Program Faculty

 

The Houston Laboratory and Population Sciences Training Program in Gene-Environment Interaction has more than 40 distinguished faculty members from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Health Information Sciences, and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Baylor College of Medicine. The mentors have established, well-funded research programs using the latest molecular techniques and have excellent facilities. In this program, participants will be mentored by two faculty members with complementary expertise in the three core areas.

Directors

  • Eric Boerwinkle, PhD

    Eric Boerwinkle, PhD 
    Program Co-Director
    Professor and Director
    Division of Epidemiology, School of Public Health
    Kozmetsky Family Chair in Human Genetics
    The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases

  • Hope Northrup, MD

    Hope Northrup, MD
    Program Co-Director
    Professor and Director, Pediatric Genetics
    UTHealth Medical School

Faculty Mentors

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston – (UTHealth)

  • Michael R. Blackburn, PhD

    Michael R. Blackburn, PhD 
    Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    UTHealth Medical School

    Research Interests: Molecular mechanism of lung inflammation and damage; macrophage biology; fibroblast activation; mucous cell metaplasia; mouse molecular genetics.

  • Eric Boerwinkle, PhD

    Eric Boerwinkle, PhD 
    Professor and Director
    Division of Epidemiology, UTHealth School of Public Health
    Kozmetsky Family Chair in Human Genetics
    The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases

    Research Interests: Genetic analysis of the common chronic diseases in humans, including coronary artery disease, hypertension, and non-insulin dependent (type II) diabetes.

  • Barry R. Davis, MD, PhD

    Barry R. Davis, MD, PhD 
    James W. Rockwell Professor in Public Health
    Director, Coordinating Center for Clinical Trials
    UTHealth School of Public Health

    Research Interest: Development and applications of statistical methods to clinical trials and epidemiology.

  • David Gorenstein, PhD

    David Gorenstein, PhD
    Associate Dean for Research, School of Medicine
    Interim Chair, Department of NanoMedicine and Biomedical Engineering
    Deputy Director and James T. Willerson Distinguished Chair
    Director, IMM Center for Proteomics and Systems Biology

    Research Interests: Structural biology; drug design; nucleic acid and protein chemistry; proteomics and nanomedicine for both diagnostics and therapeutics in both infectious diseases and cancer.

  • Craig L. Hanis, PhD

    Craig L. Hanis, PhD 
    Professor of Epidemiology
    UTHealth School of Public Health

    Research Interests: Genetic epidemiology; genetics of type 2 diabetes and its complications; genomic approaches to identifying genes for common diseases.

  • Jacqueline T. Hecht, PhD

    Jacqueline T. Hecht, PhD 
    Professor of Pediatric Genetics
    UTHealth Medical School

    Research Interests: Identify genes that cause birth defects; define how mutations in cartilage oligomeric matrix protein (COMP) cause dwarfism; develop therapeutic intervention models.

  • James Hixson, PhD

    James Hixson, PhD
    Professor
    Human Genetics Center
    Division of Epidemiology
    UTHealth School of Public Health

    Research Interests: Molecular genetics; Genetics of common disease; Gene structure and expression in atherosclerosis. The main focus is on identifying genes that underlie predisposition to common diseases such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes.

  • Ali J. Marian, MD

    Ali J. Marian, MD 
    Professor and Director
    Center for Cardiovascular Genetic Research
    The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases

    Research Interest: Genetics of cardiomyopathies.

  • Joseph B. McCormick, MD, MS

    Joseph B. McCormick, MD, MS 
    James H. Steele Professor & Regional Dean
    School of Public Health – Brownsville Campus

    Research Interest: Infectious Diseases (particularly viral such as Ebola; Lassa fever: HIV/AIDS), Health issues in international settings; vaccines; epidemiology and bioterrorism.

  • Diana M. Milewicz, MD, PhD

    Diana M. Milewicz, MD, PhD 
    President George Bush Chair in Cardiovascular Medicine
    Professor
    Department of Internal Medicine
    MD/PhD Program Director
    UTHealth Medical School

    Research Interests: Human genetic diseases of the cardiovascular system; developmental biology of the extracellular matrix; inherited disorder of connective tissues.

