Academy of Master Teachers

Welcome to the Academy of Master Teachers

About Us

The UTMB Academy of Master Teachers, established in 2007, is an honorary service organization to recognize Master Teachers and to provide an array of faculty development opportunities for all UTMB Faculty, including an annual Faculty Development Day, annual Education Symposium, education grand rounds, journal club, innovation grants, mentoring and consultations. Membership is by application and selection against a set of standards. Members serve five-year terms and may be honored with the designation as University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professors.

Mission Statement

The Academy of Master Teachers is an inter-professional community serving UTMB through the promotion of educational excellence.

Vision Statement

The Academy of Master Teachers will propel UTMB to a national and global reputation for excellence in Biomedical and Health Professions education.


Levin Hall 5.518, Mail Route 1042, UTMB
Galveston, TX 77555-1042 
Phone: (409) 747-0203

Era Buck, PhD, Director

Welcome and Congratulations 2020 New Members

2020 Lifetime Achievement Award

Reyes_VictorVictor Reyes, PhD
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Reyes is a Professor of Pediatrics and Microbiology & Immunology. He received his BS in Microbiology from Texas Tech University, Lubbock. His M.S. in Medical Microbiology from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and his PhD in Immunology from the University of Texas Medical Branch. Dr. Reyes’ research focuses on the regulation of antigen processing and presentation to T cells, understanding the role of class II MHC expressed by mucosal epithelial cells and myofibroblasts in local antigen processing and presentation, the interactions of H. pylori and the gastric epithelium are being used as a relevant model system, understanding the H. pylori and host interactions that lead to inflammation and tissue damage. In 2013, Dr. Reyes was inducted into the Academy of Master Teachers.

Educator of the Month - December 2020

Peng Bi-Hung12Bi-Hung Peng, PhD
Assistant Professor  
Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology, & Anatomy

Dr. Peng is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology and Anatomy. She received her PhD degree Experimental Pathology from UTMB in 2003 and pursued postdoctoral studies in structural biology and infectious disease pathology at UTMB. She began teaching pathology to medical students in graduate school, and is now also teaching anatomy to medical students, and co-directing the Human Anatomy course in the School of Health Professions and the Molecules, Cells and Tissues course in the School of Medicine. She also gives lectures in Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences courses and plays a major role in the new Pathologists’ Assistant master’s program in the School of Health Professions.