Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy

CSA In The News 2015

    December 1st, 2015 - Two-Factor Authentication registration & VPN software installation

    Step 1 - December 1st , 2015 - Two-Factor Authentication registration (Duo Mobile)
    Faculty and Staff are to receive email notification from the Duo Security ( The email notification from is for the process of getting a device registered that will receive the notifications and be able to approve/confirm/deny the connection from the device. This process is required before installation of the new VPN software. IMS instructions are provided at Duo Mobile Enrollment Guide


    Step 2 - VPN software installation (GlobalProtect)
    Requires being off campus. Check the version of Windows (32 bit or 64 bit) on the computer to determine which VPN will be installed. Download the new software from the IMS website: GlobalProtect -- NEW VPN software During the installation of the VPN software, notifications will be sent for approval on the device registered in Step 1. Approval of these notifications will be required in order to complete the software installation. IMS instructions are provided at Access the UTHSCSA Palo Alto Networks (PAN) VPN using Global Protect VPN client and Two-Factor Authentication Print this file or have it open, for the configuration of GlobalProtect VPN client portal information.


December, 2015

Congratulations to Qitao Ran for his article that was featured by Global Medical Discovery! Ablation of the Ferroptosis Inhibitor Glutathione Peroxidase 4 in Neurons Results in Rapid Motor Neuron Degeneration and Paralysis December 10, 2015.


Congratulations to LuZhe Sun for being included in the article on the Breast Cancer Symposium!
CTRC, School of Medicine research teams present findings Dec. 8-12 at San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, Thursday, December 03, 2015.


Check out the university home page, where Tom King is there for Academics! Congratulations, Tom!
Own it to teach it. Award-winning educator Thomas King, Ph.D., believes the best way to learn new concepts is to teach the material to others. Tuesday, December 1, 2015 by Sherrie Voss Matthews.


Congratulations are extended to Jim Lechleiter for his new AHA Innovative Research Grant that will start in the new year!


Congratulations to Alan Sakaguchi for being named to the Shine Academy of Health Science Education! See the HSC writeup via the link -Two named to UT System's Shine Academy "Alan Y. Sakaguchi, Ph.D., associate professor in the Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy, and Sara L. Gill, Ph.D., professor of family and community health systems in the School of Nursing, have been selected as members of the University of Texas Kenneth I. Shine Academy of Health Science Education."


November, 2015

Congratulations to Mikaela Sifuentes and Elizabeth Fisher for new American Heart Association graduate student fellowships! Jim Lechleiter is mentor to both.


LuZhe Sun, Ph.D., and Ratna K. Vadlamudi, Ph.D., of the School of Medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, have been named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Click Here to view this story "Cancer scientists Sun, Vadlamudi named AAAS Fellows" in pdf format. Congratulations to Dr. LuZhe Sun for this prestigious award!


October, 2015

Congratulations to Jim Lechleiter on the article, To Curb Brain Damage, Astrocyte Pharmaceuticals Energizes Cells! Xconomy, By David Holley, October 19th, 2015


Congratulations to our new recruit Bess Frost, for being the recipient of a UT System Rising Star award! Bess was co-recruited by our department and the Barshop Institute and is expected to start here in November.


Congratulations to Yidong Bai, Shane Rea and Jim Nelson for a new Nathan Shock Pilot Award!


Congratulations to Erzsi Kokovay for a new Morrison Trust award!


Check out the UTHSCSA homepage. Qitao Ran is featured for research!
View his story: Studying why neurons die! Tuesday, September 1, 2015 by Will Sansom


Congratulations to Dr. Shivani Ruparel! Read the article about Dr. Shivani Ruparel: Alumnae Dr. Shivani Ruparel Explains How She Became an Assistant Professor. Author: Charlotte Anthony | October 06, 2015.


Congratulations to Ellen Kraig, co-I, and Ann Griffith, PI, on a new Nathan Shock pilot grant award!


Congratulations to Ellen Kraig and Dean Kellogg on a new IIMS funded project!


Congratulations to Samy Habib and Mohan Natarajan on a new DOD funded grant!


