Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy

CSA In The News 2014

December, 2014

Congratulations to Lily Dong on her new AHA grant award!


November, 2014

Congratulations to Yidong Bai and Cristina Porras who have received a graduate student diversity supplement!


Our own Kris Vogel and her neurofibromatosis grant were mentioned in the Texas NF Golf Classic release!
Five Star Institute's Delgado Delivers Remarks at NF Charity Golf Tournament
Author: Brian Honea - November 3, 2014


Congratulations to Drs. Alan Sakaguchi and Earlanda Williams. Both have been inducted into the Academy of Master Teachers!


October, 2014

Congratulations to this year's recipients of the Joe and Bettie Ward Award,
Amanda Galan for graduate student work under the mentorship of Dr. Lily Dong,
and Karl Rodriguez, Ph.D. as a postdoctoral fellow under the mentorship of Dr. Rochelle Buffenstein!


Congratulations to Dr. Lora Talley-Watts on her recent promotion to Assistant Professor/Research.


Congratulations to Dr. Earlanda Williams on her recent promotion to Lecturer III!


September, 2014

Congratulations to Alex Bishop, PI, Alex Pertsemlidis, PI, and Liqin Du, Co-PI, three CSB faculty for being recipients of new IIMS/GCCRI awards!!!


Congratulations Dr. Jim Lechleiter on the WOAI News Story! San Antonio Researchers Exploring 'Concussion Pill' Posted Monday, September 15th 2014 @ 6am by Jim Forsyth.


August, 2014

Congratulations to Manjeet Rao, the recipient of a new CPRIT award! Manjeet Rao, Ph.D., assistant professor of Cell Systems & Anatomy at the Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute. MicroRNAs: Safe and Effective Therapeutic Adjuvants for Treating Drug-Resistant Breast Cancers - $900,000.


Congratulations to Lora Talley Watts, the Co-PI on a new IIMS Pilot grant!


Congratulations to Frank Weaker! Dr. Weaker has received the Regents Outstanding Teaching Award from the UT System. The award is the foremost teaching honor in the UT System, and recognizes excellence of the highest degree.    UTHSCSA News Release: 8 Health Science Center educators honored as UT Regents' outstanding teachers


Congratulations to Robin Leach and co-authors on a paper that can be used for continuing medical education credit!

Congratulations are extended to Manjeet Rao and Yidong Chen on the good news that an R01 and a U54 supplement will be funded!


Congratulations to our own Russ Reiter the most cited scholar in TX!

Congratulations to Maria Bartanuszova for a successful first summer anatomy workshop!
HSC department hosts anatomy workshop
Three pre-professional students certified


Four participants completed the human anatomy summer workshop on June 27 and received certificates. Pictured are Dr. Huiyun Liang from HSC (from left), Matthew Yang from UT Dallas, Dr. Maria Bartanuszova from HSC, Laura Solis from UTSA, Dr. Earlanda Williams from HSC, Dr. Alan Sakaguchi from HSC and Swetha Gogu from UTSA.



July, 2014

Congratulations to Suzette Tardif and colleagues for their new Nature Genetics paper on the sequence of the marmoset genome! Marmoset sequence sheds new light on primate biology and evolution. Public Release DAte: 20-Jul-2014.


Congratulations to Yidong Bai and Janice Deng on receiving notification that their review received JGG's Excellent Review Status!


Journal of Genetics and Genomics
Excellent Review Awarded to
"Number Matters: Control of Mammalian Mitochondrial DNA Copy Number"
Laura L. Clay Montier, Janice J. Dong, Yidong Bai.


Congratulations to Manjeet Rao! He just learned his R03, Androgen-responsive miRNAs in the testis, is funded.


Congratulations to Erin Munkácsy, one of our CSB students in the Biology of Aging track! Erin had a first author review paper published recently in Experimental Gerontology titled The paradox of mitochondrial dysfunction and extended longevity. Congratulations also to her mentor Shane Rea, Barshop/Physiology.


Congratulations also to Penny Meng, one of our CSB students in the Cellular & Molecular Medicine track! Penny just had a first author review paper accepted for publication in Cell Death & Disease titled "Transcription addiction: can we garner the Yin and Yang functions of E2F1 for cancer therapy?" Congratulations also to her mentor Rita Ghosh, Urology.


June, 2014

Congratulations to Russel Reiter on being selected as a 2014 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher! Congratulations Dr. Reiter!


Congratulations Lily Dong and Feng Liu! Study finds on-off body switch that helps burn stored fat. Check out the story about a paper from Lily and Feng's labs on the


May, 2014

Retreat Thank You's & Awards
    I extend my heartfelt appreciation to the primary organizing committee: Lily Dong, Pam Larsen, Heather Hambright and Julie Barker.


    I would also like to acknowledge the collegiality of Landa Williams who voluntarily worked on the changes to the student poster judging and Desiree Wilson who volunteered the student project idea and was involved in making it a reality.


    Joanne Wright and Sabrina Feller contributed to the effort by providing additional administrative support to the new activities, and Joanne worked to tabulate poster judging.


    Steve Scogins was there to make sure the powerpoint presentations went off smoothly.


