The Baylor genetics faculty includes four members of the National Academy of Sciences, eight members of the National Academy of Medicine, nine fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, two Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigators and one Howard Hughes Medical Institute Faculty Scholar.

Explore the profiles of faculty below or visit our faculty research page to find faculty listed by subject and by the organism they study.

Faculty A-C: Graduate Program in Genetics & Genomics

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

Professor

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

Chris Amos

Associate Director of Quantitative Science

Benjamin Russell Arenkiel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1960

David B. Bates

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7747

Chromosome dynamics, molecular mechanisms of DNA replication, and cell cycle control in E. coli

Arthur L Beaudet, M.D.

Henry and Emma Meyer Chair and Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4795

Neuronal carnitine deficiency as a risk factor for autism; Prader-Willi and Angelman syndrome; Genotype-phenotype correlations for CHRNA7…

Hugo J Bellen, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5272

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

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4579

Dyskeratosis congenita; Mechanisms of bone marrow failure…

Melissa L. Bondy, Ph.D., M.S.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-2953

Penelope E Bonnen, Ph.D., B.S.

Associate Professor

Functional genomics, bioinformatics, metabolomics and human genetics of mitochondrial and metabolic disease.

Juan Botas, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5397

Comparative analysis of pathogenic mechanisms in neurodegenerative disorders; Screens for common 'drugable' targets

Lindsay Burrage, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7554

Hsiao-Tuan Chao, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Rui Chen, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5194

Functional genomics of visual system development and diseases; High throughput technology; Bioinformatics

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

Associate Professor

RNA; Alternative splicing; Breast Cancer Metastasis; Clinical Applications

Edward C Cooper, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4939

Thomas A. Cooper, M.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3141

Alternative splicing regulation in development and disease; Molecular pathogenesis of myotonic dystrophy…

Mauro Costa-Mattioli, Ph.D.

Professor and Cullen Foundation Endowed Chair

Phone

  • (713) 798-8913

Mechanisms underlying complex behaviors

William James Craigen, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8305

Regulation of cellular energy metabolism; Genetic Disorders and Metabolic Disorders; Mouse models of metabolic diseases

Faculty D-J: Graduate Program in Genetics & Genomics

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

Mary E. Dickinson, Ph.D.

Professor and Kyle and Josephine Morrow Endowed Chair

Phone

  • (713) 798-2104

Vascular remodeling and heart morphogenesis in early vertebrate embryos; Mammalian Genetics; Biomedical Imaging; Cell and Developmental Biology…

Herman A. Dierick, M.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6865

Genetic and neurobiological mechanism of Drosophila aggression

Richard H. Finnell, Ph.D., DABMGG

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4363

Neural and cardiovascular developmental defects, and complex human birth defects…

Richard A Gibbs, Ph.D.

Wofford Cain Chair and Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6539

Genome science, human molecular evolution, and molecular basis of inherited disease

Margaret A Goodell, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1265

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

Andy Groves, Ph.D.

Professor and Vivian L. Smith Endowed Chair in Neuroscience

Phone

  • (713) 798-8743

The development, evolution, and regeneration of the inner ear

Neil Hanchard, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-0393

Global health genomics; Genetics of complex pediatric disease traits; Genome-wide DNA methylation

Sean M. Hartig, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Cellular Mechanisms of Obesity and Diabetes

Philip J Hastings, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5787

Jason D Heaney, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1778

Testicular and colon cancer genetics; Stem/progenitor cell maintenance; Mouse models of human diseases; Genome editing technologies

Christophe Herman, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-2126

Epigenetic inheritance and phenotypic variability

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

Grzegorz Ira, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1017

Genome Instability; Molecular mechanisms and regulation of DNA recombination

Hamed Jafar-Nejad, M.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6159

Biliary development and repair (Alagille syndrome); Glycosylation and deglycosylation in developmental signaling; NGLY1 deficiency

Milan Jamrich, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3772

Faculty K-O: Graduate Program in Genetics & Genomics

Brendan Lee, M.D., Ph.D.

Robert and Janice McNair Endowed Chair and Professor

Phone

  • (832) 822-4298

Developmental, translational and clinical studies of skeletal dysplasias and inborn errors of metabolism

Olivier Lichtarge, M.D., Ph.D.

Cullen Chair and Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5646

Cognitive computing towards multi-scale data integration and rational design of multi-drug therapies.