September, 2015


Congratulations to Alan Sakaguchi!
Alan was one of the keynote presenters at the 38th annual Texas Society of Allied Health Professionals (TSAHP) Conference, hosted by the School of Health Professions. The theme of the conference was "Innovations and Best Practices in Health Professions Education."
Click School of Health Professions hosts state conference to view HSCexpress story in pdf format.


Congratulations to Alison Clark!
Alison Clark Researches Third Most Common Cause of Cancer Death Worldwide
Author: Charlotte Anthony - The Pipette Gazette, The Graduate School, UTHSCSA.



Congratulations to Alex Bishop for being selected as a new member of the UTHSCSA Academy of Master Teachers!



Congratulations Neelam Mukherjee, a graduate student in the Cancer Biology track, for finishing her dissertation on "Deregulation of NF-κB signaling by SETD6 in bladder cancer." - See more in The Graduate School, The Pipette Gazette! "Final Words: Neelam Mukherjee Explains Why She Chose Biomedical Research" Author: Neelam Mukherjee | Category: Final Words... | August 19, 2015



Congratulations to Jim Lechleiter for his newly awarded STTR in conjunction with Astrocyte Pharmaceuticals, Inc!


Congratulations to Jim Lechleiter on his new DOD award!
Title: Novel Strategies Targeting Signaling Molecules of Neurons and Astrocytes to Prevent Acquired Epilepsies


August, 2015

Congratulations to Omid Rahimi on receiving an Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award (ROTA) from UT System Board of Regents!!!!!!


Congratulations to Jim Lechleiter, Chelo Walss-Bass and Mike Beckstead on a UT Brain seed grant! Chelo is PI.


Congratulations to LuZhe Sun for being awarded a new R01 titled, Aging mammary stem cells and breast cancer prevention!


The San Antonio Express-News has post an article about the IRACDA program titled From the lab to the university classroom By Marco Poggio, Staff Writer, August 6, 2015. Photos by William Luther, Staff / San Antonio Express-News.


Congratulations to Jim Lechleiter, Kay Oyajobi and Linda McManus!


Click Here to view this story in pdf format.


Congratulations to Jim Lechleiter, Kay Oyajobi and Linda McManus! Read about the IRACDA award from NIH's National Institute of General Medical Sciences supporting the San Antonio Biomedical Education and Research (SABER) Program: $3.5 million NIH grant will teach young scientists how to teach, HSC News Release, August 3, 2015 by Will Sansom.


Congratulations to Robin Leach who was named the Director of Scientific Development for the CTRC!


Congratulations to Jim Lechleiter! The 2015 Summer edition of the Mission magazine, highlights Dr. Lechleiter in the article titled Pursuing concussion's cure, by Will Sansom.


July, 2015


Congratulations to our CSA "Above & Beyond" Award Winners!


2015 Award recipients:
Jason Sandlin - July 16, 2015
Sabrina Feller - March 18, 2015


2014 Award recipients:
Pam Gearhart
Sabrina Feller
Stephen Scogin


Congratulations to Charleen Moore on a new Library article about the Garden and Art Project: P.I. Nixon Library Hosts UTSA Art Students.


June, 2015

Congratulations to Kay Oyajobi for the recent news that his Shelby Tengg Foundation grant will be funded!


Congratulations to Earlanda Williams! Dr. Williams is featured in HSC News: Finding the light-bulb moments - June 19th, 2015.


Congratulations to Omid Rahimi for being selected as a Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award recipient!
Read about all selectees in the Message from the President - June 18th, 2015 and HSC express: Regents honor seven faculty members with Outstanding Teaching Awards.


Congratulations to Omid Rahimi, a co-PI on a newly funded grant with Craig Sisson (PI, Emergency Medicine)! Funding through UT System for Patient Safety grants.


Congratulations are extended to Kay Oyajobi, for being selected to serve on the Advocacy and Science Policy Committee for the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research!


Congratulations to Earlanda Williams on being selected to sit on the Dental National Board Anatomic Sciences Test Construction Committee for 2016!


