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Dr. Deborah Johnson, dean of Baylor's Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Deborah Johnson, dean of the Baylor College of Medicine Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, has been named one of Houston’s 50 most influential women of 2014 by Houston Woman Magazine.

Each honoree is nominated for inclusion by a subscriber of the magazine and then selected by the staff of the publication. Johnson and other honorees were celebrated at an afternoon tea on Sunday, Jan. 11 at the St. Regis Hotel, co-hosted by Houston Woman Magazine and Chevron, and are being featured in a special edition of the magazine.

An accomplished cancer biologist, educator and academic leader, Johnson oversees one of the top biomedical sciences schools in the country with the largest National Institutes of Health research portfolio in the state of Texas. Under her leadership, the Graduate School attracts exceptional trainees and researchers to Houston from across the country and around the world.

As professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and a member of the NCI-designated Dan L Duncan Cancer Center at Baylor, Johnson’s research focuses on specific factors within cells that increase or decrease their potential for becoming cancerous.