At BCM, faculty members have the freedom to select the programs that align with their research. Rather than be bound by the department or center into which they were hired, faculty opt into participation in graduate programs.  This ensures that you will interact with faculty who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives across the full depth and breadth of cancer and cell biology.

Our program draws faculty from BCM's Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology -- ranked among the top five in the nation in funding from the National Institutes of Health, and other departments and centers throughout the College.

Explore profiles of faculty below or visit our research page to learn about the various areas in which our faculty work and find investigators whose interests match your own.

Faculty A-F: Graduate Program in Cancer and Cell Biology

Alison Ann Bertuch, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4579

Dyskeratosis congenita; Mechanisms of bone marrow failure…

Andre Catic, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor & CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research

Phone

  • (713) 798-1567

We study protein quality control mechanisms and their involvement in gene regulation, metabolism, and aging.

Pui-Kwong Chan, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7902

Eric C Chang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3519

Min Chen

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8507

Autoimmunity and inflammation; Dendritic cells in immune regulation; Cytokine signal transduction

Xi Chen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor & CPRIT Scholar in Cancer Research

Unfolded Protein Response; ER stress; Tumor Microenvironment; Cancer Therapeutics; Stem Cells

Chonghui Cheng, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

RNA; Alternative splicing; Breast Cancer Metastasis; Clinical Applications

Orla M Conneely, Ph.D.

Professor

Weiwei Dang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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

Dean Edwards, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-2326

Tony Eissa, M.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3190

Regulation of Autophagy in Innate Immunity; Cellular Regulation of Nitric Oxide Synthesis in Inflammation; Cellular regulation of misfolded proteins

Matthew J. Ellis, MB, BChir, BSc., PhD, FRCP

Professor / Director

Phone

  • (713) 798-1999

Breast Cancer Oncology; Breast Cancer Genomics; Metastatic Breast Cancer; Clinical Trials

Xin-Hua Feng, Ph.D.

Professor of Surgery

Phone

  • (713) 798-4756

Embryonic stem cells; Serine/threonine phosphatases; SMAD; SUMOylation; TGF-ß/BMP; Ubiquitination

Josephine Chu Ferreon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1756

NMR Spectroscopy; Stem Cell Biology; Intrinsically Disordered Proteins; Protein Structure and Function; Post-Translational Modifications

Charles E Foulds, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Loning Fu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-0342

Suzanne A W Fuqua, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1671

Breast cancer; Hormone receptors, hormone responsiveness, gene expression profiling, mutant ER, metastasis, predictive markers

Faculty G-L: Graduate Program in Cancer and Cell Biology

Margaret A Goodell, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1265

Murine and human hematopoietic stem cells; Genetic and epigenetic regulation and development.

Daniel A Gorelick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Cell signaling; Environmental influence on organ formation & function; Zebrafish genetics

Darryl L. Hadsell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7043

Lactation Biology, Mammalian Genomics

Sean M. Hartig, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Cellular Mechanisms of Obesity and Diabetes

Kendal D Hirschi, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7011

Nutritional improvement of agriculturally important crops

H. Courtney Hodges, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Epigenomics; Super-resolution imaging; Chromatin and epigenetics; Cancer biology

Peter Jay Hotez, M.D., Ph.D.

Dean for the National School of Tropical Medicine

Phone

  • (713) 798-1199

Drug and Vaccine Delivery; Tropical Medicine

Grzegorz Ira, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1017

Genome Instability; Molecular mechanisms and regulation of DNA recombination

Deborah L Johnson, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4032

Transcription Factors; Oncogenic Transformation; PTEN; TATA-binding protein; Maf1; Graduate Student Education

Daniel Lacorazza, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-5103

Development and differentiation of the immune system; Transcriptional regulation of blood formation; Pathobiology and treatment of leukemia…

Rainer Lanz, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Michael T. Lewis, Ph.D., B.S.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3296

Yi Li, Ph.D., M.S., B.S.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3963

Breast cancer initiation and progression; Wnt signaling and cancer stem cells; Breast Cancer Prevention; JAK-STAT signaling in breast cancer

Weei-Chin Lin, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine

Phone

  • (713) 798-2641

Cell cycle regulation; Development of cancer therapeutics; Clinical hematology

David Lonard, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research interests

John P Lydon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Progesterone receptor and coregulator control of normal and abnormal functions of the uterus and mammary gland.

Faculty M-Q: Graduate Program in Cancer and Cell Biology

Jianpeng Ma, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8187

Viral Pathogens; Human; Bioinformatics; Nano Medicine and Drug Design; Biophysics and Computational Biology…

Michael A Mancini, Ph.D.

