Department of Pathology & Immunology

Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship Fellows


Fellows in the program come for training from various places in the country and the world. After graduation, most fellows are recruited to academic institutions.


Current Fellows


Chala Yasa-Benkli, M.D., Ph.D.

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MGP Fellow Physician

I am from Turkey where I received my medical degree at Koç University School of Medicine, Istanbul with full academic merit scholarship. Following my studies, in 2019, I joined Baylor College of Medicine for AP/CP Pathology residency program. As a resident, I found the chance to serve in College of American Pathologists Molecular Oncology Committee as a junior member, which offered tremendous opportunities for career development. I am excited for the extraordinary opportunity to continue my training with Baylor MGP fellowship program, which offers comprehensive training with numerous interesting cases, exposure to various practice settings, collegial environment and faculty deeply invested in education. As a future molecular pathologist, I will strive to expand the access to precision pathology/oncology. I adore spending time with my husband, traveling, reading, and swimming/sailing the Aegean Sea.

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MGP Fellow Physician

I hail from Bangladesh, a charming small country in southeast Asia, where I spent my formative years. After completing medical school and internship training at Dhaka Medical College and Hospital, I briefly worked in the oncology department of a pharmaceutical industry which made me interested in the molecular aspects of cancer research. My passion for molecular biology and genetics led me to move to Sweden, where I obtained my M.Sc. degree in the field. Thereafter, I completed my Ph.D. in cell, molecular, and developmental biology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, USA.

I joined the AP/CP residency program at UT Health Science Center in July 2019 and recently graduated in 2023. During my residency, I was actively involved in serving as the Treasurer/Secretary for UT house staff association, delivered a series of molecular pathology lectures to fellow residents, and presented and published multiple research projects in national and international meetings. My fervor for cell and molecular science drove me to pursue a Molecular Genetic Pathology Fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, a renowned healthcare facility that epitomizes exceptional patient care, research, and innovation. Furthermore, I am interested in Hematopathology and plan to pursue my second fellowship in Hematopathology at Houston Methodist Hospital.

Apart from my professional pursuits, I have diverse personal interests, including painting, playing violin, singing, and reading fiction stories. I cherish spending my leisure time with my family and my beloved son.

Past Fellows


Current Affiliation

Graduation Year

Runjun KumarUniversity of Washington, Seattle, WA2023
Qing WeiMD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX2023
Yan Chen WongworawatLoma Linda University, Loma Linda, CA2022
Annie GarciaPathGroup, Nashville, TN2022
Mohammad EldomerySt. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN2021
Siddhartha SenUniversity of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN2021
Wei XieOregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR2020
Nasir AmraBaylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX2020
Yulei ShenHenry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI2019
Christopher MarquezMayo Clinic, Jacksonville, FL2019
Marjorie DavidUniversity of Texas Health Sciences Center, San Antonio, TX2018
Damon OlsonChildren's Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN2018
Niveen IssaqBaylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX2017
Peng LiUniversity of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT2017
Tricia PetersNeoGenomics Laboratories, Houston, TX2017
Richard HuangFoundation Medicine Inc, Morrisville, NC2016