Faculty Spotlight

16 Questions with Teppei Fujikawa, Ph.D.

From Nursing Student To Graduate Student

Kevin Kanda is currently studying the metabolism in Ewing Sarcoma.

My Experience At The San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium 2019

Kristin A. Altwegg, a CPRIT Predoctoral Fellow and third year IBMS Cancer Biology program doctoral candidate, received an American Association for Cancer Research Associate Member Award for her poster at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Launches A Science Coloring and Activity Book

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health San Antonio is proud to announce the creation of our new coloring book, the Pipette Kids Science Coloring and Activity Book. The book is available on Amazon.com for $12.99.

8 Questions with Biology of Aging Student Angela Olson

Angela Olson is passionate about science policy and Alzheimer's research.

Lily Espinoza: Science Moves Medicine Forward

In the clinic, you can diagnose a patient and treat them according to the most recent guidelines. As a scientist, you are charged with the duty to identify solutions to problems that are not completely understood, and in the process, you help expand our knowledge.

Inspiring Women in Science

Courtney Johnson was apprehensive to apply to graduate school because she didn’t have any role models who had science careers.

Liesl Lawrence: The Horizon Award, Teaching Science and Ewing Sarcoma Research

Currently, Liesl Lawrence is a student in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program in the Cell Biology, Genetics and Molecular Medicine discipline. She is working in the lab of Dr. Alex Bishop on research related to Ewing sarcoma, a rare type of cancer that affects mostly children and teenagers.

Aleeza Stephens: I’ve Seen How Brain Damage Can Affect Personality

Stephens is currently in the lab of Dr. Alan Frazer where she is looking at depression and antidepressant research.

Meeting Patients To Transform Research

Researcher Hema Gudlavalleti speaks about her experience meeting Alzheimer's patients and the impact it has had on her research.

Winning Awards

Eileen M. Lafer, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Structural Biology has been selected to receive the 2019 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award from The University of Texas System.

STEM Outreach

During their visit to UT Health San Antonio, we led a few science experiments including “How to Build DNA with Candy,” “How to Build a Microscope with Your Cell Phone,” and “Extracting DNA from a Banana.”

GSBS Alumni

Dr. Andrew Benson is the Food for Health Presidential Chair and Director, Nebraska Food for Health Center in the Department of Food Science and Technology at University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Starting On Your Own

Dr. Pramod Mishra speaks about his experience starting his own company, iGenomeDx, Inc.


Alum Dr. Dayna Averitt, talks about her position at Texas Woman’s University.

Researching the Brain

Mustafa Mithaiwala researches cognitive impairments associated with depression and anxiety disorders.


America – The land of opportunity or opportunists? The outcry of an international student

You may have heard about the new proposed rule pertaining to changes to the F-1 visa program that may go to effect on Oct. 26 if passed. Here is the link to the information on that topic. Obviously, this is not great news for international students. The article below assess this...
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Virtual Mikiten Graduate Symposium Videos Available

Over 185 people attended the first ever virtual Terry M. Mikiten Graduate Research Symposium. The event had 30 guest speakers, many of whom were graduates of UT Health San Antonio, and returned to speak about their career paths and journeys since leaving the halls of campus....
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Why Age May Just Be a Number: The Epigenetics of Aging

In the winter of 1944-1945 in the Netherlands a great famine occurred due to the German occupation. This led to many people having to consume as little as 1000 calories a day for many, many months. The recommended intake for a healthy adult person is, on average, 2300 calories a...
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Non-Scientific Policy Aims to Limit Non-Human Primates in Scientific Research

The use of non-human primates (NPH) for research has been a hot-topic button for several years. While the use of primates in research in the United States is tightly regulated and highly scrutinized by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) to ensure that the...
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Student Spotlight: 9 Questions With Amber Ather

1) Your name, program, mentor name. Name: Amber Ather Program: Endodontics Certificate with M.S. in Dental Science Mentor name: Dr. Anibal Diogenes 2) Tell me the story of when you realized you were passionate about science. I was exposed to science at an early age. As my entire...
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Q&A with Allison Crawford

1) Your name, program, mentor name. Allison Crawford, RN, PhD Candidate, UT Health San Antonio School of Nursing, Dr. Lisa Cleveland, RN, PhD, PNP-BC, IBCL, APRN, FAAN. 2) Tell me the story of when you realized you were passionate about science. My life experiences driving me to...
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Meet the Researcher: Victoria Bry & Her Passion For Medical Physics

