Director: M.D./Ph.D. Program

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



  • (832) 824-4251

Cancer predisposition syndromes; Mechanisms of genomic instability and use of genome sequencing in clinical medicine

Co-Directors: M.D./Ph.D. Program

Kjersti Marie Aagaard, M.D., Ph.D.


Microbiome interactions to preterm birth; The in utero environment and epigenetics in fetal programming and development

Benjamin J. Frankfort, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor


  • (713) 798-6100

Translational research; Basic research; Medical and surgical management of adult glaucoma

Katherine Yudeh King, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Role of interferon-gamma in hematopoietic stem cell regulation

Xander Wehrens, M.D., Ph.D.



  • (713) 798-4700

Biochemistry and Biophysics; Cardiovascular Sciences; Human Disease

Administrators: M.D./Ph.D. Program

The administrative staff is responsible for academic, financial, medical and personal documentation concerning the progress of every student and graduate of the program. They are also responsible for recruitment of new applicants, educational programming, social events, preparation and management of program budgets and preparation of grant applications.

Krista D Defalco, M.H.A, M.B.A.

Director, Administrative Operations


  • (713) 798-6613

Vanessa Howard Hatfield, B.A.

Academic Administrator

Laura A Gonzalez, B.S.

Administrative Coordinator II