Check out these new videos of faculty produced by the School of Medicine.
GSBS Candidacy Ceremony
August 23, 2017
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health San Antonio hosted a candidacy ceremony on Aug 18 to recognize our new doctoral candidates. This is an exciting milestone on the journey towards a doctoral degree and we would like to congratulate these students on this achievement!
Bianca Cerqueira and Lauren Cornell company NovoThelium was featured on SciTech Now. Their company hopes to revolutionize nipple reconstruction using tissue engineering technology so that reconstructed nipples maintain projection, pigmentation, and sensation.
Bianca Cerqueira is a doctoral candidate in Biomedical Engineering at University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio/University of Texas at San Antonio. She has a Bachelor of Science in Physiology and Neurobiology from University of Maryland. Bianca began her career in science at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in the Department of Casualty Research studying blood additive solutions. While in graduate school, she researched effects of chronic intermittent hypoxia (a model of sleep apnea) on transient cerebral ischemia in rodents utilizing multimodal MRI, behavioral tests, and histology. Cerqueira has many years of experience in cell culture, nucleic acid testing, medical imaging, small animal surgery, IACUC and IRB protocols, Good Laboratory Practice, project management, and experimental design with a focus on translational research.
Lauren Cornell is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Translational Science at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She holds a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University Of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She has a Bachelor of Science in Genetics from Texas A&M University. Cornell began her career in science at the University of Oxford in the Zoology department studying the origin of mankind and later moved on to focus on tissue engineering in the areas of materials development, nanoparticles, and guided nerve growth. She is currently participating in a post-graduate fellowship at the United States Army Institute of Surgical Research in the Department of Ocular Trauma where she is principal investigator on a corneal graft replacement research project. For the past five years, her research has focused on tissue engineering methods, with focus on stem cells, decellularization and sterilization methods of multiple tissue types, animal models and surgical techniques.
May 24, 2017
Live stream footage of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Commencement at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio on Friday, May 19, 2017.
Liz Fisher: Women in STEM Leader & Stroke Researcher
Career Advisory Council member presents at TedX talk
February 01, 2017
Dr. Lindsay Bira is a Career Advisory Council member and Assistant Professor of Research at our Department of Psychiatry with STRONG STAR. She spoke about "The Counterintuitive life: WHY we do what we do and WHEN we should do the opposite" at the conference.
Leaders across UT System recently met to form the " Biomedical Graduate Student Network" to increase inter-institutional cooperation as well as to establish new mechanisms for biomedical sciences graduate students to collaborate and pursue joint initiatives.
The schools involved were UTHSC-Houston, UT-Southwestern, UT-Austin, UT-Dallas, UT-Arlington, UTSA, UTMB, UT-RGV, and UTHSC-Tyler.
To kick-off their joint efforts, students from the entire UT-System came to this year’s Mikiten Graduate Research Symposium at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
The forum organized by the Graduate Student Association promotes excellence in research through mentorship, collaboration, and student interaction.
This year's Mikiten featured poster sessions, career workshops, networking, three minute thesis (3MT) presentations, and multiple winners for cash prizes. There was also a Q& A Session with Co-Founder and CEO of Rackspace Graham and Director of The Rivard Report's Robert Rivard.
Dr. Lindsay Bira gives ten tips for how to reduce stress in our life. Dr. Bira is an active member of our Career Advisory Council where she mentors UT Health Science Center trainees. For the full article: bit.ly/2dZUt7Z
3 Minute Thesis: Ngoni Madungwe
September 30, 2016
Congratulations to Ngoni Madungwe! He won first place at the 3 Minute Thesis competition at the Mikiten Graduate Research Symposium. Ngoni is a biomedical engineering graduate student in Dr. Bopassa’s lab. Ngoni is working on cardiovascular disease research. See below to learn more about his research.
