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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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News

GSBS PhD student Mabel Perez-Oquendo receives NIH/NCI F31-Diversity fellowship

GSBS PhD student Mabel Perez-Oquendo receives NIH/NCI F31-Diversity fellowship

Student Mabel Perez-Oquendo received an NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Parent F31-Diversity)...
April 27, 2022
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Frost named GSBS assistant dean of graduate education as of April 1

Frost named GSBS assistant dean of graduate education as of April 1

Assistant Dean of Graduate Education Jeffrey A. Frost, PhD, is a professor in the Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth Houston. At the Graduate...
April 13, 2022
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Graduate School faculty member Raghu Kalluri, MD, PhD, elected to UT Shine Academy

Raghu Kalluri, MD, PhD, is the Frederick F. Becker Distinguished Endowed Chair of Cancer Research, as well as a professor and chair of the Department of Cancer Biology at MD Anderson. He also serves as...
March 9, 2022
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Taylor Halsey, Mikayla Waters, Joseph DeCunha, Ruoyu Wang

4 GSBS students awarded UTHealth CPRIT fellowships

The UTHealth Innovation in Cancer Prevention Research Training Program funded by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has announced the 2021-2022 fellows and GSBS students Joseph...
January 6, 2022
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Work by GSBS alumna Vanja Krneta-Stankic, PhD, published on cover of Cell Reports

Graduate School alumna Vanja Krneta-Stankic’s research on kidney development was published in Cell Reports and featured on the cover of the July issue. In this Q&A with the Graduate School...
November 1, 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

Amy Carter
G&E Program Manager
GSBS Office - BSRB S3.8328
Telephone: 713.745.0659
email: amy.e.carter@uth.tmc.edu