Please note: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will now be called "UT Health San Antonio."

Research Facilities

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is one of the country’s leading health sciences universities. The university’s schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, health professions and graduate biomedical sciences have produced more than 32,300 graduates. Designated by the U.S. Department of Education as a Hispanic-serving Institution, UT Health San Antonio consistently ranks among the top schools in the nation for graduating Hispanic health care providers.

The university features an excellent library, computing resources, and laboratory facilities. Our faculty members collaborate extensively with individuals from the clinical departments in the School of Medicine, School of Nursing, and School of Dentistry. Our students work in a variety of research facilities both on campus and in the local San Antonio area. For a campus map, click here

The university is also part of the South Texas Medical Center which is an area comprised of 18 hospitals, 86 medical support facilities, 23 research and education facilities, and 45 restaurants. To see a neighborhood map, click here

Key Statistics

- Chief catalyst for the $30.6 billion biosciences and health care industry in San Antonio

- $172 million dollars in annual research awards and sponsored program activities

- Among the top-ranked institutions in Texas for aging research funding from the National Institute of Aging

-  UT Health San Antonio is consistently ranked in the top ten in Texas for NIH funding

- 487 million market value in endowments as of Aug 2016

- 6 National Academy of Medicine members

- Part of UT System which ranked 8th globally for number of U.S. patents granted

- Five schools with more than 1,700 faculty that train scientists, physicians, dentists, nurses, and other health care professionals

- Competitive tuition for in-state students and reasonable living expenses in San Antonio

- The Mays Cancer Center is the region's only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated cancer center and is one of only four cancer treatment centers in Texas

- Our M.D./Ph.D. program is ranked in top 5 among nation's programs. 

-Our Professional Doctorate of Medical Physics program is one of three in the nation

- Innovative research laboratories that produced the Vascular Stent & Endothelial Cell Research of Dr. Julio C. Palmaz, the inventor of the Palmaz™ intravascular stent. It was recognized in Intellectual Property International Magazine as one of "Ten Patents that Changed the World" in the last century. 

UT Health San Antonio Main Campus 

From clinical drug trials to cellular analysis, our research students and faculty work closely with patients and health care providers to develop life-saving advancements in treatment for cancer, aging, and other serious conditions. 

Our research facilities on the main campus of UT Health San Antonio offer equipment and services to researchers with the most advanced tools in the industry. The laboratories house instrumentation for optical imaging such as digitized video microscopy; confocal microscopy, fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy, and multiphoton excitation microscopy. There are cell/tissue culture facilities and instruments for preparative and ultracentrifugation; gel electrophoresis, high performance liquid chromatography and fast protein liquid chromatography; spectrophotometry and spectrofluorophotometry; scintillation counting; calorimetry; autoradiography; immunocytochemistry; radioimmunoassay; membrane and protein purification; DNA cloning and sequencing (gel scanners, phosphoimager); in situ hybridization to name a few. 

South Texas Research Facility

The South Texas Research Facility is a $150 million center of discovery, scientific collaboration, and translational medicine. It greatly expands the university’s research programs in scientific areas highly relevant to South Texas such as diabetes, cardiovascular diseases, infectious diseases, cancer biology including molecular therapeutics, and age related neurodegenerative disease. 

The building houses offices, wet and dry laboratories, and conference rooms. The STRF is one of the largest and most energy-efficient buildings ever erected in Texas, the three-story facility is approximately the length of three football fields. It has several research cores including the Core for Advanced Translational TechnologiesFlow CytometryMetabolomicsMicroCT, and Optical Imaging Core.

Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute

The Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute is a unique and specialized research center focusing primarily on understanding pediatric cancer. Housed on the Greehey Academic & Research campus of the UT Health Science Center, it serves as a regional, national, and international scientific nexus for basic and translational pediatric cancer research. 

The mission of the GCCRI is to advance scientific knowledge relevant to childhood cancer and to accelerate the translation of knowledge into novel therapies. Some of the services at the GCCRI include a Genome Sequencing FacilityComputational Biology & Bioinformatics Intiative, RNAi HTS, Small Animal Imaging, and X-RAD 320. 

Robert F. McDermott Clinical Sciences Building

The Robert F. McDermott Clinical Sciences Building is home to the Research Imaging Institute. The mission of the Research Imaging Institute is to perform basic, clinical and translational research using noninvasive, biomedical imaging methods for measuring the structure and function of living organisms. 

McDermott is home to neuroscience research, radiological sciences, along with labs focusing on cancer prevention. The Research Imaging Institute has a total of 28,000 sq ft of space that houses the laboratories, computing facilities, and offices.

The Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging

The Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging brings together the world's leading scientists in aging and longevity research providing them with the latest technologies in the application of cutting-edge research methods. 

The primary spaces within the facility include wet laboratories, laboratory support areas, and an animal vivarium, as well as administrative and building support. The Barshop's reserach and core facilities include the San Antonio Aging Interventions Testing ProgramSan Antonio Nathan Shock CenterSan Antonio Pepper Center, San Antonio Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical CenterMarmoset Aging Center, and Naked Mole-Rat Aging Center

Mays Cancer Center 

The Mays Cancer Center, the newly named center of UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center is the only NCI-designated cancer center serving South Texas. It is a state-of-the-art research center with a focus on moving cancer discoveries in the laboratory into the clinic to save lives. As an NCI-designated cancer center, it has well developed research science programs aimed at conquering cancer paired with state-of-the-art cancer clinical care. 

They host a variety of educational opportunities including hands-on training with clinicians, community educational seminars on cancer, as well as professional conferences and seminars. The Mays Cancer Center is also the host organization for the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, the largest in the world for the disease.

Research Administration Building

The Research Administration Building is home to biomedical researchers working on biochemistry and ophthalmology research. 

Dr. Hinck's state-of-the-art  Center for Biomolecular NMR is also housed in the RAB. It supports an extensive network of offline computer workstations and associated software to facilitate in the offline analysis of NMR data collected in the center. It is also home to the Research Imaging Institute which performs basic, clinical and translational research using noninvasive, biomedical imaging methods for measuring the structure and function of living organisms. Neuroscience research is given highest priority.

Texas Biomedical Research Institute

The Texas Biomedical Research Institute is an independent biomedical research institution, specializing in virology and immunology, genetics, aging, regenerative medicine and nonhuman primate research. It is also the home of the renowned  Southwest National Primate Research Center

Texas Biomed has the nation's only privately owned  biosafety level 4 (BSL-4) laboratory . This maximum containment lab allows for safe research on lethal pathogens for which there are no treatments or vaccines, including potential bio-terror agents and emerging diseases. It is also home to AT&T Genomics Computing Center , the world's largest computer cluster for human genetic and genomic research which allows scientists to search for disease-influencing genes at record speed. 

Southwest Research Institute 

Southwest Research Institute® (SwRI®), headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is one of the oldest and largest independent, nonprofit, applied research and development organizations in the United States.

SwRI's technical divisions offer a wide range of technical expertise and services in such areas as chemistry, space science, nondestructive evaluation, automation, engine design, mechanical engineering, electronics and more.

The Institute occupies more than 1,200 acres and provides more than 2 million square feet of laboratories, test facilities, workshops and offices.

In 2016, SwRI sponsored more than $7.4 million in internal research to develop innovative technologies that ultimately benefit clients.