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2023 GSBS Awards

2023 award winners

K. Wyatt McMahon Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Dr. Valeria Jaramillo-Martinez; Mentor – Dr. Ina Urbatsch

Dean’s Recognition Award
Megan Ashton; Mentor – Dr. Dan Hardy
Grayson Braziel; Mentor – Dr. Gurvinder Kaur

GSBS Student Town Hall

GSBS Administration and Students - November 21, 2022

Student Wellness Seminar

Mind Bully: Overcoming Yourself and Your Mind with special guest Norense Odiase

TTUHSC scientist seeking solution to antibiotic resistance

A team of researchers led by Hongjun (Henry) Liang, Ph.D., from the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics, recently investigated whether or not a series of novel nanoparticles can kill some of the pathogens that lead to human infection without affecting healthy cells. Read More Here

TTUHSC Faculty Receives Innovation Award

Congratulations to Dr. Courtney Queen who was one of the recipients of this year’s Prototype Fund Awards, a partnership between the Innovation Hub at Research Park at Texas Tech University and the Lubbock Economic Development Alliance (LEDA). These awards are designed to spur innovation in the West Texas community. Read More Here

TTUHSC Faculty Members Find Disparity in Asthma Hospitalizations

A recent study shows there is a health disparity within Lubbock County.

The study, conducted by Public Health at Texas Tech University and the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Sam Houston State University, shows there were high asthma hospitalizations for people who lived in certain areas of Lubbock.

Duke Appiah, associate professor at the Department of Public Health at Texas Tech Health Sciences, said the groups analyzed data from the Texas Health and Human Services Inpatient Public Use Data File for years 1999-2018.

“Our health outcomes are not equally distributed in all regions in Lubbock,” said Appiah. “There are some regions who tend to seem to have a higher risk for disease than other regions, and we need to pay more particular attention to trying to understand why some regions have more diseases than others.”

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Coauthors of this study include: Noah De La Cruz, Johnathan Hines, Chip Shaw and Duke Appiah

Faculty Member Receives Chancellor's Council Distinguished Research Award

Dr. Das, Pharmaceutical Sciences, has been announced as a winner of the prestigious Chancellor's Council Distinguished Teaching and Research Award. Established in 2001, these awards are given to individuals who exemplify teaching or research excellence throughout the year. These are the highest honors given by the Texas Tech University System to faculty members at its component institutions. Winners of these awards have significantly advanced teaching or research efforts and are noted as leaders among colleagues and in their respective fields.

Additionally, Dr. Das was recently elected Fellow of American Heart Association (FAHA) conferred by the Council on Basic Cardiovascular Sciences (BCVS), and inducted into the Arthritis, Connective Tissue and Skin (ACTS) Study Section, NIH, as a ‘Chartered Member’.

2022 BPS 66th Annual Meeting Honor List
(Department of Cell Physiology and Molecular Biophysics)

2022 BPS Travel Award Recipients:

Dr. Emerson Carmona (Postdoctoral Fellow) from Prof. Cuello’s laboratory.

Kerri Spontarelli (MD/PhD student) from Prof. Artigas's laboratory.

Matthew Dominguez (PhD  student) from Prof. Sutton’s laboratory.

Valeria Jaramillo-Martinez (PhD  student) from Prof. Urbatsch’s laboratory. 

Talk to Membrane Transport Subgroup:

Dr. Quynh-Hoa Do (Postdoctoral Fellow) from Prof. Jansen’s laboratory.

Joey McCord (PhD  student) from Prof. Sutton’s laboratory.

Platform Talk

Kerri Spontarelli (PhD  student) from Prof. Artigas's laboratory.

Session Co-Chair 

Joey McCord (PhD  student) from Prof. Sutton’s laboratory.


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GSBS Graduation

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The Biomedical Beat

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Seminar Series: The Secret Life of a PI

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Zoom Seminar: "COVID Vaccines: Science vs Antiscience" by Dr. Peter Hotez

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