program Orientation for First Year Students
G&E hosted a lunch for new students with current faculty and students in September 2017.

Program events and activities will be organized by the G&E Community Committee throughout the year. Check back soon for more event information!