Institute of Molecular Medicine

A new look at triple-negative breast cancer

By Jan Jarvis   Triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) is often aggressive, hard to treat and disproportionately affects carriers of the BRCA1 gene mutation and younger women of African origin. Researchers at UNT Health Science Center have received a $1.9 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to help develop a new therapy that holds promise... Read more »

Jul 19, 2017

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

A breakthrough for those with PKU

By Jan Jarvis As a child Erin Gisler’s diet was limited to fruits and vegetables. No dairy products, meat, fish, chicken, eggs beans or nuts. Gisler was an infant when she was diagnosed with phenylketonuria or PKU, a genetic disorder that causes the amino acid phenylalanine to build up in the body. When a person... Read more »

May 17, 2017

High price of survival

By Jan Jarvis Nearly three decades ago, HIV threatened John’s life. But instead of killing him, the virus inspired him to live a more successful and ultimately rewarding life. An unruly college student in the 1980s, John traded late-night parties for early bedtimes. He began eating healthy meals, exercising regularly and taking antiretroviral drugs. At a... Read more »

Mar 17, 2017

Nasa Research

Protecting astronauts’ immune systems during spaceflight

By Alex Branch Long-time collaborators UNT Health Science Center and Langston University have teamed with NASA on a five-year project to study the effects of reduced gravity on astronauts’ immune systems during spaceflight. The project, funded by a $4.5 million NASA grant, also is intended to promote diversity in the field of space biomedicine, said Harlan... Read more »

Jan 3, 2017