Meet Amanda Roberts

Amanda Roberts

PhD Candidate
Class of 2020

Who I am

I was born and raised in the great city of San Antonio. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry from the University of Incarnate Word (UIW). I am a violist who has performed in the UIW Community Orchestra & Christian Band.To gain more knowledge of the chemical reactions related to human life, I earned my Master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Arizona. Currently, I am a PhD Candidate in the North Texas Eye Research Institute at the University of North Texas Health Science Center. My doctoral degree is specializing in biomedical research that is aimed to discover new mechanisms responsible for glaucomatous trabecular meshwork damage in the eye.

Why do I want to be a biomedical scientist

My career goals are to earn my PhD in Biomedical Sciences and become a vision research scientist for the United States Military, Department of Defense, or the National Institute of Health laboratories. Coming from a small community, it is important for me to share educational experience with the next generation of scientists. I also plan to continue supporting minorities and women in STEM- field careers, and engage in research projects and science activities to educate members of the community. I am also interested in writing scientific newsletters and managing video science news articles for the community.

What I love about UNTHSC

I love that UNTHSC supports the business mindset by providing workshops, conference and the first Entrepreneurship course to educate UNTHSC students on innovation and entrepreneurship. Attending these events inspired me to become a co-founder and treasurer of the UNTHSC Graduate Innovation and Entrepreneurship Club.


For more than two decades the North Texas Eye Research Institute (NTERI) has focused on eye research that could one day improve the lives of people with vision disorders. The NTERI researchers are dedicated to finding cures for eye disorders a well as serving the community through its outreach programs. NTERI also is working to serve ethnic and minority populations who have or will develop debilitating vision disorders.

About UNT Health Science Center

Located in Fort Worth’s beautiful Cultural District, UNTHSC is a graduate university for more than 2,000 students in medicine, science and public health. It has six schools that educate and train providers of the future to become doctors, public health experts, biomedical scientists, pharmacists, physical therapists and physician assistants.

Working in health care teams and training in a strong culture built on shared values, UNTHSC team members are dedicated to transforming lives in order to improve the lives of others.

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