Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Alumni


UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Class of 2017

Dr. Monica McArthur - md/phd

Following graduation from UTMB with combined MD/PhD degrees, Dr. McArthur pursued a Pediatrics residency, also at UTMB, followed by a fellowship in Pediatric Infectious Diseases at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and a Pediatric Infectious Diseases specialist. Research interests are in translational human immunology focusing primarily on T cell responses following infection with, or immunization against, pathogens of public health importance with the goal of identifying correlates of protection. She is also involved in performing clinical trials predominantly for vaccines against organisms that affect the developing world.

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Mission Statement, Bylaws, and Meeting Minutes:

Mission Statement:

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

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Brown, Aaron - Chemokine CXCL7 Monomer, Homodimer, and Heterodimer: Structural Insights, CXCR2 Receptor Function, and Glycosaminoglycan Interactions
Folorunso, Oluwarotimi - Overexpression of Heat Shock Factor 1 Protects Against Pathological Proteins in Neurodegenerative Diseases
Kalichava, Ana - Biophysical and Structural Studies of CNTNAP2
McVicar, Scott - PEGylated Tissue Repair Peptide TP508 Derivatives as Second Generation Drugs for Radiomitigation and Other Systemic Applications
Moya, Stephanie - Radiosensitizing Effects of Thrombin Peptide TP508 on Medulloblastoma Cancer Stem Cells
Pal, Rahul - Identification of Image-based Markers for Oral Pre-cancers and Cancers using in-vivo Multimodal Imaging


Garcia, Martha - Control of Cardiac Hypertrophic Signaling by Inositol 1,4,5-Trisphosphate Receptors
Prasai, Anesh - Characterization and Application of Adipose Derived Stem Cells Following Burn Injury
Rodriguez, Uylissa - Effects of mild blast traumatic brain injury on cerebral vascular function, histopathological and behavioral outcomes in rats
Wetzel, Michael - Mechanism of Metformin Action in Dermal Fibroblasts


Esani, Muneeza - Predictors and Outcomes of Pica
Hmoud, Bashar - Effect of Estrogen on Intestinal and Rectal Permeability in Sheep
Szafron, David - Development of an Image Based Technique for Assessment of Colorectal Epithelial Integrity and Function in an Ovine Model


Bergren, Nicholas - Evolutionary Influences on the Reduction in Enzootic Circulation and Human Incidence of Western Equine Encephalitis
Hermance, Meghan - The role of Ixodes Scapularis Saliva on Host Immunomodulation and Transmission of Powassan Virus
Manning, John - Mechanisms of Attenuation of the Live Attenuated Junin Virus Vaccine Strain, Candid #1
Mayer, Sandra - Discovery and Characterization of a Newly Emerged DENV Serotype
Phoenix, Inaia - Manipulation of the Rift Valley Fever Virus M-Segment for Vaccine Development
Schroeder, Casey - Rickettsia prowazekii and its 'Junk DNA'


Erasmus, Jesse - The Biotechnological Applications of an Insect-Specific Alphavirus
Langsjoen, Rose - Translational Frontiers for Chikungunya Virus: New World Epidemic, New Strains, New Therapeutic Targets
McGrath, Erica - Evaluating the Effect of Chronic Alcohol and Cocaine Co-administration on Neural Stem Cell Survival, Proliferation, and Differentiation
Nusbaum, Rebecca - Pathology and Mechanisms of Increased M.tb Growth and Dissemination During Co-infection with HIV-1


Alewine, Kenneth - Melancholia and Consciousness in Music, Art and Literature
Carson, Heather - Evaluating the Target-Population Recommendations for Influenza Vaccination: Evidence and Ethics
Determeyer, Peggy - Decision Making at the End of Life: Using Community Bioethics Dialogues to Promote Individualized Personal Decisions and Advance Care Planning


Farris, Tierra - Ehrlichia Chaffeensis TRP32 is a  Nuclemodulin that Directly Regulates Host Gene Expression and Post-Translational Modifications Determine its Localization and Function
Huante, Matthew - The Role of Inflammation in the Pathobiology of TB/HIV  Co-Infection
Satterfield, Benjamin - Contributions of the Nipah Virus P Gene Products to Pathogenesis in the Ferret Model
Versteeg, Krista - Investigating the Interactions of Bundibugyo Ebolavirus with Innate Immune Cells
Hatcher, Christopher - Construction, Characterization, and Evaluation of CLH001 as a Vaccine Candidate Against Respiratory Glanders
Tiner, Bethany - Induction of Long-Term Immune Responses to Protect Mice Against Pneumonic Plague: Development and Testing of Novel Live-Attenuated Mutants of Yersinia Pestis CO92


Wurzer, Paul - Propranolol Reduces Cardiac Index But Does Not Adversely Affect Peripheral Perfusion in Severely Burned Children
Zatarain, John - The Role of Cystathionine Beta Synthase Produced Hydrogen Sulfide in Colorectal Carcinogenesis


