Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy

CSA In The News 2011


December, 2011

    Congratulations to Alex Bishop! He has been named an editor for PLoS One!



November, 2011

    Congratulations Luiz Penalva and Dat Vo! Dat's paper Scientists Uncover Novel Mechanism of Glioblastoma Development, coming out in Molecular Cancer Research was selected for a American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) press release on Jan. 18, 2011!



    HSC News: High technology revolutionizes HSC anatomy education
    Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2011


    Kristine Vogel, Ph.D., Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy, demonstrates the use of clay models to teach early development of the embryo and placenta. James Mazzucca of Cell Systems & Anatomy videos the clay model, the purple object in Dr. Vogel's hand, which is magnified on the teaching screens located around the anatomy lab. Also, in the background Brent Thompson, Ph.D., is monitoring the teaching screens!



    Congratulations to LuZhe Sun one of 4 HSC investigators to compete successfully for Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) funding!



    Congratulations to the winners at the CTRC Symposium held Wednesday, November 2, 2011!

    • 1st- Dat Vo - GGD - Luiz Penalva
    • 2nd- August Blackburn - GGD - Donna Lehmann
    • 3rd- Jason Spaeth - Mol Med


    • 1st- Dr. Qiaxiang Dong - LuZhe's PD
    • 2nd- Dr. Roy Sudipa - Vadlamudi's PD on T32
    • 3rd- Dr. Prajjal Kanti Singha - Pathology



    "Outstanding faculty members honored at reception" Posted: Thursday, November 03, 2011
    Congratulations to Lily Dong, Linda Johnson, Ellen Kraig, Robin Leach, Charleen Moore, Omid Rahimi, Fred Richards and Vick Williams! Members of the UT Health Science Center's Academy of Master Teachers were recognized at a reception held on October 19, 2011!




October, 2011

    Congratulations to Steve Austad! He is the recipient of the 2011 Irving Wright Award of Distinction from the AFAR. Dr. Austad will present the Wright Award lecture "From Mice to Methusaleh: What we can learn from the comparative biology of aging?" at the 64th Gerontological Society of America (GSA) Annual Meeting in Boston, Massachusetts on Sunday, November 20, 2011!



    Collaborative Research Travel Grants!
    Please find below a funding announcement from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. This award supports Ph.D. candidates, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty researchers traveling to laboratories domestically or internationally to acquire new research techniques, facilitate or begin collaborations, or attend courses. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. or are studying for a Ph.D. in mathematics, physics, chemistry, computer science, statistics, or engineering and are interested in investigating research opportunities in the biological sciences. The award provides up to $15,000 in travel costs. We would appreciate it if you would distribute this document widely to potential applicants at your institution. RFA: Collaborative Research Travel Grants


September, 2011

    Congratulations to Dr. Rahimi on his Kens 5, Willed Body Program News Story!
    "Funeral or donate body: UTHSC seeing more cadavers" by Karen Grace / KENS 5




    "Anatomists and Their Art" - Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D.
    Friends of the P.I. Nixon Library Brown Bag Lecture Series
    October 5, 2011


    Dr. Charleen M. Moore, Distinguished Teaching Professor in the Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy, will give a presentation on "Anatomists and Their Art" in the Howe Conference Room at noon on Wednesday, October 5, 2011.


    Her lecture will include artists who dissected, anatomists who illustrated their own works, and anatomist/artist teams who produced some of the most important anatomical texts of all time. After the presentation, a display of rare anatomical books will be on exhibit in the P.I. Nixon Reading Room, including many of the books described in Dr. Moore's lecture. Bernhard Siegfried Albinus and Jan Wanderlaar:Tabulae Sceleti e Musculorum Corporis Humani, London 1749.



    Congratulations to Dr. Ramaswamy Sharma for winning a 2011 ASBMR Annual Meeting President's Poster Competition! His poster is titled: "Loss of Caspase-2 Alters Skeletal Stem Cell Properties and Results in Osteoporosis In Old C57BL/6 Mice"




    Congratulations to Charleen Moore on making the Cover of ASE!
    Anatomical Sciences Education has an article on the
    Art and Anatomy workshop:
    Anatomical Sciences Education Vol. 4, Issue 5, 2011 Cover Image



    Congratulations to Arun Bhattacharya who has learned his K01 will be funded.