  • F. Gerald Moeller, MD, PhD

    F. Gerald Moeller, MD, PhD 
    Professor
    Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    UTHealth Medical School

    Research Interests: Clinical research and education in the field of neurobiology of impulsivity, especially as it relates to substance abuse.

  • Hope Northrup, MD

    Hope Northrup, MD 
    Professor and Director, Pediatric Genetics
    UTHealth Medical School

    Research Interests: Tuberous Sclerosis Complex (TSC) and Spina Bifida Cystica. Research in my laboratory focuses on two disorders: tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) and spina bifida cystica. TSC is inherited in an autosomal dominant fashion with two known genes on chromosome 9q34.3 (TSC1) and on chromosome 16p13.3 (TSC2) for the TSC phenotype. Current work underway includes mutational analysis and functional studies of both genes. The spina bifida project is using a candidate gene approach to search for genetic associations. A tutorial in my laboratory will expose the student to common molecular genetics techniques including subcloning, DNA sequencing, Southern blot analysis, single strand conformational polymorphic analysis, cell free transcription-translation, protein-protein interaction techniques, Western blotting and immunoprecipitation.

  • John D. Reveille, MD

    John D. Reveille, MD 
    George S. Bruce, Jr. Professorship
    Department of Internal Medicine
    UTHealth Medical School

    Research Interests: Genetics of spondylarthritis, lupus and scleroderma as well as in HIV associated rheumatic diseases.

  • Elaine Symanski, PhD

    Elaine Symanski, PhD 
    Associate Professor of Epidemiology
    UTHealth School of Public Health

    Research Interests: Development of quantitative methods for modeling occupational and environmental exposures; retrospective exposure assessment for workplace contaminants; investigation of health effects related to occupational and environmental exposures.

  • Heinrich Taegtmeyer, MD

    Heinrich Taegtmeyer, MD
    Professor
    Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiology Division
    UTHealth Medical School

    Research Interests: Energy substrate metabolism; gene expression and function of the heart; heart failure and diabetes.

  • Rick A. Wetsel, PhD

    Rick A. Wetsel, PhD
    The William S. Kilroy, Sr. Chair in Pulmonary Disease
    Professor; Center for Immunology & Autoimmune Diseases
    Director, Laboratory for Developmental Biology
    The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases

    Research Interests: Understanding the molecular events involved in mediating the inflammatory and immune response in both normal and pathological conditions; development of novel therapeutics via embryonic stem cell research.

  • Jiajie Zhang, PhD

    Jiajie Zhang, PhD 
    Dr. Doris L. Ross Professor
    Dean, UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

    Research Interests: Human-centered computing; medical errors; information display & visualization; cognitive science.

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • Chang, Shine, PhD

    Shine Chang, PhD 
    Professor
    Department of Epidemiology

    Research Interests: Obesity and cancer risk, health scientist training and education, cancer prevention and education, and career development and scientific writing.

  • Cincirpini, Paul M., PhD

    Paul M. Cinciripini, PhD 
    Professor/Deputy Chair; Director of Tobacco Treatment Program
    Department Behavioral Science

    Research Interests: Basic and clinical research in the area of smoking cessation and nicotine psychopharmacology.

  • Cohen, Lorenzo, PhD

    Lorenzo Cohen, PhD 
    Professor and Director, Integrative Medicine Program and Departments of General Oncology and Behavioral Science

    Research Interests: Randomized controlled clinical trials examining the biobehavioral effects of incorporating complementary therapies into cancer treatment aimed at reducing the negative aspects of cancer treatment and improving quality of life including studies of meditation, stress management, emotional writing, yoga, tai chi/qigong, and acupuncture. The laboratory examines both psychological and biological outcomes.

