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McNair Scholars

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The McNair Medical Institute at Baylor College of Medicine was established in 2007 to recruit talented scientists and physician-scientists from around the world to the Texas Medical Center. These McNair Scholars pursue collaborative and transformational research in the areas of breast and pancreatic cancer, juvenile diabetes and the neurosciences.

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Hsiao-Tuan Chao, M.D., Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics and Pediatrics
Named February 2019

Sameer A. Sheth, M.D., Ph.D.

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Associate Professor in Department of Neurosurgery
Named February 2018

Thomas (Trey) Westbrook, Ph.D.

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Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular & Human Genetics and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology | Program in Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences and Program in Developmental Biology
Named May 2017

Bing Zhang, Ph.D.

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Professor in the Department of Molecular and Human Genetics and the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center
Named October 2016

Nuo Li, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Named April 2016

François St-Pierre, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Named October 2015

Matthew J. Ellis, M.D., Ph.D.

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Professor of Medicine (Department of Oncology)
Named September 2014

Massimo T. Pietropaolo, M.D.

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Professor of Medicine (Pathology and Immunology)
Named August 2014

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Koen Venken, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Named July 2014

Xaq Pitkow, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Neuroscience 
Named October 2013

Chenghang Zong, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics
Named August 2013

Russell Scott Ray, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Neuroscience
Named January 2013

Xiang "Shawn" Zhang, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology
Named June 2011

Benjamin Russell Arenkiel, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Molecular & Human Genetics and Neuroscience
December 2010

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Emeritus McNair Scholars

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  • Erez Lieberman Aiden, Ph.D.
  • Melissa Bondy, Ph.D.
  • Malgorzata Borowiak, Ph.D.
  • Jake A. Kushner, M.D.

These Scholars have reached Emeritus status and no longer have active McNair funding. They continue to make a great impact on behalf of the McNair Medical Institute and carry the McNair Scholar name.

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McNair Medical Institute at Baylor

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Learn more about the McNair Medical Institute at Baylor College of Medicine and the support of Robert C. and Janice McNair.

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Afraid of food? The answer may be in the basal forebrain

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McNair Scholar Dr. Benjamin Arenkiel studies the way a small neuronal circuit in the basal forebrain connects with and overrides feeding behaviors regulated by the hypothalamus.

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McNair Scholars talk about how the McNair Foundation supports research for a more promising tomorrow. Read more.