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Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine

Houston, Texas

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Translational Biology & Molecular Medicine Graduate Program
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Ryan Hartmaier, Ph.D.

Ryan Hartmaier

Department of Medicine

Thesis Title: Functional and Population Studies of Polymorphisms in Nuclear Receptor Coregulators

Basic Science Mentor: Steffi Oesterreich, Ph.D.
Department of Medicine

Clinical Science Mentor: Powel H. Brown, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Medicine

Ph.D., Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, 2010
B.S., Bioengineering, University of Washington

Position after graduation: Post-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Steffi Oesterreich at the Magee Women’s Research Institute at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

Awards and Honors

  • San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium Basic Science Scholars Scholarship, 2009
  • First Place, Poster Presentation, Nuclear Receptor Program, BCM DLDCC 7th Annual Cancer Symposium, 2009
  • Second Place, Oral Presentation, BCM TBMM 1st Annual Research Conference, 2009
  • Third Place, Oral Presentation, BCM LSSBC 5th Annual Breast Cancer Research and Education Program, 2009
  • John R. Kelsey, Jr., Student Speaker Award, 2008
  • Predoctoral Fellowship, Department of Defense: Breast Cancer Research Program, 2008-2011
  • Department of Bioengineering Departmental Honors, 2005
  • Mary Gates Undergraduate Research Scholarship, 2004-2005


  • Hartmaier RJ, Shaffer DR. Graduate students bring clinical know-how into their lab work through the HHMI Med into Grad program. Dis Model Mech. 2009. 2(11-12):531-2.
  • Hartmaier RJ, Tchatchou S, Richter AS, Wang J, McGuire SE, Skaar TC, Rae JM, Hemminki K, Sutter C, Ditsch N, Bugert P, Weber BHF, Niederacher D, Arnold N, Varon-Mateeva R, Wappenschmidt B, Schmutzler RK, Meindl A, Bartram CR, Burwinkel B, Oesterreich S. Nuclear receptor coregulator SNP discovery and impact on breast cancer risk. BMC Cancer. 2009. 9:438. PMID: 20003447
  • Hartmaier RJ, Walenkamp MJE, Richter AS, Wang J, Katzenellenbogen BS, Blankenstein MA, Demura M, Oesterreich S, Wit JM. A novel form of premature thelarche variant is not associated with genetic alterations in ERα, ERβ, aromatase and ER cofactors. J Pediatr Endocrinol Metab. 2009. 22(8):751-8. PMID: 19845126
  • Kaka AS, Shaffer DR, Hartmaier RJ, Leen AM, Lu A, Bear A, Rooney CM, Foster AE. Genetic modification of T cells with IL-21 enhances antigen presentation and generation of central memory tumor-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes. J Immunother. 2009. 32(7):726-36. PMID: 19561536

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