College of Biomedical Sciences and Health Professions would
like to acknowledge our remarkable students accomplishments. Keep up the good work!
Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)
“Our MBRS-RISE Scholar and junior Biomedical Sciences major, Lourdes Valdez, won the national level Annual Biomedical Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in San Antonio, TX in the Microbiology research category. Her winning poster presentation was titled, “Expressional Analysis of Protein Disulfide Isomerase (PDI) genes in Trichomonas vaginalis during Oxidative Stress” , and her mentor is Dr. Michael Lehker whose research focus is in infectious diseases. Miss Valdez has been a RISE Scholar since Fall of 2013 and to our knowledge is the first RISE Scholar in UT-Brownsville history to win at this highly competitive national conference. In addition to her Certificate of Achievement, Lourdes will be receiving a $250.00 prize.
To view the full list of the 26 students who received awards for microbiology research
click here: Microbiology Research by Students Shines at National Biomedical and Behavioral Research Conference
In addition to ABRCMS, two other RISE Scholars, senior Biology major Marco Arriaga and sophomore BMS Physics major, Ramona Luna won at the UTPA’s 6th Annual PACE Ethics Conference, November 4-6, 2014 at the UTPA Campus. Ramona Luna joined the RISE program this fall semester and works with Dr. Ahmed Touhami (Dept. of Physics) in nanotechnology research. Her winning poster was titled, “ Synthesization and Characterization of Chitosan Gels and Films.” Marco Arriaga also joined the RISE program at the start of this semester and works with Dr. Sue Anne Chew (Biomedicine) in bioengineering research. His winning poster was titled, “Fabrication and characterization of PLGA scaffolds with different architecture for controlled drug delivery. Both students received an Award Certificate and an ipad mini.”
The Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) is one of the largest, professional conferences for underrepresented minority students and students with disabilities to pursue advanced training in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Over 3,000 students from all over the nation attend the annual conference and there are about 1,500 poster and oral presentations. (here is the link for more info: http://www.abrcms.org/index.php/abrcms/general-information )
The Pan American Collaboration for Ethics in the Professions at the University of Texas – Pan American was initiated in 2008 to address ethical issues faced by professionals in our community, including issues of global significance that affect us locally. (http://portal.utpa.edu/utpa_main/daa_home/coah_home/pace_new_home )
Brandon G. Muniz, our BMED student, is granted an “Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship 2014” from The American Physiological Society. The APS Career Opportunities in Physiology Committee received 113 applications nationwide, and 24 awardees are selected. Brandon is one of those 24 out of 113 applicants. This fellowship pays $4000 for a 10-week of supervised lab research and a travel support for the annual meeting for The Experimental Biology, which will be held in Boston in the spring of 2015. Brandon will be spending 10 summer weeks in Dr. Isokawa’s lab working on the cellular mechanism of the NMDA receptor subunit phosphorylation in the septo-hippocampal pathways in the rat brain.