    Congratulations to Alex Bishop! Alex has just learned that he will receive an award from the Kerr Foundation!



    Congratulations to Samy Habib! Samy has been selected to serve on the editorial boards of the following journals:
    1. World Journal of Diabetes
    2. Cancers



    Congratulations Valerie Cortez! Valerie received a Carl Storm Underrepresented Minority (CSURM) Fellowship Award at the Gordon Research Conference held at Bryant University! Her award winning poster title is "Targeting PELP1-KDM1 axis as a therapeutic strategy for breast cancer".


    Valerie was also selected to give a podium presentation at the Gordon-Kenan Research Seminar! The session topic was titled "Hormonal Action: Implication for Breast Cancer" and her presentation was titled "Targeting PELP1-KDM1 axis as a therapeutic strategy for breast cancer".


August, 2011

    Deepa Sathyaseelan has received a travel award from the American Aging Association!



    Retirement reception for Dr. Vick Williams - 5:00 pm on September 1st in the Texas Star Cafe Dining Room.



    Congratulations to Ashley Rodriquez who has been named a co-recipient of the Armand J. Guarino Award for Academic Excellence in Master of Science Studies. Ashley works in Dr. LuZhe Sun's laboratory as a student in the Anatomy M.S. Program.



    Congratulations to Samy Habib. Samy has been asked to be one of the organizers for a metabolomics and systems biology meeting.



    Congratulations to Adriana Benavides. She has just learned that her R36 application will be funded by the NIA! Adriana is a student in Ellen Kraig's lab.



    Congratulations to Yidong Bai. Yidong has been named to the editorial board of PLoS One!



    Welcome to the
    2011 Italian Medical Students!

    Francesca Balsamo
    Marco Bernardini
    Alessandro Dario Mazzotta
    Elena Raffaelli
    Beatrice Rivalta
    Caterina Costanza Zingaretti


    Six Italian medical students arrived July 29, 2011 to attend a month-long anatomy workshop. Here UTHSCSA medical students and CSB faculty introduce them to Texas barbeque!


July, 2011

    "Dr. Vick Williams 50-year award presentation"
    By Will Sansom


    Many thanks to Dr. Vick Williams, perhaps the longest serving anatomist in our department, for 40 years of teaching anatomy and serving as willed body program director for many years and 50 years of service to the UT System!


    Vick was recognized for his years of service to the academic mission of our department by Dr. Henrich and Mr. Black.



    Congratulations to Qitao Ran! Qitao has learned that his VA Merit award will be funded. For those unfamiliar with VA grants, the Merit award is the individual investigator initiated research award, similar to an R01.



    This year's recipients of the Barshop Institute's Joe H. Ward, Jr. and Bettie B. Ward Award for Excellence in the Study of the Biology of Aging are award to Dr. Liuji Chen, postdoctoral fellow, whose mentor is Dr. Qitao Ran and to Ying Ann Chiao, graduate student, whose mentor is Dr. Merry Lindsey. Dr. Chen and Ms. Chiao will give presentations on their aging research interests at the first seminar of the fall Barshop Institute Seminar Series on September 7, 2011.



    Dr. Arunabh Bhattacharya has been awarded a two-year $100,000 AFAR Research Grant for his study, "12/15-lipoxygenase derived lipid mediators in the regulation of age-related muscle atrophy".



    Congratulations to Alex Bishop. Alex has just learned that his R01 will be funded by NCI!



    Dr. Arlan Richardson received the rare tribute of the title, Honorary Life Member from the British Society for Research on Aging during its 61st meeting July 11-14 in Brighton, England. During the same visit to the U.K., Dr. Richardson was invited to present a lecture at Oxford University's Museum of Natural Science in London, titled,"Can We Slow Aging? Should We?"



    Dr. Steven Austad will receive the 2011 Irving S. Wright Award of Distinction from the American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) in honor of his exceptional contributions to research in the field of aging. Dr. Austad will receive the Award at AFAR Annual Dinner to be held October 4, 2011 in New York City!



