About The Science Park
Situated near Smithville in the midst of Buescher State Park, the Virginia Harris Cockrell Cancer Research Center, Science Park, is a unique component of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. A part of the Central Texas community since 1977, the Science Park provides an ideal setting for scientific research, education, conferences and workshops. Since its inception, this campus has developed steadily in size and is now recognized as a world leader in research on carcinogenesis (the origins of cancer) and cancer prevention.
Research programs at the Science Park can best be described as interactive in their approach and focused on the elucidation of the cellular and molecular mechanisms operative in carcinogenesis. The quality of the research programs can best be judged by the unusually high level of productivity, the success with which the staff secure grant support and the recognition investigators receive both nationally and internationally.
Currently, there are nearly 300 employees on the Science Park campus. The professional research force of 67 includes 25 faculty, 7 junior faculty, 26 postdoctoral fellows, and 9 research investigators and research scientists. All members of the faculty are involved in education programs, which include training at the postgraduate, graduate, undergraduate and high school levels.