Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

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GSBS students are transforming lives — and the world

By Betsy Friauf Since its first class graduated in 1994, these 2,250 alumni have: Blazed trails in research Educated thousands of students, from elementary schoolers to post-docs Made communities stronger and healthier, the world over A prime example is Hassan Azzazy, PhD, Professor of Chemistry at the American University in Cairo, Egypt. He leads the... Read more »

Jun 13, 2017

Graduating students earn honors

Congratulations to our many graduating students who earned honors from their schools! Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Dean’s Award for Scholarly Achievement in Research—Jaclyn Bermudez Dean’s Award for Scholarship Achievement in Academics—Brent Shell Graduate Student Association Award, Outstanding Member—Frank Wendt Graduate Student Association Scholarship—Chaitanya Joshi, Nicole Novroski, Justin Sprick, Santosh Thapa, Frank Wendt and Rachel... Read more »

Jun 13, 2017

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Incoming Medical Science students serve others first on Volunteer Day

By Alex Branch   More than 200 incoming students in the Medical Science program were introduced to the UNTHSC core value of Serving Others First by volunteering in the community May 25. The students sanded staircase railings and door frames at the Salvation Army in preparation for repainting the living areas of men and women... Read more »

May 31, 2017

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Inaugural Faculty Achievement Award goes to forensic genetics expert

By Alex Branch   John Planz, PhD, who has developed online training modules used in more than 140 crime labs across the United States, was the recipient of the inaugural Faculty Achievement Award. Dr. Planz, Associate Professor in the Institute of Molecular Medicine, received the award at the UNT Health Science Center graduation ceremony Saturday,... Read more »

May 23, 2017

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Seeking ways to save lives

By Betsy Friauf   “My cousin was a beautiful person inside and out, 27 years old, but her cancer kept recurring,” says Lee D. Gibbs, PhD. “I was about 13 years old when I went to see her in Houston. They were about to remove her second ovary. It was near the end of her... Read more »

May 17, 2017

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Honoring the legacy of a neuroscience student

By Jan Jarvis Steve Looney is an avid golfer who rarely misses the chance to play in the annual Sonny Singh Open. But his motivation isn’t so much the golf tournament, as it is the scholarship that it funds. The Rachel Dauphin Memorial Student Scholarship is named for the PhD student in Pharmacology and Neuroscience... Read more »

Apr 19, 2017

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GSBS student selected to study global disease threats

By Jan Jarvis PhD candidate Santosh Thapa will get a global perspective on Ebola, dengue fever, antimicrobial resistance and other threats when he travels to Sweden to participate in a European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control program. The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences student has been selected to attend the September program as a... Read more »

Aug 16, 2016

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Investigating the link between sleep apnea and high blood pressure

When people with sleep apnea stop breathing at night, it’s no surprise that their blood pressure goes up. But what’s less well known is that it stays that way, long after one’s breathing returns to normal. Researchers at UNT Health Science Center want to figure out why and hope that discovery will lead to better... Read more »

Aug 10, 2015

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Coming clean in a time of need

It was a no-brainer, they said. Students in one of UNT Health Science Center’s most rigorous programs saw working folks struggling – and fixed their problem. Here’s how it unfolded on a recent afternoon. Each new crop of Medical Sciences students, part of an intense 12-month master’s degree program, does a team-building exercise, traditionally a... Read more »

Jul 8, 2015

A wider window for treating stroke

When someone has a stroke, there’s a very narrow window – three hours or less –when the drug tPA can be used to dissolve blood clots and restore blood flow. But few people benefit from this treatment because they don’t get care fast enough, said Shaohua Yang, PhD, MD, Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroscience. By... Read more »

Jul 8, 2015