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Innovation for Cancer Prevention Research

Welcome to the CPRIT-UTHealth – Fellowship in Innovation for Cancer Prevention Research (ICPR) – UT Health’s training program for pre- and post-doctoral fellowships in cancer prevention and control. This program goes beyond being a quality cancer education and career development program to focus on helping those seeking a career in cancer prevention and control research to learn to ask the important research questions, apply cutting edge methods, and move the field of cancer forward in big – not baby steps.

Find answers by using Innovation. Take everything you know, throw it in a blender, turn it upside down, inside out and examine how the new mixture can morph and bring new concepts to light.

ICPR goes beyond being a quality cancer education and career development program. The fellowship program will help those seeking a career in cancer prevention and control research to view research in a new way. In fact, students in an Innovative Thinking class at UTSPH said that learning how to think innovatively, "made research fun again."

In this program researchers learn to ask the important questions, apply cutting edge methods, and move the field of cancer prevention research forward in a completely new way. To learn more about the need for innovation in cancer research, see the commentary in the American Journal of Epidemiology by the ICPR principal investigator, Roberta B. Ness, MD, MPH.

ICPR offers both full-time training support via pre-and post-doctoral fellowships and affiliate fellowships for those who are interested in our training in innovation but who already have employment or training support. Fellows have access to integrative seminar, cancer concentration, research placements and networking collaborations through all six schools in UTHealth and through a relationship with MD Anderson Cancer Center. The training grant is led by Ness and Patricia Dolan-Mullen, DrPH, Training Program Director, a Curriculum Committee and an Executive Committee.

Jump start your research career in cancer prevention and control! Our interdisciplinary training program is available to help students prepare themselves for strong post-doctoral programs and post-doctoral fellows to become independent investigators in faculty positions.

To learn more about our grant, view the abstract and significance for our 5-year renewal.

Contact Patricia Dolan Mullen, DrPH, 713-500-9658, for further information.

About CPRIT

The program is generously funded by the UTHealth Innovation in Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas grant RP#160015). The CPRIT program was created in 2007 as part of a voter-approved constitutional amendment authorizing the state to issue $3 billion in bonds to fund groundbreaking cancer research and prevention programs and services in Texas.

You can find out more about CPRIT at their website: http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/

Predoctoral Cancer Education and Career Development Program

What the Program Offers

Full time Doctoral fellows (who may be on international visas) receive:

Training and coaching in innovative thinking by the author of four books on innovation, UTHealth’s Vice-President for Innovation, Dr. Roberta Ness

Excellent mentoring in a rich research environment with the stimulation of a complementary mentor

Health Insurance and tuition/fees (up to $6,000 based on in-state status that comes with the fellowship) for doctoral studies and approved short courses. Also, books, software, $1000 travel to national meetings, cubicle space, and a laptop computer

Writing consultation

Ongoing support and feedback in an integrative research seminar led by the Program directors; sessions focus on application of innovative thinking to work in progress, dissertation and grant applications, ethics cases, and provocative journal articles, and career development writing and presentation skills

Coursework and on-line training in the responsible conduct of research

$28,000 for full-time effort toward a rigorous academic program

Affiliate fellows receive:

  • Salary support from employment related to cancer receive the training and coaching, mentoring, tuition and books, travel, computer, writing consultation, and ongoing support and feedback in the integrative seminar. 

Note:  All appointments are guaranteed for one year (max of 4 years).

