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Dr. Garry Sunter
Dr. Garry Sunter Received a $1 Million DARPA Award to Aid Food Security

(Oct 2017) -- Dr. Sunter's goal is to develop a technology that enlists insects to deliver genetic therapies that improve the health of vulnerable, mature plants.

Dr. Jose Lopez-Ribot
Dr. Jose Lopez-Ribot Inducted into the UTSA Academy of Distinguished Researchers

(July 2017) -- The Academy of Distinguished Researchers selects and honors outstanding faculty who are accomplished scholars and who share UTSA’s continuing commitment to research excellence; to foster the highest quality of research and scholarly activity by UTSA faculty; and to promote the University’s vision as a premier public research university.

Dr. Thomas Forsthuber
Dr. Thomas Forsthuber Selected as a Biomedical Research Exemplar

(April 2017) -- The Research Exemplar Project honors individuals doing high-quality, high-impact, federally-funded research who also maintain an impressive reputation for professionalism and integrity in their work.

Dr. Bernard Arulanandam
Dr. Bernard Arulanandam Elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology

(April 2017) -- The American Academy of Microbiology recognizes excellence, originality, and leadership in the microbiological sciences.

Dr. Floyd Wormley Jr
Dr. Floyd Wormley Jr. Selected for a 2017-18 U.S. Fulbright Scholar Award

(April 2017) -- The Fulbright Program aims to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Dr. Janakiram Seshu Receives $404,250 NIAID Grant to Support Lyme Disease Research

(February 2017) -- Dr. Seshu's research focuses on better understanding and preventing the spread of Lyme disease; in particular, how the Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium is able to adapt to its immediate environment inside the tick vector or infected mammalian hosts.

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Dr. Mark Eppinger's Study Describes New Strategies for Investigating Microbial Outbreaks

(July 2016) -- Dr. Eppinger's study published in Frontiers in Microbiology describes innovative strategies to track disease-causing pathogens like E. coli. He hopes his research will aid in halting and preventing large-scale outbreaks.

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Dr. Janakiram Seshu Explores New Method to Stop the Spread of Lyme Disease

(May 2016) -- According to a new study co-authored by Dr. Seshu, medication that is normally used to lower cholesterol could stop the spread of Lyme disease.

Dr. Karl Klose
Dr. Karl Klose Selected as an American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer (ASMDL)

(April 2016) -- The ASMDL Program annually selects a scientifically diverse group of distinguished lecturers to deliver lectures at ASM Branch meetings throughout the country. Lecturers are chosen through a competitive nomination process, and only the most distinguished lecturers and researchers are chosen to participate in the program.

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Drs. Jose Lopez-Ribot and Floyd Wormley Jr. Elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology

(February 2016) -- The American Academy of Microbiology recognizes excellence, originality, and leadership in the microbiological sciences.

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Dr. Kirsten Hanson Receives $670,000 Grant to Fight Malaria

(February 2016) -- Dr. Hanson has received a $670,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to develop novel liver-stage antimalarial treatments to stop the parasite that causes malaria.

Dr. Karl Klose
Dr. Karl Klose Named Fellow by the American Academy of Microbiology

(March 2015) -- Elected by his peers for his lifetime scientific contributions to the field of microbiology, Dr. Klose has studied how bacteria cause disease, with the goal of developing new vaccines and therapeutics, specifically to combat cholera and tularemia.

Dr. Bernard Arulanandam
Dr. Bernard Arulanandam Selected by Peers as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

(November 2014) -- The AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journals Science, Translational Medicine and Science Signaling. It includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science and serves 10 million individuals.

Julie Tudyk
UTSA Infectious Disease Center Awards $23K Scholarship to Graduate Student Julie Tudyk

(October 2014) -- The annual $23,000 STCEID doctoral scholarship will help the Canadian native advance her doctoral research on Erk2 signaling in lymphocytes and autoimmunity. She is particularly interested in understanding mechanisms of disease and developing treatments.

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UTSA Microbiologists Discover Regulatory Thermometer that Controls Cholera

(September 2014) -- Dr. Karl Klose has teamed up with researchers at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany, to understand how humans get infected with cholera.

