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Naoto Tada Ueno, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.P.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Section Chief, Section of Translational Breast Cancer Research, Department of Breast Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Executive Director, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Morgan Welch Inflammatory Breast Cancer Program, Houston, TX

Bio Statement


I have a strong background in translational breast cancer research in the areas of cancer biology and molecular therapeutics, with specific training and expertise in key research areas of EGFR/ERK signaling and in vivo modeling, key research areas of for this application. As a Ph.D. student at The UT Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, I carried out preclinical research to study on the role of the HER2 pathway in chemosensitization of paclitaxel in breast cancer. In addition to my basic research background, I have trained as a medical oncologist at MDA and simultaneously I have learned how to conduct clinical research and perform data analysis on related to breast cancer. I am also now a practicing physician who has experience in conducting both targeted and gene therapy clinical trials in inflammatory breast cancer patients. Since becoming a faculty member at MDA, I have expanded my research to include the EGFR/ ERK pathway in both breast and ovarian cancer. In addition over the past 10 years, I have successfully managed projects (e.g. overseeing personnel, ensuring research quality, keeping high ethics, managing budgets) and, collaborated with other researchers, and I have produced several peer-reviewed publications from each project. As a result of these previous experiences, I am aware of the importance of frequent communication among project investigators and of creating a reasonable research plan, a plausible timeline, and a feasible budget. In summary, I have a demonstrated record of successful and productive research projects in an area of high relevance for to breast cancer biology related to triple negative breast cancer, inflammatory breast cancer, metastasis, cancer-stem cells, and drug resistance of cancer cells. My expertise and experience have well prepared me to mentor the proposed project.

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1999 The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, TX, PHD, Cancer Biology
1989 Wakayama Medical College, Wakayama,, Japan, MD, Doctor of Medicine

Postgraduate Training

7/1993-6/1996 Clinical Fellowship, Medical Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
7/1991-6/1993 Clinical Residency, Internal Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
7/1990-4/1991 Clinical Internship, Internal Medicine, Montefiore University Hospital - University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
4/1989-3/1990 Clinical Internship, Rotating Internship, United States Naval Hospital, Yokosuka, Kanagawa, Japan

Board Certifications

2005 American Board of Internal Medicine - Medical Oncology
2003 American Board of Internal Medicine - Internal Medicine


Institutional Committee Activities

Vice Chair, M. D. Anderson Associates, 2000-2001

Honors and Awards

2013-2014 Regents Outstanding Teaching Award, The University of Texas System
2012-present Waun Ki Hong Award for Excellence in Team Science, Division of Cancer Medicine Faculty Recognition and Awards Program

Last updated: 7/25/2014