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 and Genome Science

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

Professor

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

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…

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

Malcolm K Brenner, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4671

Use of gene therapy to improve responses to cancer

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

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 822-4280

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

Atul Chopra, M.D., Ph.D.

Caroline Wiess Law Scholar, Assistant Professor

Energy and metabolic homeostasis, asprosin biology, identification of novel disorders of energy balance in humans

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

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4939

Mauro Costa-Mattioli, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and Cullen Foundation Endowed Chair

Phone

  • (713) 798-8913

Cellular and molecular mechanism of memory storage

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 and Genome Science

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

Herman A. Dierick, M.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6865

Genetic and neurobiological mechanism of Drosophila aggression

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

Ido Golding, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4193

Biophysics and Computational Biology; Mouse and Rat; Bacteria and Phage; Fly and Worm; Synthetic Biology and Systems Biology…

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

Genetics of complex pediatric disease traits; Methylation and Uniparental Isodisomy; Global health genomics

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.

Associate 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

Grzegorz Ira, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1017

Hamed Jafar-Nejad, M.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6159

A mouse model for Alagille Syndrome; Role of glycosylation in Notch signaling and animal development; A fly model for NGLY1 deficiency

Milan Jamrich, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-3772

Faculty K-O: Graduate Program in Genetics and Genome Science

Adam Kuspa, Ph.D.

Senior Vice President and Dean of Research

Phone

  • (713) 798-1060

Dictyostelium genomics; Cellular regulatory mechanisms that govern cell differentiation in eukaryotes; Dictyostelium host-pathogen interactions

Suzanne Margaret Leal, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4011

Statistical genetics; Genetic epidemiology; Method development; Gene mapping and identification; Complex and Mendelian traits, e.g. Hearing Impairment

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

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.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8731

Retinal cell fate determination, development, and function in Drosophila and vertebrates; Molecular mechanisms controlling retinal development

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

Stuart A. Wallace Chair and Professor

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

Paolo M. Moretti, M.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-2273

Neurogenetics

Daisuke Nakada, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1175

Normal and malignant stem cells in the blood system

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

Jeffrey L Noebels, M.D., Ph.D.

Cullen Trust for Health Care Endowed Chair in Neurogenetics

Phone

  • (713) 798-5860

Gene control of neuronal excitability within the developing mammalian CNS; Inherited neurological diseases; Epilepsy

Faculty P-U: Graduate Program in Genetics and Genome Science

Dongsu Park, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-7950

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

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

Marco Sardiello, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-8871

Regulatory networks of cell metabolism and neurological disorders

Christian Patrick Schaaf, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 822-4280

Understanding the genetic basis of neuropsychiatric disease, its molecular mechanisms, and development of novel therapeutic strategies, using mouse models and induced pluripotent stem cell technology

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; The evolution of social behavior in Dictyostelium; Allorecognition in Dictyostelium; Developmental genetics in Dictyostelium

Noah Freeman Shroyer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8693

Mechanisms that control intestinal development and homeostasis; Human Enteroids

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

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

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5370

Molecular mechanisms and clinical consequences of genomic rearrangements

Faculty V-Z: Graduate Program in Genetics and Genome Science

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

James Versalovic, M.D., Ph.D.

Milton J. Finegold Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-3710

Microbial Genomics, Human Microbiome and Metagenomics, Mucosal Immunity, Gut Inflammation and Intestinal Neoplasia

Cheryl Walker, Ph.D.

Director

Phone

  • (713) 798-8219

Meng Wang, Ph.D.

Associate 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.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-0304

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

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

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)

Bing Zhang, Ph.D.

Professor

Bioinformatics; Systems biology; Precision oncology

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

Pathophysiological studies of Alzheimer’s disease pathways using mouse models

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 for tumorigenesis and stem cell differentiation