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Dr. Karl Klose Receives Department of Defense Contract to Study Tularemia

(August 2014) -- The funding from the DoD's Defense Threat Reduction Agency is one of the largest contracts UTSA has received this year for its research in infectious disease. It will support research that will bring scholars one step closer to developing a vaccine against tularemia.

Dr. Bernard Arulanandam
Dr. Bernard Arulanandam Chosen as One of Vaccine’s Council of 100

(2013) -- The Council of 100 is a group of vaccinology experts, chosen by the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Vaccine that serves as a resource for the journal’s editorial board. Duties performed by Council of 100 members include: performing rapid reviews of articles; suggesting articles covering new developments in the field, contributing articles and reviews of current topics, and serving as ambassadors for the journal.

Dr. Floyd Wormley Jr
Dr. Floyd Wormley Jr. Chosen To Be a Distinguished Lecturer for the American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

(September 2013) -- The ASM Distinguished Lecturer (ASMDL) Program (formerly known as Waksman Foundation for Microbiology Lectures) annually selects a scientifically diverse group of lecturers who are available to speak at local ASM Branch meetings throughout the country. Lecturers are chosen though a competitive nominations process, and only the most distinguished lectures and researches are chosen to participate in the program.

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STCEID Research Highlighted in Nature Reviews | Microbiology

(June 2013) --
Article: High-Throughput Nano-Biofilm Microarray for Antifungal Drug Discovery
Authors: Anand Srinivasan, Jose L. Lopez-Ribot, Anand K. Ramasubramanian, and Kai P. Leung

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Dr. Janakiram Seshu Leads a Three-Member Team of Investigators to China

(December 2012) -- The team visited six Chinese institutions with a goal of establishing links to launch research collaborations related to tick-borne diseases.

Dr. Astrid Cardona
Dr. Astrid Cardona Has Won the 2012 Women of Distinction Award

(April 2012) -- The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC), the leading Hispanic business organization in Texas since 1975, is recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of some outstanding women. Each of the honorees have made a significant difference in our community and have excelled in their professions.

Dr. Jose Lopez-Ribot
Dr. Jose Lopez-Ribot to Serve as President of Medical Mycology Society of the Americas

(September 2011) -- Dr. López-Ribot has been elected to serve the Medical Mycology Society of the Americas as its 2012 president. Medical mycology is the study of fungal organisms that cause infectious diseases.

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UTSA Receives $4.6 Million to Create Center of Excellence in Infection Genomics

(June 2011) -- The South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID) at UTSA will receive $4.6 million over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Defense’s Army Research Office to establish a Center of Excellence in Infection Genomics (CEIG) to support microbiology research, teaching and outreach activities aligned with Army priorities. Infection genomics is the scientific discipline in which biologists characterize functional properties of the entire genome of infectious organisms.

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Drs. Karl Klose, Bernard Arulanandam, and Janakiram Seshu Develop International Partnerships in Lebanon

(May 2011) -- Drs. Klose, Arulanandam, and Seshu traveled to Beirut on May 9-14 to develop international collaborations with microbiology/immunology researchers and clinicians at the American University of Beirut (AUB) in Lebanon. Their travel was funded by the U.S. Department of State through the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

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Researchers from UTSA and the UT Health Science Center Are Granted a Patent Related to Chlamydia

(May 2011) -- UTSA Researchers Dr. Bernard Arulanandam and Dr. Ashlesh Murthy, and UTHSCSA researcher Dr. Guangming Zhong have together received a United States patent based on discoveries the trio made while researching Chlamydia trachomatis, the bacterium that causes chlamydia infections.

Dr. Ashlesh Murthy
Dr. Ashlesh Murthy Named One of a Dozen Emerging Scholars by Diverse Issues in Higher Education

(February 2011) -- Dr. Murthy has been named one of a dozen emerging scholars under the age of 40 in the January 6 issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education. Murthy, a medical doctor by training and the first graduate student to receive a Ph.D. in Biology from UTSA’s Cellular and Molecular Biology program, is one of a trio of San Antonio researchers working with Merck and Co. to develop and commercialize a vaccine to prevent chlamydia infection.