A Look Inside The Radiation Oncology Machines
August 15, 2016
Ever wonder what the machines look like that deliver radiation to patients or what goes on before radiation is delivered to a patient? Check out this video from the therapy medical physics grad students to give you a small intro.
Video was made by Radiological Sciences: Medical Physics student Kristin Cline.
Translational Science Ph.D. Program Video
June 24, 2016
Ahsan Choudary speaks about what drew him to the Translational Science Ph.D. program at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Radiological Sciences Ph.D. Program: Medical Physics Video
June 24, 2016
Jodie Gray, a student in the Radiological Sciences Ph.D. program at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio speaks about why she became interested in the Medical Physics track.
M.D./Ph.D. Program: Where Will Your Path Take You?
June 16, 2016
The M.D./Ph.D. Program at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antoniotrains physician-scientists and dentist-scientists to advance improvements in patient care through their research. The program was ranked 5th out of 113 programs nationwide that reported training M.D./Ph.D. students during the 2015-2016 academic year and 4th for highest percentage of students who received NIH F30 or F31 grants.
This dual degree program is a seven-to nine-year program, in which students complete two years in the School of Medicine, then embark full-time on their Ph.D. dissertation research for three to five years and then students will finish their final two years in the School of Medicine. For more information about the program, click here.
May 25, 2016
Live stream footage of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Commencement at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio on Friday, May 20, 2015. For a copy of the graduation slides, click here.
The Creativity of Science
May 17, 2016
Sharon Kwee is a concert violinist and a biomedical engineering student in the joint UTSA/UTHSCSA program.
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is excited to announce the release of "Teaching the Art of Science," a new video featuring students, faculty, and community members describing their experiences at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Thanks to Willie Heard III, Brigitta Glick, Dr. Daniel Lodge, Sharon Kwee, Travis Block, Milos Marinkovic, Gretchel Gealogo, Noberto Gonzalez-Juarbe for your time and special thanks to Dr. Benjamin Eaton, Dr. James Lechleiter, and Dr. Reto Asmis for allowing us to film in your labs.
Finally, a super special thanks to Phillip James from Creative Media Services and Scott Waters from Web Initiatives for all your help!
March 20, 2016
Science Fiesta was a two day event to showcase science in San Antonio. The idea for Science Fiesta was conceived by Travis Block, a graduate student at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health Science Center San Antonio and was organized by graduate students from the Graduate Student Association.
“We wanted a way to bring together the research community, policy-makers and the general public to celebrate science in San Antonio,” said Block, a Texan native and a biomedical engineering graduate student.
In addition to highlighting San Antonio growth as a national hotspot for bioscience research, Block’s vision for the festivities of Science Fiesta was to make science fun and accessible for all attendees. and innovation. Visit sciencefiesta.org for more information.
In the weeks leading up to Science Fiesta, the UT Health Science Center Graduate Student Association partnered with 118 local school classrooms to break the world record for the largest periodic table of elements!
The schools created 12 by 15 feet size tarps of all 118 periodic elements with the help of the Voelcker Biosciences Teacher Academy. The entire periodic table was more than 22,000 square feet in size.
Alumna Sweta Mishra Interviewed by American Lung Association
Funded through the American Lung Association's Senior Research Training Fellowship, Dr. Mishra is studying how tumors differ at the molecular level. She focuses on the role of chromatin-modifying proteins.
Plan Your Career: San Antonio Science Symposium
October 29, 2015
The Science Communication and Outreach Career Symposium is a two-day symposium focused on how effective science communication is useful for a variety of scientific careers. STEM professionals from all career stages and locations are invited to attend.
The second day of the Science Communication and Outreach Career Symposium focused on providing career development for attendees. Information was provided about different science careers and how science communication is a necessary component of each.
"Making connections through networking events like this one and maintaining those relationships was reiterated throughout the symposium as being one of the most proactive ways to begin your career search," said Allison Doyle, graduate student in the Department of Pharmacology. "I would definitely recommend this symposium to any graduate student or postdoc interested in exploring career options."
