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  • Mission Statement, Bylaws, and Meeting Minutes
    The UTMB GSBS Associates was established by alumni in 1996 to advance the cause of graduate education, to promote the interest of the institution and to encourage participation of all alumni in activities of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Other purpose are:
    • To assist the GSBS with identification and recruitment of outstanding and diverse students.
    • To foster and facilitate fellowship and communication between and among present and former students, faculty and staff members.
    • To promote excellence in research and patient care by communicating information about and hosting educational events.
    • To inform the Associates' membership of current GSBS student, faculty and staff achievements and activities at UTMB.
    • To recommend to the appropriate committee outstanding GSBS alumni who should be considered for annual recognition awards.

    Bylaws: GSBS Executive Committee By-Laws

    Meeting Minutes: Archived GSBS Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

  • Alumni Challenge: Be One, Bring One!
    Be a part of our new "Be One, Bring One!" alumni challenge! Want to get an exclusive UTMB Health Alumni Challenge coin? It's easy … once you have renewed or joined the alumni association, challenge an alumnus who is not a current member to join as well. With their paid membership, you will receive an exclusive UTMB Health Alumni Challenge Coin!

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  • Alumni Mentoring Portal
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    This program is designed to match GSBS students and postdocs seeking career assistance with GSBS alumni volunteer mentors. Alumni may volunteer to help with things like industry connections, resume/CV preparation, job negotiation skills, advice for relocating in their area, whether or not to undertake a postdoc position and other career-related topics. A initial survey permits alumni volunteers to set their own contact parameters, with an annual commitment renewal.Click above to volunteer today.

  • Recent Graduate Dissertation Titles
    MASTER OF CLINICAL SCIENCE

    McClintic, James - Curricular Innovation in the Surgery Clerkship: Can Assessment Methods Influence Development of Critical Thinking and Clinical Skills
    Salameh, Habeeb - Upcoding In Medicare Population: Evolving Frequencies Of Comorbidities Among Medicare Beneficiaries Hospitalized For Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

    MASTER OF MEDICAL SCIENCE

    Aguirre, Jose - Neonatal Immune Challenge Followed By Adult Immune Challenge Induces Epigenetic-Susceptibility To Aggravated Visceral Hypersensitivity
    Hundeshagen, Gabriel - Co-Administration Of Vancomycin and Piperacillin-Tazobactam is Associated with Increased Renal Dysfunction in Adult and Pediatric Burn Patients

    MASTER OF PATHOLOGY

    Cromer, Courtney - Characterization of a Recombinant Chimeric Yellow Fever 17D Vaccine - Dengue-4 Virus

    MASTER OF PUBLIC HEALTH

    Faz, Antonio - No Smoking Por Vapor! Systematic Literature Review Examining the Attitudes Toward, Beliefs About, Perceived Risks And Benefits of Electronic Cigarettes and Toward Their Use Among United States Youth
    Levin, Dana - A Systematic Review of The Effects of Heat Stress on Human Psychological Performance in Uncooled Sealed Environment Suits
    Morgan, Joshua - Nonprofit Hospital Community Benefits: The Effect of Needs Assessment Quality and Monetary Input on Health Outcomes
    Pavela, James - Melanoma in the U.S. Astronaut Corps
    Rodriguez-Jimenez, Wilfredo - First Aid Kit and Emergency Medical Kit Onboard Commercial Aircraft: A Comparative Study of American, European, Indian, Indonesian, Emirati, and Canadian Civil Aviation Regulations
    Rubinstein, Rebecca - Social Support and Viral Reactivation in U.S. and Foreign-Born Mexican Americans
    Shirafkan, Ali - Risk Factors and Epidemiologic Characteristics of Post Procedural Acute Kidney Injury in Patients from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP)
    Snell, Johnae - Can Badges in Gamified Systems Promote Weight-Related Behavior Change?
    Suresh, Rahul - Dysrhythmias in Laypersons During Centrifuge-Simulated Suborbital Spaceflight

