Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Annie Dang

M.D./Ph.D. Student

Annie Dang is a graduate student in the South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD Program) studying neuroimaging under the mentorship of Peter Fox, MD. For her research, Annie is working on studying the structural and functional alterations in Alzheimer’s disease, as a framework for imaging biomarker development. For her clinical specialty, Annie is considering pursuing neuroradiology.

About Me

I consider myself from Houston, TX, but moved around a lot growing up. I went to Georgia Tech for undergrad and am currently in the radiological sciences graduate program here at UTHSCSA. Fun fact: my sister & I have birthdays exactly a week apart, and my parents have birthdays exactly a month apart.


Figure skating, reading, barre, hiking

Research Topic


Why I chose MD/PhD

I choose MD/PhD because of my varied interests in medicine. I knew that in addition to patient care, I also wanted to be involved in some combination of research, industry, and medical device development. Having MD/PhD training allows me the greatest flexibility to pursue any of the career paths that I’m interested in.

Why I chose MD/PhD at UT Health San Antonio

I choose MD/PhD at UT Health San Antonio largely because of my interview day experience. Everyone was welcoming and friendly, and it was an environment I could see myself fitting into. Additionally, I had a PI in mind that I wanted to work with at UT Health San Antonio so that contributed as well.


B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2018

M.S., Medical Science, University of North Texas Health Science Center, 2020


Ortiz, C., Dang, A., Derrick, K., O’Donnell, B., Bitar, R., Parker, M., Veraza, R., Bunegin, L., Borrego, M., Yamaguchi, S., Walker, J., & Lopera, J. (2023). Creation of an ex vivo renal perfusion model to investigate microwave ablation. Journal of Vascular & Interventional Radiology. 34(1): 40-45.

Fanous, N., Dang, A., Andrew, A., Shah, J., Wilkey, A., Khandekar, R., Jhangiani, N., Fanous, A., Parker, M., Ortiz, C., Lopera, J., & Walker, J. (In press). Evaluation of Closed Catheter Clamp over Hydrophilic Guidewire Central Venous Catheter Exchange Technique for Air Embolism Prophylaxis in an in vitro Model. Journal of Vascular & Interventional Radiology. 

Lopera, J., Bitar, R., Elliott, J., Strychalski, K., Pollard, H., Dang, A., Garza, L., Ortiz, C., Parker, M., Taon, M., Mandal, P., Walker, J., Suri, R., & Song, H. (2021). Creation of an ex-vivo transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt (TIPS) training model using a perfused non-cirrhotic porcine liver. Arch Gastroenterol Res. 2(3): 79-85.