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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:

$32,000 stipend and health insurance

Training and coaching in innovative thinking by the author of four books on innovation, Dr. Roberta Ness, MD, MPH

Paid tuition / fees (up to $6,000 / academic year based on in-state status that comes with the fellowship), books, software, $1,000 travel / year for presentations at national meetings, and a laptop computer

Writing consultation and training in writing innovative, compelling research proposals

Interdisciplinary research led by the Program directors with sessions focused on application of innovative thinking, dissertations, grant applications, provocative journal articles, career development writing, and oral presentation skills

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

Affiliate fellows (with salary support from employment or other cancer research fellowships) receive:

  • All benefits listed above for the pre-doctoral fellows - except salary support and health insurance. 

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

 

CURRENT FELLOWS

Muhammad "Tuan" Amith

Tuan

Current Institutions

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Biomedical Informatics, 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)

CPRIT Project Title

Ontology-based dialogue systems for improved patient HPV vaccine knowledge

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)

Jingcheng Du

Jingcheng Du Photo

Current Institutions

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

Previous Institutions

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

CPRIT Project Title

Real-time access large-scale public perceptions of vaccines using social media

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.

Yuanyuan Liu

Yuanyuan Liu

Current Institutions

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health, Houston, TX

PhD in Biostatitics 

Previous Institutions

  • Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health; MS in Epidemiology
  • Fudan University, School of Life Sciences; BS in Biological Sciences

CPRIT Project Title

Personalized risk prediction under dynamic modeling framework

Select Publications

  • Liu, Y., Kaaya, S., Chai, J., McCoy, D.C., Surkan, P.J., Black, M.M., Sutter-Dallay, A.L., Verdoux, H. and Smith-Fawzi, M.C., 2016. Maternal depressive symptoms and early childhood cognitive development: a meta-analysis. Psychological Medicine, pp.1-10.
  • Goetz, C.G., Liu, Y., Stebbins, G.T., Wang, L., Tilley, B.C., Teresi, J.A., Merkitch, D. and Luo, S., 2016. Gender?, age?, and race/ethnicity?based differential item functioning analysis of the movement disorder society–sponsored revision of the Unified Parkinson's disease rating scale. Movement Disorders, 31(12), pp.1865-1873.
  • Liu, Y., McCarthy, E.P. and Ngo, L.H., 2015. Predicting breast cancer mortality in the presence of competing risks using smartphone application development software. International Journal of Statistics in Medical Research, 4(4), p.322.
  • Liu, Y., McCarthy, E.P. and Ngo, L.H., 2014. Modeling the probability of breast cancer and competing risks mortality using the hazard function of the cumulative incidence function (CIF). JSM Proceedings, Alexandria, VA: American Statistical Association. 

Xiao Dong

xiao

Current Institutions

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

Previous Institutions

  • Georgia Institute of Technology, GA
  • Peking University Health Science Center, Beijing, China

CPRIT Project Title

Discovering new anti-neoplastic uses for existing non-cancer drugs by processing and analyzing EHRs through NLP

Select Publications

  • Dong X, Zhang Y, and Xu H. Search Datasets in Literature: A Case Study of GWAS. (Accepted by The 2017 Joint Summits on Translational Science of AMIA)
  • Dong X, Zhang Y, and Xu H. GWAS Finder: Search Engine for GWAS Datasets in Biomedical Literature. (Accepted as a poster presentation at AMIA 2016 Annual Symposium)
  • Xu J, Zhang Y, Wu Y, Wang J, Dong X, and Xu H. Citation Sentiment Analysis in Clinical Trial Papers. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2015
  • Tu H, Sun LP, Dong X, Gong YH, Xu Q, Long Q, Flanders WD, Smith RA, Bostick RM, Yuan Y. Temporal Changes in Serum Biomarkers and Risk for Progression of Gastric Precancerous Lesions: a Longitudinal Study. Int J Cancer. 2014 Jun 4
  • Cao K, Lailler N, Zhang Y, Kumar A, Uppal K, Liu Z, Lee E, Wu H, Medrzycki M, Pan C, Ho P, Cooper P, Dong X, Bock C, Bouhassira E, Fan Y. High Resolution Mapping of H1 Linker Histone Variants in Embryonic Stem Cells. PLoS Genet. 2013;9(4)

