Alison Ann Bertuch, MD, PhD


  • Texas Medical Center


Blood Disorders

Phone: 832-824-4579
Fax: 832-825-4651

Contact Information

1102 Bates Street
Suite 1240.08
Houston, TX 77030
United States

Research Laboratory

Director, Bone Marrow Failure Program
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology/Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine (primary appointment)
Associate Professor, Molecular and Human Genetics, Baylor College of Medicine
Associate Professor, Program in Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine
Assistant Dean for Curriculum, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry medical school Doctor of Medicine 1993
University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry PhD Doctor of Philosophy 1993
Massachusetts Institute Of Technology bachelors Bachelor of Science 1985
Baylor College of Medicine post-doctoral fellow 1997
Baylor College of Medicine fellowship Pediatric Hematology Oncology 1996
Baylor College of Medicine residency Pediatrics 1994
Baylor College of Medicine internship Pediatrics 1993


Dr. Alison Bertuch is Director of the Bone Marrow Failure Program at Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers. Her clinical interests include oncology, osteosarcoma, and bone marrow failure disorders. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and by the American Board of Pediatrics-Hematology/Oncology.


Organization Name Role
American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) Member
American Society of Hematology (ASH) Member

Research Statement

Dr. Alison Bertuch's research is aimed at understanding the mechanisms of telomere maintenance, structure and function. Her research uses yeast as a model system for the rapid identification and investigation of the genes that govern telomere homeostasis. Of particular interest is set of proteins previously shown to be crucial for the rejoining of DNA breaks that paradoxically also function at telomeres. In addition, Dr. Bertuch's laboratory studies the role of telomere dysfunction in the development of bone marrow failure in children. A long term goal is to exploit the knowledge gained from these studies to aid in the treatment of not only bone marrow failure, but also cancer.

Research Interests
Telomere structure and function
Telomere dysfunction in the development of bone marrow failure in children