Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy

December, 2017


Congratulations are extended to Rama Sharma and Arunabh Bhattacharya on receiving a UT Kenneth Shine Academy of Health Science Education award!!!!



Congratulations to Alex Bishop on receiving a Minority and Minority Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research travel award to a special conference on Pediatric Cancer Research: From Basic Science to the Clinic!


November, 2017


Congratulations to Lily Dong and Rong Li on a new R01!!!



Congratulations to Samy Habib. His image was selected for a cover of Cancer Research!


The image shows our work of the staining of oxidative DNA damage (8-oxodG) in kidney tumor. The main article in Volume 77, page 6471-92.



Congratulations to Alan Sakaguchi, a newly appointed member of the American Association of Anatomists Membership Committee!



Congratulations to Kay Oyajobi for being elected to the Board of Directors of the Cancer Biology Training Consortium, a position he will hold for 3 years!


October, 2017


Nice article on Karl Rodriguez! Congratulations, Karl.
The Future of Research - Karl Rodriguez, Ph.D.
FUTURE - magazine of the Long School of Medicine at the UT Health San Antonio, By Ginger Hall Carnes.



Congratulations to Sealy Hambright and mentor Qitao Ran! Seal is the recipient of the Joe and Bettie Ward award for graduate student work.


September, 2017


Congratulations to Qitao Ran and Lizhen Chen. Both learned recently that they will receive NIA supplements to the NS center for projects in their labs!



Congratulations to Pei Wang who just received a notice of award for her R01!!!!!!!!!



Congratulations to Fred Richards! He's a ROTA recipient.


Fred Richards III, Ph.D. - Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards Class of 2017


Five faculty receive 2017 Regents Outstanding Teaching Award. UT Health Newsroom story, Lety Laurel.


Summer cancer research programs for undergrads has record year. UT Health Newsroom story, Joe Feist.


August, 2017

Summer Program in Cancer Research
This summer, we had an impressive group of high school and college students participating in Cancer Research with faculty from UT Health San Antonio Cancer Center. The program included students funded by two federal organizations: National Cancer Institute and the Department of Defense- Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program on Prostate Cancer. As well as state-funded programs: Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), San Antonio Life Science Institute (SALSI) and the Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute (GCCRI). Nearly 50 students participated in the 10 week program and interacting with UT Health San Antonio faculty involved in cancer research. The student presented their findings during the final week of the program at a poster session that was held at the GCCRI. Shown is a picture taken of the program participants with the program sponsor on the step in front of the GCCRI.



Congratulations to Laura Solis who just received the Sandy C. Marks Jr. Student Poster Presentation Award in Education at the 34th American Association of Clinical Anatomist Annual meeting!


Congratulations also to her mentor, Omid Rahimi.


July, 2017


Congratulations to Jim Lechleiter for a great story in the San Antonio Express news, MySA!


Drug for concussion, stroke found by UT scientist moves closer to human trials By Jesse Pound, mySA Staff Writer.

June, 2017


Congratulations to LuZhe Sun and Francisco G. Cigarroa! The Clayton Foundation for Research increased the grant from $300,000 to $500,000 for the next fiscal year!


Read the UT Health Newroom article at:
Foundation increases grant for liver cancer research



Congratulations to Karl Rodriguez who learned his NS pilot grant will be awarded! This pilot grant is from the University of Washing-Seattle and their Shock Center. They opened up competition to members of all NS centers across the country.


Congratulations to Yidong Bai, Ellen Kraig, Rama Sharma and LuZhe Sun on receiving Nathan Shock pilot awards!!!!!



Congratulations to Pei Wang who received notification that her
R21 will be funded by NCI!


Congratulations to Kim Vinson! Kim received the departmental Above & Beyond award. She was nominated by Drs. Kraig, Sun and Walter for exceptional professionalism, efficiency and hard work over recent months that included two faculty searches, a holiday party, the retreat, grant applications, PTEC and more.


May, 2017


Congratulations to Russ Reiter for exceeding the 100,000 literature citations according to Google Scholar!



Congratulations to Robin Leach! Robin has been named a 2017 "Piper Professor" by the Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation!


Each year, the foundation selects ten Piper Professors from across Texas for their superior teaching at the college level.


UT Health News story: Dr. Leach named a 2017 Piper Professor. May 8, 2017



The Human Anatomy Program sponsored another poignant Burial of Ashes Ceremony on May 3, 2017.


UT Health News story: Burial ceremony honors body donors. May 5,2017.


The link to the Spectrum News story is: UT Health San Antonio Honors Deceased Who Gave 'Ultimate Sacrifice'.
By John Garcia, Thursday, May 4, 2017 (PDF)


April, 2017


Congratulations to Omid Rahimi! He did a piece on KSAT12 on the use of 3D technology in anatomy education.
Medical students use Xbox controllers, 3D glasses in classroom
By David Sears - Anchor/Reporter KSAT News. (PDF)


March, 2017


Kris Vogel, Brenda Talley and Diane Solomon organize the module Mind, Brain & Behavior for the medical students. The Class of 2017 voted it their favorite module! Congratulations to Kris and collegeaues.



