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-D: Graduate Program in Cancer and Cell Biology

Rachel N. Arey, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Eveline Barbieri, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Neuroblastoma; Metabolism and Cancer; Developmental Therapeutics

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

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4579

Dyskeratosis congenita; Mechanisms of bone marrow failure…

Lisa Bouchier-Hayes, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-3320

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

Changyi Johnny Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor and Director, Basic Science and Translational Labs

Phone

  • (713) 798-4401

Pancreatic cancer; PLGA-PEI based nanotechnology; Endothelial dysfunction and vascular disease; Angiogenesis; Atherosclerosis; Cardiovascular disease…

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

ER protein quality control; Stem Cell Maintenance; Endoplasmic Reticulum-Associated Degradation; Unfolded Protein Response; Tumor Microenvironment; Therapy resistance

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

William K Decker, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Cancer immunotherapy; Dendritic cell vaccination; TH polarization; Innate immune signaling

James E. Dennis, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7735

Gretchen Diehl, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Impact of the microbiota on intestinal immune responses

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

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

Marta L. Fiorotto, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7146

Developmental Determinants of Skeletal Muscle Growth

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

Mostafa Waleed Gaber, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-3170

Pediatric brain tumor treatment sequelae; Translational imaging paradigm to map bone marrow failure.…

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

Alan Herron, D.V.M.

Professor

Animal Models for Human Disease; Elephant Endotheliotrophic Herpes Virus; Emerging Zoonotic Diseases

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

Terzah Marie Horton, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4269

Developing new treatment therapies for childhood leukemias and lymphomas

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

Joseph Michael Hyser, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4514

Enteric Virus Calcium Channel Blockers; Exploitation of Host Calcium Signaling Pathways by Microbes…

Grzegorz Ira, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1017

Genome Instability; Molecular mechanisms and regulation of DNA recombination

Benny Abraham Kaipparettu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6506

Jason M. Karch

Assistant Professor

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

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

Ann Marie Leen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4690

T cell immunotherapy for viruses and cancer

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

Paul Dalling Ling, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8474

Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV); Gammaherpesvirus pathogenesis

David Lonard, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Research interests

John P Lydon, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

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

Jianpeng Ma, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8187

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

Anna Malovannaya, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8699

Mass Spectrometry Proteomics; Bioinformatics; Cancer; Gene Expression and Regulation; Chromosomes, Chromatin, and DNA Biology…

Tsz-Kwong Man, Ph.D., B.S.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4682

Research Interests

Michael A Mancini, Ph.D.

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

Bhagavatula Moorthy, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-3266

Cytochrome P450 regulation, mechanisms of hyperoxic lung injury, bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), acute lung injury (ALI)/ARDS;

Daisuke Nakada, Ph.D.

Associate 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

Faculty N-S: Graduate Program in Cancer and Cell Biology

David L Nelson, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-8160

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.

Roger Rossen Endowed Professorship of Reproductive Pathology andAssociate 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…

Thuy Phung, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Signal transduction pathways in the vasculature; Pediatric dermatopathology; Global pathology

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

Professor

Phone

  • (832) 832-4539

Cancer predisposition syndromes

Nagireddy Putluri, Ph.D

Associate Professor

Michele Simmons Redell, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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

Cliona M Rooney, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4693

Virus-specific T cells for treatment of viral diseases

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

Rachel Schiff, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1676

Biology of ER-positive and HER2-positive breast cancer, targeted therapies, treatment resistance, correlative biomarkers, integrative OMICS and functional genomics

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

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

Carolyn L Smith, Ph.D.

Dean

Phone

  • (713) 798-7640

Negative regulation of estrogen receptor function; ER and coactivator interactions; Breast & Bladder Cancer; Graduate Education

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.

Associate Professor

Masataka Suzuki, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4673

The application of helper-dependent adenoviral vectors (HDAds) to cancer immunotherapy…

Sundararajah Thevananther, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-3753

Molecular mechanisms of liver regeneration.

Kimberley Renee Fuchs Tolias, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3981

Molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating neural circuit formation and plasticity

Qiang Tong, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6716

Molecular mechanism of life span extension by caloric restriction; Adipose formation and function during obesity and diabetes…

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…

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

Meng Wang, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1566

Qinghua Wang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5289

Molecular Basis of Human Disease and Behavior; Genomics, Proteomics, and Metabolomics; Development and Evolution; Cancer…

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

Thomas Michael Wheeler, M.D.

Senior Vice Chair

Phone

  • (713) 798-4664

Lee-Jun Wong, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1940

Mitochondrial genetics and function in human diseases, cancer, and aging

Tao Wu

Assistant Professor

Deciphering the Driver Epigenetic Mutations in Cancer; Understanding the Dynamics of Epigenetic Regulation; Overcoming the Cancer Treatment Resistance

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

Jianming Xu, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6199

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

Chandrasekhar Yallampalli, DVM, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4188

Perinatology and Fetal Programming of Adult Health and Diseases

Jianhua Yang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4572

Functional analysis of molecular targets in cancer.

Qizhi Cathy Yao, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Surgery

Phone

  • (713) 798-1765

HIV vaccines; Pancreatic cancer pathogenesis; Nanoparticle targeted delivery

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

Nicolas Leon Young, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4580

Top Down Proteomics; Post-translational Modifications; Chromatin; Epigenetics; Nuclear Receptors; Cancer; Biochemistry; Histones; Transcription…

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

Bing Zhang, Ph.D.

Professor

Bioinformatics; Systems biology; Precision oncology

Pumin Zhang, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1866

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

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

Xiang Zhang, Ph.D

Professor

Houston Methodist Hospital