UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

GSBS Student Spotlight

Matt HuanteMatt Huante

ASM Fellowship Award Winner

GSBS student Matt Huante was recently awarded one of nine Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowships by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

The Watkins award is a three-year fellowship, aimed at increasing the number of graduate students from underrepresented groups seeking doctoral degrees in the microbiological sciences.

Matt will have an opportunity to present his research, “Microphage facilitated inflammation in HIV/TB co-infection” at the ASM General Meeting each year of his fellowship.

In addition to the Watkins award, Matt is also the 2014 recipient of the Stephen C. Silverthorne Memorial Scholarship Award. Dr. Janice Endsley, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, is Matt’s mentor.

Julia GersonJulia Gerson

Research featured on NPR

Julia Gerson, GSBS student in the Neuroscience Department, was recently featured in an NPR story about her research topic – tau – specifically toxic tau.

Jula was interviewed in the context of her research presentation at the Society for Neuroscience meeting held in Washington DC. Click here to listen to the story.

Julia’s work focuses on a tau oligomer that occurs in Alzheimer’s patients and people with traumatic brain injury. At the recent GSBS Awards Luncheon Julia was named the winner of the George Sealy Award, the James E. Beall Award in Anatomy & Neuroscience and the Zelda Zinn Casper Scholarship Award.

Dr. Rakez Kayed, Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology, Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Disorders, is Julia’s mentor.

GSBS Mission

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch advances human understanding and knowledge in health-related disciplines through scholarly teaching and research in the biomedical sciences, promoting excellence in academic pursuits and activities, and developing individual leadership, communication, motivation, and scholarship in all students.

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