  • Dickey, Burton F., MD

    Burton F. Dickey, MD
    Professor and Chair
    Department of Pulmonary Medicine

    Research Interests: Airway epithelial biology. The epithelial cells of the airways of the lungs show great plasticity in structure, function, and gene expression. In response to allergic inflammation, they produce large quantities of polymeric mucins, and our laboratory studies the molecular mechanism of mucin secretion, focusing on Munc18, Munc14, Syntaxin and Synaptotagmin proteins. In response to bacterial inflammation, epithelial cells develop a high level of resistance to microbial infection, and our laboratory is studying the molecular mechanism. Airway inflammation also contributes to epithelial carcinogenesis, and we established mouse models of this phenomenon and are dissecting mechanism. For each of these programs, the laboratory uses primarily a mouse genetic approach, generating knockout and transgenic mice, and analyzing their responses in conditions of pathophysiologic challenge.

  • Hittelman, Walter, PhD

    Walter Hittelman, PhD 
    Professor and Chief
    Laboratory of Cellular Oncology

    Research Interests: Identifying genetic/phenotypic changes associated with human multistep tumorigenesis. These changes are translated into biomarkers and applied to tissue biopsy samples to determine individual cancer risk and response to chemopreventive intervention, especially in the aerodigestive and gastrointestinal tracts.

  • Lee, Jeffrey E., MD

    Jeffrey E. Lee, MD 
    Professor and Chair
    Department of Surgical Oncology

    Research Interests: Role of genetic polymorphisms in melanoma disease progression, and Blood markers as predictors of melanoma disease progression

  • Lozano, Guillermina, PhD

    Guillermina Lozano, PhD 
    Professor and Chair
    Cancer Genetics

    Research Interests: Tumor suppressors, mouse models, and apoptosis. The overall goal of my laboratory is to understand the signals that regulate the p53 pathway and the consequences of expressing wild-type or mutant p53. We are generating mouse models to address the importance of various p53 mutations in tumor development in vivo. We are also studying individuals with Li-Fraumeni syndrome, most of whom inherit a p53-missense mutation.

  • Lu, Karen H., MD

    Karen H. Lu, MD
    Professor
    Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine

    Research Interests: My clinical interests include the surgical and medical treatment of women with ovarian and endometrial cancers, as well as the management of women at genetically high risk for these cancers. I am Co-Director for Clinical Cancer Genetics and Director of the High Risk Ovarian Cancer Screening Clinic. In addition, I serve as Co-Director of the Endometrial Cancer Research Program and Co-Principal Investigator of the Uterine Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE). I am the Principal Investigator for an NIH-sponsored chemoprevention study of women at high risk for developing endometrial cancer, as well as for several nation-wide studies to develop and test novel markers and screening strategies for the early detection of ovarian cancer. In addition, I participate in research to apply laboratory-based findings to improving the care of gynecologic cancer patients.

  • Mills, Gordon B., MD, PhD

    Gordon B. Mills, MD, PhD
    Professor and Chair
    Department of Systems Biology

    Research Interests: Cell and molecular growth regulation and molecular therapeutics. The major focus of the Section of Cellular and Molecular Growth Regulation is directed at identification and characterization of novel plant compounds that regulate the growth of tumor cells and endothelial cells. Research in molecular therapeutics aims to identify the mechanisms by which normal cells (lymphocytes) and tumor cells (ovarian and breast cancer) perceive and respond to their environment. In particular, we are investigating the signaling mechanisms utilized by the T-cell receptor CD28 and interleukin-2 receptor (IL-2R) in lymphocytes.

  • Wetter, David W., PhD

    David W. Wetter, PhD 
    Professor and Chair
    Health Disparities Research

    Research Interests: Theoretical models of addictive and cancer risk behaviors; the epidemiology and public health impact of those behaviors; and the development, evaluation, and dissemination of theoretically-based interventions.

  • Wu, Chih-Chieh, PhD

    Chih-Chieh Wu, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

    Research Interests: Development of Methods for Whole-Genome Genetic Studies; Cancer Risk Analyses in Family Studies Relevant to Genetic, Environmental, and Epidemiological Factors; Genetic Analyses for Cancer Family Studies of Li-Fraumeni syndrome; Combinatorial Probability Distributions and Their Application to Detect Disease Anomalous Patterns in Discrete Time Series.

