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.


M.D./Ph.D. Students Match To Residency Programs

Please help us in congratulating our 2019 MD/PhD  graduates. Each of them matched to terrific residency programs at the top of their list. We truly wish them the best of luck in their future careers as Physician-Scientists. The South Texas MSTP had a terrific residency match for...
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Xiaoyu “Jenny” Yang Receives the Horizon Award

Congratulations to Jenny (Xiaoyu) Yang, a 4th year graduate student in the IBMS – Cancer Biology discipline, mentored by Dr. A. Pratap Kumar, who has recently received the Horizon Award from Department of Defense. Here’s a quick Q&A with Jenny. 1) Tell me about yourself, how...
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How to present technical topics to non-techies

“So, what do you do?” It’s one of the first questions people ask when they meet you. For many, a simple response suffices: “I’m a market researcher”, or “I work at Company X,” or “I do corporate accounting” and the conversation moves forward. But for those of us in technical...
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Catherine Cheng Publishes First Author Paper in Aging Cell

Catherine Cheng, a student in the Biology of Aging track of the Integrated Multidisciplinary Graduate Program, now called Integrated Biomedical Sciences program, has just published her first author paper online in Aging Cell. The title of the paper is “Genetically heterogeneous...
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Liesl Lawrence: The Horizon Award, Teaching Science and Ewing Sarcoma Research

Liesl Lawrence recently received the prestigious Department of Defense Health Program Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program Horizon Award. According to the Department of Defense, the Horizon Award supports junior-level scientists...
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Néstor A. Ruiz González: “Pursing Solutions via Research, Innovation, and Experimentation”

Néstor A. Ruiz González firmly believes that a solid theoretical background, a robust design of experiment, and sound empirical results are essential requirements in scientific research. “As scientists, we owe it to humanity to do better than our best ever in research. It’s not...
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Manpreet Semwal: Having a Ph.D. Will Help Me Train Future Scientists

Manpreet Semwal has always been fascinated with Microbiology. “These tiny little microbes invisible to naked eyes are present everywhere and play important roles around us. These unicellular organisms have remarkable ability to constantly mutate, challenging us to come up with...
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Rebecca Lane Researches A Virus Which Affects Over Half of the World’s Population

Rebecca Lane, a student in the Molecular Immunology and Microbiology discipline of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program recently won 1st place for her oral presentation “Neuropilin-1 is an Essential Host Factor for MCMV Infection” at the 7th Annual Vaccine Development...
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Graduate School Celebrates National Periodic Table Day by Making A “Sugar Cookie Table”

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health San Antonio celebrated National Periodic Table Day on Feb. 7 by decorating 118 sugar cookies to make a periodic cookie table. According to Compound Chem, the day was founded in May 2015 and the date February 7 was picked...
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UT Health San Antonio Family Day on March 30

UT Health San Antonio Family Day will be a two-hour fun filled event with food trucks, booths, activities, games, etc on Saturday, March 30 from 11-1. The goal is to strengthen the connection to campus by encouraging significant others, children, parents, siblings, relatives and...
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Interested in Service and Leadership?? SGA may be for you

Looking for an opportunity to serve your community? The graduate school has openings for 3 student representatives on the Student Government Association (SGA).
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NIH Renews South Texas Doctoral Bridge Program At Texas State

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has announced competitive renewal of the South Texas Doctoral Bridge program for another five years. The $1.5 million grant award is a partnership between Texas State University and University of Texas Health San Antonio. The South Texas...
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Bernard Arulanandam elected Fellow of National Academy of Inventors

Bernard Arulanandam, Jane and Roland Blumberg Professor in bioscience at UTSA and the university’s interim vice president for research, economic development, and knowledge enterprise, has been named a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Dr. Arulanandam is also a...
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Molecular medicine professor Dr. Morita receives Rising STARs award

Masahiro Morita, Ph.D., assistant professor of molecular medicine in the Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, has received a Rising STARs Award from the UT System. The award for early-career investigators comes with a $250,000 grant. Dr. Morita is also a member of...
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Texas Biomed scientists targeting factors involved in Hispanic childhood obesity

Dr. Melanie Carless and her collaborators will be studying an area of research called epigenetics – which describes changes to our DNA, RNA, or proteins that are affected by both the environment and genetic makeup and that regulate gene and protein expression. Her team will...
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Dr. Daniel Lodge was highlighted on Texas Public Radio for his work with schizophrenia

Dr. Daniel Lodge was highlighted on Texas Public Radio for his work with schizophrenia. Lodge’s research team is trying to pinpoint what exactly goes wrong in the nervous system of a person with schizophrenia. This may lead to new treatments, including one that uses stem cells...
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Alumna Dr. Monica Mann: Life As A Patent Agent

Alumna Dr. Monica Mann returned to campus on March 14 to speak at March’s Conversations with Alumni Series hosted by the Graduate Student Association where she spoke about her career as a patent agent at Parker Higherlander, PLLC in Austin, Texas. She completed her Ph.D. in the...
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17 Questions with Alumna Dr. Caroline Hall, Flow Cytometry Field Application Scientist with ThermoFisher Scientific

1. When did you first become interested in science? A lot of my science influence came from my parents and relatives whose occupations and interests revolved around various aspects of healthcare. My mother was very career oriented as a public health officer in the United States...
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Conversations with Alumni Series

The Graduate Student Association will be hosting a Conversations with Alumni Series. Food will be provided during the sessions and students can ask alumni questions about their career paths as well as advice on their fields. Patent Law: Dr. Monica Mann, Patent Agent for Parker...
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Alum Dr. Travis Block: What are Jobs in Industry Like?

Dr. Travis Block, senior scientist at StemBiosys, Inc. recently spoke to a group of graduate students at the Graduate Student Association’s monthly meeting. Block, an alumnus of the Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. program graduated in 2017. While as a student, he was active in the...
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