 

CURRENT FELLOWS

Muhammad "Tuan" Amith

Current Institution:

School of Biomedical Informatics, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX

Previous Institutions:

University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX, MS in Software Engineering

University of Houston, Victoria, TX, BS in Computer Science (with honors)

Select Publications

  • Wang D, Cunningham R, Boom J, Amith M, Tao C. HPV Vaccine Knowledgebase For Patient Education Content. 13th International Congress in Nursing Informatics. International Medical Informatics Association. (Accepted)
  • Amith M, Tao C. 2015. A Web Application Towards Semiotic-based Evaluation of Biomedical Ontologies. In: Proceedings of International Workshop on Biomedical Data Mining, Modeling, and Semantic Integration: A Promising Approach to Solving Unmet Medical Needs (BDM2I 2015).
  • Myneni S, Amith M, Geng Y, Tao C. 2015.Towards an Ontology-driven Framework to Enable Development of Personalized mHealth Solutions for Cancer Survivors Engagement in Healthy Living. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics. 216. (MedInfo 2015 Best Paper Finalist)
  • Amith M, Gong Y, Cunningham R, Boom J, Tao C. 2015. Developing VISO: Vaccine Information Statement Ontology for patient education. Journal of Biomedical Semantics. 6(1):23.
  • Amith M, Tao C. 2014. A Prototype Mobile Virtual Assistant for Semantic-Based Vaccine Information Retrieval. In: Zheng X, Zeng D, Chen H, Zhang Y, Xing C, Neill D, editors. Smart Health. Springer International Publishing; p. 200–5.
  • Amith M, Loubser PG, Chapman J, Zoker KC, Rabelo Ferreira FER. 2012. Optimization of an EHR Mobile Application Using the UFuRT Conceptual Framework. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2012:209–17. (Best of mHealth, AMIA Annual Symposium 2012)

Ming Cao

Ming Cao

Current Institutions

The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX; PhD in Biostatistics

Previous Institutions

  • School of Computer Science, Fudan University, Shanghai, China; Master. student, August 2008 – September 2009
  • School of Software Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai, China; B.Eng. in Software Engineering

CPRIT Project Title

Statistical Inference and Sampling Methods in Social Network data

Select Publications

  • Cao M, Zhu Y, Xiong M. 2012.  Mixed functional linear model for sequence-based quantitative trait association studies unifying population and family study designs, The American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting
  • Wang X, Wang H, Cao M, Rui Chen. 2011. Whole exome sequencing identifies ALMS1, IQCB1, CNGA3, and MYO7A mutations in patients with Leber congenital amaurosis, Human Mutation
  • Xi Y, Chen YP, Cao M, Wang W, Wang F. 2009. Analysis on relationship between extreme pathways and correlated reaction sets, BMC Bioinformatics

Jingcheng Du

Jingcheng Du Photo

Current Institutions

The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics, Houston, TX; PhD in Medical Informatics

Previous Institutions

  • School of Electronic, Information and Electrical Engineering, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China; Ph.D. student, Electrical Engineering, August 2013 – June 2014
  • School of Mechano-Electronic Engineering, Xidian University, Shaanxi, China; BS in Mechanical Engineering

Select Publications

  • Du J, Cai Y, Chen Y, Tao C, Adverse Event Analysis for Trivalent Influenza Vaccine Based On MedDRA Terminology Using VAERS Data, International Workshop on Vaccine and Drug Ontology Studies (VDOS) -in conjunction with the International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO) 2015, Lisbon, July, 2015
  • Tao C, Du J, Cai Y and Chen Y, Trivalent Influenza Vaccine Adverse Event Analysis Based On MedDRA System Organ Classes Using VAERS Data, 15th World Congress on Health and Biomedical Informatics (MEDINFO 2015)
  • Zheng W, Du J, Tang J and Tao C, GSO: A Semantic Web Ontology to Capture 3D Genome Structure, International Workshop on Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences (SWAT4LS), 2014, Berlin, Germany
  • Tian H, Liu J, Kang X, Wei D, Zhang C, Du J, Yang B, Chen X, and Yang C. "Biotic and abiotic molecule dopants determining the electrochemical performance, stability and fibroblast behavior of conducting polymer for tissue interface." RSC Advances 4, no. 88 (2014): 47461-47471.
  • Tian H, Liu J, Wei D, Kang X, Zhang C, Du J, Yang B. "Graphene oxide doped conducting polymer nanocomposite film for electrode-tissue interface." Biomaterials 35, no. 7 (2014): 2120-2129.