Erez S Lieberman Aiden, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6522

Charles Y. Lin, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7778

Targeting chromatin and transcription deregulation in cancer

Philip J. Lupo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-2960

Cancer epidemiology; Genetic epidemiology; Childhood cancer; Overlap between birth defects and childhood cancer; Late effects in cancer survivors

James R Lupski, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc. (hon)

The Cullen Foundation Endowed Chair in Molecular Genetics

Phone

  • (713) 798-6530

Molecular genetics of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease and related inherited neuropathies; Molecular mechanisms for human DNA rearrangements…

Graeme Mardon, Ph.D.

James R. Davis Chair in Pathology and Immunology

Phone

  • (713) 798-8731

Retinal cell fate determination, development, and function in Drosophila and vertebrates

James F Martin, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5931

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

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

Interim Department Chair

Phone

  • (713) 798-6451

Aleksandar Milosavljevic, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8719

Genomics; Cancer Genomics; Bioinformatics; Epigenomics

David Moore, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3313

Functions of members of the nuclear hormone receptor superfamily

David L Nelson, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-8160

Philip Ng, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4158

Liver and lung gene therapy

Faculty P-U: Graduate Program in Genetics & Genomics

Dongsu Park, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7950

Molecular and cellular biology of mesenchymal/skeletal stem cells in tissue regeneration and cancer; Stem cell imaging and tracking in living animals

Donald Williams Parsons, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4643

Clinical application of genome sequencing in pediatric cancer care; Molecular characterization of pediatric cancers

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

Professor

Phone

  • (832) 832-4539

Cancer predisposition syndromes

Ross A. Poché, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 788-5835

Jeffrey Rogers, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7783

Primate models of human disease, especially psychiatric disorders, comparative primate genomics and evolutionary genetics

Susan M Rosenberg, Ph.D.

Ben F. Love Chair in Cancer Research

Phone

  • (713) 798-6924

Molecular mechanisms of genome instability in evolution, antibiotic resistance, and cancer

Rodney Cavero Samaco, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-8788

Neurobehavioral & neuropsychiatric genetics, rodent disease models, preclinical studies

Buck Samuel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-9110

Genetics and genomics of host-microbe interactions; Microbiome programming of host physiology and development…

Marco Sardiello, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-8871

Regulatory networks of cell metabolism and neurological disorders

Daryl Armstrong Scott, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 203-7242

Identifying and characterizing genes responsible for common birth defects

Gad Shaulsky, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8082

Functional Genomics and Transcriptome analysis; The evolution of social behavior in Dictyostelium; Allorecognition in Dictyostelium…

Joshua M Shulman, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7438

Functional genomics of Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease; Integrative genetic analyses in humans and Drosophila

Richard N Sifers, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3169

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

Pawel Stankiewicz, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5370

Molecular mechanisms and clinical consequences of genomic rearrangements

Zheng Sun, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Epigenomic regulation of energy metabolism and neurocognitive functions by physical exercise, diet, and the circadian clock

Faculty V-Z: Graduate Program in Genetics & Genomics

Ignatia Barbara Van den Veyver, M.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (832) 826-7500

Genetics and epigenetics of reproductive disorders; Aicardi syndrome; prenatal gene-environment interactions; prenatal genetics

Cheryl Walker, Ph.D.

Director

Phone

  • (713) 798-8219

Meng Wang, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1566

Michael Francis Wangler, M.D., M.S., B.S.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 822-4280

Pediatric genetics; Peroxisomal disorders

Robert A Waterland, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-0304

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

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4700

Biochemistry and Biophysics; Cardiovascular Sciences; Human Disease

Trey Westbrook, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5364

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

Joshua D. Wythe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3657

Vascular Development; Cardiac Development; Transcriptional Regulation of Organogenesis; Cardiovascular Disease

Mingshan Xue, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-8109

Cortical circuit function and development in health and disease

Shinya Yamamoto, D.V.M., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-8119

New Disease Gene Discovery; Integration of Drosophila Genetics and Human Genomics; Cell-Cell Communication in Development and Disease…

Fuli Yu, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7676

Large-scale genomic studies; Informatics algorithmic R&D; Population genomics and biomedical Big Data

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)

Zhandong Liu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Lilei Zhang, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Genetic and Epigenetic regulation of heart failure and cardiomyopathies

Hui Zheng, Ph.D.

Director/Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5804

Huda Yahya Zoghbi, M.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6558

Pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disease; Rett syndrome; Normal neurodevelopment; Ataxin-1; Akt; Mouse models

Chenghang (Chuck) Zong, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6102

Single cell analyses, tumorigenesis, genome instability