Author: Charlotte Anthony | Category: Biology of Aging | Cancer Biology | Cell Biology, Genetics & Molecular Medicine (CGM) | April 20, 2016
Tell me about yourself and a bit of what you are doing at The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio?
I am in the Translational Science PhD program, which is a one
of a kind, joint multi-institution program between The University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, The University of Texas San Antonio, UT College of
Pharmacy, and UT School of Public Health. Translational scientists focus on
"translating" lab discoveries into treatments that can be used in the
clinic. After clinical implementation, translational scientists study the
treatment's cost effectiveness and, based upon this, make scientific
recommendations for best medical practices and advocate for effective health
policy. Many of our program's trainees take a variety of business, health
policy, statistics, and leadership courses, in addition to coursework in the
hard sciences. While I take courses at a variety of campuses, UTHSCSA is my
home institution and I do my cardiovascular disease research at Texas
Biomedical Research Institute in the Department of Genetics. Through my
research, I hope to discover ways to use breath metabolites (or chemicals in
the breath) to predict heart abnormalities and other chronic health problems
through the Healthy Babies project.
What does being a presidential ambassador scholar mean to you?
Obviously, it is an honor to be selected as a presidential
ambassador who will represent our Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
I am humbled by this opportunity to represent both my peers and the excellent
research that is done here. What this ambassadorship offers me is a chance
to communicate with our local community to not only convey the virtues of our
school, but also to raise awareness of the importance of biomedical research in
San Antonio, demonstrate how this research has a direct impact on everyone, and
encourage science literacy. Finally, the generous scholarship offers me a
chance to start some research into the Healthy Babies project that I am so
excited and hopeful about.
What are you most looking forward to as an ambassador?
I look forward to meeting my peers in other Health Science
Center schools. This is because of my belief that some of the most effective
research is inter-disciplinary. Building relationships with professionals
from diverse fields offers a greater promise of finding solutions to difficult
problems. I also look forward to reaching outside of the Health Science Center
and meeting the local community to find exciting new ways to engage everyone in
What are some of the events that you will be attending?
Among the events of which I am aware, I look forward to being a
part of the upcoming UTHSCSA Voices event, which seeks to connect students from
across our schools. It will be a fun evening and I hope everyone can attend. I
also look forward to attending the annual President's Gala and other
social events between our schools, including next year's Science Fiesta.
Anything you want to say to the student body?
I want to once again reiterate just what an honor and pleasure
it is to be able to represent you and your interests to our GSBS, our Health
Science Center, the President, and our local community. I hope to work with you
all to create new possibilities and opportunities for us and to facilitate
relationships between our peers across campus and San Antonio community.
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