David Savage

David Savage Photo

Current Institutions

The University of Texas McGovern Medical School, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, Houston, TX

Previous Institutions

  • Bachelor of Arts, Biochemistry and Computer Science, Austin College, Sherman, Tx (Summa Cum Laude)

CPRIT Project Title

Role of UBE4B in Neuroblastoma Chemotherapy Sensitivity  

Select Publications

  • Chen JH, Wei Z, Sun J, Bhattacharya A, Savage D, Serda R, Mackeyev Y, Curley SA, Chen S, Shen X, Lipkin SM, Copeland NG, Jenkins NA, Shuler ML.  Engineering an Organotypic Colon through Recellularization for Studying Cancer Driver Genes using Transposon-based Mutagenesis. Nature Biotechnology. 2016.

  • Corr SJ, Shamsudeen S, Vergara LA, Ho JC, Ware MJ, Keshishian V, Yokoi K , Savage DJ, Meraz IM, Kaluarachchi W , Cisneros BT, Raoof M, Nguyen DT, Zhang Y, Wilson LJ , Summers H, Rees P, Curley SA, Serda RE. A New Imaging Platform for Visualizing Biological Effects of Non-Invasive Radiofrequency Electric-Field Cancer Hyperthermia. PLOS One. 2015.

  • Meraz IM, Hearndon CH, Liu X, Yang M, Williams L, Savage DJ, Gu J, Rhudy JR, Yokoi K, Lavelle EC, Serda, RE. Multivalent Presentation of MPL by Porous Silicon Microparticles Favors T Helper 1 Polarization Enhancing the Anti-Tumor Efficacy of Doxorubicin Nanoliposomes. PLoS One. Apr 2014.

  • Meraz IM, Savage DJ, Barra VS, Li J, Rhudy JR, Gu J, Serda RE. Adjuvant cationic liposomes presenting MPL and IL-12 induce cell death, suppress tumor growth, and alter the cellular phenotype of tumors in a murine model of breast cancer. ACS Molecular Pharmaceutics. 2014.

  • Savage DJ, Liu X, Curley SA, Ferrari M, Serda RE. Porous silicon advances in drug delivery and immunotherapy. Curr Opin Pharmacol. 2013 Oct; 13(5):834-41.

 

Zhiguo Yu

Zhiguo Yu Photo

Current Institutions

The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics, Houston, TX; PhD in Biomedical Informatics

Previous Institutions

  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China; BS in Electronic Engineering and Information Science

CPRIT Project Title

Application of topic models in personalized cancer therapy

Postdoctoral Cancer Education and Career Development Program

What the Program Offers

Full time Postdoctoral fellows (who may be on international visas) receive:

Training and coaching in innovative thinking by the author of four books on innovation, UTHealth’s Vice-President for Innovation, Dr. Roberta Ness

Excellent mentoring in a rich research environment with the stimulation of a complementary mentor

Full benefits and paid tuition through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs for approved short courses, the CPRIT seminar, and Dr. Ness' course on innovation. Also, $2,000 travel to national meetings, shared office space, and a laptop computer

Writing consultation

Ongoing support and feedback in an integrative research seminar for fellows, led by the Program directors; sessions focus on application of innovative thinking to work in progress, dissertation and grant applications, ethics cases, and provocative journal articles, and career development writing and presentation skills

Coursework and on-line training in the responsible conduct of research

$50,000 for full-time effort toward a rigorous academic program

Affiliate fellows receive: 

  • Salary support from employment related to cancer receive the training and coaching, mentoring, travel, computer, writing consultation, and ongoing support and feedback in the integrative seminar. 

NOTE: All appointments are guaranteed for one year (max of 3 years). 

