Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Cancer & Cell Biology Graduate Program Alumni

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Career Paths

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Wherever your ambitions lie, you will receive the support you need to follow a path well worn by BCM alumni who have built successful careers across diverse endeavors. A few of our alumni who have gone onto successful careers are featured here.

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Tamara Alliston, Ph.D.

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Dr. Alliston is a professor of orthopedic surgery at the University of California San Francisco.

Nathan Boles, Ph.D.

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Dr. Boles is a principal investigator at the Neural Stem Cell Institute.

Teresa Bowman, Ph.D.

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Dr. Bowman is an associate professor of development and molecular biology and oncology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Chi-Hsuan (Sean) Chang, Ph.D.

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Dr. Chang is a Process Development Scientist at Poseida Therapeutics, Inc.

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Dana Gaddy, Ph.D.

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Dr. Gaddy is a professor of veterinary integrative biosciences at Texas A&M University.

Allison Falender, Ph.D.

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Dr. Falender is a general manager of gasoline development at Shell.

Michael Gatza, Ph.D.

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Dr, Gatza is an assistant professor of radiation oncology at the Robert Wood Johnson Medicine School of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Antentor O. Hinton Jr., Ph.D.

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Dr. Hinton is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine.

Michael Iannotti, Ph.D.

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Dr. Iannotti is a research scientist in the Division of Pre-Clinical Innovation at the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences in the National Institutes of Health.

Nicole Kettner, Ph.D.

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Dr. Kettner is postdoctoral research fellow in the Translational Research in Multi-Disciplinary Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Donald P. McDonnell, Ph.D.

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Dr. McDonnell is a chair of pharmacology and cancer biology and the Glaxo-Wellcome Professor of Molecular Cancer Biology at Duke University School of Medicine.

Bryan C. Nikolai, Ph.D.

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Dr. Nikolai is a assistant professor in Molecular and Cellular Biology at BCM.

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Thuy-Ai Nguyen

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Dr. Nguyen is a scientist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences | Kelly Government Solutions.

Ramon Roman, Ph.D.

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Dr. Roman is employed with the Army Core of Engineers.

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Dr. Polleys is a postdoctoral scholar at the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences at Tufts University.

Michelle Rubin-Onur, Ph.D.

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Dr. Rubin-Onur is a regulatory specialist at Acknowledge Regulatory Strategies.

James Versalovic, M.D. Ph.D.

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Dr. Versalovic is the Milton J. Finegold Professor of Pathology and Immunology at BCM and pathologist-in-chief at Texas Children's Hospital.

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Career Development

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Workshops, seminars and courses offered through the Career Development Center help students explore career paths open to individuals with a Ph.D. The center’s staff helps students find opportunities to gain experience and build connections that match career interests. Staff also work one-on-one with students to help them define and reach their goals.

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Alumni Profile

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Warren E. Zimmer, Ph.D., discussed his experiences at BCM when he was back on campus to receive the 2018 Distinguished Alumnus Award - Biomedical Sciences. Dr. Zimmer is director of the Medical Science Graduate Program, the MD Plus Program and the Summer Research Program at Texas A&M College of Medicine.