Faculty Research Interests

Center Director

Helen H. Hobbs, M.D.
Howard Hughes Investigator
Director, McDermott Center
Professor of Internal Medicine and Molecular Genetics
Research Interests: Genetics of Lipid Metabolism
Lab website: Hobbs–Cohen Lab


Maria Chahrour, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Neuroscience and Psychiatry
Research Interests: Genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorders 
Lab website: Chahrour Lab

Jonathan C. Cohen, Ph.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine
Research Interests: Genetics of Quantitative Traits
Lab website: Hobbs–Cohen Lab

Qian Cong, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biophysics
Research Interests: Computational biology of genomes and proteins
Lab website: Cong Lab

Ralph J. DeBerardinis, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and Genetics
Research Interests: Cellular Regulation of Metabolism in Normal Cells and in Cancer
Diagnosis and Treatment of Pediatric Metabolic Diseases

Lab website: DeBerardinis Lab

Amanda Fox, M.D., M.P.H.
Vice Chair of Anesthesiology and Pain Management
Research Interest: Perioperative Genomics

Donald A. Glass II, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Research Interests: Genetics of Keloids, Genetics of Other Skin Disorders
Keloid Study 

Garrett Gotway, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Program Director of Medical Genetics Residency Program
Research Interests: Pediatric Genetics

Ralf Kittler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Research Interests: Cancer Biology, Genomics, Nuclear Receptors, Transcriptional Regulation
Lab website: Kittler Lab

Xiao-Fei Kong, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine
Research Interests: Human Genetics of Digestive Disorders, Inborn Errors of Immunity
Lab website: Kong Lab

Julia Kozlitina, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Internal Medicine
Research Interests: Statistical Genetics, Genetic Epidemiology, Genetics of Complex Traits

Markey C. McNutt, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Research Interests: Inborn errors of metabolism and rare genetic diseases

Venkateswara (Vinod) Mootha, M.D.
Professor of Ophthalmology
Research Interests: Genetics of Corneal Disorders
Lab website: Mootha Lab

Nikhil V. Munshi, M.D., Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine (Cardiology Division) and Molecular Biology
Research Interests: Transcriptional Control of Cardiac Rhythm
Lab website: Munshi Lab

Jason Park, M.D., Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Pathology
Research Interests: Clinical Next Generation Sequencing
Advanced Diagnostics Laboratory, Children's Healthâ„ 

Jonathan Rios, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pediatrics
PI, Division of Molecular Genetics, Scottish Rite for Children
Research Interests: Computational Genomics, Genomics of Orthopaedic Disease

Kathleen Wilson, M.D.
Professor, Department of Pathology
Associate Director, cytogenetics, Veripath Laboratories 
Research Interests: Cytogenetics and Genetic Disorders

Carol Wise, Ph.D.
Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery
Director and PI, Division of Molecular Genetics, Scottish Rite for Children
Research Interests: Genetics of Pediatric Musculoskeletal Disease
Lab website: Wise Lab

Xiao-Song Xie, Ph.D.
Professor of Internal Medicine
Research Interests: Structure and Function of V-type Proton Translocating ATPase; Biochemistry of ABC transporters -ABCG5 and ABCG8
Lab website: Xie Lab

Chao Xing, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Sciences
Research Interests: Methodology – Statistical Genetics, Genetic Mapping, Association, Linkage, and Segregation Analysis, Gene Expression. Application - Human Complex Genetic Disorders: Hypertension, Obesity, Type II Diabetes, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Age-related Macular Degeneration
Lab website: Xing Lab

Zhenyu Xuan, Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine
Research Interests: Computational Biology
Lab website: Center for Systems Biology (UT Dallas)

Andrew R. Zinn, M.D., Ph.D.
Dean, UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Professor of Internal Medicine
Research Interests: Molecular Genetics of the Human X Chromosome, Genetic Disorders of Growth and Reproduction