Baylor College of Medicine

  • Beaudet, Arthur L. MD

    Arthur L. Beaudet, MD
    Professor and Chairman
    Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

    Research Interests: The role of epigenetics and genomic imprinting in evolution and disease including Prader-Willi and Angelman syndromes and autism; hepatocyte gene therapy.

  • Bellen, Hugo DVM, PhD

    Hugo Bellen, DVM, PhD 
    Professor
    Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

    Research Interests: We use the fruitfly Drosophila melanogaster as a model system to study a) development of the nervous system, specifically Notch signaling, b) proteins required for proper synaptic transmission, specifically the role of presynaptic proteins, and c) molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration. We also generate reagents and tools for the fly community to better manipulate the flies.

  • John W. Belmont, MD, PhD

    John W. Belmont, MD, PhD 
    Professor, Doris L. Ross Professorship
    Associate Dean for Research
    UTHealth School of Biomedical Informatics

    Research Interests: Significant congenital cardiovascular malformations (CVM) occur in about 8 per 1,000 live births. A primary focus of the laboratory is to identify genetic factors that cause CVM or contribute to the risk for their occurrence. Projects in the laboratory include the use of microarray and next generation sequencing approaches to screen for genetic loci contributing to CHARGE Syndrome, a disorder that involves the development of the eye, ear, cranial nerves, brain, genitourinary systems, and heart; examination of the role of copy number variation and chromosome abnormalities in syndromic CVM in which affected children have both a heart abnormality and a birth defect; and performance of a genome-wide association study to identify common genetic variants associated with left ventricular outflow tract obstruction defects. The molecular genetics of host response to seasonal influenza vaccine is another area of active investigation undertaken in collaboration with the Influenza Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine..

  • Brown, Chester W., M.D., PhD.

    Chester W. Brown, M.D., PhD. 
    Associate Professor
    Departments of Molecular and Human Genetics and Pediatrics

    Research Interests: Our laboratory is working to understand the mechanisms by which genes regulate body composition, using cell-based approaches, genetically engineered mouse models and microarray technologies to dissect the complex interrelationships among gene products and their effects on adiposity and metabolism. Several of these gene products are members of the TGF-beta superfamily, which has been our main focus. Our team’s ultimate goal is to understand the variety of mechanisms by which genes affect adiposity in humans thereby providing the basis for the rational design of drugs for the medical treatment of obesity and its co-morbidities. Accordingly, our clinical interests include genetic syndromes with obesity as a feature, and the contributions of genomic copy number variation and monogenic variants to non-syndromic obesity.

  • Chan, Lawrence C., MD

    Lawrence C. Chan, MD 
    Professor
    Department of Endocrinology
    Endocrinology

    Research Interests: Dr. Chan’s laboratory is active in the following research areas: (1) type 1 and type 2 diabetes and the metabolic syndrome, (2) lipoprotein metabolism and atherosclerosis, and (3) somatic gene therapy and other molecular therapies for the treatment of diabetes and obesity.

  • Rui Chen, Ph.D

    Rui Chen, PhD
    Associate Professor
    Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

    Research Interests: It has been estimated that nearly 40 million people are blind worldwide, and another 100 million individuals suffer from substantial visual impairment. Both experimental and computational approaches are used in the laboratory to identify novel genes involved in human retinal diseases including Leber congenital amaurosis, Usher syndrome, retinitis pigmentosa, cone and rod dystrophy, and Stargardt’s disease. Mouse models in which the orthologues of these disease-causing genes have been genetically modified are being used to further understand the underlying biological mechanisms, as well as the genetic networks in which they participate.

  • Dani, John A., PhD

    John A. Dani, PhD 
    Professor
    Department of Neuroscience

    Research Interests: Processes that modify the brain and, thereby, underlie learned or shaped behaviors.

  • Gibbs, Richard A., Ph.D.

