Funding Agency: Scholarships For Disadvantaged Students provided by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) for the CLS program
Period of Funding: 07/01/2020 – 06/30/2025
PI: Daniela Gill, MSHS, MLS(ASCP)CM 
Co-PI: Sandra L. Tijerina, MS, MLS(ASCP)cmSBB,SH(ASCP)cm
Shortened Abstract: The Clinical Laboratory Science Program requests SDS scholarship support for a total of 20 disadvantaged students enrolled in the Clinical Laboratory Science Program. The CLS program facilitates the mission of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley by providing a quality educational experience which prepares medical laboratory scientists students for leadership roles in a multicultural healthcare system. Becoming part of the SDS program will allow disadvantaged students in the Rio Grande Valley to obtain higher education in a rigorous and under-staffed healthcare profession. The high increase of laboratory tests being developed, including novel molecular testing requires trained, specialized medical laboratory scientists to perform, analyze and interpret laboratory data. Providing accurate laboratory results to the physician will decrease healthcare costs as well as increase positive patient outcomes. The UTRGV CLS program remains committed to provide healthcare professionals in medically underserved communities.

Funding Agency: National Institute of Health (NIH) Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Research Continuance Award (SC3)
Collaborators: Dr. Shizue Mito, Dr. Saraswathy Nair and Dr. Kristina Vatcheva from UTRGV and Dr. Bin He from Houston Methodist
Period: 03/16/2020 to 02/29/2024
Total costs: $435,900
Project title: Local dual delivery of a chemotherapy and an anti-angiogenic agent from an injectable functionalized biodegradable biomaterial system for the treatment of glioma


Funding Agency: SSA Foundation
PI: Dr. Jameela Banu
Title: Effects of Salvia hispanica on gene expression in MC3T3 cells.
Role: Undergraduate Mentor
Period: July 2019 – May 2020
Total Costs: $6,000.00 – Funded




  1. HHMI Inclusive Excellence award of $1 million (2017-2022) (PD: S. Nair)


  1. R15 (NIH) $432,729 (2018-2021) award to Upal Roy (PI): Nanodiamond based anti-HIV drug delivery targeted towards the brain (Co-investigators: Drs. Shizue Mito and Vadym Drozd)


  1. Travel grant to Upal Roy from Howard Hughes Medical Institute to attend a Short Course on the Genetics of Addiction September 16-21, 2018 at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine.


  1. The 2018 American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Minority and Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar Award in Cancer Research – Sue Anne Chew ($2500)


  1. Internal Seed Research Program (ISRP) Funds, Project title: Local dual delivery of a chemotherapy and an anti-angiogenic agent for the treatment of glioma, Awarding Institution: UTRGV, Role: Sue Anne Chew, Principal Investigator (Co-PI Dr. Karen Martirosyan), Amount: $20,000, Years covered: 2017 - 2018


  1. FASEB MARC Title: N-3 Fatty Acids Prevent Trabecular Bone Loss. Jameela Banu Role: Student Mentor ($1800) Travel award for one graduate student to attend the Experimental Biology Meeting at San Diego in April 2018


  1. COS Research Enhancement Seed grant Program Title: Bone protective properties of Sylvia hispanica in postmenopausal rat model Jameela Banu Role: Principal Investigator Period: 04/2017 – 08/2018 ($25,000)


  1. SSA Foundation Title: Effects of Salvia hispanica seed extract on MC3T3 cells Dr. Jameela Banu Role: Principal Investigator Period: July 2017 – May 2018 ($4,000)


  1. An Integrative Review of Education and Faculty Development in Nursing Informatics Awarded by the National League for Nursing September 1, 2017 - August 31, 2018 ($12,000) Dr. Tracia Forman (PI), Co-investigator, Dr. Ava Miller