January 2019

As we embark on a New Year, Texas Biomed is excited to share all of the breakthrough work going on at the Institute. We are moving into 2019 in a good position...working to become the world's premiere biomedical research institute devoted to the study of infectious diseases.Thank you for your support!
Special Theater Collaboration: RENT
February 16, 2019

Texas Biomed has teamed up with The Public Theater of San Antonio for a night of theater and education! Please join us for a special viewing of Jonathan Larson's RENT and stick around after the show for a "Talk Back" session with Texas Biomed's very own Ruth Ruprecht, M.D., Ph.D., in a panel Q & A session on HIV and AIDS in San Antonio.
Tickets are limited so reserve your spot today!
*All proceeds will directly benefit Texas Biomedical Research Institute*
For more details contact Alex Wadley at 210.258.9871

Ebola virus image courtesy of NIH Image Gallery
Another Piece of Ebola Virus Puzzle Identified
Researchers have discovered the interaction between an Ebola virus protein and a protein in the human host may be an important key to unlocking the pathway of replication of the killer disease. Scientists at Texas Biomed teamed up with scientists at Gladstone Institutes,  UC San Francisco and Georgia State University for a study recently published in the journal Cell"If you can figure out the mechanism within these cells, then you can potentially manipulate it and stop the disease progression," explained Staff Scientist Olena Shtanko, Ph.D. To read the full article, click here.

Dr. Shelley Cole
Founder's Council Grants Equip Innovations for Scientific Research

This year the Founder's Council awarded more money in equipment grant funds than at any other time -- a total of $98,000! Congratulations to this year's grant recipients.

Dr. Shelley Cole, on behalf of Genomics, will be purchasing a new DNA Size Selection System which will increase scale for next generation sequencing projects, particularly for single-cell analysis or samples with low yield, which would otherwise be beyond scope.

Dr. Pat Frost

Dr. Pat Frost, on behalf of the veterinary group, will be buying an Endoscopy Unit. "As veterinarians, we are always looking for less invasive alternatives to current practices for the well-being of the animals we serve," Frost said. The new scope will speed up diagnosis so the vets can quickly and correctly treat the animals and return them back to group as soon as possible.
Zika virus is a particular threat to unborn babies of infected pregnant women. 
Teaming Up Against Zika

Professor Jean Patterson, Ph.D., is collaborating with UC Santa Cruz, UC Berkeley and a biotech firm to research a new diagnostic for the mosquito-borne Zika virus. The test uses what is called fluidic optics. The theory is that blood, urine, or semen could be placed in the machine. The results could reveal if the person is infected, how long they've been infected, and if they are producing antibodies. The new test would be more convenient, faster, and cheaper than current methods.

Job Shadow Day at Texas Biomed
In an effort to help inspire the next generation of biomedical researchers, Texas Biomed hosted about 40 juniors from Antonian College Preparatory High School. The students got a full overview of research...what it takes from conception to execution of a project. The visit was part of San Antonio Works Job Shadow Day. 

The group learned about all of the different people who contribute to any project: scientists, research assistants, vet techs, animal behaviorists, research coordinators, policy coordinators, and veterinarians. The students also got a tour of the sequencing lab and the primate area!

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