    2014 Retreat Awards

    Rennels Memorial Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies: Shauna Hill (Holly Van Remmen, supervising professor)
    Bowman Graduate Student of the Year Award: Monica Mann (Ratna Vadlamudi, supervising professor)
    Carillo Memorial Fellowship Award: Brian Stoveken (Jim Lechleiter, supervising professor)
    Susan L. Naylor Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Studies: Naomi Sayre (Jim Lechleiter, mentor)


    CSB Excellence in Health Professions Teaching: Alan Sakaguchi
    CSB Excellence in Graduate Education: Babatunde (Kay) Oyajobi
    Perseverance Award: Robin Leach


    1st Place Poster Awardees

    Biology of Aging: Brian Stoveken - (Jim Lechleiter, supervising professor)
    Cancer Biology: Izhar Batth - (Pratap Kumar, supervising professor)
    Cell and Molecular Medicine: Peng Meng - (Rita Ghosh, supervising professor)
    Genetics, Genomics and Development: Iriscilla Ayala - (Donna Lehman, supervising professor)
    M.S. Program: Amanda Milstein - (Yidong Bai supervising professor)


    Keep up the great work!
    Christi A. Walter, Ph.D., Professor & Chair


Congratulations are extended to Landa Williams for her recent selection to the AAA Advisory Committee for Young Anatomists!


Congratulations are extended to Kris Vogel who has just learned that the Texas NF Board will fund her research proposal!


Congratulations to Fred Richards who was selected by DS1 students as professor of the year!


April, 2014

Congratulations to Rasika Vartak, one of our students in the Cell & Molecular Medicine track who successfully defended her PhD dissertation this week! Rasika was the 2010 recipient of the CSB David Carillo Memorial Award for Excellence as a graduate student. She also received a prestigious Burroughs-Welcome Travel Scholarship to attend the annual Mitochondrial Medicine meeting in 2012. She is co-author on three publications (including first authorship on a review) and has a first author manuscript from her dissertation research being revised for Mol Cell Biol. Rasika will be starting postdoc training at Stanford University School of Medicine in the summer. Congratulations also to Rasika's mentor, Yidong Bai!


Congratulations to Sweta Mishra, one of our students in the Cell & Molecular Medicine track who successfully defended her PhD dissertation this week! Sweta was the recipient of the CSB Rennels Memorial Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies in 2012. She also received a 2011/12 Translational Science Training (TST) Scholar award from the IIMS. She already has two first-author publications, one in Oncogene and the other in Prostate with a couple more manuscripts being prepared. Sweta is planning to start postdoc training in the summer. Although she already has an offer of a postdoctoral position at Stowers Institute for Medical Research In Kansas City, she has at least one more interview in NY before deciding where to go. Congratulations also to Sweta's mentor, LuZhe Sun!


Congratulations are extended to Jim Lechleiter for being named one of the San Antonio Business Journal's Health Care Heroes of 2014!     The San Antonio Business Journal - ALAMOCITY BEAT presents the winners and finalists for the 2014 Health Care Heroes award program.

    "Announcing: San Antonio Health Care Heroes & Finalists 2014"
    by Donna J. Tuttle, Projects Editor - Mar 31, 2014


    Medical Researcher:
    Dr. James Lechleiter, PhD

    • Interim Leader, Neuroscience Center, South Texas Research Facility, Cell Systems & Anatomy
    • Professor, Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy
    • Director, Research Imaging Core Facility at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio


Congratulations to Lora Talley Watts, the recipient of a new KL2 award!


March, 2014

Congratulations to Erzsi Kokovay, Jim Lechleiter and Qitao Ran! Each is being awarded an Owen's Medical Research Foundation grant.


Congratulations to Rama Sharma! In a competitive process, he has been selected to participate in the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative's Young Investigators Initiative (YII) program.


Congratulations are extended to Liqin Du for her work on miRNAs in neuroblastoma that made the HSC news!


February, 2014

Congratulations are extended to Yidong Bai. He has learned that his IIMS TTR application will be funded!


Congratulations are extended to Lora Talley Watts. She just learned that her Translational Technology Resources application to the IIMS will be funded!


Congratulations to Kay Oyajobi on his success with the CPRIT training grant! View HSC News at CPRIT extends its support of HSC researchers and educators and HSC News Release at CPRIT extends its support of Health Science Center researchers and educators in grants.



Congratulations, once again to our
2014 Presidential Award
winners who were honored at a dinner
Thursday evening, Feb. 6, 2014.


    Sarah Lindauer
    Associate Director, Finance and Administration


You can see their names and accomplishments in the Presidential Awards program booklet to learn more about their contributions to our Health Science Center.


January, 2014

Congratulations to Samy Habib on the renewal of his VA Merit Award!


Congratulations to one of our CSB students, Shauna Hill! Shauna who is in the Biology of Aging track, has recently received a Travel Award from Seahorse Bioscience to enable her attend and present a poster at the Gordon Research Conference on "Oxygen Radicals: From Detection to Disease" holding in Ventura, CA next month. Congratulations also to her mentor, Holly Van Remmen!


Congratulations to Jim Lechleiter and his collaborator Murat Digicaylioglu (Dept of Neurosurgery)!


Congratulations to Nikita Ruparel, PhD, DDS, one of our graduates who has recently been appointed an Assistant Professor of Endodontics at Loma Linda University in California. Niki started out in our graduate program and then decided to go on to dental school here at UTHSCSA. While she was a student in CSB, amongst her many awards, Niki received the Top Poster Award at our annual retreat in 2006 and she also received the CSB Barbara H. Bowman Graduate Student of the Year Award in 2009. Niki has also just received her first independent funding at Loma Linda U, a fellowship award from the American Association of Endodontists worth up to $250K over 5 years. Congratulations also to her mentor, Ken Hargreaves!






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