Home » Dr. Sharon Plon named Medical Scientist Training Program Director
Feb. 21, 2006 – Baylor College of Medicine
By Kimberlee Barbour
Dr. Sharon Plon, associate professor of pediatrics – hematology and oncology, was named director of the Medical Scientist Training Program at BCM. She has been a co-director of the M.D./Ph.D. program since 1997.
Plon, also associate professor of molecular and human genetics, serves as director of the Neurofibromatosis Clinic and the Baylor Cancer Genetics Clinics at Texas Children’s Hospital and the Baylor Clinic. She is a graduate of the Harvard M.D./Ph.D. Program.
“Given her history with the program and her leadership skills as a physician scientist, Dr. Plon is a natural selection to direct the medical scientist training program,” said Dr. Peter G. Traber, president and CEO of BCM. “Her leadership will assure that we continue to have exceptional medical scientists graduate from the program.”
Plon succeeds Dr. James R. Lupski, professor of molecular and human genetics and pediatrics at BCM, who has served as director of the M.D./Ph.D. Program since 1992. Lupski will serve as vice chair of genetics at BCM.
The MSTP provides students with training in both the clinical and basic sciences curricula. Active research opportunities are available in biochemistry and molecular biology, cardiovascular sciences, molecular and cellular biology, cell and molecular biology, developmental biology, immunology, molecular and human genetics, molecular physiology and biophysics, molecular virology and microbiology, neuroscience, pharmacology and translational biology and molecular medicine.
Baylor also offers an interinstitutional program in bioengineering in conjunction with Rice University and a Structural and Computational Biology and Molecular Biophysics Program in conjunction with Rice and the University of Houston.
“I’m looking forward to continuing the nearly 30 years of excellence in training medical scientists at Baylor College of Medicine,” said Plon. “This should be an exciting time as the National Institutes of Health puts added focus on translating the discoveries of basic research into improved medical care.”