Life in Houston

A thriving, diverse city

Despite being the fourth largest city in the United States, Houston is overflowing with trees, green spaces, and several walkable neighborhoods. Houston and the surrounding areas have a very high quality of life, with many diverse cultures and communities. In fact, Houston is consistently ranked as the most diverse place in America, surpassing New York and Los Angeles. You may be surprised by this remarkably liveable city.

A foodie paradise

As a result of the region's long history of immigration, the food in Houston is outstanding and affordable. You'll find creative infusions of cuisines from Mexico, France, the Carribean, West Africa, and the large numbers of German and Czech immigrants from previous generations. In modern times, elements of these traditions are constantly reinvented, and joined by cuisines from Asia, Latin America, and beyond.

The convergence of cultures

Source: Terry G. Jordan, Annals Assoc. Amer. Geographers, 1970

Quality of life

Highest quality of life

Houston has been ranked by Forbes as the top American city where your paycheck goes the furthest.


Public transit

The Houston metro rail links Downtown with Midtown, the Museum District, and the Texas Medical Center.

Night life

A vibrant city

Check out the thriving night life in Montrose, Downtown, EaDo, Midtown, and The Heights.

The great outdoors

Wild Texas

Inspiring wild places, an abundance of parks, trails, and beaches are all a short drive away. Photo credit: Darrell Miller (CC BY-NC 2.0).

The Texas Medical Center

Photo credit: David Turner (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Our lab is in Baylor College of Medicine's Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Our department receives over $30 million in external research funding each year, and ranks second among U.S. medical school basic science departments in NIH funding. We are members of the Center for Precision Environmental Health, where we aim to understand how the genome interacts with its environment.

Above you see the skyline of the Texas Medical Center (this is not downtown!). Biomedical research represents one of the largest industries of the city, in addition to energy and commodities. Our lab is in the Alkek Tower in the middle of the Texas Medical Center, the largest biomedical campus in the world. Within walking distance you can collaborate with researchers and clinicians at Baylor College of Medicine, M.D. Anderson, UT Health, along with many other major research institutions and hospitals. We are also adjacent to Rice University, with its highly ranked engineering programs.

We are especially eager to recruit fun, diverse people of all kinds. If you are interested in the research we are doing, please contact Courtney for more information.

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