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Texas Medical Center

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1102 Bates Ave., Ste. 1030
Houston, TX 77030

Research Laboratory

Mary Y. Hurwitz, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology-Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
Cornell University Bachelors Bachelor of Arts, Mathematics
University of Minnesota University Doctor of Philosophy, Biochemistry
University of Washington Post-doctoral Fellow


Organization Name Role
American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Member
American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) Member
American Society of Gene Therapy (ASGT) Member
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) Member
International Society for Genetic Eye Diseases and Retinoblastoma Member
International Society for Ocular Oncology Member

Research Statement

Dr. Mary Hurwitz is involved in pre-clinical and translational studies of the use of gene therapy for ocular disorders. Using both in vitro and in vivo models of retinoblastoma, studies have been designed to examine viral-mediated gene therapy for the treatment of tumors in the eye. These studies include:

  1. elucidation of the unique properties of adenoviral transduction in the ocular environment;
  2. investigation of immune consequences of adenoviral-mediated gene transfer;
  3. elucidation of the differences between metastatic and non-metastatic tumor development; and
  4. characterization of stem cell populations in retinoblastoma tumors and cell lines derived from those tumors.



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