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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Katie Lillis: I Was Drawn To The Tight Sense of Community at UT Health San Antonio

Katie Lillis loves the tight sense of community that has formed within the Neuroscience discipline of the Integrated Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. program. “We all work together during the day and do activities outside of lab as a group,” she said. “It feels very homey here and...
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Jason Hadley: Aging Research Is A Growing Field

If you asked Jason Hadley why he wanted to be an aging researcher, he would respond that aging is the key to stopping other diseases. “Aging is not this inevitable process, it’s like any other disease that has a program and you can alter that program,” he said. “It also has a lot...
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Rathipriya Viswanathan: International Club, Alzheimer’s Research, and The Super Resolution Microscope

Rathipriya Viswanathan is currently a Ph.D. student in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences program in the Neuroscience discipline. “I was attracted to UT Health San Antonio because of the student friendly atmosphere. The other places I applied to seemed more rigid and not very...
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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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