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. 


Congratulations to G&E Student Scholarship and Award Recipients 2017-2018 (partial list)

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

Rachel Dittmar (Advisor: Dr. Subrata Sen).
--Marilyn and Frederick R. Lummis, Jr M.D. Fellowship in the Biomedical Sciences, 2017 (Full Stipend, tuition and fees)
--Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellowship, 2018.
--Linda M. Wells GSBS Outreach Award, 2018 

Aimee Farria (Advisor, Dr. Sharon Dent). Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Fellowship/Professorship, 2018-2019

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.

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

Sidney Moyer (Advisor, Dr. Gigi Lozano). American Legion Auxiliary Fellowship in Cancer Research, 2nd year reappointment, 2018-2019 and Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellowship, 2019. 

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

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

Vanja Stankic (Advisor, Dr. Rachel Miller). Gigli Family Endowed Scholarship, 2017-2018 

Chang Sun (Advisor, Dr. Gigi Lozano). Excellence in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at MD Anderson, 2017-2018 

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

Zhenna Xiao (Advisor, Dr. Li Ma) 
--Rosalie B. Hite Fellowship, renewal. 2018-2019 (Full Stipend, tuition, fees and travel allowance)
--Excellence in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at MD Anderson, 2017-2018
--Gigli Family Endowed Scholarship, 2019

Ruoji Zhou (Advisor, Dr. Dung Fang Lee). Wei Yu Family Endowed Scholarship, 2017-2018 and Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Scholarship in Cancer Research, 2019

G&E Travel Award Recipients: Alexandria Blackburn, Ngoc Bui, Scott Casey, Andrew Davis, Jovanka Gencel Augusto, Rhea Kang, Lalit Patel, Tolkappiyan Premakumar, Johnathon Rose, Melinda Soeung, Vanja Stankic, Chang Sun, Yongming Xue 

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