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San Antonio Life Sciences Institute funds first projects

November 2004

The San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI), a joint program of the Health Science Center and The University of Texas at San Antonio, has funded eight research and educational projects conducted jointly by investigators from the two institutions for a total of $915,000. SALSI was launched in December 2003.

The SALSI co-directors report a strong interest on both campuses with extensive interactions between academic colleagues. "The SALSI program has identified important new relationships between the two campuses, building upon the unique strengths at each institution and creating an environment where the sum is greater than the whole," said Co-Director James Roberts, Ph.D., professor of pharmacology at the Health Science Center. "Some truly spectacular research programs have been seeded."

The funded proposals and the principal investigators are listed below. The second round of proposals for this fiscal year brought 19 research and two educational proposals that are being reviewed. For more information, visit www.uthscsa.edu/ogm/salsi/ref.htm.


  • Immunization Against Coccidioidomycosis by Sindbis Viruses Expressing Coccidioides Antigens:
    Theresa Quitugua, Ph.D., Microbiology & Immunology, UTHSC
    Hans W. Heidner, Ph.D., Biology, UTSA

  • Noninvasive Tissue-Based Biosensors for Biomedical Research:
    Peter J. Hornsby, Ph.D., Physiology, UTHSC
    Dhiraj K. Sardar, Ph.D., Physics, UTSA

  • Structure and Function of Francisella Tularensis Virulence Proteins:
    P. John Hart, Ph.D., Biochemistry, UTHSC
    Karl E. Klose, Ph.D., Biology, UTSA

  • Development of Assisted Reproduction, Transgenesis & Stem Cell Technologies in the Baboon:
    Robert S. Schenken, M.D., Obstetrics and Gynecology, UTHSC
    John R. McCarrey, Ph.D., Biology, UTSA

  • In Vivo Molecular Imaging of RNA Interference:
    Zheng Jim Wang, Ph.D., Radiology, UTHSC
    Cong-Gui Zhao, Ph.D., Chemistry, UTSA

  • Radiation-Induced Changes in Hippocampal Functioning:
    Martin Fuss, M.D., Radiation Oncology, UTHSC
    Joe L. Martinez, Jr., Ph.D., Cajal Neuroscience Research Center, UTSA


  • Center for Health and Health Care Disparities Infrastructure Core and Faculty Development Program:
    Martha A. Medrano, M.D., M.P.H., Psychiatry, UTHSC
    Mary A. McGehee, Ph.D., Sociology, UTSA

  • Ph.D. in Human Communication Sciences:
    Randal A. Otto, M.D., Otolaryngology, UTHSC
    Jan Tillery, Ph.D., Linguistics, UTSA


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