    BIOCHEMISTRY & MOLECULAR BIOLOGY

    Drake, Justin - Biophysical Mechanisms of Intrinsic Protein Disorder: Lessons from a Protein Backbone Model
    Garron, Tania - Human DPP4/CD26 Transgenic Mice as Surrogate Models for MERS
    Hsu, Jim - Regulation of the FGF14: Nav Interactome by a GSK-3 Centered Pathway
    Ijaz, Talha - Fibroblasts: Key Cells In Inflammation And Fibrosis
    Kemme, Catherine - Complexity Of Transcription Factor Target Search: Effect Of DNA Natural Decoys And DNA Methylation Through Interplay With Methyl-CpG-Binding Proteins On Transcription Factor DNA Association
    Nutter, Curtis - Mechanisms Of Dysregulated Alternative Splicing In Cardiac And Skeletal Muscle Under Diabetic Conditions
    Sheller-Miller, Samantha - Feto-Maternal Exosome Characterization, Trafficking And Function During Pregnancy And Parturition
    Speidel , Jordan - Genetic Determinants Of ABCB1 Promoter Activity And Their Effects On Environmental Exposure

    CLINICAL SCIENCE

    Loresto, Jr., Figaro - Exploring The Use Of Social Network Analysis On Physician Networks Created From Medicare Data Through Studying The Use Of Minimally Invasive Breast Biopsy Among Physicians: Descriptions, Regressions, And Network Models

    EXPERIMENTAL PATHOLOGY

    Chen, Feidi - Neutrophil Regulation Of Colitis
    Koo, Sue-Jie - Understanding And Modulating Macrophage Metabolism For Improving Inflammatory Functions Against Trypanosoma Cruzi Infection
    Silvas, Jesus - Hijacking Of Cellular Pathways By Novel Tick-Borne Phlebovirus
    Smalley, Claire - The Activation Of The Inflammasome During Rickettsial Infection
    Xu, Guang - Elucidation Of Mechanisms Of Host Immunity Against Orientia Tsutsugamushi In A Newly Developed Murine Model

    HUMAN PATHOPHYSIOLOGY & TRANSLATIONAL MEDICINE

    Andersson, Jourdan - Combating Plague: Fighting A War On Two Fronts Through Vaccine Design And New Therapeutic Intervention
    Muruato, Laura - Optimization Of Burkholderia Glycoconjugate Vaccines: A Reverse Vaccinology Approach
    Soto, Claudia - Protein-Protein Interactions With Serotonin G Protein Coupled Receptors: Novel Targets For Neurotherapeutics Drug Discovery

    MEDICAL HUMANITIES

    Waters, Rebecca - Healthcaring’: Learning To Resist The Logic Of Letting Go Through Art-Based Curriculum In A Student-Run Free Clinic

    MICROBIOLOGY & IMMUNOLOGY

    Carpio Rojas, Victor - Regulation Of Adaptive Immune Responses To Plasmodium Chabaudi Malaria Infection
    Collins, Natalie - Contributions Of Structural And Non-Structural Genes To The Attenuation Of The 17D Vaccine
    Farris, Tierra - Ehrlichia Chaffeensis TRP32 Is A Nuclemodulin That Directly Regulates Host Gene Expression And Post-Translational Modifications Determine Its Localization And Function
    Fitts, Eric - Novel Virulence Factors In The Pathogenesis Of Yersinia Pestis Infection, The Causative Agent Of Plague
    Kautz, Tiffany - Characterization Of A Low-Fidelity Live-Attenuated Vaccine For Venezuelan Equine Encephalitis Virus
    Swetnam, Daniele - The Role Of Long Distance Movement And Genetic Adaptation In The Evolution On West Nile Virus In The New World
    Vega, Stephanie - Development Of A Three-Dimensional Bioengineered Human Lung Model To Study Pathogenesis Of Lung Disease
    Wan, Xianxiu - Sirt1 Activation Improves Heat Function Through Inhibition Of Inflammation In Chagas Disease
    Wang, Jia - The Role Of E6 Protein In Human Papillomavirus Associated Upper Airway Diseases
    Woolsey, Courtney - Post-Exposure Treatment Of Marburg Angola Virus Disease Using Recombinant Vesicular Stomatitis Viruses (rVSVs)

