Profile for Simon Williams, PhD

Simon Williams

Simon Williams, PhD

  • Professor
  • Associate Dean
  • Co-Director
  • Associate Professor
Office Phone: 806-743-5668
Mail Address: 3601 4th St Stop 8326
Lubbock TX 79430-8326


Simon Williams was born in Dublin, Ireland, and completed his undergraduate in Ireland, gaining a B.A. degree from Trinity College, Dublin in Genetics in 1983. He then moved to the United States and completed a Ph.D. in Cellular and Molecular Biology at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, a component of the State University of Buffalo, New York, in 1990. He then moved to the National Cancer Institute in Frederick, Maryland for postdoctoral training in the area of gene regulation and cancer, working under the guidance of Peter Johnson, Ph.D. In 1995, Dr. Williams moved to Lubbock, Texas as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell Biology & Biochemistry to continue his research into the genetic of human cancer, with a focus in myeloid leukemias. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2001 and served as the Director of Research at the Southwest Cancer Research and Treatment Center until 2005. He participated in the redesign of the medical school curriculum that began in 2002 and currently serves as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, with responsibilities in the areas of curriculum and student affairs.

Teaching Interests

Genetics, biochemistry, cancer, cultural competence, gender-based medicine

Selected Publications:

  • Jones BG, Cook RL, Peck EK, Prabhu FR, Ragain RM, Haynes JL, Linton KS, Mitchell JJ, Edwards DS, Klein K, Berk S, Williams SC. Accelerating Medical Education: Experiences in Implementing a 3-Year Medical Degree.. Fam Med 2013;45(S3).
  • Jones BG, Williams SC. I've always wanted to direct: Using video to develop faculty-and student generated teaching materials.. Society for Teachers of Family Medicine 2013;45(S3).
  • Jones BG, Cook RL, Peck EK, Prabhu FR, Linton KS, Klein K, Haynes JL, Mitchell JJ, Edwards DS, Ragain RM, Onger FA, Berk S, Williams SC. Medical Student to Resident In 3 Years: Update on the Family Medicine Accelerated Track.. Fam Med 2013;45(S4).
  • Jones BG, Williams SC, Webster DR. Use of Student-Generated Videos to Teach Geriatrics to Second- and Fourth-Year Medical Students.. Fam Med 2013;45(S4).
  • Jones BG, Cook RL, Peck EK, Ragain RM, Prabhu FR, Haynes JL, Linton KS, Mitchell JJ, Klein K, Edwards DS, Williams SC, Berk S. Educating family physicians faster and cheaper? FMAT, an innovative 6-year medical school residency curriculum. Fam Med 2012;44(S4).