Grants


UT Health Newsroom: Voelcker Fund award supports innovative cancer and heart disease research

June 14, 2022

Original story: UT Health San Antonio Newsroom The Max and Minnie Tomerlin Voelcker Fund is awarding $1.7 million to UT Health San Antonio to support research projects conducted by promising early career researchers. The Voelcker Fund’s Young Investigator Awards, which provide each recipient with $150,000 per year over three years ($450,000), are intended to support […]




San Antonio Express-News: UTSA awards $4 million to Alzheimer’s researchers around the world

June 9, 2022

Original Story: San Antonio Express-News By: Laura Garcia, Staff writer A professor at UT Health San Antonio is among four researchers worldwide awarded $500,000 each — part of the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Oskar Fischer Prize — for their work in furthering society’s understanding what causes Alzheimer’s disease. UTSA on Wednesday announced the […]




Congratulations to Masahiro Morita, PhD on his Voelcker Fund award!

May 13, 2022

Dr. Masahiro Morita has received a 3-year Voelcker Fund Young Investigator Award for his project titled “mRNA Translation and Mitochondrial Dynamics in Obesity-induced Liver Cancer.”  Dr. Morita is an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine and an investigator with the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies.




Congratulations to Juan Pablo Palavicini, PhD on his SNPRC Pilot Award!

May 4, 2022

Juan Pablo Palavicini, PhD has been awarded an SNPRC Pilot Award for his project “Preventing ceramide accumulation as a novel clinically relevant treatment for metabolic syndrome: proof of concept pilot study in a non-human primate model.”  Dr. Palavicini is an Assistant Professor/Research with the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies and […]




Congratulations to Kevin Koronowski, PhD on his UT Rising STARs Award!

March 14, 2022

Kevin Koronowski, PhD has been awarded a $250,000 UT Rising STARs award.  The grant is for the purchase of equipment for newly recruited junior faculty.  Dr. Koronowski is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Structural Biology in the Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine and the Sam and Ann […]




Congratulations to Jun Zhang, PhD on his Barth Syndrome Foundation award!

March 11, 2022

Dr. Jun Zhang’s project “ALCAT1 as a Novel Target for the Treatment of Cardiomyopathy in Barth Syndrome” has been accepted and fully funded for a two-year period by the Barth Syndrome Foundation.  Dr. Zhang is an Instructor/Research in the lab of Dr. Yuguang Shi with the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging […]




Congratulations to Masahiro Morita, PhD on his CPRIT award!

February 22, 2022

Dr. Masahiro Morita has received a $1.05 million CPRIT award for his project titled “Organelle communication during transition from fatty liver to hepatocellular carcinoma.”  Dr. Morita is an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine and an investigator with the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies. Read more in the […]



UT Health Science Center San Antonio among group tapped by NIH to map senescent ‘zombie’ cells in the body

October 20, 2021

SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 20, 2021) — Researchers nationwide, including a team from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, are embarking on a massive effort to learn the locations and roles of senescent “zombie” cells in humans. The health science center is part of a multi-institution group selected by the National Institutes […]



Congratulations to Dr. Chen on her R01!

September 21, 2021

Lizhen Chen, PhD has received an R01 from the NIH for her project titled “Neuronal microtubule regulation and aging.”  Dr. Chen is an Assistant Professor at the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies and the Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy in the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of […]




Congratulations to Dr. Solis-Herrera on her diabetes research funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation!

September 21, 2021

Carolina Solis-Herrera, MD, assistant professor of medicine at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, is the recipient of the prestigious 2021 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) Clinical Scientist Development Award.  Dr. Solis-Herrera’s innovative and high-impact research focuses on sodium-glucose transport protein 2 (SGLT2) inhibitors, a class of medications used to treat […]