Cell signaling research in the Cancer & Cell Biology Program includes investigations of communication processes that govern activities of cells and coordinate all cell actions.

A-L: Profiles of Faculty Working on Cell Signaling

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

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

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

Associate Professor

RNA; Alternative splicing; Breast Cancer Metastasis; Clinical Applications

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

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

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

Daniel A Gorelick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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

Sean M. Hartig, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Cellular Mechanisms of Obesity and Diabetes

H. Courtney Hodges, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

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

Deborah L Johnson, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4032

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

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

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

M-R: Profiles of Faculty Working on Cell Signaling

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

Nicholas Mitsiades, M.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5293

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

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…

Nagireddy Putluri, Ph.D

Associate Professor

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.

S-Z: Profiles of Faculty Working on Cell Signaling

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.

Interim Dean

Phone

  • (713) 798-7640

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

Arun Sreekumar, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3305

Cancer Biology; Drug Resistance Mechanisms; Metabolism; Signal Transduction

Fabio Stossi, Ph.D.

Associate 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…

Nancy L Weigel, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6234

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

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.

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

Houston Methodist Hospital