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Dora E. Angelaki, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Neuroscience

Dora E. Angelaki, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Neuroscience

Dr. Dora E. Angelaki was named chair of the Department of Neuroscience Sept. 1, 2011.

Dr. Angelaki came to BCM from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was an alumni endowed professor in the department of anatomy and neurobiology with a joint appointment in biomedical engineering.

Dr. Angelaki received an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the National Technical University in Athens. Her master’s degree and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering are from the University of Minnesota. She completed postdoctoral fellowships in otolaryngology and then neurology at the University of Texas Medical Branch and the University of Zurich.

Dr. Angelaki has a joint appointment with Rice University and will work with neuroscience faculty there to develop new education and research programs.

Arthur L. Beaudet, M.D., Chair, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

Arthur L. Beaudet, M.D., Chair, Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

Arthur L. Beaudet, M.D., is a professor and chair of the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics. He is also a professor in the departments ofpediatrics and molecular and cellular biology. He received his bachelor's degree at the College of the Holy Cross in 1963 and his medical degree at Yale University School of Medicine in 1967.

A pioneer in the study of molecular genetics, Beaudet is involved in the study of the molecular abnormalities causing Prader Willi syndrome (PWS) and Angelman syndrome (AS).

Beaudet was voted to membership in the Institute of Medicine in 1995. He is also a member of the Association of American Physicians and a past president of the American Society of Human Genetics. He is currently serving in the FDA's Genetics Devices Panel of the Medical Devices Advisory Committee and is on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Janet S. Butel, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Virology

Janet S. Butel, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Virology

Janet S. Butel is a summa cum laude graduate of Kansas State University and received a Ph.D. with honors in virology from Baylor. She was appointed head of the Division of Molecular Virology at Baylor in 1989 and chair of theDepartment of Molecular Virology and Microbiology in 1999. She is the first woman to be appointed to one of the College's endowed professorships, the first woman to chair an academic unit at Baylor, as well as the first woman to be designated a Distinguished Service Professor by Baylor.

In 1994, Butel became director of the NIH-funded Baylor Center for AIDS Research. She has co-authored more than 200 scientific journal articles and book chapters and has participated in numerous national and international scientific meetings.

The recipient of numerous awards, she currently serves as a member of the Council for Extramural Grants of the American Cancer Society and on the council of Women in Cancer Research. Butel serves on several administrative committees at Baylor. She is currently director of the Viral Oncology training program, funded by NIH.

Susan L. Hamilton, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Susan L. Hamilton, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Susan Lois Hamilton, chair of the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, received her Ph.D. in biophysics from the University of Colorado Health Science Center in Denver and did her postdoctoral work in the Department of Neurology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University in New York City.

Dr. Hamilton serves as the editor-in-chief of Physiological Reviews and is a member of both the MDA Scientific Advisory Committee and the SMEP NIH study section. Her area of research is skeletal muscle excitation-contraction coupling and human diseases associated with alterations in this process. Her research is funded by four NIH R01 grants, a project of NIH program project grant with investigators from Harvard, and a grant from the Muscular Dystrophy Association. She is also the program director for a NIH training grant in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics. Dr. Hamilton chairs the ECPRAC committee for Endowed Chairs and serves on the Faculty Promotions and Tenure Committee and on the Best Minds Faculty Cabinet. Dr. Hamilton helped to found the Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine Graduate Program and the Mouse Phenotyping Core.

Bert W. O'Malley, M.D., Chair, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Bert W. O'Malley, M.D., Chair, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Bert W. O'Malley, is chair of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. O'Malley received his bachelor's from the University of Pittsburgh and his medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He did his internship and residency at Duke University Medical School in Chapel Hill, N.C.

In 1965, he became a clinical associate at the National Cancer Institute and in 1967, was named to the molecular biology section of the Endocrine Branch of the NCI. From 1969-1973, he was professor and Occupant of Lucius Birch Chair and director of the Reproductive Biology Center, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tenn. He came to Houston in 1973 as the Tom Thompson Professor and chair of the Department of Cell Biology (now the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology) and director of the Baylor Center for Reproductive Biology.

O'Malley holds numerous honorary degrees and is the recipient of many awards. He is the author of more than 600 items and is the holder of 19 patents for special techniques and inventions developed in the study of his field.

Theodore G. Wensel, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Theodore G. Wensel, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Dr. Theodore G. Wensel is the chair of the Verna and Marrs McLean Department of Biochemistry.

Dr. Wensel received his Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1984 from the University of California, Davis. He joined the Baylor faculty in 1988 after completing his postdoctoral work at Stanford University.

Dr. Wensel holds the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry and also has faculty appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience, Ophthalmology and Pharmacology. He is a Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology and serves as Director of the Houston Area Molecular Biophysics Program.

Thomas M. Wheeler, M.D., Chair, Department of Pathology and Immunology

Thomas M. Wheeler, M.D., Chair, Department of Pathology and Immunology

Dr. Thomas M. Wheeler is a professor of pathology and urology, and chair of the Department of Pathology and Immunology. Dr. Wheeler also serves as deputy chief of service at The Methodist Hospital and director of the pathology core of the SPORE in prostate cancer. He is a leading expert in prostate cancer diagnosis and research.

Dr. Wheeler completed both his medical degree and residency at BCM. He serves as a governor of the College of American Pathologists and is the 1999 recipient of the CAP Foundation's Herbert Lansky Memorial Award. He has held numerous leadership positions with the CAP, including as a member of the House of Delegates, chair of the Federal and State Affairs Committee and as a member of the Council on Government and Professional Affairs. In 2007 he received the George T. Caldwell, M.D., Distinguished Service Award from the Texas Society of Pathologists.

Dr. Wheeler is the author of many publications and has served as a reviewer or on the editorial board for numerous journals.