Ricardo Belmares

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
Curriculum Vitae

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.

B.S., Biology and Ranch Management, Texas Christian University (1986)
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
Secondary Teaching
Advance Placement Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Anatomy and Physiology vocational track. Science Department chair and curriculum instruction for secondary science.
Graduate Teaching
Biostats Med Sciences tutor/instructor.
Anatomy tutorials
Pre-mat lectures
Head and lecture workshops for Med Sciences.
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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