Ricardo Belmares

Ricardo Belmares, B.S.

Ph.D. Candidate
Center for Anatomical Sciences
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
University of North Texas Health Science Center
Ft. Worth, TX 76107

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Curriculum Vitae

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Dissertation Research

Glaucoma is a leading cause of vision loss and is associated with fibrotic changes in two ocular tissues-the optic nerve head (ONH) and trabecular meshwork (TM).  I am investigating the differences in extracellular components of the glaucomatous human eyes to determine fibrotic changes in ONH and TM. Principle proteins being studied include collagen, elastin, Galectin 3 and receptors for transforming growth factor beta-2, type II (TGFβ-2 RII).  Collagen and elastin  expression are being analyzed using chemical stains: Masson’s Trichrome (collagens), Sirius Red (collagens), Vernoeff-Van Gieson ( elastin), while immunohistochemistry is being used for Galectin 3 and TGFβ-2 RII. The role of Galectin 3 in human glaucomatous pathology has not been well-reported.

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Education

B.S., Biology and Ranch Management, Texas Christian University (1986)

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Research Experience

Research Associate UT Southwestern: Dept. of Biochemistry, protein crystallization screening, protein purification of inflammatory cascade pathway, bacterial and yeast cultures. Dept. Physiology, protein purification, protein crystallization screening,  Sodium/Calcium channels studies

UNTHSC, Summer Research program for educators, NTERI

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Secondary Teaching

Advance Placement Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Anatomy and Physiology vocational track. Science Department chair and curriculum instruction for secondary science.

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Graduate Teaching

Biostats Med Sciences tutor/instructor.

Anatomy tutorials

Pre-mat lectures

Head and lecture workshops for Med Sciences.

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Service

Founding officer ( Vice president) of Human Anatomy Society (HAS)

President, Vice President, for Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Council member for Center for Diversity and International Programs.

Mentors for Life, GSBS coordinator

TABS, volunteer


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