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Congratulations to the 2023 Ward Award Winners!

December 15, 2023

Congratulations to our 2023 Joe and Bettie Ward Award winners for excellence in the basic biology of aging. Nisi Jiang (right) is our 2023 pre-doctoral awardee and Daniel Adekunbi, PhD (left) is our 2023 post-doctoral awardee. Great work!



UT Health Newsroom: 143 Health Science Center faculty past and present recognized on Scopus citation metrics list

November 29, 2023

Original story: UT Health San Antonio Newsroom 143 Health Science Center faculty past and present recognized on Scopus citation metrics list Six Barshop-affiliated faculty are included on this list of 143 faculty members from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Robert Clark, Immunology Xianlin Han, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Paul Hasty, […]



Congratulations to Shangang Zhao, PhD on his first-author publication in Science Translation Medicine!

November 27, 2023

Dr. Zhao is an assistant professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and an investigator with the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies. Hyperleptinemia contributes to antipsychotic drug-associated obesity and metabolic disorders Shangang Zhao, Qian Lin, Wei Xiong, Li Li, Leon Straub, Dinghong Zhang, Rizaldy Zapata, Qingzhang Zhu, Xue-Nan […]




Congratulations to Juan Pablo Palavicini, PhD on his Pepper OAIC Coordinating Center Award!

November 22, 2023

Dr. Juan Pablo Palavicini has received a Pepper Older Americans Independence Center (OAIC) Coordinating Center award for $100,000. The multi-center pilot project is titled “Inhibition of ceramide synthesis: a viable strategy to reverse metabolic determinants of sarcopenic obesity”.  Dr. Palavicini is named the principal investigator on the pilot award and will be working with co-principal […]




Congratulations to Shangang Zhao, PhD on his UT STARs Award!

November 21, 2023

Dr. Shangang Zhao has received a UT STARs award for $100,000. The STARs (Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention) Program provides funding to help purchase state-of-the-art equipment and make necessary laboratory/facility renovations to support faculty members in performing their research.  This award will allow Dr. Zhao to further develop his project in metabolism and aging.  […]




Congratulations to Roger Shi, PhD and the Shi Lab on their upcoming publication in Cell Reports!

October 31, 2023

The paper will be a spotlight article with a preview in an upcoming issue.  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 Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies. LPGAT1 controls MEGDEL syndrome by coupling […]




UT Health Newsroom: Barshop Institute team discovers why liver disease is more severe in older people

October 4, 2023

Original story: UT Health San Antonio Newsroom Lower levels of a protective protein lead to liver inflammation, scarring Contact: Will Sansom, 210-567-2579, sansom@uthscsa.edu SAN ANTONIO (Oct. 3, 2023) ­— Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (also called UT Health San Antonio) have identified a molecular pathway that connects aging […]




Congratulations to Lizhen Chen, PhD on her publication in Molecular Cell!

September 22, 2023

Dr. Chen is an Associate Professor with the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies and the Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy. Hormone-induced enhancer assembly requires an optimal level of hormone receptor multivalent interactions Lizhen Chen, Zhao Zhang, Qinyu Han, Barun K. Maity, Leticia Rodrigues, Emily Zboril, Rashmi Adhikari, Su-Hyuk Ko, […]




Congratulations to Bess Frost, PhD on her publication in Trends in Neurosciences!

August 16, 2023

Dr. Frost is an Associate Professor with the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies, the Glenn Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Disorders, and the Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy.  She is the holder/manager of the Bartell Zachry Distinguished Professor for Research in Neurodegenerative Disorders. Alzheimer’s disease and related tauopathies: […]




UT Health Newsroom: Study links alcohol-associated liver disease to abnormal cutting and rejoining of molecules

July 26, 2023

Original story: UT Health San Antonio Newsroom Splicing deregulation is potential drug target and diagnostic tool Alcohol consumption is a major cause of chronic liver disease. The disease, which has devastating consequences, progresses through stages of hepatitis (inflammation), fibrosis (scarring) and cirrhosis (severe scarring). Advanced disease increases the risk of developing liver cancer, and some […]