George Stancel, PhD

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Job Title: Dean Emeritus, UTHealth/MD Anderson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Current Employer: UTHealth, 1972-2019 (retired June, 2019)


  • Postdoc, Dept. Physiology, Univ. Illinois (1972)

  • PhD (Biochemistry), Michigan State Univ. (1970)

  • BS (Chemistry), Univ. St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN) (1966)


I joined the faculty of the UT Medical School in Houston in 1972 as an Asst. Professor of Pharmacology doing the traditional mix of basic research; medical, graduate, undergraduate summer student mentoring, and postdoctoral education. My research was in the area of nuclear receptors for sex steroids, female reproductive tract biology and cancer, and endocrine pharmacology and I was fortunate to run an NIH-funded lab for over 30 years. I first got into academic administration as Assistant Dean for Research in the Medical School and then served as Chair the Dept of Pharmacology and Dean of the UTHealth/MD Anderson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences for 13 years before serving as the VP for Academic and Research Affairs at UTHealth from 2011 until I retired in June, 2019. I’ve also had the opportunity to be involved in research, education, and editorial activities with the Endocrine Society, the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, NIH, The University of Texas System, and other professional and government organizations. UTHealth and the Texas Medical Center have been a great place to build a career in biomedical science in the past 48 years, and the opportunities remain exciting for beginning scientists today. 

Most useful skill sets acquired from/for your field:

Writing and speaking effectively for a wide variety of audiences; Personal Effectiveness Skills (e.g., organizing, planning, time management, and prioritization); Working effectively in team settings

What I love most about my job:

In my lab days I most enjoyed journal clubs, lab research meetings, and small meetings like the Gordon Conferences – those settings were the most educational, enjoyable, and thought provoking. I also enjoyed teaching biochemistry and pharmacology to a variety of students. After I closed my lab, supporting faculty and students in their research, teaching, learning, professional development and career advancement as a Dean and VP for Academic and Research Affairs.  

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