CURRENT FELLOWS

Jingjing Jiao

Jingjing Jiao PhotoCurrent Institutions

MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology, Houston, TX; Postdoctoral fellow

Previous Institutions

Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY; PhD

CPRIT Project Title

Etiology and molecular characteristic of high prevalence of HCC and underlying liver disease in Hispanics in South Texas

 

Hong Kang

Hong Kang Photo

Current Institutions

The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics, Houston, TX; Postdoctoral Fellow

Previous Institutions

Tongji University, Shanghai, China; PhD in Biomedical Engineering

Tongji University, Shanghai, China; MS in Biomedical Engineering

Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China; BS in Electronic and Communication Engineering

CPRIT Project Title

Improving patient safety: Developing a self-learning patient safety event reporting and feedback system

Select Publications

  • Kang H, Tang K, Yang L, et al. 2015. Integrating clinical indexes into four-diagnostic information contributes to the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) syndrome diagnosis of Chronic Hepatitis B. Scientific Reports. 5: 9395.
  • Kang H, Tang K, Liu Q, et al. 2013. HIM-herbal ingredients in-vivo metabolism database. J Cheminform. 5(1): 28.
  • Kang H, Sheng Z, Zhu R, et al. 2012. Virtual drug screen schema based on multiview similarity integration and ranking aggregation. J Chem Inf Model. 52(3): 834-843.
  • Sheng Z*, Kang H*, Dai T, et al. 2010. Complementary study of structure features and gene profile features for chemical compounds. Acta Chimica Sinica. 68: 2395. *Contributed equally.

Sara Prijic

Sara Prijic Photo

Current Institutions

The University of Texas Medical School, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, Houston, TX; Postdoctoral fellow

Previous Institutions

University of Ljubljana Faculty of Medicine, Ljubljana, Slovenia; PhD in Basic Medical Sciences

University of Ljubljana Veterinary Faculty, Ljubljana, Slovenia; DVM

CPRIT Project Title

Aberrant cell cholesterol homeostasis in metastatic breast cancer

Arzu Ulu

Arzu Ulu Photo

Current Institutions

The University of Texas Medical School, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, Houston, TX; Postdoctoral fellow

Previous Institutions

University of California Davis, Davis, CA, PhD in Pharmacology and Toxicology

Select Publications

  • Song EH, Oh W, Ulu A, et al. 2015.  Acetylation of the RhoA GEF Net1A controls its subcellular localization and activity. J Cell Sci. 128(5):913-22.

  • Ulu A, Lee KS, Miyabe C, et al. 2014. An omega-3 epoxide of docosahexaenoic acid lowers blood pressure in angiotensin-II dependent hypertension. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol, 64(1):87-89.

  • Ulu A, Harris TR, Morisseau C, et al. 2013. Anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids and soluble epoxide hydrolase inhibitors in angiotensin-II dependent hypertension. J Cardiovasc Pharmacol.; 62(3):285-97.

  • Zhang G, Panigrahy D, Mahakian LM ... Ulu A... Weiss RH, Ferrara KW, Hammock BD. 2013. Epoxy metabolites of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) inhibit angiogenesis, tumor growth, and metastasis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A.;110(16):6530-5.

  • Ulu A, Appt SE, Morisseau C, et al. 2012.  Pharmacokinetics, and in vivo potency of urea soluble epoxide hydrolase inhibitors in Cynomolgus monkeys. Br J Pharmacol.;165 (5):1401-12.

Take the innovative thinking course by the head of the program, Roberta B. Ness, M.D., M.P.H., who literally wrote the book on innovation: Innovation Generation: How to Produce Creative and Useful Scientific Ideas  as well as Genius Unmasked and Creativity in the Sciences: A Workbook Companion to Innovation Generation. Her newest book, The Creativity Crisis: Reinventing Science to Unleash Possibility, was released in December of 2014.