Tricia Van Laar and Christopher Pierce
South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Awards Doctoral Scholarships

(September 2010) -- Cellular and Molecular Biology students Tricia Van Laar and Christopher Pierce are the recipients of the 2010 UTSA South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID) doctoral scholarships. Both students will receive $21,500 to help complete their doctoral work.

Dr. Ashlesh Murthy
Dr. Ashlesh Murthy Granted $144,500 from NIH to Combat Infertility in Women

(July 2010) -- Researchers at UTSA are one step closer to combating the devastating effects of chlamydia in infected women. Dr. Murthy recently received a two-year $144,500 RO3 grant from the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease within the National Institutes of Health to uncover new ways to counteract and prevent the side effects of the disease.

Micaela Vargas
Ladies First

(May 2010) -- With the support of mentors and her own determination, Micaela Vargas leads the way for minority women in science and helps open the door for future generations of successful women in science.

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UTSA Students Win Research Awards from American Society for Microbiology

(November 2009) -- Ann Reyes, Tricia Van Lar, and Steve Rodriguez, all researching topics in microbiology and infectious diseases, won competitive awards for their poster and oral presentations at the annual meeting of the Texas Branch of the American Society for Microbiology, held November 5-7, 2009, at the University of Texas at Tyler.

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UTSA Infectious Disease Researchers Speak at International Conference in Berlin

(October 2009) -- In September, ten researchers from the UTSA South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID) attended the sixth International Conference on Tularemia at the University Hospital Charite, Charite Campus Mitte, in Berlin, Germany.

Madhulika Jupelli and Gregor Weber
South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases Awards Scholarships

(September 2009) -- The UTSA South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID) has awarded its inaugural $21,500 doctoral scholarships to students Madhulika Jupelli and Gregor Weber. The funding will help Jupelli and Weber, who are both studying Cellular and Molecular Biology, to complete their doctoral thesis research.

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Drs. Robert Renthal and Jose Lopez-Ribot Win $940,000 in Stimulus Funds to Advance Research

(July 2009) -- Dr. Renthal received $390,000 to study the purpose and function of four parts of an insect pheromone receptor's structures. Dr. José Lopez-Ribot received $550,000 to study biofilms formed by the fungus that causes infections called candidiasis.

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Dr. Ashlesh Murthy Received a $32,000 Grant from the Semp Russ Foundation of the San Antonio Area Foundation

(June 2009) -- Dr. Murthy will use the grant to study the role of CD8-positive T-cells in chlamydia infections. Caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, chlamydia is the nation's most common bacterial sexually transmitted disease.

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UTSA, UTHSCSA, and Merck Partner on Chlamydia Vaccine Development

(April 2009) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio today announced an exclusive license and sponsored research agreement with Merck & Co. Inc. to develop a vaccine for chlamydia, targeting the common sexually transmitted bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis.

Mahulena Maruskova
Mahulena Maruskova Wins S. Edward Sulkin Award

(November 2007) -- Kudos to Mahulena Maruskova for winning the S. Edward Sulkin Award-honorable mention for her oral presentation at the Texas Branch Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology held at Sam Houston State University November 15-17, 2007.The title of her presentation was "Infectivity analysis of Borrelia burgdorferi mutants in pH-regulated genes of lp54." Mahulena is in her third year of Cellular and Molecular Biology doctoral studies in Dr. Janakiram Seshu's laboratory.

Khalid Ali Syed
Khalid Ali Syed Wins Sam Kaplan Award

(November 2007) -- Kudos to Khalid Ali Syed for winning the Sam Kaplan Award – 2nd prize for the best poster presented at Texas Branch Meeting of the American Society for Microbiology held at Sam Houston State University November 15-17, 2007. The title of his poster was "Regulation of virulence genes by the Vibrio cholerae flagellar regulatory hierarchy." Khalid is in his fifth year of Cellular and Molecular Biology doctoral studies in the laboratory of Karl Klose.

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Senator John Cornyn Opens UTSA's $10.6 Million Science Lab

(November 2005) -- U.S. Senator John Cornyn, R-Texas, joined UTSA President Ricardo Romo and community members to celebrate the opening of the $10.6 million Margaret Batts Tobin Laboratory Building on the UTSA 1604 Campus.