Ruoji Zhou

ruoji

Current Institutions

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, McGovern Medical School, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, Houston, TX

Previous Institutions

  • Master in Clinical Oncology, Fudan University, Shanghai Medical College, Shanghai Cancer Center, Shanghai, China
  • MBBS, Sun Yat-Sen University, Zhongshan School of Medicine, Guangzhou, China

CPRIT Project Title

Comprehensive identification of bone cancer driver genes by using Li-Fraumeni syndrome iPSCs

Select Publications

  • J Gingold, R Zhou, IR Lemischka, DF Lee. (2016). Modeling Cancer with Pluripotent Stem Cells, Trends Cancer, 2(9):485-494 DOI information: 10.1016/j.trecan.2016.07.007.
  • E Borras , FA San Lucas, K Chang, R Zhou, G Masand, J Fowler, ME Mork, NY You, MW Taggart, F McAllister,  DA Jones, GE Davies, W Edelmann, EA Ehli, PM Lynch, ET Hawk, G Capella, P Scheet, E Vilar. (2016). Genomic Landscape of Colorectal Mucosa and Adenomas. Cancer Prev Res (Phila), 9: 417-27.
  • R Zhou, L Yu, S Zhou, R Bi, R Shui, B Yu, H Lu, X Cai, W Yang. (2014). Male breast carcinoma: a clinicopathological and immunohistochemical characterization study. Int J Clin Exp Pathol, 7(10), 6852.
  • S Zhou, L Yu, R Zhou, X Li, W Yang. (2014). Invasive breast carcinomas of no special type with osteoclast-like giant cells frequently have a luminal phenotype. Virchows Archiv, 464(6), 681-688.
  • S Chen, YZ Jiang, L Huang, RJ Zhou, KD Yu, Y Liu, ZM Shao. (2013). The residual tumor autophagy marker LC3B serves as a prognostic marker in local advanced breast cancer after neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Clin Cancer Res, 19(24), 6853-6862.

Predoctoral Students in the News

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Ruoji Zhou (far right) was one out of eight students presented with the 2018 Dean's Research Scholarship Award at McGovern Medical School. Click here for more. 

Postdoctoral Cancer Education and Career Development Program

What the Program Offers

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

$51,000 stipend and full benefits

Training and coaching in innovative thinking by the author of four books on innovation, Dr. Roberta Ness, MD, MPH

Mentoring in a rich research environment with the stimulation of a complementary mentor

Paid tuition / fees for coursework, career development short courses, and Dr. Ness' courses on innovation. Also, $2,000 travel / year to present at national meetings and a laptop computer

Writing consultation and training in writing innovative, compelling research proposals

Interdisciplinary research led by the Program directors with sessions focused on application of innovative thinking, dissertations, grant applications, provocative journal articles, career development writing, and oral presentation skills

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

Affiliate fellows (with salary support from employment or other cancer research fellowships) receive:

  • All benefits listed above for the pre-doctoral fellows - except salary support and health insurance. 

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

CURRENT FELLOWS

Hong Kang

Hong Kang Photo

Current Institutions

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, 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.

Hidetaka Tanno

hidetaka

Current Institutions

The University of Texas at Austin,  The McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering, Austin, TX; Postdoctoral fellow

Previous Institutions

Tokyo Institute of Technology,Tokyo, Japan, Ph.D in Cell Biology

CPRIT Project Title

High-throughput analysis of immune receptor repertoire in cancer patients

Select Publications

  • JR McDaniel, BJ DeKosky, H Tanno, AD Ellington, G Georgiou. 2016. Ultra-high-throughput sequencing of the immune receptor repertoire from millions of lymphocytes. Nature protocols 11 (3), 429-442

  • H Tanno*, T Shigematsu* et al. 2014. Ubiquitin-interacting motifs confer full catalytic activity, but not ubiquitin chain substrate specificity, to deubiquitinating enzyme USP37. Journal of Biological Chemistry 289 (4), 2415-2423. *Contributed equally.