Creativity Crisis Book Cover

Dr. Ness is now offering a self-paced course on innovation and how to think creatively. The course begins on June 8th, but you can complete it on your own time. Enroll in IMAGINE99x - Reinvent yourself: Unleash your creativity on edX now! View the course about video below.

Click below to see the TedXHouston talk, "Innovative thinking: Can you be taught?" with Roberta B. Ness, MD, MPH

To learn more about Dr. Roberta Ness follow her on Twitter.

Alumni fellows recently in the news...

'Everything in moderation' diet advice may lead to poor metabolic health in US adults

Diet diversity, as defined by less similarity among the foods people eat, may be linked to lower diet quality and worse metabolic health, according to researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University. The study was published recently in PLOS ONE.

"'Eat everything in moderation' has been a long-standing dietary recommendation, but without much empiric supporting evidence in populations. We wanted to characterize new metrics of diet diversity and evaluate their association with metabolic health," said Marcia C. de Oliveira Otto, Ph.D., first author and assistant professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Human Genetics and Environmental Sciences at UTHealth School of Public Health. Read the full story here.

Completed Postdocs

Name (Project Title)

Position/Institution

Marcia C. de Oliveira Otto, PhD (Identifying novel approaches to dietary assessment methods)

Assistant Prof (ten track) - Dept. of Epidemiology, Human Genetics, & Environmental Sciences, UT SPH

Meng Chen, PhD (Pathway analysis of bladder cancer genome-wide association study identifies novel pathways involved in bladder cancer development)

Duncan Family Institute Mentored Junior Faculty Fellow, Dept. of Epidemiology, UT MD Anderson Cancer Ctr, Houston

Heidi Russell, MD, PhD (Dose reduction strategies for low-risk rhabdomyosarcoma: using cost comparisons to help decide between two chemotherapy regimens with similar outcomes)

Associate Prof (currently on leave) - Dept. of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology-Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children’s Hospital

Katherine Hutcheson, PhD (High burden of late effects upon entry into head & neck survivorship care)

Assistant Prof (ten track) - Dept. of Head & Neck Cancer, Div. of Surgery, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

Mary McGuire, PhD (Cancer and embryogenesis share common pathways at the molecular level)

Assistant Prof (ten track) & Director, Advanced Medical Consulting Group - Dept. of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, UTHealth Med School

Jane Richards Montealegre, PhD, MPH (Ethnographic mapping identifies a productive and feasible venue for a community evaluation of self-sample HPV testing with cytology triage among Latina immigrant screening non-attendees in Harris County, Texas)

Instructor - Dept. of Pediatrics-Hematology/Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine; Sr Associate for Community Programs in Disparities - Dan L. Duncan Cancer Ctr

Hung Luu, MD, PhD (The role of toll-like receptors in cervical dysplasia)

Assistant Prof (ten track) - Dept. of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, College of Public Health, U So Florida, Tampa; Assistant Member - Moffitt Cancer Ctr

Janet Macheledt, MD, MPH (Cancer screening recommendations: A re-evaluation of the data)

Physician - Methodist Oncology Partners, Hematology-Oncology, Houston Methodist West Hospital

Thanh Cong Bui, MD, DrPH (Oral hygiene, oral health, and oral HPV infection)

Duncan Family Institute Mentored Junior Faculty Fellow - Dept of Behavioral Science, Div. of Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences, UT MD Anderson Cancer Ctr

Silvia Ferrati, PhD (An innovative and flexible approach for cancer cell normalization with cell-derived biovesicles)

Faculty Associate (appt in process to Assistant Prof) - Div. of Pharmaceutics, College of Pharmacology, UT Austin

Zhenlong Li, PhD (A multiscale computational platform for the rational design of folate-receptor -specific drug nanocarriers)

Research Associate - Dept. of Physiology & Biostatistics, Weil Cornell Medical College, NYC

Azam Mandana Yazdani, PhD (Identification of causal structures in multi-omic data: Using data from different granularities)