Communicate Science: San Antonio Science Symposium
October 02, 2015
Over 170 individuals attended the first annual Science Communication and Outreach Career Symposium at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Attendees included undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty from across San Antonio and the nation.
The focus of the first day’s events, held at the Blue Star Brewery, was science outreach. These sessions provided professional development opportunities for attendees as they learned from scientists who are actively engaged in science outreach.
"This symposium helped solidify for me that not only is it important to engage in research you are passionate about, but that you must be able to convey that research to scientific and non-scientific audiences alike," said Mariam Ishaque, a graduate student in the M.D./ Ph.D. program. "In practicing for the poster presentation, I identified the most salient aspects of my research and developed an effective way of community it."
David was involved in investigating the underlying pathways of Frontotemporal Dementia (FTLD). He used in vitro and in vivo approaches to determine how mutations in Progranulin, a major cause of FTLD, may be impacting protein degradation. His work was among the first to describe pathological pathways involved in FTLD.
San Antonio Career Advisory Council: Knowledge, Networking, Mentoring
June 23, 2015
The Career Advisory Council is comprised of leaders in the biomedical science community of San Antonio. The council members are a resource of insights and expertise for UT Health Science Center at San Antonio trainees.
To learn more about the Career Advisory Council or to read bios about current council members, click here.
The Career Advisory Council is a program of the Office of Career Development through the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Why I chose UT Health Science Center: Nursing Science Ph.D.
June 10, 2015
Gretchel Gealogo, a recent graduate of the Nursing Science Ph.D. at UT Health Science Center San Antonio, explains why she decided to go to nursing school.
"I had interacted with enough health care professionals in both the Austin and San Antonio area to recognize that San Antonio was a great place for getting good clinical experience and good clinical practice," Gealogo said.
Read more about Gretchel and the Nursing Science Ph.D. program here.
Graduate Students Win Third Place at Tug of War
June 08, 2015
Graduate students joined together at the inaugural Allied Health Games for friendly competitive games, organized by the School of Health Professions. The games brought together different institutions including students from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB), along with different schools around campus.
“It was nice being able to interact with other students that are not directly in the graduate school and be able to socialize with other people,” said Angie Salinas, a graduate student in the Integrated Biomedical Sciences (IBMS) program.
Aaron Marks Horning, a graduate student in the Cellular and Structural Biology program, explained that one of the reasons that the graduate school team won third place at tug of war was because of our strategy.
”We had the right rhythm. We executed the pulling-on-rhythm strategy and the other school couldn't compete,” Horning said.
Dr. Teresa Evans: How the Career Advisory Council Formed
April 16, 2015
Dr. Teresa Evans, director of the Office of Career Development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, discusses how the Career Advisory Council was formed. To learn more about the Career Advisory Council, visit http://gsbs.uthscsa.edu/gsbs_ocd/.
Firsthand Knowledge To Careers
April 15, 2015
Dr. Teresa Evans, director of the Office of Career Development in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UT Health Science Center in San Antonio, discusses the ways in which the Career Advisory Council provides students with firsthand knowledge to careers along with networking and mentoring opportunities. To learn more about the Career Advisory Council, visit http://gsbs.uthscsa.edu/gsbs_ocd/ocd-about.
A new video highlighting the work of the council will be coming soon. In the meantime, learn more about the innovative work that Dr. Teresa Evans is doing to provide comprehensive career and professional development programming to graduate trainees at the University of Texas Heath Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSCSA).
How I Became Interested in Research: Nursing Science Ph.D.
"When I came to nursing school, I realized that there is an incredible opportunity to harness research for improving the quality of life of people in a way that I hadn't necessarily seen in my liberal arts degrees," Gealogo said.
To read an article about how the "Nursing Science Ph.D. Helps Fill Demand for Nurses With Doctorate Degrees," please click here.