MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

The Genetics & Epigenetics (G&E) Graduate Program is a research-oriented Ph.D. 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 the UTHealth Science Center at Houston (McGovern Medical School, School of Public Health, School of Dentistry, and School of Biomedical Informatics). In addition, some G&E labs are located near Austin, Texas at the MD Anderson Science Park campus in Smithville, home to the Department of Epigenetics and Molecular Carcinogenesis

Students affiliated with legacy programs (i.e., those that existed before the GSBS program reorganization), may click here to find information about their program requirements. 

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Congratulations to G&E Student Fellowship, Scholarship and Award Recipients 2018-2019 (partial list)

Amelie Albrecht (Advisor, Dr. Xuetong Shen)
Terry and Janet Klebe Fellowship, 2018-2019 (stipend & tuition)

Jovanka Gencel Augusto (Advisor, Dr. Gigi Lozano)
Rosalie B. Hite Graduate Fellowships in Cancer Research, 2018-2019 (stipend & tuition)

Alexandria Blackburn (Dr. Rachel Miller)
The Schissler Foundation Fellowship, 2019-2020 (stipend & tuition)

Rachel Dittmar (Advisor: Dr. Subrata Sen)
Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellowship, 2018
Linda M. Wells GSBS Outreach Award, 2018

Aimee Farria (Advisor, Dr. Sharon Dent)
Andrew Sowell and Wade Huggins Professor and Fellowship, 2018-2019 renewal (stipend & tuition)

Charissa Kim (Advisor, Dr. Nicholas Navin)
Alfred G. Knudson Jr. Outstanding Dissertation Award 2018

Pranavi Koppula (Advisor, Dr. Boyi Gan)
Dr. John J. Kopchik Research Award, 2018
Steve Lasher and Janice Longoria Graduate Student Research Award in Cancer Biology, 2019

Danielle Little (Advisor, Dr. Jichao Chen)
NIH F31 Fellowship, 2017-2020

Lorena Maili (Advisor, Dr. Jacqueline Hecht)
NIH F31 Fellowship, 2019-2021

Roxsan Manshouri (Advisor, Dr. Don Gibbons)
NIH F31 Fellowship, 2018-2023
Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellowship, 2019

Sidney Moyer (Advisor, Dr. Gigi Lozano)
American Legion Auxiliary Fellowship in Cancer Research, 2019-2020 renewal
Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellowship, 2019

Odemaris Narvaez del Pilar (Dr. Jichao Chen)
Tzu Chi Scholarship Award for Excellence, 2019

Lalit Patel (Advisor, Dr. Michelle Barton)
Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellowship, 2018 

Tolkappiyan Premkumar (Advisor, Dr. Francesca Cole)
Scholarship for Excellence in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at MD Anderson, 2018-2019

Melinda Soeung (Advisor, Dr. Giulio Draetta)
Scholarship for Excellence in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at MD Anderson, 2018-2019

Hieu Van (Advisor, Dr. Margarida Santos)
Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Scholarship in Cancer Research, 2018-2019

Zhenna Xiao (Advisor, Dr. Li Ma) 
Rosalie B. Hite Fellowship, renewal. 2018-2019 (stipend & tuition)
Gigli Family Endowed Scholarship, 2018-2019

Ruoji Zhou (Advisor, Dr. Dung Fang Lee)
Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Scholarship in Cancer Research, 2018-2019

G&E Travel Award Recipients: Jovanka Gencel Augusto, Safia Essien, Aimee Farria, Melissa Frasca, Danielle Little, Lorena Maili, Rhiannon Morrissey, Malcolm Moses, Sydney Moyer, Odemaris Narvaez del Pilar

G&E Student Service Award Recipients: Jovanka Gencel Augusto, Rachel Dittmar, Sitaram Gayatri, Danielle Little, Lorena Maili, Sara Martin, , Rhiannon Morrissey, Sydney Moyer, Odemaris Narvaez del Pilar, Vanja Stankic