Postdoctoral Fellow - CPRIT Fellowship in Computational Biology, UT SPH

Completed Predocs

Sharangdhar Phatak, PhD (Computational models to design safer anti-cancer therapeutics)

Staff Scientist (level 4) - Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute Dotmatics, Inc., Orlando, FL

Sahiti Myneni, PhD (Attributing meaning to online social network analysis for tailored socio-behavioral support systems)

Assistant Prof (ten track) - UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

Jessica Hernandez Chacon, PhD (Activating the 4-1BB pathway for the expansion of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes for adoptive T-cell therapy for metastatic melanoma patients)

Postdoctoral Fellow – Ovarian Cancer Research Center Dept., and Translational Research Platform Dept., U Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

*Ebun Odeneye Ebunlomo, PhD, MCHES, MPH (Health promotion, not cancer prevention: Nigerian women and breast health)

Evaluation Fellow - Ctrs for Disease Control & Prevention, National Ctr for Chronic Dis-ease Prevention & Health Promotion, Atlanta

Silvia Ferrati, PhD (Nanochannel implant for constant and sustained delivery of therapeutics for pancreatic cancer) (see also postdoc table)

Postdoctoral Fellow - Methodist Research Institute

Sanchaika Gaur, PhD (The role of MIR-34a in inhibiting prostate tumor growth in the bone and the induction of apoptosis and a novel form autophagy)

Postdoctoral Scientist - Cedars Sinai Medical Ctr, Los Angeles

*Renke Zhou, PhD (A flexible semiparametric joint model for semi-competing risks data with missing cause of informative terminal event)

Sr Biostatistician (appt in process to Assistant Prof) - Dan L. Duncan Cancer Ctr, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston

Andrew Aschenbrenner (Multivariate analysis in RNA-Seq expression data)

Completing dissertation defense

Jose (Franck) Diaz Vasquez, PhD (Systematic data quality assessment for the reliable reuse of clinical data in research)

Research Associate, Health Informatics - WakeHealth

Krit Ritthipichai, PhD (Uncovering the role of RNA-binding protein with multiple slicing in tumor infiltrating lymphocytes)

Scientist - Lion Biotechnologies

           *predoc affiliate

 

Executive Committee

PI and Chair, Executive Committee

Roberta B. Ness, MD, MPH

James W. Rockwell Professorship in Public Health

Vice President for Innovation

UT School of Public Health

RAS E1015

CV

Roberta.B.Ness@uth.tmc.edu

713-500-9052

Assistant: Hanah.Gibson@uth.tmc.edu, 713-500-9476

Curriculum Coordinators

Patricia Dolan Mullen, DrPH

Professor, Division of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

UT School of Public Health

UCT 2522

CV

Patricia.D.Mullen@uth.tmc.edu

713-500-9658

David S. Loose, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology & Pharmacology

UT Medical School

MSB 4.130

CV

David.S.Loose@uth.tmc.edu

713-500-7440

Trevor Cohen, MBChB, PhD

Associate Professor

UT School of Biomedical Informatics

UCT 600

CV

Trevor.Cohen@uth.tmc.edu

713-486-3675

 

Executive Committee

Zhiqiang An, PhD

Professor and Robert A. Welch Distinguished University Chair

in Chemistry

UT Medical School

SRB-532

CV

Zhiqiang.An@uth.tmc.edu

713-500-3011

George Delclos, MD, PhD, MPH

Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

UT School of Public Health

RAS W1018

CV

George.Delclos@uth.tmc.edu

713-500-9459

George M. Stancel, PhD

Executive Vice President for Academic & Research Affairs

UCT 1565

CV

George.M.Stancel@uth.tmc.edu

713-500-3082

Assistant: Teresa.SchadeLugo@uth.tmc.edu 713-500-3062

Elmer V. Bernstam, MD, MSE

Professor, School of Biomedical Informatics

UCT 690

CV

Elmer.V.Bernstam@uth.tmc.edu

713-500-3927

Myriam Fornage, PhD

Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

UT School of Public Health

IMM SRB 530G

CV

Myriam.Fornage@uth.tmc.edu

713-500-2463

Sally W. Vernon, PhD

Professor & Director, Division of Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences

