Dr. Tiffani Houston: Medicine, Dance, and the Move to Miami

Dr. Tiffani Houston, a graduate of the South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program, will be walking the stage on May 18 as one of the four M.D./Ph.D. students set to graduate this year. After graduation, she will be moving to Miami to pursue a combined Internal Medicine and...
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Jordan Tanner: My Love For Anatomy

Jordan Tanner’s love for science first began because of her love of anatomy. In the 4thgrade, her class brought in sheep hearts for the students to dissect. “I thought to myself this organ that I’m looking at has a function and a purpose. I realized I can take it piece by piece...
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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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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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Amy Wu: Transition from Physical Therapy to Electrophysiology

Born and raised in Taiwan, Amy Wu trained as a physical therapist, but later found out that scientific research is her true passion. “In physical therapy, there was a lot of emphasis on making assessments on patients and coming up with a treatment plan, a lot of what and how, but...
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