From a young age, Victoria has always aspired to understand how the world works and she became passionate about science as she learned it provides the foundation for this knowledge. Bry is originally from San Diego and received her bachelor’s degree in physics at Colorado...
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Meet the Researcher: 9 Questions With Justin Moroney

1) Your name, program, mentor name. My name is Justin Moroney and I am a fourth-year Ph.D. candidate in Dr. Paolo Casali’s lab in Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics. I am part of the Molecular Immunology & Microbiology discipline in the Integrated...
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Dealing with Grief During Grad School (and a Pandemic)

It’s no secret that grad school is often associated with unparalleled amounts of stress. From failed experiments, lack of a “work-life balance,” or professors that go missing in action when students are waiting for edits on manuscripts or thesis papers, the ins and outs of...
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What you need to know about Gold’s Gym Medical Center Reopening

MEMO FROM ANDREA MARKS (See Original Post) While gyms were authorized by the Texas Governor’s Office to open in May, UT Health San Antonio delayed the reopening of Gold’s Gym, located on our campus, until the positive diagnosis rate of COVID-19 declined to 5% or less. We also...
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October 15 will be the final AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships Live Chat of 2020

Mark your calendars: October 15 will be the final AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships Live Chat of 2020. The theme is “Ask a Fellow Anything!” Hear directly from fellows and fellowship staff to learn about the impact policy fellows have been making for...
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Free Community Engagement Symposium on November 7

The Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science – Community Engagement is hosting its annual free Community Engagement Symposium on November 7, 2020.  The CE Symposium is for community members, investigators, practitioners, and students to learn more about community...
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Dr. Jessica Nute Receives Department of Radiology’s Teacher of The Year Award

Dr. Jessica Nute has just received the Department of Radiology’s Teacher of The Year Award. In addition to her position as an clinical assistant professor in the Department of Radiology, she also serves as COGS chair for the Radiological Sciences Ph.D. program and the Master of...
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Faculty Spotlight: 21 Questions With Kevin Bieniek, Ph.D.

Dr. Kevin Bieniek is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and the Biggs Institute Brain Bank Director. View his faculty profile >> 1) Please tell me about yourself. Originally from Minnesota, I received my B.Sc. in Biology and Psychology from Iowa State...
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Faculty Spotlight: Diana M. Cavazos, Ph.D., MSN, RN

1) Please tell me about yourself. I was born in Laredo, Texas and I was raised going back and forth to the border town of Reynosa, Mexico where I completed my first nine years of school. This allowed me to grow up knowing the American culture and the Mexican culture at the same...
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Dr. Evelien Bunnik studying levels of immunity in COVID-19 survivors

Dr. Evelien Bunnik was featured on KSAT News for her work studying levels of immunity in COVID-19 survivors. Bunnik and her team are studying these antibodies in two unique ways. “First, we are looking at what we call longitudinal responses, so we try to follow people over...
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Dr. Eithan Kotkowski Publishes First Author Paper on Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease

During his rotation through the neurology intensive care unit last year during his third year of medical school, Eithan Kotkowski, Ph.D. and his fellow medical school classmates helped oversee the care of a patient with a case of rapidly-progressive sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob...
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Big-data analysis of brain imaging studies indicates promising future directions for depression research

A study by Jodie Gray, Ph.D., a recent graduate of UT Health San Antonio’s Radiological Sciences Program has found select brain areas which are reliably impacted by major depressive disorder (MDD). The study, Multi-Modal Abnormalities of Brain Structure and Function in Major...
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Alumna Quoted in her Work to Address COVID-19

Alumna Rachele Berria, M.D., Ph.D., was quoted in an article by Markets Insider for her company’s work to address COVID-19. Berria is currently the Vice President, U.S. Medical, Biopharmaceuticals of AstraZeneca. Read the full article “Vidscrip Announces...
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Hosting My Own Coronavirus Community Session

Earlier this week, I became aware that folks in my hometown of the Rio Grande Valley, Texas were not heeding the warnings of the CDC and WHO regarding the seriousness of the coronavirus situation. I was regularly checking social media in the hopes that I’d find distant...
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