Faculty Eligible to Accept Students

The following Baylor College of Medicine faculty members, listed in alphabetical order are currently eligible to accept graduate students for Ph.D. training in their laboratories. 

View the entire faculty list for the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics on the department site.

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Faculty A-D: Graduate Program in Molecular and Human Genetics

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

Professor

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

Erez S Lieberman Aiden, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6522

Integrating mathematical and physical theory with the invention of new technologies with a central focus on the study of how genomes fold

Benjamin Russell Arenkiel, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1960

Molecular genetic studies to investigate mechanisms of neural circuit formation, function, and maintenance

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

Mitochondria and neuronal degeneration, and technology development

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

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-4579

Basic mechanisms of telomere maintenance, structure, and function and DNA repair in the yeast model organism and human cells…

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

Assistant 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

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

Voltage-gated sodium and potassium channel diseases of the axon: evolution, mechanisms, animal models, and therapeutics; Epilepsy and seizures…

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

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.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-6865

Genetic and neurobiological mechanism of Drosophila aggression

Faculty G-L: Graduate Program in Molecular and Human Genetics

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 Director, Graduate Program in Developmental Biology

Phone

  • (713) 798-8743

The development, evolution, and regeneration of the inner ear

Yongtao Guan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-0362

Statistical genetics/genomics; Statistical and computational methods for next-gen sequencing; Bayesian statistics; Markov chain Monte Carlo

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

Philip J Hastings, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5787

Mechanism of amplification and genome instability in Escherichia coli and human

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

DNA repair, recombination and genome instability; Molecular mechanisms of mitotic DNA recombination

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

Pattern formation in vertebrate embryos; Ocular development; Gene therapy

Adam Kuspa, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1060

Dictyostelium host-pathogen interactions

Suzanne Margaret Leal, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4011

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

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

Chair

Phone

  • (713) 798-5443

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.

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…

Faculty M-R: Graduate Program in Molecular and Human Genetics

Graeme Mardon, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-8731

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

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) 798-7573

Neurogenetics; Movement Disorders; Neurodegenerative Diseases; Genetic and molecular studies of disease pathogenesis in Parkinson’s disease…

Daisuke Nakada, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-1175

Molecular and genetic analysis of stem cell function and cancer

David L Nelson, Ph.D.

Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-8160

Human genome and disease gene analysis; Fragile X syndrome; Incontinentia pigmenti; Complex genetics

Philip Ng, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-4158

Liver and lung gene therapy

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

Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5860

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

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) 824-4251

Cancer predisposition syndromes; Mechanisms of genomic instability and use of genome sequencing in clinical medicine

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

Faculty S-V: Graduate Program in Molecular and Human Genetics

Rodney Cavero Samaco, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Phone

  • (832) 824-8788

The genetic and neuroanatomical origin of social behavior.

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) 824-8787

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; Movement Disorders…

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

Associate Professor

Phone

  • (713) 798-5370

Molecular mechanisms and clinical consequences of genomic rearrangements

Ignatia Barbara Van den Veyver, M.D.

Professor

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

Faculty W-Z: Graduate Program in Molecular and Human Genetics

Cheryl Walker

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

Thomas 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

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