    Dr. Rochelle Buffenstein and Dr. Holly Van Remmen are featured as "Women in Science" in the 2010 AFAR Annual Report!



    Congratulations to Lily Dong. She has been appointed to the editorial board of a new journal, named Adipocyte. This represents a new journal in the metabolism field of investigation.



    "Women's Faculty Association honors students, faculty". The UT HSC News article on the Women's Faculty Association (WFA) mentions Dr. Earlanda Williams, Dr. Cara Gonzales, née Knight, and Dr. Jessica Ibarra, all former students from CSB!



    Congratulations to Sue Naylor who is the recipient of yet another training grant! This one is from the NCI and can fund 3 postdoctoral fellows and 1 predoctoral student. With this new award Sue has brought in two training grants for Cancer Biology: CPRIT and NIH.



    Congratulations to Brent Thompson who has just learned that he is newly appointed to the American Association of Anatomists Scientific Affairs Committee!


June, 2011

    Congratulations to Jim Lechleiter!
    "Under the microscope: S.A. scientists launch powerful new tool"
    By Wendy Rigby / KENS 5; Posted on June 7, 2011.



    Congratulations to Jamila Momand, Biology of Aging track, for winning the 2011 Student Peer Review Award for the Student Data Blitz at the AGE Meeting.



    Congratulations to Dan Pulliam. Dan won an American Aging Association 2011 Student Data Blitz Award!



    Congratulations to Ryan Hamilton for winning best poster in the post doc category from AGE!



    Congratulations to Arun Bhattacharya! He has been notified that his AFAR grant will be funded. The title of the grant is, "12/15-lipoxygenase pathway derived lipid mediators in the regulation of age related muscle atrophy."



    Congratulations to 3 of our faculty for being named recipients of IIMS/CTSA TTR awards:

      LuZhe Sun for, "MRI for Evaluations of Brain Metastasis of Breast Cancer."
      Lily Dong for, "Adiponectin Signaling and Regulation."
      Jim Lechleiter for, "Regulation of Mitochondrial Fatty Acid Oxidation by Thyroid Hormone Receptors."



    Pilot Project grants have been awarded to:

      Senlin Li and Suzette Tardif for, "Preclinical study of a neuroprotective therapy for Parkinson's disease in non-human primate."
      Chuck Leach and Ellen Kraig for, "Association of Distinct Microbiomes with Cardiovascular Disease in a Mexican-American Cohort."


May, 2011

    Congratulations to
    James Lechleiter & Jimmy Wewer!
    James Lechleiter, Ph.D., standing, and Jimmy Wewer operate the N-STORM ultra-high-resolution microscope, the first in Texas.


    "Health Science Center's N-STORM microscope is 1st in Texas, 2nd in country"! UT Health Science Center San Antonio news For immediate release SAN ANTONIO (May 23, 2011)



    Tuesday, May 24, 2011
    The CSB retreat was a wonderful success. I have heard from many people that they thought this was one of the best retreats we have had. Kay Oyajobi, Damon Herbert, Mike Walsh and Jason Vasquez did a wonderful job organizing this retreat. Thank you for your hard work. Also, there were many members of the department that contributed to sessions or gave research talks. Thank you for being a big part of making the retreat successful.


    I am pleased to announce several awards that were given at the retreat:

      Best poster for a M.S. student: Kian Azarnoush
      Best poster for a Ph.D. student: Jamila Momand
      Runner up for a Ph.D. student: Shu Lin
      Carrillo Memorial Fellowship: Claudia Valentim
      Bowman Graduate Student of the Year: Pei Yi Lin
      CSB teaching award for Health Professional programs: Omid Rahimi
      CSB teaching award for Graduate School programs: Alex Bishop
      CSB special teaching award: Victoria Frohlich


    Christi A. Walter, Ph.D.
    Professor & Chair



    Congratulations to Charleen Moore, Ph.D.! Click link to read the HSC News story about the one-day Art and Anatomy Workshop! "HSC, UTSA collaborate on Art and Anatomy Workshop"



    Congratulations to Danielle Victor! Danielle won best poster in the geriatric syndromes category at the Presidential Poster Session at the American Geriatric Society meeting earlier this month. The title of her poster was, "Caspase-2 plays an important role in age-dependent osteroporosis."



