Department of Cell Systems & Anatomy

December, 2018


Congratulations to Kay Oyajobi who was featured by the The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASMBR). Check out the story here: Meet Babatunde Oyajobi, M.D., Ph.D., an ASBMR member



Congratulations to Bess Frost on her new R01!



Congratulations to Alex Bishop on a new Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation childhood cancer grant!



Congratulations to Radek Dobrowolski and Sarah Hopp on a new CBN pilot project.



Congratulations to Bess Frost and Miranda Orr on a new CBN pilot grant!



Spotlight on an alum of the Cellular & Structural Biology graduate program, August Blackburn!!


Alumni Spotlight: Dr. August Blackburn, owner of Blackburn Statistics, LLC The Pipette Gazette, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Dec, 2018.


Dr. August Blackburn graduated from the Integrated Multidisciplinary Graduate Program (IMGP) at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (now called the Integrated Biomedical Sciences program) in 2013. He is now the owner of Blackburn Statistics, LLC.


November, 2018


Congratulations to Jim Lechleiter for the spinoff featured in the Boston Globe!
Boston Globe: The search for a pill that treats concussions



Congratulations to Manjeet Rao for his new publication in Nature Communications on medulloblastoma!

Also, Congratulation for his work on medulloblastoma featured in HSC News!
Published November 6, 2018
Tiny molecule has big effect in childhood brain tumor studies


October, 2018


Congratulations to Alex Bishop for receiving the Mays Cancer Center Cancer Discovery of the Year award!


September, 2018


Congratulations to Jim Lechleiter for receiving a new Small Business grant from NIH!


August, 2018

Congratulations to Michael Nipper who received the 2018 Armand J. Guarino Award for Excellence in Master's studies during the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences convocation yesterday!


The Guarino Award, named after the founding dean of GSBS, is the highest student award given by the Graduate School and recognizes outstanding performance by a student during his/her training.


Congratulations also to Dr. Pei Wang, Michael's mentor!



Congratulations to Lily Dong for receiving a new LSOM pilot grant!


July, 2018


IRACDA Conference 2018



Congratulations to Erzsi Kokovay on her new R01!



Congratulations to Bess Frost on her new publication in Nature Neuroscience!
Click Here to view the article!


Bess' new publication in Nature Neuroscience has caught the attention of others:
HIV Drug Reduces Neurodegenerative Disease Pathology in Fruit Flies Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, GEN News Highlights - July 24, 2018



Congratulations to Kay Oyajobi on successfully renewing the NIH R25 Bridge grant! Now funded to 2023.


June, 2018


Congratulations to Ellen Kraig on her selection as a Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awardee for 2018!


Two faculty members honored with 2018 Regents' Outstanding Teaching Awards! Published On: June 22, 2018


May, 2018


Congratulations to Alan Sakaguchi and Ellen Gaudet for being highlighted in the Briscoe Library Annual report!



Congratulations to all 2018 Retreat Awardees!

    David Carillo Memorial Fellowship:
      CHELBEE FARNEN, Predoctoral student (Karl Rodriguez, mentor)


    Rennels Memorial Award for Excellence in Graduate Studies:

      KAITLYN BEJAR, MS student (Pei Wang, mentor)
      POOJA YADAV, Predoctoral student (Manjeet Rao, mentor)


    Barbara Bowman Student of the Year Award:

      JEFF COONEY, Predoctoral student (Ricardo Aguiar, mentor)


    Susan L Naylor Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Studies:

      APARNA GORTHI, PhD (Alex Bishop, mentor)


    Poster Awards:

      KAITLYN BEJAR, MS student (Pei Wang, mentor)
      CATHERINE CHENG, Predoctoral student (Jim Nelson and Jon Gelfond, co-mentors)


    Elevator Talk:

      POOJA YADAV, Predoctoral student (Manjeet Rao, mentor)


    CSA Teaching Awards:

      Teaching Excellence in the Health Professions: REKHA KAR, PHD
      Teaching Excellence in Graduate Education: ERZSI KOKOVAY, PHD


2018 Retreat Special Thanks to. . .
    Karl Rodriguez, Arun Bhattacharya and Kim Vinson for organizing our 2018 departmental retreat.