UT School of Public Health

UCT 2560

CV

Sally.W.Vernon@uth.tmc.edu

713-500-9760

Shine Chang, PhD

Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Division of Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

CPB 7th Floor

CV

ShineChang@mdanderson.org

713-563-3573

Assistant: Amanda Narvais, anarvais@MDAnderson.org

Alanna C. Morrison, PhD

Professor & Director, Division of Epidemiology, Human Genetics & Environmental Sciences

UT School of Public Health

RAS E447

CV

Alanna.C.Morrison@uth.tmc.edu

713-500-9913

Hua Xu, PhD

Associate Professor

UT School of Biomedical Informatics

UCT 600

CV

Hua.Xu@uth.tmc.edu

713-500-3924

Committee Members & Mentors in the News

UTHealth Many Faces_Dr. An     

CPRIT Executive Committee Member, Dr. Zhiqiang An of the Institute of Molecular Medicine, clones antibodies to fight cancer. Click here to read more. 

Dr. Cui Tao

CPRIT Primary Mentor, Dr. Cui Tao of the School of Biomedical Informatics, was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award by President Barack Obama. Click here to read more. 

Frequently Asked Questions by Applicants

Predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowship applications are open for positions beginning in January 2017.

Q: Who is eligible to apply?

A: Current doctoral students at SBMI, SPH, or GSBS, or an MD/MPH student engaging in cancer research, are eligible to apply for the predoctoral fellowship program.  Researchers with a doctoral degree (i.e. MD, PhD, DrPH, DO), are eligible to apply for the postdoctoral fellowship.  This program is not restricted to US citizens and permanent residents.

Q: What writing samples should I submit?

A: The best writing samples are first-authored published works.  Beyond that, a completed and well-revised work can be used, including class assignments.  Two first-authored abstracts submitted for conferences can count as one writing sample. Please only submit two writing samples. 

Q: Can I submit unofficial transcripts?

A: Unofficial transcripts will suffice during the review of your application. If accepted to the fellowship, official transcripts will be required before you can be appointed. If you believe your official transcript will not arrive before the deadline, we suggest submitting unofficial transcripts with your application. Request official transcripts from your university as soon as possible. After selection, a delay in the receipt of official transcripts may postpone your appointment. This could cause you to not receive the benefits listed, such as in-state tuition and/or your tuition and fees paid for by the fellowship.

Q: International Students: I attended a university outside of the US. Can I submit my transcript from this university?

A: If you have attended a foreign university, your transcript needs to have been evaluated by an outside service (one of the two below) and translated into English. If your application to GSBS, SBMI, or SPH contains this transcript, you can request an official to forward it to us: Attn: Hanah Gibson, 1200 Pressler RAS E-1003P, Houston, Tx 77030. We will consider transcripts sent through the UTHealth application process and forwarded to us as official.

International Transcript Evaluation Services:

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Q: International Students: Do I need to submit my Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores? 

A: You must be sure that the TOEFL or IELTS scores are included with your official transcript via your UTHealth school or other institution. It is not required that you take the TOEFL or IELTS to apply for this fellowship program, but you must show proof unless you qualify for any of these exceptions:

  1. If you are a Permanent Resident or Citizen of the United States
  2. The applicant is a citizen of a country where the sole native language is English

PLEASE NOTE: The TOEFL and IELTS will NOT substitute for the GRE or comparable graduate exam(s). 

Q: What if my GRE requirement was waived?

A: If your GRE was waived upon entry into a UTHealth School or other US institution, please be sure that is indicated on your application and transcript.

