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Research Mentors

Luis Colom

​Luis Colom, Ph.D​
Dean of CBSHP & CON
Vice P​​resident of Research
Biomaterial approach for cancer therapy and tissue engineering

Research Interests​:
  • Neuronal connectivity in basal forebrain structures
  • Septal neuronal cells and their role in hippocampal theta rhythm
  • Creation of a Hispanic Health Research Center in the Lower Rio Grande Valley
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Emilio Garrido

Dr. Emilio Garrido Sanabria, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate​ Professor
​​Neuroscience and Gene Therapy

Research Interests​:
  • Epilepsy 
  • Analysis of Gene expression
  • Mechanisms regulating presynaptic release of neurotransmitter.
  • Development of antiepileptic drugs
  • Gene nanodelivery systems and molecular libraries.
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Dr Michael Lehker Michael Lehker, Ph.D
Chair/Associate Dean of CBSHP​
Molecular Genetics, Microbiology

Research Interests:
  • Microbiology
  • Elucidation of cellular iron metabolism and the role iron plays is trichomonal pathogenesis
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Dr. Saraswathy Nair Saraswathy Nair, Ph.D​​​
Associate Professor
Genetic and Molecular Basis of Chronic Diseases​

Research Interests:​
  • ​Genetic and Molecular Basis of Chronic Diseases Such as Diabetes, Obesity, Inflamation, and Stress

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Dr. Andrea Schwarzbach ​​Dr. Andrea Schwarzbach, Ph.D
Associate Professor
Systematic Botany

Research Interests:
  • Molecular Plant Systematics
  • Ethnobotany
  • Genomics
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HDSP Program
Dr. Sue Anne Chew, Director
Office: BRHP 2.112
Phone: 956-882-6511

Bianca Farrell​
Office: BRHP 1.112
Phone: 956-882-5777


Biomedical Research
and Health Professions
BRHP 2.101

Phone:  956-882-5744

Fax:  956-882-5003


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