Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy

December, 2016


Congratulations to Lily Dong! Dr. Dong is highlighted in the Pipette Gazette Faculty Spotlight: Faculty Profile: 8 Questions With Dr. Lily Dong



Our own Lizhen Chen is the focus of an article on the GSBS blog! Congratulations, Lizhen! 9 Questions with New Faculty Member Dr. Lizhen Chen



Congratulations to MS student Laura Solis and her mentor Omid Rahimi! Laura is spot lighted in the GSBS blog: Laura Solis Creates 3D Model To Help Students Understand Anatomy Better


Congratulations to Dr. Mary Vaughan on her retirement!
Below are pictures captured at Dr. Vaughan's retirement party, held December 2, 2016.

November, 2016


Congratulations to Kay Oyajobi (PI) and Robin Leach, Ratna Vadlamudi, Gail Tomlinson, Peter Fox, Alex Pertsemlidis and Nicquet Blake (all co-PI's) on the news that their CPRIT training grant will be funded!



Congratulations to LuZhe Sun on the article 12 Questions With Dr. LuZhe Sun in the Graduate School - Pipette Gazette!
To read Dr. Sun's story in PDF format, click here.


October, 2016


Congratulations to Lily Dong for receiving a new CTRC pilot grant award!



Congratulations to Omid Rahimi! Dr. Rahimi shows off capabilities of the 3-D digital anatomy laboratories to representatives of British life sciences companies on Oct. 19!


View story at inside.uthscsa British delegation visits Health Science Center or to read the story in PDF format, click here.



Congratulations to Bess Frost! Dr. Frost has been awarded the 2016 New Investigator Award in Alzheimer's Disease from the American Federation for Aging Research. For more information, read the UTHSCSA Newsroom article Dr. Frost receives New Investigator Award in Alzheimer's Disease.


September, 2016

September 1, 2016, The Department of Cellular & Structural Biology has changed name to The Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy.


The Doctor Is In: From telescopes to microscopes - James Lechleiter's love for science started on his childhood farm in the plains of western Minnesota. Watch the full story at KSAT 12


Rally for Medical Research Hill Day, Texas Delegation
September 22, 2016:
Dr. Oyajobi and representing the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, Doug Fesler (Executive Assoc Director of ASBMR) and Patricia Ducy, PhD (also member Advovacy & Science Policy Committee of the ASBMR from Columbia University).


Read the article in The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) newletter on the Rally for Medical Research day visit to Capitol Hill last month: ASBMR Advocacy & Science Policy Committee Members Participate in the "Rally for Medical Research" Capitol Hill Day


Congratulations to Lizhen Chen as a co-PI on a newly awarded project supported by the Translational Women's Health Research Opportunity!


Congratulations to Lora Watts, Luiz Penalva and Erzsi Kokovay on new IIMS grant awards!


Congratulations to Bess Frost on another interview with the media!!!! Breakthrough drug in the battle against Alzheimer's disease Jeremy Baker, KENS 10:21 PM. CDT September 01, 2016


August, 2016

Congratulations to Sanum Khan, M.S., recent graduate of the CSA Master of Science Program in Anatomical Sciences. Sanum received the 2016 Armand J. Guarino Award for Academic Excellence in Master of Science Studies at the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Convocation on August 19.


Dr. Charleen Moore and Dr. Annette Occhialini were Sanum's co-mentors.


Pictured at the ceremony are Sanum with Dr. Moore and Dr. David Weiss, Dean of the Graduate School.


Congratulations to Robin Leach, Ph.D., and Alan Sakaguchi, Ph.D., who have been selected to receive the Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award, Class of 2016!


Congratulations to Bess Frost, recipient of The SALSI 'brain health' award!
SALSI awards $200,000 for brain health research initiatives, UTHSCSA Newsroom.


Congratulations to LuZhe Sun, Program Director, and Kay Oyajobi, co-Program Director on the renewal of the NCI T32 training grant on their first submission. Drs. Sun, Oyajobi and I also want to acknowledge Sarah and all CSA administrative assistants for their help with the proposal. Training grants take a lot of work and we appreciate all who made the submission possible.


July, 2016

Congratulations to Bess Frost, the recipient of an AFAR New Investigator Award in Alzheimers Disease!


Congratulations to Ellen Kraig on a newly funded R21 and Robin Leach on a newly funded DoD summer training grant!


Congratulations to Bess Frost for recognition of her work on Alzheimer's disease through a press release in Science Daily! Brain cell death in Alzheimer's linked to structural flaw Study reveals multiple new leads for pursuing potential treatments. Also read the article in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences news The Pipette Gazette! New Findings in Alzheimer's Disease in Science Daily.


June, 2016


Congratulations to Bess Frost on the Mission Magazine article:
"When a skeleton fails", June 2, 2016


Congratulations to Bess Frost!
Recipient of a new Nathan Shock pilot project.


Congratulations to Bess Frost and George Perry for receiving a new SALSI award!