If you are a postdoc applicant, your GRE score are more than five years old or you do not have a photocopy of your scores, your official transcript can take the place of your GRE requirement.  If your GRE scores are less than five years old, please provide a copy. 

Q: Can I submit letters of recommendation, or do they have to be sent directly by the recommender?

A: Although we will accept letters sent directly by you, this practice is strongly discouraged. Similar to submitting unofficial transcripts, if you are selected for the fellowship, we will need to receive the letter of recommendation directly from the recommender before you are officially appointed for the fellowship. After selection, a delay in the receipt of letters of recommendation sent directly by the recommender may postpone your appointment. This could cause you to not receive the benefits listed, such as in-state tuition and/or your tuition and fees paid for by the fellowship. Please only submit three references. 

Q: Do all materials need to be sent electronically?

A: This is the preferred route. Submit electronically to: CPRITFellowships@uth.tmc.edu. Please follow the directions listed on the application regarding the naming convention of files. Official transcripts may either be emailed (if your institution participates in this practice) or sent directly to:

Hanah Gibson

UTHealth School of Public Health

1200 Pressler, RAS E-1003P

Houston, TX 77030

Q: I was selected for an interview.  How should I prepare?

A: Interviews are conducted by groups from the Executive Committee, as well as current fellows.  Expect broad questions, e.g., what is an innovation (in any field) that you admire and why?   If you received a research grant, what would you do?  What is the most innovative thing that you have done—in any aspect of your life?   Why have you applied for this particular training program?  Etc.  It would be worthwhile figuring out how to state your project and career goals succinctly in case you are asked to restate them. 

Some resources to review include Dr. Ness' latest TED talk, website, and Twitter (@DrRobertaNess).  Dr. Ness' online course(s) on innovation hosted on the edX platform is worthwhile to review as well, since this fellowship is based on her method of innovative thinking.  To learn more about our grant, view the abstract and significance for our 5-year renewal.  Lastly, Amy Cuddy's TED talk on body language can help you present your best self during the interview.

Q: What are fellows’ responsibilities? 

A: Predocs.  Dissertation progress, rigorous coursework, publication, and preparation for a career in cancer research are the basics.  The fellowship provides training and coaching in innovative thinking, career skills, and support and feedback on research.  All predocs enroll in the CPRIT seminar every fall and spring semester and Dr. Ness' course on innovative thinking, an in person course supplemented by her online course(s) on innovation  (in the first Spring semester of the fellowship) and her in person proposal writing (in the first Fall semester of the fellowship).  Predocs also serve as tutors for the InGen MOOC in summer for the undergraduate program.

Fellows present their research annually to our Executive Committee, illustrating the innovative approaches they've applied and reporting on their progress.  All predocs have a Primary mentor who remains the same.  In addition they will be appointed a Program mentor (pro tem) to help select a mentor provocateur to stimulate innovative thinking. Expectations of Primary, Program, and Mentors for predocs can be found here.

A: Postdocs.  Research progress, publication, grant proposals, and preparation for a career in cancer research are the basics.  The fellowship provides training and coaching in innovative thinking, career skills, and support and feedback on research.  All postdocs enroll in the CPRIT seminar every fall and spring semester and Dr. Ness' course on innovative thinking, an in person course supplemented by her online course(s) on innovation  (in the first Spring semester of the fellowship) and her in person proposal writing (in the first Fall semester of the fellowship).  Postdoctoral fellows are required to enroll in the Postdoctoral Certificate Training Program, and they serve as tutors for the InGen MOOC in summer for the undergraduate program.

Fellows present their research annually to our Executive Committee, illustrating the innovative approaches they've applied and reporting on their progress.  All postdocs have a Primary mentor who remains the same.  In addition they will be appointed a Program mentor (pro tem) to help select a mentor provocateur to stimulate innovative thinking.  Expectations of Primary, Program, and Mentors for postdocs can be found here.