Professor

Single cell analysis of gene regulation

Shailaja K Mani, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Susan Jean Marriott, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4440

Viral transformation and transcription control

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

Interim Department Chair

Phone

  • (713) 798-6451

Sean Eric McGuire, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-9174

Cancer cell metabolism; metabolic imaging

Nicholas Mitsiades, M.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5293

Daisuke Nakada, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1175

Normal and malignant stem cells in the blood system

Joel Neilson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8851

Molecular Biology and Genetics; Cell and Developmental Biology; Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Gene Expression; Human Disease

David L Nelson, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-8160

Hoang Nguyen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1236

Skin epithelial stem cells

Bert W O'Malley, M.D.

Chair/Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6205

Hormone action; Coactivator function; Eukaryotic gene expression; Gene therapy; Nanotechnology

C Kent Osborne, M.D.

Director

Phone

  • (713) 798-1999

Diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer; Biology of breast cancer; Resistance to ER and HER2-targeted therapies in breast cancer…

Paul Overbeek, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6421

Stephanie A Pangas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5898

Reproductive Biology; Reproductive Cancers

Frederick A Pereira, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6933

Signaling pathways in auditory development, aging and cancer prevention; Circadian Rhythms; Hearing and Balance disorders; Auditory neuropathy…

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

Professor

Phone

  • (832) 832-4539

Cancer predisposition syndromes

Nagireddy Putluri, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Faculty R-V: Graduate Program in Cancer and Cell Biology

Joanne S Richards, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6238

George Gerald Rodney Jr., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5797

Biomedical Imaging; Cardiovascular Sciences; Cell and Developmental Biology; Human Disease; Skeletal Muscle Physiology

Jeffrey M Rosen, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6210

Developmental and hormonal regulation of mammary gland gene expression and breast cancer

David R Rowley, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6220

Mechanisms of reactive stroma in cancer progression.

Ergun Sahin, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6685

Telomere function, aging and cancer biology

Noah Freeman Shroyer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8693

Mechanisms that control intestinal development and homeostasis; Human Enteroids

Richard N Sifers, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3169

Glycobiology; Secretory Pathway; Protein Biosynthetic Quality Control; Conformational Disease; Alpha1-antitrypsin Deficiency; Disease Modifiers…

Betty L. Slagle, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3006

Pathogenesis of viral hepatitis

Carolyn L Smith, Ph.D.

Senior Associate Dean of Graduate Education and Academic Program Development

Phone

  • (713) 798-6235

Negative regulation of estrogen receptor function; ER and coactivator interactions; Breast cancer; Bladder cancer

Anna Marie Sokac, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3561

Development and Evolution; Biophysics and Computational Biology; Membrane Trafficking; Actin Cytoskeleton; Cytokinesis; Morphogenesis

Zhou Songyang, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5220

Arun Sreekumar, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3305

Cancer Biology; Drug Resistance Mechanisms; Metabolism; Signal Transduction

Fabio Stossi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ming-Jer Tsai, Ph.D.

Dist Serv Prof

Phone

  • (713) 798-6253

Sophia Y Tsai, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6251

Koen J. T. Venken, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3698

Human Disease Modeling; Genome Engineering; Genetic Manipulation; Method Development; Technology Development; Cellular and organismal model systems…

Faculty W-Z: Graduate Program in Cancer and Cell Biology

Cheryl Walker, Ph.D.

Director

Phone

  • (713) 798-8219

Jin Wang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and CPRIT Scholar

Phone

  • (713) 798-6875

Chemical Biology, Sensing and Imaging, Drug Discovery, and Drug Delivery

Nancy L Weigel, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6234

Coactivators and androgen receptors in prostate cancer; vitamin D receptor target genes.

Trey Westbrook, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5364

Jianming Xu, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6199

Gene networks & signaling pathways that regulate steroid hormone-promoted cancers

Laising Yen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1180

Investigating RNA mutational events in cancer; Engineering RNA-based switches for gene regulation & biosensor

Robert Brian York

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4178

Liver Cancer; Hepatic Metabolism; Inflammation; Calcium Signaling

Li-Yuan Yu-Lee, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4770

Immune and inflammatory responses and regulation; Mitotic kinases in cell cycle regulation; Cytokinesis and aneuploidy; Cell migration and metastasis

Jihye Yun, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3632

Understanding the role of dietary factors in colorectal cancer pathogenesis (Key words: Cancer Metabolism, Microbiome, Genetic mutations, Mouse models, Organoids)

Jason T. Yustein, M.D.-Ph.D.

E. Lynn Zechiedrich, Ph.D.

Kyle and Josephine Morrow Chair in Molecular Virology and Microbiology

Phone

  • (713) 798-5126

DNA supercoiling, DNA topoisomerases, antibiotic resistance, gene therapy

Pumin Zhang, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1866

Cell and Developmental Biology; Human Disease; Molecular Biology and Genetics

Xiang Zhang, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Zheng Zhou, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6489

Molecular genetic studies of clearance of apoptotic cells in C. elegans

Chenghang (Chuck) Zong, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6102

Single cell analyses, tumorigenesis, genome instability

Houston Methodist Hospital