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.


GSBS Buddy Connections: Connecting with others during COVID-19

As a resource for the GSBS students during COVID-19, the GSBS has recently created the GSBS Buddy Connections. It is a program that facilitates networking for students from all of the different programs in the GSBS and assists to provide the support needed during these difficult...
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The Qualifying Exam: A Rite of Passage

As a typical second year Ph.D. student, I took my qualifying exam (QE) this year. However, it wasn’t a typical exam due to the coronavirus outbreak. The exam generally happens in a conference room in the physical presence of your committee members but students this year get to be...
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HR offering Pre-recorded Webinars and Community Roundtable during the COVID-19 pandemic

YOU are our Focus: UT Health San Antonio Community of Care Forum and Roundtable During this time of unprecedented uncertainty and change, we understand that you may be struggling to balance work and self-care while managing stress levels. You do not have to do it alone. To help...
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2020 Match Day Results Are In!

Please help us in congratulating our 2020 graduates in the South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program and their Match Day results: Jeffrey Cooney, M.D., Ph.D. – Radiation Oncology – New York University Kathryn Hinchee Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D. – Dermatology – University of...
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Q&A With Samantha Yee

Your name, program, mentor name. My name is Samantha Yee, but I prefer Sam as my nickname. I am a 3rd year Ph.D. student in Dr. April L. Risinger’s lab in the Physiology & Pharmacology discipline of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences program in the UT Health San Antonio...
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Richard De La Rosa: Helping The Field of Science

Richard De La Rosa’s earliest science project was creating a battery out of a potato for his 3rd grade class. “I cut a potato in half, put a nail on both ends and a penny. Then I tied a copper wire around the nails in order for the electrons to move through the system,” he sai...
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Clare Murray: The South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program Let Me Choose Both Science and Medicine

Clare Murray grew up in Houston, Texas where her parents both worked in the oil/gas industry. “Nobody in my family was in medicine or science so I chose chemical engineering as my major in school. I really enjoyed my major, but I did a one day externship at Exxonmobil and that’s...
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Kevin Kanda: From Nursing Student To Graduate Student

Kevin Kanda made a promise to his family to try to fight cancer. “I’ve lost some family and friends to cancer….my uncle died from lymphoma and I’ve known people with pancreatic and breast cancer as well,” he said. Initially Kanda thought nursing would be a good option for him. He...
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UTSA College of Engineering and Science Come Together with UT Health San Antonio to Donate Supplies to Frontline Medical Personnel

COVID-19 has put great stress on health care systems globally. A major area of concern is the dwindling of personal protective equipment reserves in hospitals and emergency clinics due to high demand and backordering in the supply chains. With research labs shutting down,...
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Unknown Pathogenic Agents: When Common Decency Is Better Than Nothing

The pandemic of COVID-19 is a challenging situation for every member of society; we all have our role to play in mitigating the mortality caused by the infection. Medical professionals are at the heart of our efforts to prevent a large number of our population from being lost to...
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GSBS Launches Buddy Connections

GSBS Students, We understand that isolation during the COVID–19 outbreak has become a major concern as more and more people are staying in their homes. During these times, it is important that we all come together to support each other. To this end, the Graduate School of...
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Cancelled Flights, Missed Connections and The Travel Impact COVID-19

Our spring break trip to India was planned months ago. Dr. Sandeep Subramanian from the Department of Physical Therapy was the brains behind this whole thing. Thirteen students were signed up and eagerly awaiting their departure date to travel across the world to visit the...
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Faculty Spotlight: Daniel Lodge, Ph.D.

Please tell me about yourself. I was born and raised in Melbourne, Australia where I completed my B.Sc. and Ph.D. at Monash University. I moved to the U.S. in 2004 to conduct postdoctoral research at the University of Pittsburgh before joining the Department of Pharmacology at UT...
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Faculty Spotlight: 21 Questions with Anibal Diogenes, D.D.S./Ph.D.

1) Please tell me about yourself. I am a clinician scientist with a D.D.S./Ph.D. dual degree.  I received my dental training in Brazil, and later a M.S. degree in Molecular Biology at University of Nebraska, and a Ph.D. in Pharmacology at UT Health San Antonio where I also...
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Faculty Spotlight: 16 Questions with Teppei Fujikawa, Ph.D.

1) Please tell me about yourself. I am an assistant professor in the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology here at UT Health San Antonio. I got my Ph.D. from Kyoto University in Japan, and did postdoctoral training at UT Southwestern Medical Center. I’ve been in...
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Faculty Spotlight: 16 Questions with Naomi Sayre, Ph.D.

1) Please tell me about yourself. I grew up in the mountain desert of New Mexico in the Four Corners Region, the eldest of 6 children.  I spent my spare time running around the hills, catching lizards, and climbing trees. I chose to leave my small town to head to upstate New York...
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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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Dr. Nourhan Abdelfattah Receives Horizon Award

Congratulations to one of our Cellular and Structural Biology graduate program alumni, Nourhan Abdelfattah, Ph.D. who has just received a two-year Horizon Award (total costs, ~$250,000) from the Department of Defense FY19 Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program! Nour is currently...
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Local conference organized by alumnus shares expertise about point-of-care ultrasound to physicians

Dr. Nilam Soni, alumnus of the M.S. in Clinical Investigation & Translational Science program, and professor of medicine at UT Health San Antonio helped organize the 10th annual Point-of-care Ultrasound Workshop held Feb. 14 to 15 in downtown San Antonio. Dr. Soni, is also...
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Alumna Dr. Neelam Mukherjee Selected for AAI Oral Presentation and Travel Award

Neelam Mukerjee, Ph.D. was selected for an oral presentation and the AAI Trainee Abstract Award from the American Association of Immunologists. The Trainee Abstract Award is a tiered award that provides a higher reimbursement award amount for members with multiple consecutive...
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