    Congratulations to Luiz Penalva who has learned he will be the recipient of a Voelcker Award!



    Keya De Mukhopadhyay received the "AACR Translational Research Scholars Award", supported by Susan G. Komen for the Cure, for her abstract at 33rd Annual CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Her abstract was entitled "Role of Aromatase and Its Inhibitor in Breast Cancer-Induced Tumorigenesis and Bone Metastasis". Congratulations Keya!



    WOAI Radio ran a story on the Willed Body Program's Burial of Ashes.
    Congratulations to Omid Rahimi, Ph.D., who was interviewed for this story!



    The Metro section of the Express News ran an article on the Willed Body Program's Burial of Ashes ceremony: "Med students say goodbye to body donors" UTHSC honors body donors as ashes are interred. By Richard A. Marini,, Tuesday, May 3, 2011



    MS Class of 2014 Silent Auction Winners!

    David, Sara, Meredith, Lisa, Caitlin, Andrea, Neelima and Caroline with Dr. Sakaguchi,
    Dr. Moore and Dr. Richards at Rudy's BAR-B-Q.




April, 2011

    "Six from HSC receive 2011 AACR cancer research awards"
    Posted: April 5, 2011
    Congratulations to Valerie Cortez, a Ph.D. student and her mentor, Ratna Vadlamudi, Ph.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology! They are among faculty members and students receiving awards at the American Association of Cancer Research annual meeting. Valerie is one of 50 students nationwide to be selected for the AACR Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award.



    Fred Richards, Ph.D., Linda Johnson, Ph.D. and Omid Rahimi, Ph.D. received awards for Excellence in Medical Education from the UTHSCSA School of medicine class of 2011. Congratulations!



    Omid Rahimi, Ph.D.,also received this year's Barbara Sanford Outstanding Medical Professor Award from the current MS1 and MS2 classes!



    David Milton, an MD/PhD student working under the mentorship of Dr. Paula Shireman, is featured in this month's UT Medical School magazine, Future. David is a current MSTAR student (Medical Students Training in Aging Research program, directed by Sandra Sanchez-Reilly, MD), and joined the Graduate School's Biology of Aging track last year. He has also received an excellent score on his first grant submission of an F30 application for which the Council will meet in May to decide finding levels.


March, 2011

    Congratulations to Xiaoban Xin! Xiaoban is a predoctoral student mentored by Lily Dong. He has learned that his abstract has been selected as an oral presentation at the 71st ADA Scientific sessions in San Diego! His presentation is on June 24th.

    American Diabetes Association's 71st Scientific Sessions
    June 24 - 28, 2011
    San Diego Convention Center
    San Diego, California
    Xiaoban Xin
    June 24th, 2011



    Congratulations to Danielle Victor, MD/PhD Graduate Student who is mentored by Brian Herman! NIA has awarded Danielle a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for Individual Predoctoral MD/PhD Fellow (F30). Project Title: "The role of caspase-2 in osteoblast-osteoclast interactions"



    Distinguished Graduate
    James Jackson, Ph.D.
    Department of Cancer Genetics
    University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
    "p53: Friend or Foe in Breast Cancer Therapy?"


    On March 22, Dr. Olivia Smith and Dr. Sue Naylor presented Dr. James Jackson with the "Distinguished Graduate" Award!



    Congratulations to August Blackburn and Dat Vo, IMGP pre-doctoral students in the Genetics, Genomics and Development Track, who shared the award for "Best Student Poster" at the 2011 IIMS Annual Frontiers of Translational Science Research Day. They each received a voucher for travel to their next scientific meeting. In addition, August's abstract entitled "Copy number variation in multigenerational pedigrees of Mexican American descent" was selected as the platform student presentation. The theme for the event this year was translating genomic findings into improved health. A broad spectrum of local translational and clinical investigation was showcased.



    Congratulations to the 2011 Dielmann Foundation AGE Travel Award Winners
    who have won support to attend the AGE meeting in Raleigh, N.C. this June. The submitted abstracts were judged by four faculty members. In this competitive process, winners were selected out of 16 excellent submissions.