    Richard A. Gibbs, Ph.D.
    Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics
    Director, Human Genome Sequencing Center (HGSC)

    Research Interests: Current research within the HGSC is focused upon the genomics of cancer, heart disease and autism. To achieve this, the group is sequencing single human genomes at an increasing rate. New molecular technologies are being developed for the mapping and sequencing, for exploring novel chemistries for DNA tagging, and to enable development of instrumentation for DNA manipulation. The HGSC is also part of the Human Microbiome Project and has an active bioinformatics program, with research projects involving biologists and computer scientists. Problems under study focus on developing tools for generating, manipulating, and analyzing genome data.

  • Brett Graham, PhD

    Brett Graham, Ph.D. 
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

    Research Interests: Genetic model systems including the mouse, fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster, and human patient fibroblasts can be manipulated experimentally to dissect the pathophysiology of mitochondrial dysfunction with the long-term goals of understanding fundamental cellular processes and developing novel therapeutic strategies. A major focus of the lab is in the development and characterization of mutant components of the TCA cycle, Electron Transport Chain, and porin/VDAC (Voltage-Dependent Anion Channel) in Drosophila and/or mouse. In addition to studying the underlying pathogenic mechanisms in these genetic models using a combination of genetic, biochemical, and cell biology approaches, analyzing responses to environmental perturbations (e.g., drug screens, diet manipulations) in Drosophila mutant animals or mammalian cells in culture provides an opportunity to gain novel insights into mitochondrial biology and disease.

  • Groves, Andrew, Ph.D.

    Andrew Groves, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Department of Neuroscience

    Research Interests: My laboratory uses the inner ear as a model system to address fundamental questions in developmental biology and regeneration. We are examining signaling pathways that specify the formation of the six auditory and balance sense organs of the ear and regulate the fine-grained and beautifully stereotyped pattern of sensory hair cells in these organs. We are also interested in trying to understand the mechanisms of how different sensory organs, such as the organ of Corti in the cochlea, arose during vertebrate evolution.

  • Christophe Herman, Ph.D.

    Christophe Herman, Ph.D. 
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

    Research Interests: The role of transient errors in information transfer that take place during transcription, translation, or post-translational modification as a novel mechanism for causation of human disease is currently being investigated. Classical bistable molecular switches found in the bacterium Escherichia coli and bacteriophage lambda are studied in the laboratory to understand how heritable epigenetic changes could occur in the absence of any alteration in the DNA sequence itself. These experimental models suggest that this could be mediated through dysregulation of bistable genetic networks in which two alternative phenotypes have been differently programmed by transcription factors connected in positive feedback loops in genetically identical cells.

  • Kosten, Thomas Kosten, MD

    Thomas Kosten, MD 
    Professor
    Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
    Research Director of the VA National Substance Use Disorders Quality Enhancement Research
    Initiative (QUERI)
    Jay H. Waggoner Chair

    Research Interests: Substance dependence, post traumatic stress disorder, and neuroimaging research including detecting and treating cocaine induced cerebral perfusion defects, and using functional MRI to predict pharmacotherapy outcome. Dr. Kosten’s medication contributions include a cocaine vaccine, immunotherapy for hallucinogens, buprenorphine for opioid dependence, disulfiram for cocaine dependence, vasodilators for cocaine induced cerebral perfusion defects, and combining medications with contingency management for opioid and cocaine dependence.

  • Leal, Suzanne Margaret, PhD

    Suzanne Margaret Leal, PhD 
    Professor
    Department of Molecular and Human Genetics

    Research Interests: Whole-genome and candidate gene association studies; linkage analysis of human diseases; development of new methods and software in gene mapping; analysis of rare variant sequence data; analysis of copy number variants.

  • Philip J Lupo, PhD MPH

    Philip J Lupo, PhD MPH 
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Pediatrics | Hematology-Oncology Section

    Research Interests: Dr. Lupo’s research focuses on the genetic and environmental determinants of adverse pediatric conditions. He is a molecular epidemiologist in the Epidemiology Center of the Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers and in the Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences Program of the Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center. Lupo is currently collaborating with other researchers and clinicians to develop studies examining the role of genes and prenatal exposures on the development of childhood cancer, as well as the identification of novel risk factors for long-term complications of childhood cancer therapies. As a member of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG) Epidemiology Committee, Dr. Lupo is working with investigators to build a research program in the epidemiology of rhabdomyosarcoma. He is also part of a multidisciplinary team of experts assessing the intersection of childhood cancer and birth defects. The ultimate goal of his research is to discover factors that can be used in childhood cancer prevention efforts and targeted interventions to limit the adverse consequences of childhood cancer treatment. 

