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Research Career and Development Core (RCDC)
Current Scholars
Soham Al Snih, MD, PhD

Dr. Al Snih came to UTMB in 1998 and is Assistant Professor in the Division of Rehabilitation Sciences and Fellow at the Sealy Center on Aging. She received her degree in Medicine at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, “Luis Razetti” School of Medicine (1986) in Caracas-Venezuela.  She received further training at the University Hospital of Caracas, where she completed her Internal Medicine residency in 1991 and her fellowship in Rheumatology in 1993. Then she served as faculty in the Rheumatology division taking care of patients, training of rheumatology fellows, and conducting clinical research from 1994 to 1998. Upon her arrival in the United States, she completed her Master of Science degree in August 2001, in the Department of Preventive Medicine and Community Health at UTMB; then she completed her PhD in health services research, with special focus in the health of the older adult Hispanics in May 2005. 

She has published over 60 articles in top peer-review journals. Her work has been widely cited by researchers at the national and international levels in a number of prestigious journals. She serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Aging Health and the Open Geriatric Medicine Journal.

Dr. Al Snih’s current research interests related to the OAIC are obesity, frailty, disability, CVD, and diabetes in older Mexican Americans.

Dr. Al Snih’s Mentors: Dr. Kenneth Ottenbacher & Dr. Kyriakos Markides

Dr. FryChristopher Fry, PhD

Dr. Fry's research focuses on elucidating the mechanisms that regulate skeletal muscle hypertrophy to establish interventions to maintain skeletal muscle mass and strength during conditions of muscle wasting. His graduate research at UTMB under the mentorship of Blake Rasmussen, PhD involved the use of human subjects in a clinical setting. These graduate studies explored the regulation of skeletal muscle protein anabolism/catabolism from muscle biopsies utilizing immunoblotting, quantitative real time PCR and stable isotopic tracer methodologies for the quantification of protein synthesis and degradation. Dr. Fry's plans to utilize cell culture and transgenic animal models to better characterize the regulation of skeletal muscle growth and explore the role of satellite cells, or muscle stem cells, in skeletal muscle plasticity and fibrosis. Following his postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Kentucky, he was recruited back to UTMB to continue his work on muscle stem cells in aging.

Dr. JaramilloElizabeth Jaramillo, MD

Dr. Jaramillo received her medical education and Doctorate of Medicine from UTMB in 2009.  She graduated from the Internal Medicine Residency Program at UTMB (2012).  Dr. Jaramillo completed her clinical training at UTMB in 2013 as a Fellow in Geriatrics.  She is now an Instructor at UTMB in the Geriatrics Department.  She is currently working on a Master's degree in Clinical Science.

Along with being an RCDC scholar, Dr. Jaramillo is a trainee on the CERCIT grant at the Sealy Center on Aging at UTMB.  She has had several publications in the past year.  Her research centers around Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) screening in the elderly, including its use and overuse and variation in PSA test ordering at the Primary Care Provider level.

Dr. Jaramillo's research interests include Health Outcomes Research, Health Disparities Research, and Comparative Effectiveness Research. 

Dr. Jaramillo's Mentor: Dr. James Goodwin

Elizabeth Lyons, PhD, MPHElizabeth Lyons, PhD, MPH

Dr. Lyons came to UTMB in 2011 and is an Assistant Professor in the Institute for Translational Sciences. She received a BA in English and Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin (2002) and a Master of Public Health (2005) and Ph.D. (2010) in Health Behavior & Health Education from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. After obtaining her Ph.D., she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Interdisciplinary Obesity Center at UNC before coming to UTMB.

Dr. Lyons' career goal is to become an independent researcher and leader in the area of physical activity interventions for cancer survivors. Health topics of most interest to her are obesity, physical activity, chronic disease, women's health, and aging. Her research is focused on the use of technology for health promotion and cancer control. Dr. Lyons is currently working on developing translational interventions in postmenopausal breast cancer survivors for promotion of physical activity using video games.

Dr. Lyons' Mentors: Dr. Elena Volpi & Dr. Abbey Berenson

Dr. PrzkoraRene Przkora, MD PhD

Dr. Przkora was born and raised in Germany and graduated with a Medical Degree from the University of Wuerzburg (1999) as well as a Doctorate Degree from the University of Bonn (2000). He started his residency in Orthopedic Trauma Surgery after graduation and continued for four years before he enrolled in a Research Fellowship in Basic and Clinical Science at the Shriners Hospital and UTMB. Following his interests, he matched into the Anesthesiology Residency Program of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida and graduated in 2010. Based on his experience in Orthopedics and Anesthesiology, he joined the Pain Medicine Fellowship Program of the Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Przkora joined UTMB after completion of his Pain Medicine Fellowship as Assistant Professor. In addition to his clinical and educational responsibilities, Dr. Przkora is active in several functions including the Assistant Pain Medicine Fellowship Director as well as the Faculty Advisor for the Anesthesiology Student Club. Next to mentoring our residents, he is also active in research with over 35 publications.

Dr. Przkora's research interests include pain treatment and function. He is also interested in simulation with special focus on crisis management in interventional pain medicine and became a member of the simulator team in 2012.

Dr. Przkora's Mentor: Dr. Elena Volpi

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