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.

Allie Sharp Receives the 2019-2020 Predoctoral Research Training Award

I am excited to be apart of this program because it’s bridging an important gap between neuroscience and cancer.

Starting On Your Own

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

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.

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.

Science for Kids

The Pipette Kids Coloring and Activity Book is now on Amazon.

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.

Winning Awards

Congratulations to Jenny (Xiaoyu) Yang who has recently received the Horizon Award from Department of Defense.


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

Educating Science Leaders

Manpreet Semwal hopes to use her Microbiology degree to train future scientists once she graduates.

Researching the Brain

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

Michael Guderyon: Being At The Forefront of Aging Research

From the flight line to the laboratory, this airman serves his country in fatigues and a lab coat.


Graduate Students Attend Lunch with BiomedSA Recipient of the 2019 Award for Innovation in Healthcare & Bioscience

GSBS students enjoyed an informal lunch on Sept. 19 with Stephen Badylak, D.V.M., Ph.D., M.D., the recipient of the 2019 BioMedSA Award for Innovation in Healthcare & Bioscience. Dr. Badylak is a pioneer in the field of stem cell and tissue regeneration and currently is...
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Stephanie Fedorchak Receives T32 Fellowship

Stephanie Fedorchak, a student in the Neuroscience discipline of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program was recently selected as a Neuroscience T32 fellow. She is currently in the lab of Dr. Carie Boychuk. Her co-mentor is Dr. Teppei Fujikawa. According to the National...
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UT Health San Antonio Interprofessional Orientation: The Patient is The Reason We Collaborate  

Incoming students shared a meal, played a game of Pictionary focused on roles/responsibilities of various health professionals, listened to faculty share stories about their respective professions’ scope of practice and how they impact patient care at the second annual new...
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Allie Sharp Receives the 2019-2020 Predoctoral Research Training Award

Congratulations to Alexandra Sharp in Dr. David Morilak’s lab for receiving a 2019-2020 Pre-doctoral Research Training Award from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas for her research on Mechanisms and Treatment of Cognitive Impairment Induced by Androgen...
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Jason Hadley: Aging Research Is A Growing Field

If you asked Jason Hadley why he wanted to be an aging researcher, he would respond that aging is the key to stopping other diseases. “Aging is not this inevitable process, it’s like any other disease that has a program and you can alter that program,” he said. “It also has a lot...
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Rathipriya Viswanathan: International Club, Alzheimer’s Research, and The Super Resolution Microscope

Rathipriya Viswanathan is currently a Ph.D. student in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences program in the Neuroscience discipline. “I was attracted to UT Health San Antonio because of the student friendly atmosphere. The other places I applied to seemed more rigid and not very...
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Alex McCoy: We Need To Create Better Antidepressants

Neuroscience student Alex McCoy is passionate about creating better antidepressants and also raising awareness about mental illnesses. “Depression and psychiatric disorders are physical illnesses, it’s well-documented that there are physical changes to the brain that happen with...
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Aleeza Stephens: I’ve Seen How Brain Damage Can Affect Personality

Aleeza Stephens was a sophomore in high school when her cousin had a football injury. He was diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury affecting his frontal lobe. “He’s ok now but it definitely affected his personality,” explained Stephens, a student in the Neuroscience discipline...
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THINK SCIENCE & Discovery Day Recap

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health San Antonio partnered with Texas Public Radio to host THINK SCIENCE & Discovery Day on Saturday, August 10 at The Tobin Center for Performing Arts. The free, family-oriented event was held in the Feik Family Rotunda from...
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Graduate Students Visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center

Over 80 graduate students attended the August Graduate School Social at LEGOLAND DISCOVERY Center San Antonio. “It was really fun to play with legos and trying to build something. As a senior graduate student, it was a nice break from my tight schedule,” said Meena...
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El Paso Shooting and Fundraising Effort for the Victims

Dear UT Health San Antonio Community, The tragic massacre of innocents in El Paso this past weekend has hit very close to home to me, as it did for many members of our UT Health San Antonio community with connections to El Paso. To me, El Paso is not only my hometown and the home...
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Science Outreach at The Haven for Hope

As our UT Health San Antonio volunteer group filed into one of the many Haven for Hope learning center classrooms, we were greeted by a rambling group of adolescents ranging in age from eight to fifteen.  By 4:30 in the afternoon, the children were already blowing off steam from...
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UT Health gets a $306,000 grant to study Ewing sarcoma

Dr. David Libich was quoted in an article by Kens 5 for his work on Ewing sarcoma. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. One of those cancers, Ewing sarcoma, is the second most common type of bone cancer in children with only 200 diagnosed each year in the U.S. Thanks to...
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Coveted National Cancer Institute award comes to Sung

UT Health San Antonio biochemist Patrick Sung, D.Phil., one of the world’s leading experts on BRCA1 and BRCA2 cancer biology, has just received a highly competitive National Cancer Institute (NCI) Outstanding Investigator Award. Dr. Sung is the first faculty member in UT Health...
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Dr. Charles France gives insight onto new street drug, Krokodil

UT Health San Antonio professor Charles France, Ph.D. was interviewed on KSAT News regarding the new street drug, Krokodil which is making its way around the streets of the Alamo City. The drug, made with codeine and toxic household chemicals, such as lighter fluid, matches...
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Dr. Puga takes part in NIA scholars program

Frank Puga, Ph.D. Frank Puga, Ph.D., assistant professor/research in the School of Nursing, recently participated in the National Institute on Aging (NIA) Butler-Williams Scholars Program in Bethesda, Maryland. Scholars in the program met with emerging researchers in aging...
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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Ken Peterson, a reflection back

Kenneth M. Peterson, graduated with Ph.D. in Microbiology in 1988 (now the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program—Molecular Immunology & Microbiology discipline. His mentor was Dr. John Alderete and his dissertation was on “Studies on the Biology of a Major...
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Dr. Maria Danet Lapiz Bluhm Receives Nursing Award

Dr. Maria Danet Lapiz Bluhm received the Excellence award from the Philippine Nurses Association of America at its national convention on July 25 and also will be inducted as Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, one of three faculty from the Nursing School. Dr. Bluhm,...
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GSBS Alumnus Named As New Director for the Achieving in Research, Math and Science Center at New Mexico Highlands University

Dr. Kelly Trujillo is the new director for the Achieving in Research, Math and Science Center (ARMAS) at New Mexico Highlands University. The nationally acclaimed ARMAS Center provides comprehensive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) support services to...
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Dr. Armand Brown Publishes First Author Paper in American Society for Microbiology’s mBio

Dr. Armand Brown is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth).  He graduated with a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology in 2014.  His first author publication,...
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