Congratulations to Chris Pena, a postdoctoral fellow and SABER.IRACDA Scholar in Robin Leach's lab, whose poster presentation won 2nd place at the annual IRACDA conference held last week at the University of Arizona, Tucson. There were over 90 posters presented by IRACDA scholars from 20 different NIGMS-funded IRACDA programs at institutions across the country including UTHSCSA (SABER Program), UPENN, Stanford, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, Emory University, UNC Chapel Hill, UAB, Baylor COM, UT Austin, Einstein COM, etc!!


Chris,who obtained his PhD from UT Southwestern in 2015, is shown here in the photo with the SABER.IRACDA PIs, Jim Lechleiter, Kay Oyajobi & Linda McManus.



Congratulations to Lora Watts!
Recipient of a new Nathan Shock pilot project.


May, 2016


Congratulations to Ellen Kraig and Dean Kellogg for a new pilot grant from the Pepper Center!


CONGRATULATIONS to Award Winners at the Annual CSA Retreat:

    Carrillo Memorial Fellowship: Brett Ipson from Al Fisher's lab
    Rennels Memorial Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies: Rene Solano from Erzsi Kokovay's lab
    Bowman Graduate Student of the Year Award: Kaitlyn N. Lewis, from Shelly Buffenstein's lab
    Susan L. Naylor Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Studies: Han Wang from Pei Wang's lab
    Excellence in Graduate Student Education: Jim Lechleiter
    Excellence in Health Professions Education: Lora Watts
CONGRATULATIONS to Poster Award Winners at the Annual CSA Retreat:
    Best poster, Postdoctoral Fellow: Han Wang, from Pei Wang's lab
    Best Poster, MS Program: Sanum Khan, co-mentors Charleen Moore and Annette Occhialini
    3rd place Poster, CSA PhD Program: Brian Stoveken from Jim Lechleiter's lab
    2nd place Poster, CSA PhD Program: Jeffrey Cooney from Ricardo Aguiar's lab
    1st place Poster, CSA PhD Program: April Cabang from Mike Wargovich's lab
Annual CSA Retreat Special Acknowledgement
Special thanks to the efforts of Samy Habib, Fred Richards, Kim Vinson, Rene Solano, Brent Fowler, Nourhan Abdelfattah, and Panneerdoss Subbarayalu for putting together a great retreat!


April, 2016

Read the UTHSCSA Newsroom article on the 2016 Burial Ceremony! Burial of ashes honors willed body donors. April 28, 2016 - Joe Michael Feist, UTHSCSA Newsroom.
Photo by Kin Man Hui/San Antonio Express-News.


Congratulations to the Human Anatomy Program! Read the article published on the MySA - San Antonio News website. Memorial honors individuals who donated their bodies to the University of Texas Health Science Center.
Photo by Kin Man Hui/San Antonio Express-News on April 27, 2016 8:07 PM.


The Human Anatomy Program commemoration of the contributions of body donors to the educational mission of our University was held April 27th, 2016. Thanks to everyone for making the ceremony a success.


Congratulations to Luiz Penalva for TWO new R21s!


March, 2016

Congratulations to Kay Oyajobi for receiving a San Antonio Area Foundation grant!



Our own Kay Oyajobi visited with legislators on Capitol Hill!


Bipartisan support at FASEB Capitol Hill Day


By Debra Speert | March 10, 2016.


Congratulations to Landa Williams for getting an article in the AAA-Anatomy Now news! Way to go, Landa!


Congratulations to all who participated in the Shine Academy - Innovations in Health Science Education Annual Conference! 2016 Conference: "Caring for Ourselves so We Can Care for Others"
Top left picture includes (left to right). Mr. Bill Hendricson- Asst Dean UTHSCSA Dental School, Ellis Shwarts-DS4, Mai Luk-DS4, E. Williams, Elena Riccio-DS4, Alex Ling- DS4. Bottom left picture includes Dr. Sakaguchi and Dr. Moore at the display for their Innovative Teaching Project with 3D Printing. Middle picture- middle person is Mai Luk. Award was for 2nd place in Teaching Innovations poster competition. Top right picture is Dr. Sakaguchi's award for induction into the Kenneth Shine Academy of Health Science Education. Pictures compliments of Mai Luk.


February, 2016

Check out KSAT12 news story and video on new anatomy labs with Annette Occhialini and Omid Rahimi!
Way to shine, folks! Omid Rahimi director of the human anatomy program: "We can virtually rotate the body,"



Omid Rahimi is shown demonstrating new technology at the opening of the ALTC!


Congratulations to Bess Frost for the recognition on her research article!

January, 2016

In addition to Kay, it turns out that Qitao Ran, Yidong Bai, and Alex Pertsemlidis were all awarded Owen's Foundation grants. Congratulations to all!


Congratulations to Alan Sakaguchi and Charleen Moore on the renewal of their Health Science education grant, Teaching the Larynx Using 3D Printing: The Vocal Apparatus Made Easy and Easily Made.


Congratulations to Kay Oyajobi for a new award from the Owens Foundation!




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