  • Lupski, James R., MD, PhD

    James R. Lupski, MD, PhD
    Professor
    Department of Molecular & Human Genetics

    Research Interests: a) To determine the extent that de novo DNA rearrangements in the human genome are responsible for sporadic human traits including birth defects; b) study how human Mendelian and complex traits are due to structural changes and/or gene copy number variation (CNV); and c) the molecular mechanisms for human genomic rearrangements. Dr. Lupski’s research will impact both prenatal and postnatal genetic diagnostics, as well as patient management and therapeutics.

  • O'Malley, Bert W., MD

    Bert W. O’Malley, MD 
    Professor and Chairman 
    Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

    Research Interests: Hormone Action and Gene Expression: Coactivators and Corepressors 

  • Shaulsky, Gad Shaulsky, PhD

    Gad Shaulsky, PhD
    Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics
    Director, Molecular and Human Genetics Graduate Program

    Research Interests: Functional genomics; evolution of social behavior in the amoebaDictyostelium; data mining and development of new tools for genetic analysis; regulation of gene expression.

  • Meng Wang, PhD

    Meng Wang, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Molecular and Human Diseases

    Research Interests:Biology of aging is composed of complex intrinsic deterioration on vital organs. Adipose tissue and the reproductive system are essential endocrine units, releasing adipokines, lipokines and steroid hormones to coordinate organism physiology. During aging, degenerative changes in these key endocrine organs are associated with various age-related diseases such as type II diabetes, central obesity, cancer, and cardiovascular disorders.

    Our research interests are to characterize age-associated changes in endocrine organs, identify their genetic causes and investigate the environmental impacts on these alterations.

    1. Investigate the roles of lipid metabolism in the regulation of longevity.
    2. Study the systemic control of reproductive homeostasis during aging.
    3. Characterize the gene-environmental regulation of reproductive aging.
    4. Identify the small chemical compounds that increase lifespan.

  • Westbrook, Thomas F., PhD

    Thomas F. Westbrook, PhD
    Assistant Professor 
    Departments of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Molecular and Human Genetics; and Pediatrics

    Research Interests: The past 30 years of cancer research has illuminated many signaling pathways that contribute to human cancer. However, the majority of this insight has been directed to a relatively small proportion of genes in the human genome, underscoring the fact that many genes regulating tumorigenesis have yet to be identified. Although high-throughput genomic approaches have begun to establish extensive catalogs of gene alterations in human tumors, the genetic lesions that functionally contribute to tumor genesis are often concealed by the complex chromosomal instability in cancer cell genomes. Thus, functional approaches are critical for identifying such cancer causing perturbations. My laboratory applies genome-wide RNA interference (RNAi) technologies to the unbiased discovery of cancer genes and networks. Specifically, we develop functional genetic approaches in three major areas of cancer biology: discovering new tumor suppressor networks; identifying mechanisms controlling tumor response to anti-cancer therapies; and delineating new tumor-specific stress pathways and exploiting these stresses as cancer vulnerabilities.

Other Supportive Faculty

  • Scott F. Basinger, PhD

    Scott F. Basinger, PhD 
    Professor
    Departments of Ophthalmology & Neuroscience
    Associate Dean
    Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    Baylor College of Medicine

  • Manuel Gonzalez-Garay, Ph.D.

    Manuel Gonzalez-Garay, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor 
    Center for Cardiovascular Genetics
    The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases
    University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

  • Paul Scheet, PhD

    Paul Scheet, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Epidemiology, Division of OVP, Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences
    The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

  • George Stancel, PhD

    George Stancel, PhD
    Executive Vice President for Academic and Research Affairs
    Dean, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
    John P. McGovern Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Sciences
    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston