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Congratulations to Juan Pablo Palavicini, PhD on his 2022 Glenn and AFAR Junior Faculty Grant!

July 22, 2022

Juan Pablo Palavicini, PhD has been awarded a 2022 Glenn Foundation for Medical Research and AFAR Grant for Junior Faculty for his project “Mechanisms and consequences of dramatic ceramide losses in long-lived growth hormone deficient mice.”  Dr. Palavicini is an Assistant Professor/Research with the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies and […]




Congratulations to Roger Shi, PhD on his publication in Molecular Metabolism!

June 28, 2022

The paper is titled “Pharmacological inhibition of ALCAT1 mitigates amyotrophic lateral sclerosis by attenuating SOD1 protein aggregation” by Xueling Liu, Jun Zhang, Jie Li, Chengjie Song, and Yuguang Shi.  Dr. Shi is the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Distinguished Chair in Metabolic Biology and a Professor with the Department of Pharmacology and the Sam […]




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 […]




Congratulations to Roger Shi, PhD on his publication in Cells!

June 12, 2022

The paper is titled “In Search of the Holy Grail: Toward a Unified Hypothesis on Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Age-related Diseases” by Jun Zhang and Yuguang Shi.  Dr. Shi is the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Distinguished Chair in Metabolic Biology and a Professor with the Department of Pharmacology and the Sam and Ann Barshop […]




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 Sakie Katsumura, DDS, PhD for her research being highlighted in Nature Reviews Endocrinology!

May 11, 2022

Dr. Sakie Katsumura’s recent research has been highlighted in Nature Reviews Endocrinology.  She is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Masahiro Morita, PhD, and currently tackles to provide an unprecedented strategy to treat metabolic syndrome by targeting CNOT6L deadenylase-dependent decay of mRNAs encoding secretory proteins.




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 Roger Shi, PhD on his publication in Molecular Metabolism!

May 2, 2022

The paper is titled “De novo labeling and trafficking of individual lipid species in live cells” by Jun Zhang, Jia Nie, Haoran Sun, Jie Li, John-Paul Andersen, and Yuguang Shi.  Dr. Shi is the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Distinguished Chair in Metabolic Biology and a Professor with the Department of Pharmacology and the […]




Congratulations to Sakie Katsumura, DDS, PhD on her American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship award!

April 14, 2022

Dr. Sakie Katsumura has received the American Heart Association (AHA) Postdoctoral Fellowship.  She is a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Masahiro Morita, PhD, and currently tackles to provide an unprecedented strategy to treat metabolic syndrome by targeting CNOT6L deadenylase-dependent decay of mRNAs encoding secretory proteins.