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Molecular and Human Genetics

Houston, Texas

Department of Molecular and Human Genetics
Department of Molecular and Human Genetics
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Training Faculty

The following BCM faculty members are currently eligible to accept graduate students for Ph.D. training in their laboratories. Parentheses indicate primary appointments in other departments.

  • Benjamin R. Arenkiel, Ph.D.

    Benjamin R. Arenkiel, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-1960
    Molecular genetic studies to investigate mechanisms of neural circuit formation, function, and maintenance.
  • David Bates, Ph.D.

    David Bates, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-7747
    Chromosome dynamics, molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, and cell cycle control in E. coli.
  • Arthur L. Beaudet, M.D.

    Arthur L. Beaudet, M.D.

    Professor, Chair
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-4795
    Neuronal carnitine deficiency as a risk factor for autism; Prader-Willi and Angelman syndrome; genotype-phenotype correlations for CHRNA7; molecular diagnosis in the CLIA lab.
  • Hugo J. Bellen, D.V.M., Ph.D.

    Hugo J. Bellen, D.V.M., Ph.D.

    Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-5272
    Genetic and molecular analysis of neurotransmitter release, neural development, and neuronal degeneration in Drosophila.
  • John W. Belmont, M.D., Ph.D.

    John W. Belmont, M.D., Ph.D.

    Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-4634
    Structural congenital heart defects including abnormalities in laterality and hypoplastic left heart syndrome; functional studies of Zic3; genetics of human immune responses; medical population genetics.
  • Alison A. Bertuch, M.D., Ph.D.

    Alison A. Bertuch, M.D., Ph.D.

    Associate Professor (Pediatrics); Co-Director of Graduate Program
    E-mail:
    Phone: 832-824-4579
    Basic mechanisms of telomere maintenance, structure, and function and DNA repair in the yeast model organism and human cells; the role of telomere biology in tumorigenesis and bone marrow failure.
  • Penelope M. Bonnen, Ph.D.

    Penelope M. Bonnen, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-4256
    Genomics, population genetics, and genetics of mitochondrial and metabolic disease.
  • Juan Botas, Ph.D.

    Juan Botas, Ph.D.

    Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-5397
    Comparative analysis of pathogenic mechanisms in neurodegenerative disorders. Screens for common 'drugable' targets.
  • Malcolm K. Brenner, M.D., Ph.D.

    Malcolm K. Brenner, M.D., Ph.D.

    Professor (Medicine)
    E-mail:
    Phone: 832-824-4671
    Use of gene therapy to improve responses to cancer.
  • Chester Brown, M.D., Ph.D.

    Chester Brown, M.D., Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-7418
    Genetic and genomic contributions to obesity and nutrient metabolism.
  • Lawrence Chan, M.B., B.S., D.Sc.

    Lawrence Chan, M.B., B.S., D.Sc.

    Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-4478
    Molecular pathogenesis and gene and cell therapy of diabetes; the role of bone marrow cells in diabetic complications.
  • Rui Chen, Ph.D.

    Rui Chen, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-5194
    Functional genomics of visual system development and diseases; High throughput technology; Bioinformatics.
  • Edward Cooper, M.D., Ph.D.

    Edward Cooper, M.D., Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-4939
    Voltage-gated sodium and potassium channel diseases of the axon: evolution, mechanisms, animal models, and therapeutics.
  • William J. Craigen, M.D., Ph.D.

    William J. Craigen, M.D., Ph.D.

    Professor; Graduate Education Committee Member
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-8305
    Regulation of cellular energy metabolism; mouse models of metabolic diseases.
  • Weiwei Dang, Ph.D.

    Weiwei Dang, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-1565
    Our lab uses yeast replicative aging as a model, together with human primary cell lines and adult stem cells, to study evolutionarily conserved epigenetic mechanisms during aging and development of age-related cancers.
  • Herman A. Dierick, M.D.

    Herman A. Dierick, M.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-6865
    Genetic and neurobiological mechanism of Drosophila aggression.
  • Richard A. Gibbs, Ph.D.

    Richard A. Gibbs, Ph.D.

    Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-6539
    Genome science, human molecular evolution, and molecular basis of inherited disease.
  • Margaret A. Goodell, Ph.D.

    Margaret A. Goodell, Ph.D.

    Professor (Pediatrics)
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-1265
    Murine and human hematopoietic stem cells; genetic and epigenetic regulation and development.
  • Brett Graham, M.D., Ph.D.

    Brett Graham, M.D., Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-6209
    Genetics of inborn errors of metabolism; genetic models of mitochondrial disease in Drosophila and mice.
  • Andy Groves, Ph.D.

    Andy Groves, Ph.D.

    Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-8743
    The development, evolution and regeneration of the inner ear.
  • Yongtao Guan, Ph.D.

    Yongtao Guan, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-0362
    Statistical genetics/genomics, Statistical and computational methods for next-gen sequencing, Bayesian statistics, and Markov chain Monte Carlo.
  • Philip J. Hastings, Ph.D.

    Philip J. Hastings, Ph.D.

    Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-5787
    Mechanism of amplification and genome instability in Escherichia coli.
  • Jason Heaney, Ph.D.

    Jason Heaney, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-1778
    Testicular and colon cancer genetics, stem/progenitor cell maintenance, and mouse models of human diseases.
  • Christophe Herman, Ph.D.

    Christophe Herman, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor; Graduate Education Committee Member
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-2126
    Epigenetic inheritance and phenotypic variability.
  • Kendal D. Hirschi, Ph.D.

    Kendal D. Hirschi, Ph.D.

    Professor (Pediatrics)
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-7011
    Analysis of nutrient and metal transporters in Arabidopsis and agriculturally important crops.
  • Gregory Ira, Ph.D.

    Gregory Ira, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-1017
    DNA repair, recombination and genome instability. Molecular mechanisms of mitotic DNA recombination.
  • Hamed Jafar-Nejad, M.D.

    Hamed Jafar-Nejad, M.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-6159
    Contribution of protein O-glycosylation to Notch signaling, animal development and human disease.
  • Milan Jamrich, Ph.D.

    Milan Jamrich, Ph.D.

    Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-3772
    Pattern formation in vertebrate embryos; ocular development; gene therapy.
  • Adam Kuspa, Ph.D.

    Adam Kuspa, Ph.D.

    Professor (Biochemistry)
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-4528
    Studies of cell signaling in bacterial recognition and development in the social amoeba Dictyostelium.
  • Suzanne M. Leal, Ph.D.

    Suzanne M. Leal, Ph.D.

    Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-4011
    Statistical genetics; genetic epidemiology; method development; gene mapping and identification; nonsyndromic hearing loss.
  • Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

    Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

    Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-8835
    Developmental genetics of the skeleton and human skeletal dysplasias; development of helper-dependent adenoviral gene therapy for immune modulation, inborn errors of metabolism, and skeletal diseases; Clinical research into the diagnosis, intervention, and treatment of metabolic and skeletal diseases.
  • Olivier Lichtarge, M.D., Ph.D.

    Olivier Lichtarge, M.D., Ph.D.

    Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-5646
    Computational and experimental approaches to the impact of variations on protein function and network perturbations.
  • James R. Lupski, M.D., Ph.D.

    James R. Lupski, M.D., Ph.D.

    Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-6530
    Molecular genetics of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and related inherited neuropathies; molecular mechanisms for human DNA rearrangements; genomic disorders; copy number variation (CNV) and disease.
  • Graeme Mardon, Ph.D.

    Graeme Mardon, Ph.D.

    Professor; Co-Director of Graduate Program
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-8731
    Retinal cell fate determination, development, and function in Drosophila and vertebrates.
  • Martin M. Matzuk, M.D., Ph.D.

    Martin M. Matzuk, M.D., Ph.D.

    Professor (Pathology)
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-6451
    Mammalian reproduction, TGF-beta signaling pathways, and ovarian cancer.
  • Michael L. Metzker, Ph.D.

    Michael L. Metzker, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-7565
    Next-generation sequencing technology development; genetic variation studies associated with ketosis-prone diabetes; methods development in HIV forensics.
  • Aleksandar Milosavljevic, Ph.D.

    Aleksandar Milosavljevic, Ph.D.

    Professor; Graduate Education Committee Member
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-8719
    Genomics, cancer genomics, epigenomics, and bioinformatics.
  • David D. Moore, Ph.D.

    David D. Moore, Ph.D.

    Professor (Cell Biology)
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-3313
    Functions of members of the nuclear hormone receptor superfamily.
  • Paolo M. Moretti, M.D.

    Paolo M. Moretti, M.D.

    Assistant Professor (Neurology)
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-7573
    Genetic and molecular studies of disease pathogenesis in Parkinson’s diseases and traumatic brain injury.
  • Daisuke Nakada, Ph.D.

    Daisuke Nakada, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-1175
    Molecular and genetic analysis of stem cell function and cancer.
  • David L. Nelson, Ph.D.

    David L. Nelson, Ph.D.

    Professor; Graduate Education Committee Member
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-4787
    Human genome and disease gene analysis; fragile X syndrome; incontinentia pigmenti; complex genetics.
  • Jeffrey L. Neul, M.D., Ph.D.

    Jeffrey L. Neul, M.D., Ph.D.

    Associate Professor (Pediatrics)
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-7322
    Determination of neuroanatomical, cellular, and molecular pathogenic mechanisms of clinical abnormalities in Rett syndrome.
  • Philip Ng, Ph.D. -

    Philip Ng, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-4158
    Liver and lung gene therapy.
  • Jeffrey L. Noebels, M.D., Ph.D.

    Jeffrey L. Noebels, M.D., Ph.D.

    Professor (Neurology)
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-5860
    Gene control of neuronal excitability within the developing mammalian CNS.
  • Paul A. Overbeek, Ph.D.

    Paul A. Overbeek, Ph.D.

    Professor (Cell Biology)
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-6421
    Gene regulation in transgenic mice; ocular development; growth factors; insertional mutagenesis.
  • Donald W. (Will) Parsons, M.D., Ph.D.

    Donald W. (Will) Parsons, M.D., Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor (Pediatrics)
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-4467
    Genomic analysis of pediatric cancers for identification of biologically and clinically-relevant molecular targets.
  • Richard E. Paylor, Ph.D.

    Richard E. Paylor, Ph.D.

    Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-6124
    Behavioral analyses of mutant mouse models of developmental and neurodegenerative disorders.
  • Sharon E. Plon, M.D., Ph.D.

    Sharon E. Plon, M.D., Ph.D.

    Professor (Pediatrics)
    E-mail:
    Phone: 832-824-4251
    Cancer predisposition syndromes, mechanisms of genomic instabiity and use of genome sequencing in clinical medicine.
  • Frank Probst, M.D., Ph.D.

    Frank Probst, M.D., Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Generation and characterization of mouse models of human diseases; mouse models of hearing impairment; detection of small genomic inversions; familial multiple lipomatosis.
  • Jeffrey Rogers, Ph.D.

    Jeffrey Rogers, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-7783
    Primate models of human disease, especially psychiatric disorders, comparative primate genomics and evolutionary genetics.
  • Susan M. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

    Susan M. Rosenberg, Ph.D.

    Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-6924
    Molecular mechanisms of genome instability in evolution, antibiotic resistance, and cancer.
  • Rodney Samaco, Ph.D.

    Rodney Samaco, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 832-824-8788
    The genetic and neuroanatomical origin of social behavior.
  • Marco Sardiello, Ph.D.

    Marco Sardiello, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-8521
    Regulatory networks of cell metabolism and neurological disorders.
  • Christian Schaaf, M.D., Ph.D.

    Christian Schaaf, M.D., Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 832-824-8787
    The genetic basis of neuropsychiatric disease and development of novel therapeutic strategies.
  • Daryl Scott, M.D., Ph.D.

    Daryl Scott, M.D., Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-203-7242
    Identifying and characterizing genes responsible for common birth defects.
  • Kenneth L. Scott, Ph.D.

    Kenneth L. Scott, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-4639
    Cancer gene discovery, pathways governing tumor metastasis and animal models for cancer.
  • Gad Shaulsky, Ph.D.

    Gad Shaulsky, Ph.D.

    Professor; Director of Graduate Program
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-8082
    Allorecognition, evolution of sociality and functional genomics in Dictyostelium.
  • Joshua M. Shulman, M.D., Ph.D.

    Joshua M. Shulman, M.D., Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 832 824-8976
    Functional genomics of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease; integrative genetic analyses in humans and Drosophila.
  • Pawel Stankiewicz, M.D., Ph.D.

    Pawel Stankiewicz, M.D., Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-5370
    Molecular mechanisms and clinical consequences of genomic rearrangements.
  • Ignatia B. Van den Veyver, M.D.

    Ignatia B. Van den Veyver, M.D.

    Professor (OB/GYN)
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-4914
    Genetics of X-linked disorders (Aicardi, Goltz and MLS syndrome); Epigenetics; DNA methylation in development; Imprinting in hydatidiform moles.
  • James Versalovic, M.D., Ph.D.

    James Versalovic, M.D., Ph.D.

    Professor (Pathology)
    E-mail:
    Phone: 832-824-2213
    Genomics of Gut Microbes, Intestinal Microbiome, Mucosal Immunity, Gut Inflammation, and Colorectal Cancer.
  • Meng Wang, Ph.D.

    Meng Wang, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-1566
    Systemic studies of endocrine and metabolic signaling in promoting healthy aging.
  • Robert A. Waterland, Ph.D.

    Robert A. Waterland, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor (Pediatrics)
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-0304
    Environmental influences on mammalian developmental epigenetics.
  • Thomas (Trey) Westbrook, Ph.D.

    Thomas (Trey) Westbrook, Ph.D.

    Associate Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-5364
    RNAi-based strategies to cancer gene discovery; REST tumor suppressor pathway.
  • John H. Wilson, Ph.D.

    John H. Wilson, Ph.D.

    Professor (Biochemistry)
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-5760
    Instability of disease-causing trinucleotide repeats in human cells, and targeted gene therapy of retinitis pigmentosa in mouse models.
  • Lee-Jun C. Wong, Ph.D.

    Lee-Jun C. Wong, Ph.D.

    Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-1940
    Mitochondrial genetics and function in human diseases, cancer, and aging.
  • Fuli Yu, Ph.D.

    Fuli Yu, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-7676
    High throughput DNA technologies; Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) data analysis; 1000 Genomes Project.
  • Hui Zheng, Ph.D.

    Hui Zheng, Ph.D.

    Professor; Graduate Education Committee Member
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-1568
    Pathophysiological studies of Alzheimer's disease pathways using mouse models.
  • Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D.

    Huda Y. Zoghbi, M.D.

    Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-6558
    Molecular basis of neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders; nervous system development.
  • Chenghang Zong, Ph.D.

    Chenghang Zong, Ph.D.

    Assistant Professor
    E-mail:
    Phone: 713-798-6102
    Single cell analyses for tumorigenesis and stem cell differentiation.

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