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Mission

The UTSA vision is to become a premier research institution. Our mission is to promote research as an academic enhancement for UTSA students, build the University’s reputation for research excellence, and reach out to industry and government to expand the research funding available. By achieving a 253% increase in research funding over the past 10 years, UTSA’s university research is making significant progress in meeting those goals.

Access to participation in university research is an important part of an excellent education, and UTSA plays a distinctive role among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate research. Some students have used their research at UTSA to lay the groundwork for entrepreneurship and to bring to market new inventions and patents.

The Office of the Vice President for Research promotes all aspects of research and other creative endeavors among colleges, centers, institutes and collaborating partners. The Office ensures that all research-engaged faculty and students have the resources and support they need to develop and manage their research programs. Some of our cores are supported by a grant from the National Institute on Minority Heath and Health Disparities (G12MD007591) from the National Institutes of Health.

 

 

UTSA Core Facilities:

  • The Kleberg Advanced Microscopy Center: focuses on synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials.
  • Biophotonics Core: focuses on the study and manipulations of biological samples using light.
  • Protein Biomarkers Core: focuses on capillary liquid chromatography mass spectometry (LCMS) and tandem mass spectometry (LCMSMS).
  • Cell Analysis Core: focuses on the usage of flow cytometry equipment and related services, including technical training opportunities.
  • Stem Cell Core:  provides access to a streamlined, IRB-approved consenting process for acquisition of patient samples and generation of pluripotent stem cells and stem cell-derivatives for basic and preclinical research.
  • Genomics Core: performs fee-for-service sample processing for any nucleic acid Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) application (genome, transcriptomes, epigenome, etc.). Particular expertise in bacterial genome assembly and mammalian single-cell genomics.
  • Medicinal Chemistry and Synthesis Core Facility: The CIDD provides custom synthesis and medicinal chemistry research to support collaborative small molecule drug discovery efforts across multiple therapeutic indications.
  • Behavior Core: provides a battery of behavioral tests for any investigator interested in the effects of their physiological manipulations on behavior.
  • Neural Excitability Core: is available to investigators requiring fabrication and/or live animal implantation of chronic optrodes or multichannel electrodes for neuroscience research or other applications. The core supports stereotaxic intra-cerebral injections, and training in injection and implantation protocols are available to investigators who wish to transfer expertise to their own laboratories.
  • 2-Photon Physiology Laboratory: offers two multi-photon imaging systems fully equipped for in vitro electrophysiology and live tissue imaging. One system has been customized for fluorescence correlation spectroscopy of low concentration fluorophores.

 

*Please browse our "Core Facilities" tab for more information.

 

 

iLab Cores at University of Texas - San Antonio

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
UTSA Biophotonics Core

The Biophotonics Core Facility provides cutting edge technology for the study and manipulation of biological samples using light, including longterm indepth imaging of live tissues and the technology to probe at the molecular level for proteinprotein interactions within live samples.

Astrid Cardona astrid.cardona@utsa.edu (210) 458-5071
UTSA Kleberg Advanced Microscopy Center (KAMC)

KAMC is a state-of-the-art electron microscopy and advanced characterization core facility housed at the University of Texas at San Antonio. The center supports world-class research in nanotechnology, biology, chemistry and materials sciences.

Kelly Nash, Ph.D. kelly.nash@utsa.edu (210) 458-6153
UTSA Protein Biomarker Core

The Proteomics and Protein Biomarkers Core Facility is focused on capillary liquid chromatographymass spectrometry LCMS and tandem mass spectrometry LCMSMS to identify, characterize, and quantify proteins. The Proteomics Core develops novel methods, while the Protein Biomarkers Core applies ...

Stephan Bach, Ph.D. stephen.bach@utsa.edu (210) 458-4466

non-iLab Cores at University of Texas - San Antonio

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
Cell Analysis Core

The Cell Analysis Core provides centralized services, training, access, and support to researchers in the usage of flow cytometry equipment and related services including technical training opportunities.

Sandra Cardona, Ph.D. idc.flow@utsa.edu (210) 458-4089
Stem Cell Core

The UTSA Stem Cell Core provides access to a streamlined, IRB-approved consenting process for acquisition of patient samples and generation of pluripotent stem cells and stem cell-derivatives for basic and preclinical research.

Christopher Navara, Ph.D. chistopher.navara@utsa.edu (210) 458-6497
Medicinal Chemistry and Synthesis Core Facility

The CIDD provides custom synthesis and medicinal chemistry research to support collaborative small molecule drug discovery efforts across multiple therapeutic indications.

Stanton McHardy, Ph.D. stanton.mchardy@utsa.edu (210) 458-8676
Materials Characterization Core

Teja Guda, Ph.D. teja.guda@utsa.edu (210) 458-8529
Genomics Core

performs fee-for-service sample processing for any nucleic acid Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) application (genome, transcriptomes, epigenome, etc.). Particular expertise in bacterial genome assembly and mammalian single-cell genomics.

Sean Vargas, Ph.D. sean.vargas@utsa.edu (210) 458-4089
Behavior Core

provides a battery of behavioral tests for any investigator interested in the effects of their physiological manipulations on behavior.

Carlos Paladini, Ph.D. carlos.paladini@utsa.edu (210) 458-4746
Neural Excitability Core

for fabrication and/or live animal implantation of chronic optrodes or multichannel electrodes for neuroscience research or other applications.The core supports stereotaxic intra-cerebral injections and training in injection and implantation protocols.

Carlos Paladini, Ph.D. carlos.paladini@utsa.edu (210) 458-4746
2-Photon Physiology Laboratory

offers two multi-photon imaging systems fully equipped for in vitro electrophysiology and live tissue imaging. One system has been customized for fluorescence correlation spectroscopy of low concentration fluorophores.

Fidel Santamaria, Ph.D. Fidel.Santamaria@utsa.edu (210) 458-6910
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