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 - August 2021

Bushra Manakatt, DNP, RN, FNP-C
Assistant Professor
School of Nursing

Dr. Manakatt is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing. She received her Doctor of Nursing Practice, August 2014 from UTMB. Dr. Manakatt is an Assistant Lecturer and Clinical Instructor for BSN Students. She is also a Clinical Preceptor for FNP Students and Adjunct Faculty for MSN Students. Dr. Manakatt’s areas of research include Self-management of chronic diseases, Risk factors for diabetes, behavioral modifications and self-monitoring along with shared web-based log to control blood glucose level in Type II Diabetes Mellitus. Dr. Manakatt currently holds memberships in scientific and professional organizations such as the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurse Association and Trained Nurses Association of India.