    NEUROSCIENCE

    Briley, David - Epigenetic Regulation Of Neurogenesis In Non-Demented Humans With Alzheimer'S Disease Neuropathology
    Comerota, Michele - Near Infrared Light To Promote Synaptic Resilience To Alzheimer’S Disease Neuropathology
    Cortez, IbDanelo - Analysis Of Adult Neurogenesis And Hippocampus-Dependent Memory In Mouse Models For Aging, Alzheimer’S Disease And Cranial Irradiation-Induced Neuroinflammation   
    Crofton, Elizabeth - Cellular Mechanisms Of Environmental Enrichment: Novel Discovery-Based Strategies For Target Identification For Neuropsychiatric Disorders
    Randolph, Anita - Neuropathological Alterations After Smoke Inhalation Injury, With And Without Skin Burn

    NURSING

    Draper, Rosana - Comparing Diabetes Self-Care Activities And Health Promotion Lifestyles Among South Asian Women With New And Established Type 2 Diabetes Diagnoses
    Kwarteng-Amaning, Veronica - An Exploratory Study Of The Impact Of The Baby And Mother Bonding Initiative (BAMBI) In Previously Incarcerated Mothers
    Lewin, Edna - Health Literacy And Psychiatric Hospital Readmissions
    Ogoh, Nkechi - Effectiveness Of A Fall Prevention Educational Program For Long-Term Care Nursing Staff
    Ordonez, Mary - Perceived Activity Benefits And Barriers In Patients Diagnosed With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Between 18 And 44 Years Of Age: A Pilot Study
    Pitts, Kathleen - Maternal Reflective Functioning, Parental Beliefs, And Parenting Stress Of Mothers In A Residential Treatment Program
    Williams, Abiola - Cross-Cultural Views Of Dementia: A Focus On African Americans, Asians, Caucasians And Hispanics

    PHARMACOLOGY & TOXICOLOGY

    Al-Enazy, Sanaalarab - Targeted Prednisolone-Loaded Nanoparticles As A Potential Anti-Inflammatory Therapy For Severe Persistent Asthma During Pregnancy
    Mirfattah, Barsam - PICALM Regulates The Glucose-Fatty Acid Energy Switch And Histone Propionylation
    Phillips, Ches'Nique - Upregulation Of Cystathionine-β-Synthase In Colonic Epithelia Reprograms Metabolism And Promotes Carcinogenesis
    Wild, Christopher - Design, Synthesis, And Pharmacological Characterization Of Serotonin (5-HT) 5-HT2C Receptor (5-HT2CR) Positive Allosteric Modulators

    POPULATION HEALTH SCIENCES

    Buschmann, Robert - Does Context Matter To ACEs? The Role Of State Economic Context And Selected State Policies In Childhood Adversit
    Fang, Xiao - Joint Models For Longitudinal Analysis And Competing Risks In Survival Analysis

    REHABILITATION SCIENCE

    Hay, Catherine - The Impact Of Gender, Age, And Performance On Stroke Survivors’ Goal Conceptualization, Prioritization, And Attainment
    Kulkarni, Kshitija - Effect Of Obesity On Outcomes Following Total Hip/Total Knee Arthroplasty Among Medicare Beneficiaries With Osteoarthritis

    COMBINED MD-PHD

    Fitts, Eric - Novel Virulence Factors In The Pathogenesis Of Yersinia Pestis Infection, The Causative Agent Of Plague
    Hsu, Jim - Regulation Of The FGF14: Nav Interactome By A GSK-3 Centered Pathway
    Ijaz, Talha - Fibroblasts: Key Cells In Inflammation And Fibrosis

Greetings from the GSBS Associates

Dr. Vicente Santa Cruz and Dr. Langford welcome new students at the Community of Scholars ceremony.Dr. Shannon Langford, President of the GSBS Associates Executive Committee, will welcome new incoming GSBS students at the Introduction to Community of Scholars ceremony. Pictured with Dr. Langford is Dr. Vicente Santa Cruz, Past President of the GSBS Associates Executive.

Distinguished GSBS Alumni Wall - Health Education Center

HEC Wall of  GSBS Alumni

Community of Scholars

The open book symbolizes these unifying ideals of the Community of Scholars: GSBS Community of Scholars

  • Recognition of scholarly works as the culmination and the product of research.
  • Respect for the authors of those works as members of a group which adheres to known standards of honesty and integrity.
  • Encouragement of the freedom to pursue an idea within those standards, and
  • Acceptance of the responsibility and the privilege to share knowledge with colleagues and with the public.