Panneerdoss Subbarayalu, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy, and Suryavathi Viswanadhapalli, a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of OB/Gyn, UTHSCSA, published an equal two first author article entitled Dynamic Changes in Equatorial Segment Protein 1 (SPESP1) Glycosylation During Mouse Spermiogenesis (PDF) in Biology of Reproduction on May 1, 2015, a renowed journal in the field of reproductive biology. One of the figures in the article was highlighted as the cover image for the same issue.


2015 CSB Retreat
** On behalf of Dr. Christi Walter **
I want to extend my appreciation to LuZhe Sun, Maria Bartanuszova, Sabrina Feller, Julie Barker, Ellen Kraig and Kay Oyajobi for organizing a productive and successful retreat. Also, my appreciation to session chairs and participants as well as to Jason Sandlin for his photographic work and Steve Scogin for his audio-visual support.
In recognition of special awards:

    Health Professional Teaching Award - FRED RICHARDS
    Graduate School Teaching Award - LUZHE SUN
    Bowman Award to a Graduate Student - SAMAYA KRISHNAN in Ratna Vadlamudi's lab
    Rennels Award to a Graduate Student - XIANG GU in LuZhe Sun's lab
    Carillo Award to a Graduate Student - NOURHAN ABDELFATTAH in Manjeet Rao's lab
    Awards for Posters:
      M.S. Award - SARAH BRANCH in Mike Beckstead's lab
      Ph.D. Awards: 1st place: RENEE SOLANO in Erzsi Kokovay's lab
      Tied for 2nd place: ALLISON CLARK in Tom Boyer's lab, and APARNA GORTHI in Alex Bishop's lab
      Postdoctoral fellow award: PANNEERDOSS SUBBARAYALU in Manjeet Rao's lab
    Congratulations to all award recipients!


May, 2015

Congratulations to Jim Lechleiter for the breakthrough therapeutic approach for brain trauma such as traumatic brain injury (TBI) and concussions! Read the HSC News article: Licensing agreement advances preclinical therapy for brain injuries. Posted on Thursday, May 21, 2015.
Marking the license agreement between Astrocyte Pharmaceuticals Inc. and the Health Science Center were John Gebhard, Ph.D. (from left), executive director, Office of Technology Commercialization at the Health Science Center; John Fritz, M.S., M.B.A., M.H.A., senior business development manager, Office of Technology Commercialization; Andrea Marks, M.B.A., C.P.A., vice president and chief financial officer, Health Science Center; James Lechleiter, Ph.D., professor, Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy, School of Medicine; William Korinek, Ph.D., chief executive officer, Astrocyte Pharmaceuticals Inc.; and Theodore Liston, Ph.D.; vice president, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, Astrocyte Pharmaceuticals Inc.


Congratulations to Linda Johnson, Omid Rahimi, and Fred Richards for being selected as Assistant Marshalls for the SOM graduation ceremony! View CSB faculty teaching recognitions and awards at Teaching Awards.


Congratulations to Jim Lechleiter, Kay Oyajobi and Linda McManus regarding the funding of their IRACDA proposal. This is a unique award that promotes combining a 2 year research based postdoctoral fellowship with a third year of mentored teaching experiences at an undergraduate institution to help career advancement in academic settings.


Congratulations to Tom King for being the recipient of a Minnie Stevens Piper award!


Pictured: Thomas S. King, Ph.D., (center) is congratulated by Andrea Giuffrida, Ph.D., (left) vice president for research, and William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP, president, on being named a 2015 Piper Professor.


View Dr. King's teaching recognitions and awards: Teaching Awards

HSC News Release: Dr. Thomas King selected as 2015 Piper Professor

HSC News: Dr. Thomas King named a 2015 Piper Professor

HSC express: Dr. Thomas King selected as 2015 Piper Professor



Congratulations to one of Jim Lechleiter's students, Brian Stoveken!
Brian was named a GSBS Ambassador!


The Presidential Ambassador Scholars are selected by the dean of each school to represent the Health Science Center at functions throughout the year. These are exemplary students, and as such receive a scholarship.


