The McNair Medical Institute at Baylor College of Medicine was established in 2007 to recruit talented scientists and physician-scientists from around the world to the Texas Medical Center. These McNair Scholars pursue collaborative and transformational research in the areas of breast and pancreatic cancer, juvenile diabetes and the neurosciences.
Kara Marshall, M.S. Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute at Texas Children’s Hospital
Hsiao-Tuan Chao, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics and Pediatrics
Named February 2019
Sameer A. Sheth, M.D., Ph.D.
Thomas (Trey) Westbrook, Ph.D.
Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular & Human Genetics and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology | Program in Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences and Program in Developmental Biology
Named May 2017
Bing Zhang, Ph.D.
Professor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics and the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center
Named October 2016
Chenghang Zong, Ph.D.
Xiang "Shawn" Zhang, Ph.D.
Benjamin Russell Arenkiel, Ph.D.
Emeritus McNair Scholars
- Erez Lieberman Aiden, Ph.D.
- Melissa Bondy, Ph.D.
- Malgorzata Borowiak, Ph.D.
- Matthew Ellis, M.D.
- Jake A. Kushner, M.D.
- Russell Scott Ray, Ph.D.
- Koen Venken, Ph.D.
These Scholars have reached Emeritus status and no longer have active McNair funding. They continue to make a great impact on behalf of the McNair Medical Institute and carry the McNair Scholar name.
McNair Medical Institute at Baylor
Learn more about the McNair Medical Institute at Baylor College of Medicine and the support of Robert C. and Janice McNair.
Afraid of food? The answer may be in the basal forebrain
McNair Scholar Dr. Benjamin Arenkiel studies the way a small neuronal circuit in the basal forebrain connects with and overrides feeding behaviors regulated by the hypothalamus.
McNair Scholars talk about how the McNair Foundation supports research for a more promising tomorrow. Read more.