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GENETICS & EPIGENETICS

Research in G&E labs is broadly focused on the fundamental genetic, epigenetic, and genomic mechanisms that control cell growth and differentiation, and that cause cancer and other human diseases.

Welcome to G&E!

The Genetics & Epigenetics (G&E) Program is a research-oriented PhD and MS program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The research in G&E labs is broadly focused on the fundamental genetic, epigenetic, and genomic mechanisms that control cell growth and differentiation, and that cause cancer and other human diseases. From basic science investigations to translational studies, G&E students and faculty are actively engaged in the pursuit of new scientific knowledge that could one day lead to clinical advances.

The Program aims to train students who are knowledgeable, critical, and productive independent scientists. We achieve this through cutting-edge research projects, classes, seminars, retreat, laboratory collaborations, social gatherings and career development activities.

G&E labs are located throughout the Texas Medical Center, including MD Anderson and UTHealth (McGovern Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Dentistry, and School of Biomedical Informatics). 

Image at right shows that, in inner mitochondria membrane, a lipophilic metabolite called ubiquinol (blue dots) is quenching lipid peroxides (which make inner mitochondria membrane “on fire”), and suppresses cell death called ferroptosis. From the lab of Boyi Gan, PhD. Mao, C., et al. Nature 2021
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Jichao Chen, PhD
G&E Program Director
Associate Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine - Research
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Office: Zayed Z9.5052 
Email: jchen16@mdanderson.org | Tel: 713-745-0630

Francesca Cole, PhD
G&E Program Co-Director
Associate Professor, Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Office:South Campus Research Building, 3SCRB4.4109
Email: fcole@mdanderson.org | Tel: 832-750-7185

Elisabeth Lindheim
G&E Program Coordinator
Office: GSBS Deans Office, BSRB S3.8328 
Email: elindheim@mdanderson.org | Tel: 713-745-0682