Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Enrique Torres Hernandez

M.D./Ph.D. Student

Enrique Torres Hernandez is a medical student in the South Texas Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD Program). He will enter into graduate school portion of the training program in 2024. 

About Me

Enrique grew up near the beach in San Diego, California and then moved to the scorching desert of Phoenix, Arizona before heading to Texas for his undergraduate education. He attended St. Mary’s University in San Antonio and graduated with dual degrees in Mathematics, Biology, Economics, and Political Science. His passion for medicine and science was a late discovery while attending a summer research program in Philadelphia after his sophomore year. He fell in love with the city and culture of San Antonio and decided to stay while completing a three-year Neuroscience Research Fellowship studying Parkinson’s Disease here at UT Health San Antonio before transitioning into the MD/PhD program. Enrique lives happily with his wife and two puppies, a Siberian Husky and German Shepherd.


Spending time with family/friends/puppies, exercising (boxing, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, basketball, etc.), music (listening and playing piano/guitar), dancing, skateboarding, and exploring nature.

Research Topic

Neurodegenerative diseases, physiology, and metabolism.

Why I chose MD/PhD

Enrique chose to pursue an MD/PhD because he felt that an MSTP program would provide the most thorough training possible that would enable him to best connect his future practices of medicine and research.

Why I chose MD/PhD at UT Health San Antonio

Enrique chose STX-MSTP because of the community of students and faculty that make the program feel like a new family and home.

Post-bac work or other affiliations

Postbac (Neuroscience Research Fellowship) at UT Health San Antonio


B.A., Mathematics, St. Mary's University, 2018

B.A., Economics and Political Science, St. Mary's University, 2018


Busch, J.M.C., Muralidharan, M., Wu, J., Di Taranti, L.J., Torres Hernandez, E., Collard, M.L., & Lane-Fall, M.B. (2022). Systematic review of OR to ICU handoff standardization interventions highlights need for focus on sustainability and patient outcomes. Research Square.

Biju, K.C., Shen, Q., Torres Hernandez, E., Mader, M.J., & Clark, R.A. (2020). Reduced cerebral blood flow in an α-synuclein transgenic mouse model of Parkinson’s disease. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 40(12), 2441-2453. 

Lane-Fall, M., Pascual, J., Peifer, H., Di Taranti, L., Collard, M., Jablonski, J., Gutsche, J., Halpern, S., Barg, F., Fleisher, L., & the HATRICC study team (Allen, K., Barry, M., Buddai, S., Chavez, T., Choudhary, M., George, D., Linehan, M., Torres Hernandez, E., Vander Veen, S., Watts, J.). (2020). A partially- structured postoperative handoff protocol improves communication in two mixed surgical intensive care units: findings from the Handoffs and Transitions in Critical Care (HATRICC) prospective cohort study. Annals of Surgery, 271(3), 484-493. 

Muir, E.R., Biju, K.C., Cong, L., Rogers, W.E., Torres Hernandez, E., Duong, T.Q., & Clark, R.A. (2019). Functional MRI of the mouse olfactory system. Neuroscience Letters, 704, 57-61. 

Chambers, D., Simpson, L., Neta, G., ... Torres Hernandez, E., ... & Kipnis, P. (2017). Proceedings from the 9th annual conference on the science of dissemination and implementation. Implementation Science, 12, Article 48.