  • H Tanno, M Komada. 2013. The ubiquitin code and its decoding machinery in the endocytic pathway. Journal of biochemistry 153 (6), 497-504

  • H Tanno, T Yamaguchi, E Goto, S Ishido, M Komada. 2012. The Ankrd 13 family of UIM-bearing proteins regulates EGF receptor endocytosis from the plasma membrane. Molecular biology of the cell 23 (7), 1343-1353

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 4, 2018, 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

Alumni fellows recently in the news...

Jane Montelegre, PhD presents her poster presentation at the American Society of Preventive Oncology in New York. montelegre


'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

Jingjing Jiao, MD, PhD (Molecular characteristics of high prevalence of Hepatocellular carcinoma and underlying liver disease in Hispanics)

Postdoctoral Fellow - MD Anderson Cancer Center,  Dept. of Molecular and Cellular Oncology

Sara Prijic, PhD, DVM (Breast cancer metastasis: What does cholesterol have to do with it?)

Postdoctoral Fellow - Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dept. of Radiology

Research Fellow - Harvard Medical School, Dept. of Radiology

Arzu Ulu, PhD, MSc (A novel target in breast cancer metastasis: Role of Net1A in breast cancer cell motility)

Instructor - UTHealth at Houston, McGovern Medical School, Dept. of Pharmacology

Jing Gong, PhD (Integrative analysis of complex diseases; high-throughput data mining; non-coding RNA analysis)

Dept. of Bioinformatics faculty position in China

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

Zhiguo “Stanley” Yu, MS, PhD (A new and improved way to explore and understand PubMed citations)

Data Scientist - Microsoft

Ming Cao, PhD (Improved statistical inference for social networks by combining exponential random graph models and latent space models)

Data Scientist - KPMG Lighthouse

David Savage, MD, PhD (Role of UBE4B in neuroblastoma chemotherapy sensitivity)

Resident Physician - Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Internal Medicine

           *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

Sahiti Myneni, PhD, MSE

Assistant Professor

UT School of Biomedical Informatics

UCT 600

CV

Sahiti.Myneni@uth.tmc.edu

713-486-0115

 

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 closed for positions beginning in January 2019.

Q: Who is eligible to apply?

A: Predoctoral candidates: Doctoral students officially enrolled in a collaborating UTHealth school, SBMI, SPH, GSBS, or McGovern Medical School engaging in cancer research.  This program is not restricted to US citizens and permanent residents.

Postdoctoral candidates: Researchers with a doctoral degree (i.e. MD, PhD, DrPH, DO) from any state in the U.S. may apply, but all trainees must reside in Texas during the 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.

Q: May 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: I attended a university outside of the US.  May 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 and translated into English. If your application to GSBS, SBMI, or SPH contains this transcript, you can request an official version be forwarded to us. We will consider as official transcripts sent through the UTHealth application process and forwarded to us directly.

Q: Do letters of recommendation need 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.

Q: Do all supplemental application materials need to be sent electronically?

A: This is the preferred route. Submit all supplemental materials electronically to: CPRITFellowships@uth.tmc.edu. The online application forms will be sent directly to us when submitted. 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:

Attn: 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’ TEDtalk and Dr. Ness’ online course in innovative thinking. This Massive Open-Online Course (MOOC) is hosted on the edX platform and worthwhile to review 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.

All applicants invited for an interview will have an orientation session with Dr. Mullen prior to 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 assistant instructors for the InGen MOOC in summer for the undergraduate internship 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 and a program mentor.  Expectations of primary and program mentors for predocs can be found here.

A: Postdocs.  Research progress, publications, 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 at UTHealth, and they serve as assistant instructors for the InGen MOOC in summer for the undergraduate internship 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 and a program mentor.  Expectations of primary and program mentors for postdocs can be found here.