    Special thanks from CSA to Drs. Mesa and Seshadri for telling us about the Mays Cancer Institute and the Biggs Institute for Alzheimer's & Neurodegenerative Diseases.


    Grateful appreciation to Alan Sakaguchi (official photographer), Stephanie de los Santos (audiovisual technician), and Stephanie Radassao (registration desk), for making sure special moments were captured on "film" and everything ran smoothly.


    Thanks to the teaching award committee, student award committee, and postdoctoral fellow award committee for identifying the awardees. A difficult task with so many worthy candidates to chose from.


April, 2018


The Nature paper published recently by Alex Bishop and Aparna Gorthi was selected as an Editor's choice paper in Science Signaling. Congratulations!


New connections: Ewing's sarcoma's driver is its Achilles' heel
Leslie K. Ferrarelli, Sci. Signal. 24 Apr 2018.


Please accept this invitation on behalf of the Human Anatomy Program to the 2018 Interment Ceremony. The ceremony will be held at 5:30pm on Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at the University's Memorial Park located behind the service drive of the McDermott Building (Please call (210) 567-3900 for a map).


Please join us for this brief commemoration of the contributions of these donors to the educational mission of our University.



Congratulations to Jielei Wu, a medical student from Xiangya School of Medicine and mentored by Dr. Lily Dong, won first place at Passport Poster Day for Medical Students, Residents and Fellows. She won the Xiangya School of Medicine Visit Student Division!


March, 2018

Carla Zeballos was selected to receive an Ann A HollocherTrainee Travel Award in Cancer Biology Translational Research. Carla is mentored by LuZhe Sun. Congratulations to both!



Lily Dong was awarded a new San Antonio Area Foundation award.
Congratulations, Lily!



Alex Bishop's recent Nature publication was highlighted in Cancer Discovery. See article at Research Watch: Ewing Sarcomas Phenocopy BRCA1-Deficient Tumors. Congratulations, Alex!


Congratulations to Alex Bishop on his recent publication in Nature!
EWS-FLI1 increases transcription to cause R-loops and block BRCA1 repair in Ewing sarcoma. It's awesome, Alex!


View the UT Newsroom story Greehey Institute team finds link between BRCA1 and Ewing sarcoma. Published On: March 7, 2018 | Shared by Will Sansom



Congratulations to Kay Oyajobi!
Dr. Kay Oyajobi is newly appointed as Deputy Chair in CSA for Education and Training. As part of his increased responsibilities in Education and Training, Kay will assist with the annual evaluation process for faculty focused on education and will help with analyses of teaching effort across the department. With his strong track record in securing extramural funding for training programs (PI, Multi-PI or co-PI on 4 extramural awards), leadership in the graduate program (CSA, IMGP and IBMS), prior leadership and current teaching of anatomical sciences (interdisciplinary anatomy), Kay makes substantial contributions to our educational success. Just last week he received a Presidential Teaching Excellence award for these same accomplishments.



It is with great pleasure we welcome back to our faculty, Dr. Maria Bartanuszova! Welcome home, Maria.


February, 2018


Congratulations to Linda Johnson for her 45 years of service, recognized as one of the longest serving honorees!


Hundreds honored for employee service. February 22, 2018.



Congratulations to Jim Lechleiter for his mention in the article at UT Health San Antonio Awards $200K to Fill Early Stage Funding Gaps, by David Holley, Xconomy.



Congratulations to Laura Solis and her mentor, Omid Rahimi. Laura is the recipient of a travel award from the American Association of Anatomists to present her work at the annual meeting in April!


January, 2018


Congratulations to Kay Oyajobi, a 2018 Presidential Teaching Excellence Award Winner!





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