Research Environment

UTHSCSA is one of the top biomedical education and research institutions in the state of Texas. More than 3,000 students per year train in an environment that involves more than 100 affiliated hospitals, clinics and research facilities in South Texas. Explore the University website and watch this video to learn more about the institution.

The University is recognized for its strong research program in basic biomedical sciences that encompasses seven basic science departments: Biochemistry, Cellular and Structural Biology, Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, Physiology, Microbiology & Immunology, and Pathology. Whereas the Department of Biochemistry hosts the research cores of the MBB discipline and develops its curriculum, faculty from many other basic science and clinical departments participate in the program; and serve as dissertation mentors. Close interaction between basic science and clinical departments opens unique opportunities for interdisciplinary collaborations and translational reseach.

The Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) affiliated with the University is one of only four NCI-designated cancer centers in the state of Texas. It is a state-of-the-art research center with a focus on moving cancer discoveries from the laboratory into the clinic to save lives.

The newly announced Center for Innovation and Drug Discovery (CIDD) is another invaluable resource that benefits the faculty and students in the MBB discipline. The Center, made possible by state and private funding of $3.5 million, is a joint effort of UTHSCSA and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). The Center consists of a high-content/high-throughput screening core facility that enables researchers to rapidly sift through thousands of potentially therapeutic compounds, and a medicinal chemistry core facility that enables refinement of biologically active small molecules.

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