Congratulations to Rama Sharma and Jiyoon Ryu on learning they will each receive funding from the San Antonio Area Foundation!!!


It's been an outstanding year for CSA faculty with regard to Owens Foundation funding. Seven awards were made to our faculty this year as follows:

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL RECIPIENTS!!!! And many thanks to the Owen's Foundation.


February, 2017


Congratulations to Naomi Sayre!
Her VA Career Development grant will be funded.



Congratulations to Russ Reiter for Molecules being chosen as "ESI Top Papers" by Web of Science! This paper was cited 57 times in the first 12 months after publication. And... it's promoted on Twitter!


January, 2017


Congratulations to Karl Rodriguez! He is featured in the GSBS blog, Faculty Spotlight: 21 Questions With Dr. Karl Rodriguez!



Congratulations to Bess Frost on a new Women's Health Scholar award!


Congratulations to Dr. Iza Eduardo da Silva, and her mentor Dr. LuZhe Sun, for winning the best poster in the postdoctoral category at the CTRC symposium last week!


2017 Presidential Award, Teaching Excellence Award


Congratulations to Jim Lechleiter!


James Lechleiter, PhD
Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy, School of Medicine


Jim has been honored with a Presidential Award for demonstrating outstanding service. He and the other 2017 Presidential Award recipients will be honored with a plaque and cash award at a special dinner on March 6, 2017.


2016 Recipient of the Debbie Yrle Service Award


Congratulations to Sarah Lindauer!
Associate Director of Finance and Administration
Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy


Sarah was presented with the 2016 Deborah C. Yrle Distinguished Service Award! Read article in the GSBS The Pipette Gazette: 2016 Debbie Yrle Distinguished Service Award The Debbie Yrle Distinguished Service Award was created by Dr. Bettie Sue Masters in 2007 following Debbie's unexpected death. Debbie was Dr. Masters' long-time administrative assistant in the Department of Biochemistry and exemplified excellence in all she did.

Dr. James F. Nelson, chair of the 2016 Selection Committee for the Deborah C. Yrle Distinguished Service Award Dr. Kay Oyajobi, Associate Professor in the Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy, nominated Sarah
Dr. Walter, Chair of the Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy Sarah and Dr. Nelson
Dr. Nelson presents Sarah with Award Dr. Oyajobi, Sarah and Dr. Nelson
Sarah with Debbie Yrle's family Dr. Weiss, Sarah and Dr. Nelson
Dr. Oyajobi, Sarah and Wouter Sarah and Wouter



The Department of CSA has three articles in the Fall 2016 - Winter 2017 Mission magazine!

    The dead teach the living, January 1, 2017, by Joe Michael Feist (PDF format)
    Features a remarkable journey of a courageous donor - Suzanne Felts, Omid Rahimi, Ph.D., Body Donation Program Director, and Linda Baker-Webber, Body Donation Program Coordinator.


    Dollars for cancer cures, January 1, 2017, by contributor (PDF format)
    The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) provide funding for five additional years of the cancer research training progam. "The cancer research training program at the health science center is a continuum from the undergraduate to the postdoctoral levels," said the program's director, Babatunde "Kay" Oyajobi, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., associate professor of cell systems and anatomy.


    Healing starts here The long and winding road to clinical trials is expensive, complex, demanding and rewarding. January 1, 2017, by Lety Laurel (PDF format)
    Dr. Frost is the top picture of this one. The printed magazine has the caption "Bess Frost, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Cell Systems & Anatomy, and other researchers used fruit fly models to determine brain cell death in Alzheimer's disease is linked to the disruption of a skeleton that surrounds the nucleus of the cells. The finding, confirmed in postmortem brain tissue of people with Alzheimer's disease, is expected to open new avenues of study on how to prevent the earliest biological events that result in disease."




Congratulations to Tom King and Rama Sharma for their new award from the Shine Academy titled, "Connecting the Dots: Morphing-Based Animation of Cervical Pathology for Medical Students."



In January, Russel J. Reiter, Ph.D. visited the 2017 Harbin Ice Festvial in China!

    Dr. Reiter shares two photos of ice sculptures and two of snow sculptures!


    Harbin Ice Festvial 2017 is the world's largest ice festival in beautiful Harbin city.


In November, 2016, William W. Morgan, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Distinguished Teaching Professor and Master Teacher visited Africa. While in the Tswalu Private Game Reserve in the northern part of South Africa in the Kalahari Desert, Dr. Morgan captured this picture and labeled it "What male lions do best!".




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