News Archive 2016

ROTC cadet Ilse Aranda receives commission as second lieutenant in U.S Army Reserves


EDINBURG, TEXAS – DEC. 16, 2016 – UTRGV graduating senior Ilse Aranda received her gold bars as a 2nd lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserves, during the U.S. Army ROTC Fall Commissioning Ceremony, held Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016, in the UTRGV Library Auditorium on the Edinburg Campus. (UTRGV Photo by Silver Salas)

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Congratulations on ISRP funding!

Dr. Sue Anne Chew was awarded an Internal Seed Research Program (ISRP) grant with Dr. Karen Martirosyan as a Co-PI, who is from the Department of Physics. Their project entitled “Local dual delivery of a chemotherapy and an anti-angiogenic agent for the treatment of glioma,” is being awarded a total of $20,000.

Sue Anne Chew

AP partnership incentives awarded for the MSHS program

The Department of Health & Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Lab Sciences Program, and the Coordinated Program in Dietetics received AP Incentives.

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Three UTRGV RISE students win awards at national biomedical research competition


RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – NOV. 18, 2016 – Three UTRGV students took home awards and a total of $750 in cash prizes from the recent Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, in Tampa, Florida. It is the largest undergraduate biomedical research conference in the country. Pictured clockwise from upper left are: Dr. Michael Lehker, dean of the UTRGV College of Health Affairs; Bianca Farrell, senior program coordinator for RISE; and UTRGV students Kassandra Cervantes and Daniel Rodriguez De Anda. (Not in the photo is the third winning student, Irving Salinas.

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Cameron County Health Fair

Students from Dr. Schwarzbach’s BMED class “Introduction to Complementary and Alternative Medicine” participated in the Cameron County Health Fair, as part of their service and experiential learning.

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UTRGV’s Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program selected as Examples of Excelencia finalist

AUG. 10, 2016 – Excelencia in Education, a nonprofit organization focused on the success of Latino students, has announced the selection of the UTRGV Clinical Laboratory Sciences (CLS) Program as one of 20 finalists for its national Examples of Excelencia awards. Read the full article here.


UTRGV Health & Biomedical Sciences Freshmen Research Initiative to launch third cohort this fall 

RIO GRANDE VALLEY, TEXAS – JUNE 9, 2016 – The Biomedical Freshman Research Initiative (BFRI) in the UTRGV Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences helps students interested in authentic research experiences that have an impact on the scientific community. Read the full article here.

Congratulations to faculty and students!

On March 7, students from UTRGV’s Department of Health & Biomedical Sciences (including two APRIME TIME students) met with Dr. Ted Mitchell, Undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Education for higher education, in Austin to discuss the new hybrid BMED program.

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About UTRGV’s BMED Program

About Dr. Mitchell

Robert Gilkerson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor with dual appointments in the Department of Biology and Dept. of Health and Biomedical Sciences/Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program, UTRGV has been awarded SCORE SC3 (1SC3GM11669-01-$435,900) by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) from 03/01/2016 – 02/29/2020.

Project description:

confocal microscopy of mitochondria
In mammalian cells, mitochondria exist as a highly dynamic network, undergoing fusion and fission events to respond to a variety of stimuli. A range of clinical and experimental data suggests that this network is damaged in response to the cytokine-mediated inflammation that drives diabetic pathology. Decreased cardiac efficiency is the leading cause of mortality among Type 2 diabetics, and mitochondrial damage is emerging as a crucial mechanism of diabetic cardiovascular damage. With collaborators Wendy Innis-Whitehouse (School of Medicine, UTRGV), Ted Mills (UT-Austin), and Saraswathy Nair (Biomedical Sciences, UTRGV), this project explores the fundamental mechanisms of mitochondrial dynamic damage in diabetic cardiovascular disease, as well as exploring mitochondrial dynamics as a preventive target.

The Clinical Laboratory Science Program Pass rate on the American Society for Clinical Pathology Board of Certification exam (national) for the Fall 2014 graduating cohort is 95.5%. Retention rates for that cohort were 100% as per certification standards. 95.5% of the Fall 2015 graduating class (21 out 22) found jobs within one month of graduation.

The Center for Health Disparities and Biomedical Research in the College of Health Affairs has approved $5000 in funding for the proposal entitled “Determining the Importance of the Role of Stress Management in Improving Health Outcomes” submitted by Hongxing Lu, Ph.D., Lecturer in the in the Dept. of Health and Biomedical Sciences.

Dr. Sue Anne Chew has been selected as one of the recipients of the 2016 AACR Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Award. This award is given by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) to faculty members of minority-serving institutions with the purpose of increasing the scientific knowledge base of faculty members at these institutions, and to encourage them and their students to pursue careers in cancer research. With this award, Dr. Chew will be provided travel support to attend the 2016 AACR Annual Meeting to present their research on the development of biomaterials for cancer therapy.

Dr. Andrea Schwarzbach has been awarded a NIH scholarship for a Genomics Big Data trainings course at the new Jackson Lab Genomics Center in Connecticut (BIG GENOMIC DATA SKILLS TRAINING for Professors, May 23-27, 2016). She plans to implement this training in the Bioinformatics course she t