2013 Chancellor's Council Awards
School of Medicine Faculty Honored
The Texas Tech University System Chancellor's Council recently recognized the most
innovative and dedicated faculty throughout the system with its highest honors. Three
faculty members from the TTUHSC School of Medicine have been recognized for their
Distinguished Research Award
Guillermo Altenberg, Ph.D.
Guillermo Altenberg is a professor and vice chairman of the Department of Cell Physiology
& Molecular Biophysics at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Joining
the university in 2007, his research has solved the crystal structure of a nucleotide-binding
domain dimer, developed a novel spectroscopic technique and secured more than $4.4
million in external grants from the National Institutes of Health, the American Heart
Association, the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas and many others.
An author of 57 published papers and 13 reviews and book chapters, Altenberg received
his Ph.D. and medical degree from the University of Buenos Aires in Argentina.
Ina L. Urbatsch, Ph.D.
Ina L. Urbatsch is an associate professor in the Department of Cell Biology & Biochemistry
at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Securing nearly $3.8 million
in external funding including grants through the National Institutes of Health, the
Department of Defense and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, her research examines transmembrane
proteins associated with many human disorders such as cystic fibrosis and multidrug
resistance (MDR) of cancers. Based on her expertise in protein engineering and to
produce large amounts of recombinant protein in vitro, Urbatsch's lab has led the
way on structural characterization of MDR transporters. Her work has resulted in 41
peer reviewed papers in high impact journals, including in collaboration with the
Chang laboratory, a Science paper on the structure of P-Glycoprotein, the first ever
structure of a mammalian ATP-binding cassette transporter that has been cited more
than 500 times in just four years. Urbatsch joined the Graduate School of Biomedical
Sciences in 2003 and received her Ph.D. in chemistry and biochemistry from the University
of Kaiserslautern in Germany.
Distinguished Commercialization Award
Ted W. Reid, Ph.D.
Ted Reid is a professor and vice chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual
Sciences and serves as the director of Ocular Cell Biology at the Lubbock campus of
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. A founding scientist of the company
Selenium, Ltd, Reid co-developed a technology called SeLect that prevents the formation
of biofilms and the spread of infectious bacteria when added to polymer surfaces and
medical devices. Protected by seven issued patents and multiple U.S. and international
patent applications, SeLect helps save lives, offers cellular control across industries
and cuts medical and other expenses. With TTUHSC for more than two decades, Reid received
his bachelor's degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles, his master's degree
from the University of Arizona and his Ph.D. from the University of California at