      Adriana Benevides, mentored by Ellen Kraig
      Kaitlyn Lewis, mentored by Shelly Buffenstein
      Jamila Momand, mentored by Christi Walter
      Daniel Pulliam, mentored by Holly Van Remmen
      Adam Salmon, Postdoctoral Fellow in Arlan Richardson's lab



    Congratulations to Meenakshi Tiwari, Ph.D., Marisa Lopez-Cruzan, Ph.D. and Brian Herman, Ph.D.! "Finding shows potential way to protect neurons in Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, ALS" has been released for the UT Health Science Center San Antonio News! The research is in the March 11 issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry.



    Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D., and Omid B. Rahimi, Ph.D., were among 12 inductees selected to the Academy of Health Science Education from the six UT Health Science campuses this year! Congratulations! Read the HSC News "Three elected to Academy of Health Science Education", Posted: March 09, 2011.



    Congratulations to Charleen M. Moore, Ph.D.! She received a "Presidential Teaching Excellence Award" from William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, President of the Health Science Center, February 24th at the 2011 Presidential Awards ceremony. Read the HSC News "Clark receives Health Science Center's highest award", Posted: March 09, 2011.



    Congratulations to Brent Thompson! His new paper published in PNAS was the subject of a commentary in the journal. "Transgenic elimination of high-affinity antidepressant and cocaine sensitivity in the presynaptic serotonin transporter" PNAS: March 1, 2011; vol. 108; no. 9; 3785-3790.


February, 2011

    CSB Ranked 19th in NIH Funding!
    Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research - Cell Biology & Anatomy rankings for 2010 PDF file.
    Congratulations to all of you once again! CSB is ranked 19th among Cell Biology and Anatomy Departments for NIH funding during 2010 by Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research. That puts us in the top 20 two years in a row. I am very proud of all of you. Everyone's contributions to the missions of the Department help make this possible. I am particularly pleased that during these years of low paylines, you continue to be successful. Let me put this into perspective: Yale is ranked 18, Stanford is ranked 15, Southwestern is ranked 12, Duke is 10, Vanderbilt is 5, Baylor College of Medicine is 3 and Washington University is 1.

    Christi A. Walter, Ph.D.
    Professor & Chair



    The Ewing Halsell Foundation will fund a $500,000 proposal to update the technology in the Anatomy Teaching Laboratories. As you probably know, these facilities have been in need of modernization for some time. The new technology will be a real boon to the faculty and students using those facilities. We have been working for several years to find resources for this purpose. This success reflects the efforts of Omid Rahimi and Sarah Lindauer, working hard on the proposal over the Christmas holiday, Sonia Vasquez, Debbie Morrill, Mike Black, President Henrich and others. Congratulations to everyone who contributed to this effort! We look forward to the opportunities the new technology will make possible.



    Congratulations to Ting Zhou, a student mentored by Dr. Vivienne Rebel! Ting has been selected to give an oral presentation at a Keystone Symposium on Wednesday, March 30th from 2:30 - 4:30 pm. The presentation is titled "MDS but not AML can be transferred by transplanting Crebbp+/- hematopoietic stem cells". This Keystone Symposia on Molecular and Cellular Biology - Hematopoiesis (D2) will be held March 27 - April 1, 2011 in Big Sky, Montana.


January, 2011

    Congratulations to Jessica Ibarra, Ph.D., former graduate student of the Department of CSB! Read about Jessica in the HSC News story "Post-doctoral fellow turns youngsters on to science".



    "APPL1 mediates adiponectin-stimulated p38 MAPK activation by scaffolding the TAK1-MKK3-p38 MAPK pathway" A paper published by Lily Dong and predoctoral student Xiaban Xin has been published in the American Journal of Endocrinology and Metablism and was selected as a featured paper on! Congratulations!



    Congratulations to the following CSB students. They were successful in obtaining CPRIT funding from a training grant:

    Miriam Shadfan (in the laboratory of ZhiMin Yuan)
    Jun Che (in the laboratory of Sang Eun Lee)
    Leah Hargrove (in the laboratory of YanFen Hu)



    Congratulations to Keya De! She was successful in obtaining CPRIT funding from a training grant. Keya is a CSB postdoc in the laboratory of LuZhe Sun.



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