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.

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.

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.


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.


Words From Our GSBS Presidential Ambassador: Highlights from the 2019 President’s Gala

This past weekend I had the incredible opportunity of attending the 12th annual President’s gala, the largest our university has ever seen. The event took place downtown at the luxurious Grand Hyatt hotel, and had nearly 1,200 students, professors, and notable guests from our...
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Harnessing the Genome: A Summary of Dr. Julian Savulescu’s Talk

Humans have been practicing gene editing for centuries. We have been modifying everything for as long as we have been on this planet. Fluffy the family Shih Tzu, was the product of choosing mutations we liked from wolves and selectively breeding them. We selected the...
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Denisse Paredes Awarded the Jess Hay Chancellor’s Fellowship

Denisse Paredes, a fourth-year graduate student in the Neuroscience discipline of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program has been chosen to receive the UT System Jess Hay Chancellor’s Graduate Student Research Fellowship. The UT System Jess Hay Chancellor’s Graduate...
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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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Nia Reynea Lane: Focused on Community Research

Your name, program, mentor name. My name is Nia Reynea Lane and I am enrolled in the BSN to Ph.D. in Nursing. I am in my second year. Tell me the story of when you realized you were passionate about science. When I was a young girl, I’ve always had an interest in science. My...
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Hannah Elam: Soldiers Also Suffer From Psychosis Along with PTSD

  Neuroscience researcher Hannah Elam recently received the prestigious T32 fellowship which will fund her project to look at the mechanisms that underlie psychosis and ways to treat it. Elam works in the lab of Dr. Daniel Lodge who recently received a grant from the Department...
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Hema Manogna Gudlavalleti: Meeting Alzheimer’s Patients Helps Me Become a Better Researcher

Neuroscience researcher Hema Manogna Gudlavalleti is passionate about working  on neurodegenerative research. After college, she found a job in Los Angeles for a start-up pharmaceutical company where she was working on Alzheimer’s disease research. “The company invit...
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Raksha Parthasarathy: My first memory of science was the Science Express, a science museum on wheels

When Raksha Parthasarathy was in the 6th grade, her science teacher took her entire class to see the “Science Express,” a 16 coach train sponsored by the Department of Science and Technology, Government of India. Each of the coaches has models, audio-visual displays and hands-on...
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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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Dr. Paolo Casali Receives Grant From Lupus Research Alliance

Paolo Casali, M.D., Zachry Foundation Distinguished Professor of Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics and Professor of Medicine, has just been awarded the Target identification in Lupus grant from the Lupus Research Alliance. The grant was for a project entitl...
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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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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Adriana D. Benavides, Associate Editor for Cancer Immunology Research for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

Dr. Adriana D. Benavides is the Associate Editor for Cancer Immunology Research (CIR) for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). She graduated in 2014 with a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology. She was a member of Dr. Ellen Kraig’s lab studying the effects of...
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GSBS Alumnus Dr. James Jackson Publishes in Journal of Cell Biology and Recognized in Scientific American

Congratulations to one of our CSB Graduate Program alumni, James G. Jackson, Ph.D. on his paper just published in Journal of Cell Biology entitled “Chemotherapy-induced senescent cancer cells engulf other cells to enhance their survival.” His research found that some cancer...
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Alumni Spotlight: Dr. Ken Peterson, a reflection back

Kenneth M. Peterson, graduated with a 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...
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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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