HSC express: 2015 Presidential Ambassadors
GSBS Blog: Brian Stoveken Works on Research to Delay the Process of Aging


The Human Anatomy Program commemoration of the contributions of body donors to the educational mission of our University was held April 28th, 2015. Thanks to everyone for making the ceremony a success.
    Omid B. Rahimi, PhD
    Director - Human Anatomy Program


    View stories about the Burial of Ashes ceremony at:
    Univision 41 TV station: Reconocen valor de quienes donan su cuerpo a la ciencia
    HSC express: Burial of Ashes Ceremony held


Congratulations to Fred Richards who was selected by the dental school freshman class as the professor of the year!


Congratulations to Charleen Moore on her History of Anatomy Class host by P. I. Nixon Medical Historical Library! Read about it in the News From the Libraries: P.I. Nixon Library Hosts History of Anatomy Class. The class covered the History of Anatomy from ancient times to the present.


Top left to right:
Dr. Oyajobi, Dr. Bartanuszova, Thomas Chilton, Dr. Bhattacharya
Bottom left to right:
Shirley Nah, Dr. Moore, Alice Yang, Sanum Khan


Congratulations to Charleen Moore, Ph.D., FACMG, faculty adviser for the Garden Health Interest Group. The HSC marked Earth Day April 22. See more photos at HSC express Earth Day photos.


April, 2015

Congratulations are extended to Kay Oyajobi for being invited to review for the Scientific Program of the 2015 American Society of Hematology annual meeting!


Congratulations are extended to Jim Lechleiter, Kay Oyajobi and Linda McManus on news that their IRACDA (Institutional Research and Career Development Award) application will fund!


Congratulations are extended to LuZhe Sun and Francisco Cigarroa for a new research award from the Clayton Foundation!


Congratulations are extended to Fred Richards who was invited by the senior medical class to be their guest speaker!


Congratulations to Lora Talley Watts who was interviewed on News 4 tonight! Georgie, Lauren Lea, a reporter from News 4/KABB, did an interview on the Voelcker program's new $675,000 grant.
Read interview in PDF format!


March, 2015


Congratulations are extended to Samy Habib for his image being on the cover of Genes and Cancer (Vol:6 Issues 1-2, 2015)!


Congratulations are extended to Lora Talley Watts for getting her images on the cover of an upcoming issue of Journal of Neurotrauma!


Congratulations to Samy Habib on a new grant from the DOD. He will be a co-Investigator.



The Presidential Award Ceremony was held last week and we were represented by Alex Bishop, recipient of a Presidential Teaching Award! Read about it in the HSC News story titled Presidential Award winners recognized posted on Monday, February 23, 2015.


February, 2015

Congratulations to Abhik Bandyopadhyay on a new BD Biosciences Stem Cell Research Grant!


Congratulations to Alex Bishop on his new CPRIT individual investigator award!


Congratulations to Lily Dong on her new NIH R01!


Congratulations Jim Lechleiter, on being recognized for your research on traumatic brain injury at the Health Cell! The Health Cell: State of The Industry Events-February, 2015.


Congratulations Jim Lechleiter on the article titled State of health care: Health Science Center researcher looks to heal the brain Post Feb 9, 2015 by W. Scott Bailey - San Antonio Business Journal!


Congratulations to Jim Lechleiter and colleauges on another neuroprotective paper! Read the article at the UT News Release Website: Anti-epilepsy drug preserves brain function after stroke.


January, 2015

Congratulations are extended to Alan Sakaguchi and Charleen Moore on being awarded a University of Texas Kenneth I Shine Academy of Health Science Education Small Grant!


Congratulations to Alex Bishop who was selected as a 2015 Presidential TEACHING EXCELLENCE AWARDEE!


Congratulations to Liqin Du! She has been notified that her Peter Bradley Carlson Charitable Trust application will be funded.


Congratulations to Manjeet Rao for his recent CPRIT award!
Read the article HSC researchers receive support from cancer institute in the Mission Magazine.


Congratulations to Frank Weaker on recognition of his teaching by being named a Regeants' Outstanding Teacher in the Mission Magazine article High praise received from UT System!


Congratulations to Dr. Reiter for being named one of The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014.




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