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.


AAPM 2019’s MedPhys Slam Encourages Science Communication

The 61st American Association of Physicists in Medicine Annual Meeting and Exhibition was held on July 14-18 in San Antonio, Texas, home of the world-famous River Walk. The meeting program for this year offered scientific, educational and professional symposia, courses and...
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Meet Your New GSA Officers!

Who is the GSA? The Graduate Student Association (GSA) is a student-led organization that aims to foster a sense of community among UT Health San Antonio graduate students and organize events focusing on student life, career guidance, and advocacy. If you’re a graduate...
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Dr. Eithan Kotkowski Receives the 2019 Armand J. Guarino Award for Academic Excellence

Congratulations to Eithan Kotkowski, Ph.D., who is in the South Texas Medical Scientist Training program, on receiving the 2019 Armand J. Guarino Award for Academic Excellence in Doctoral Studies. The award, named after the founding Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical...
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GSBS Admissions Comes To You: Sept/Oct/Nov Schedule

Hello Prospective Students, We will be traveling around the country meeting you! Here is our schedule for September, October, and November. If you can’t meet us at the dates below, be sure to email us your questions at September September 5 – College...
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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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Samin Javanmardi: A scientist should be curious and creative

“People have always been afraid of tumors and cancer because it’s usually life threatening, it is also so difficult to cure,” explained Samin Javanmardi, a student in the new Master of Science (M.S) in Personalized Molecular Medicine degree program at the Graduate School of...
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Nicole Hensch: From Dispensing Medications to Designing Medications

Three nights a week for four hours a night, Nicole Hensch was at a night class to become a registered pharmacy technician. “It was a lot of work, and I was a senior in high school.  I still had homework and extracurricular activities, but I was able to become a licensed pharmacy...
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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. During the visit, students were able to ride on Kingdom Quest where they were able to compete with each other to try to save the princess who was captured. They also...
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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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Think Science and Discovery Day, An Event To Inspire Young Scientists on Aug 10

THINK SCIENCE and Discovery Day at 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. UT Health San Antonio Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is partnering with Texas Public Radio and the Tobin Center for a THINK SCIENCE and Discovery Day. This free family-friendly event is open to the community and...
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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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Greehey researcher, Dr. Zhao, receives UT System’s Rising STARs Award

Weixing Zhao, Ph.D. Weixing Zhao, Ph.D., assistant professor of biochemistry and structural biology in the Long School of Medicine and faculty member of UT Health San Antonio’s Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute, has received a Rising STARs Award from the UT System. The...
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GSBS Alumnus and Faculty Member Dr. Anibal Diogenes honored for dental research in pulp biology

Anibal Diogenes, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D. Anibal Diogenes, D.D.S., M.S., Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Endodontics, is the 2019 recipient of the International Association for Dental Research Distinguished Scientist Award in Pulp Biology and Regeneration. Dr. Diogenes...
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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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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Daniele Provenzano and his work at University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

When did you first become interested in science? Raised in the Swiss Alps, my parents instilled in me a keen appreciation for the arts, humanities and nature; values that motivate me to this day.  I honestly did not find science particularly fascinating during my early schooling...
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Alumna Dr. Aparna Gorthi Receives AACR-AstraZeneca Stimulating Therapeutic Advances through Research Training Grant

Dr. Aparna Gorthi, was in the IMGP Cancer Biology track in Alex Bishop’s lab, graduated with her Ph.D. degree in August 2015. While in the program, Aparna was the recipient of the department’s Rennels Memorial Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies in 2013, an annual award that...
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