GSBS Alum

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.

Cassidy Daw: Learning Immunology From Scratch

Cassidy Daw is a 2nd year Master's student in our Immunology and Infection program. She will be joining the Integrated Biomedical Studies Ph.D. program in Infection, Inflammation & Immunity this fall.

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.

Academics

Reminder: Apply For The Spring 2019 Travel Award

Reminder: The Graduate School is accepting applications for the Spring 2019 Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) Travel Award. Awardees will receive $1,500 to help defray travel expenses to a scientific conference. Criteria for the award are outlined on the scholarship...
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The Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program- From Grad School to Industry

I am honored to be one of the first graduate alumni from UT Health San Antonio School of Biomedical Sciences to have been selected in the Scientist Mentoring & Diversity Program (SMDP) as a MedTech Scholar. I first heard about this program from Dr. Teresa Evans, who shared...
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Graduate Student International Club Hosts Potluck

On a chilly Monday evening with temperatures in single digits, the graduate student international club (GSIC) hosted their second event called the International Potluck since the group’s conception. The event was attended by over 20 people from the graduate school and saw...
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Four Graduate Students Win Briscoe Library’s Image of Research Photography Competition

Four graduate students have won prizes in the Briscoe Library’s Image of Research competition. The awards are sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Academic Faculty, and Student Affairs. According to the website, “The Image of Research...
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Students

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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Shahida Flores Receives F31!

Shahida Flores, a student in the Cell Biology, Genetics & Molecular Medicine discipline of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program has just received an individual National Research Service Award (F31 fellowship) funded by The National Institutes of Health/The...
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Mustafa Mithaiwala: Motivation, Character, and Flexibility

“If you want to achieve something great for yourself, you have to put in hard work” said Mustafa Mithaiwala, a student in the Neuroscience discipline of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program. Mithaiwala became interested in medical pharmacology while as a student at...
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Community

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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New therapies unveiled at San Antonio breast cancer conference

More than 7,000 physicians and researchers from around the world will converge on the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center Dec. 4-8 to attend the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS). Founded, owned and operated by UT Health San Antonio, SABCS began in 1977 as a one-day...
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Study: San Antonio’s health and bioscience industry generates $40.2 billion for local economy

San Antonio’s health care and bioscience industry accounted for $40.2 billion in sales of products and services and employed more than 1 in 6 of the metro area’s workers in 2017, according to a study released Tuesday by the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce....
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Rivard Report: Bioscience leaders hone strategy to put San Antonio on the research map

Four leaders of San Antonio’s major research institutions – Dr. Larry Schlesinger at Texas Biomedical Research Institute, Taylor Eighmy at UTSA, Dr. William Henrich at UT Health San Antonio, and Adam Hamilton at Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) – have teamed up to develop a...
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Faculty

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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Alumni

12 questions with Alum Dr. Dayna Averitt, Assistant Professor of Biology at Texas Woman’s University

When did you first become interested in science? I enjoyed doing science projects as a kid, but it wasn’t until I was a Psychology Major at the University of Texas at Austin when I first experienced real research first-hand. My favorite college class was Physiological Psychology...
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Final Words: 7 Questions with Dental Hygienist Christine Clowe

1) Your name, program, thesis title. Christine M Clowe, Master of Science in Dental Hygiene, Thesis title: Relative dentin abrasivity toothpaste survey: Are dental hygienists making evidenced-based recommendations? 2) Please tell me about yourself, why did you pick UT Health San...
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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Rachele Berria, Global Vice President and Head of Medical Diabetes at Sanofi

When did you first become interested in science? I remember being a kid counting cars driving through my neighborhood and grouping them based on colors and makes…those were my first statistical, observational attempts! The turning point happened at the age of 15 when, helping a...
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Dr. Nourhan Abdelfattah first author paper published in Nature Communications!

Congratulations to alum Dr. Nourhan Abdelfattah whose first author paper “MiR-584-5p potentiates vincristine and radiation response by inducing spindle defects and DNA damage in medulloblastoma” has been published with Nature Communications! She is also co-author on...
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