Esani, Muneeza - Recommended Interventions to Reduce the Risk of Iron Deficiency in Blood Donors
Escobar, Betsy - A Tale of Two States: Texas V. California Firearm Mortality, Legislation, and Polices to Reduce Firearm-Related Violence in the United States
Garbino, Alejandro - Hypertension Screening of Commercial Divers from an Occupational Medicine Perspective
Jamal, Naiomi - An Evaluation Plan for a Parent Based Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
Nusbaum, Derek - The Development of an Emergency Response Plan for Medical Contingencies During Commercial Spaceflight at the Houston Spaceport
Shearer, Joseph - Petrogenic Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbon Levels and Health of Gulf Coast Communities Following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
Siddiqui, Sarah - Evaluating the Cost-Effectiveness of Tuberculosis Video Directly Observed Therapy Program at Harris County Public Health & Environmental Services
Xu, Guang - Scrub Typhus: Epidemiology, Diagnosis, Treatment, Prevention and Control in the Asia-Pacific Area and Worldwide


Baker, Alyssa - Group III mGluR Agonists Potentiate Morphine Anti-Nociception
Bittar, Alice - Two Types of ROS are differentially Involved in Spinal Specific Synaptic Plasticity and Mechanical Hypersensitivity in Neuropathic Pain
Corsello, Tiziana - Human Wharton’s Jelly Mesenchymal Stem Cells (WJ-MSCs): Characterization and Properties
James, Thomas - GSK3 Regulation of Voltage-Gated Sodium Channels
McCue, David - Neuromedin U Acts via the Paraventricular Nucleus of the Hypothalamus and the Dorsal Raphe Nucleus to Regulate Motivation for High-Fat Food
Montalbano, Mauro - Molecular and cellular mechanism involved in the transformation of primary human hepatocytes in Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC)


Chisholm, LeAnn - Validating Targeted Behavioral Markers for Teamwork Skill and Performance Outcomes in Simulation
Kay-de la Cruz, Jade - “Effect of a Meditation-Based Strategy on Sleep Quality and Perceived Stress of Healthy Older Adults Living in the Community.”
Kwarteng-Amaning, Veronica - An Exploratory Study of the Impact of the Baby and Mother Bonding Initiative (BAMBI) in Previously Incarcerated Mothers
Lee, Sandra - The Experience of Elderly Immigrants of Mexican Origin with Life-Limiting Illness: A Critical Ethnography
Waltz, Lee Ann - Determining the Efficacy of an Interprofessional Educational Intervention for Teamwork Competencies with Nursing Students
Woolsey, Sarah - Occupational Health: Exploring Job Stress and Work Ability in Nursing Managers
Wallis, Richard - Dementia Risk in Elders With Anxiety and Insomnia 


Ramirez, Sydney - Mechanism of Transmissible Gastroenteritis Virus nsp1-Medicated
Xu, Guang - Elucidation of Mechanisms of Host Immunity Against Orientia Tsutsugamushi in a Newly Developed Murine Model


Mirfattah, Barsam - PICALM Regulates the Glucose-Fatty Acid Energy Switch and Histone Propionylation
Zhang, Yafang - Transcriptomics of Environmental Enrichment and Cocaine Reveals Roles for Retinoic Acid Signaling and FosB in Addiction
Fokina, Valentina - Pharmacokinetics of Bupropion and its Pharmacologically Active Metabolites in Pregnancy


Saenz, Joseph - Facets of Socioeconomic Position and the Onset and Progression of Functional Limitation in Mexico


Chao, Tony - Novel Drug and Exercise Therapies to Restore Metabolic Function in Children with Severe Burns
Jarvis, Jessica - Influences of cohort differences and positive emotion on the relationship between cognition and disability in activities of daily living among older Mexican Americans
Kulkarni, Kshitija - Effect of Obesity on Outcomes following Total Hip/Total Knee Arthroplasty among Medicare Beneficiaries with Osteoarthritis
Lewis - Powell, Zakkoyya - TAME Health: Testing Activity Monitors' Effect on Health

Board Funded Activities


GSBS Associates Scholarship

  • Hoai Ly - Experimental Pathology
  • Kshitija Kulkarni - Rehabilitation Sciences
  • Joseph Saenz - Population Health Sciences
  • Syed Ali - Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Sarah Jackson - Neuroscience


GSBS Associates Endowment Scholarship

  • Brian Dawes - MD/PhD-Microbiology and Immunology
  • Laura Muruato - Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine
  • Kara Barbar - Neroscience

GSBS Associates Travel Award

  • Jose Eduardo Aguirre - Masters in Medical Science
  • Sanaalarab Al Enazy - Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Jaqueline Contrera-Avila - Population Health Sciences
  • GSBS Alumni Associates Executive Committee Meeting
    • Friday, June 3, 3-5pm
    • Levin Hall 4.438
  • UTMB Alumni Website