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Congratulations to Claira Sohn on her first-author publication in Frontiers in Aging!

March 27, 2023

Claira Sohn is a PhD student in the Biology of Aging discipline of the Integrated BioMedical Sciences program in the lab of Bess Frost, PhD with the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies.  Claira earned her undergraduate degree from Northern Arizona University where she worked to synthesize self-assembling peptides to create […]




Congratulations to new faculty Lu Wang, PhD on her CPRIT recruitment award!

February 16, 2023

Newly recruited faculty, Lu Wang, PhD, has been awarded a $2 million Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) recruitment award for first-time, tenure track faculty members.  Dr. Wang joins UT Health San Antonio from the University of Pennsylvania.  She will be an Assistant Professor with the Department of Biochemistry and Structural Biology and […]




Congratulations to Juan Pablo Palavicini, PhD and Xianlin Han, PhD on their grant from Cure Alzheimer’s Fund!

January 18, 2023

Juan Pablo Palavicini, PhD and Xianlin Han, PhD have been named co-PIs for their project, “Identification and validation of plasma-based lipid biomarkers for early Alzheimer’s disease in the unique, primarily Hispanic, South Texas population.”  The project will be funded by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund for two years.  Dr. Palavicini is an Assistant Professor/Research with the Sam […]




Congratulations to Michael Bene on his publication in Geroscience!

January 17, 2023

Michael Bene is an Integrated Biomedical Sciences PhD student in the lab of Adam Salmon, PhD with the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies.  Mike’s work used the existing literature to test the question: if a longevity intervention works in worms or flies does that suggest success in extending lifespan in […]




Congratulations to Juan Pablo Palavicini, PhD and Xianlin Han, PhD on their recent publication in International Journal of Molecular Sciences!

January 17, 2023

Juan Pablo Palavicini, PhD is the co-first author and Xianlin Han, PhD is the corresponding author on the recently published paper in International Journal of Molecular Sciences.  Dr. Palavicini is an Assistant Professor/Research and Dr. Han is a Professor, both with the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies and the Department […]




UT Health Newsroom: Inflammatory trigger a new clue in Alzheimer’s

January 6, 2023

Original story: UT Health San Antonio Newsroom Researchers discover toxic process involving ‘jumping genes’ Contact: Will Sansom, 210-567-2579, sansom@uthscsa.edu SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 6, 2023) — Scientists from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio) today reported that an inflammatory trigger like one present during viral infections is elevated […]




Congratulations to Bess Frost, PhD and the Frost Lab on their publication in Science Advances!

January 6, 2023

The paper is titled “Pathogenic tau–induced transposable element–derived dsRNA drives neuroinflammation” by Elizabeth Ochoa, Paulino Ramirez, Elias Gonzalez, Jasmine De Mange, William J. Ray, Kevin F. Bieniek, and Bess Frost.  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 […]




UT Health Newsroom: Barshop Institute’s Palavicini attracts early scientist award

December 19, 2022

Original story: UT Health San Antonio Newsroom American Federation for Aging Research grant allows exploration of signaling molecules toxic in Alzheimer’s, diabetes, aging The American Federation for Aging Research (AFAR) selected Juan Pablo Palavicini, PhD, an early career scientist at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio), to […]




SciTechDaily: Newly Discovered Cluster of Genes Increases Longevity

November 29, 2022

Original story: SciTechDaily The NIA Interventions Testing Program, which included UT Health San Antonio, worked with counterparts in Switzerland and Tennessee. The Interventions Testing Program, which is funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), has reported the finding of numerous candidate genes that influence longevity. The three Interventions Testing Program sites—The University of Texas […]




Congratulations to Masahiro Morita, PhD on his American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant!

October 12, 2022

Dr. Masahiro Morita has received a 4-year American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant for his project about mRNA translation and liver cancer. Dr. Morita will use several mouse models to understand the molecular mechanism by which excess nutrients increase the risk of cancer. Dr. Morita is an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular Medicine and […]