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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.
  • RCMI Biophotonics Core: focuses on the study and manipulations of biological samples using light.
  • RCMI Protein Biomarkers Core: focuses on capillary liquid chromatography mass spectometry (LCMS) and tandem mass spectometry (LCMSMS).
  • Immune Defense Core: focuses on the usage of flow cytometry equipment and related services, including technical training opportunities.
  • RCMI Computational Systems Biology Core: focuses on providing computational support for basic and translational health research.


*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 Kleberg Advanced Microscopy Center

KAMC focuses on the synthesis and characterization of nanomaterials for imaging, labels for bioassays, and active targeting for in vivo or in vitro diagnostics. The Core studies the interaction of nanoparticles with living cells for application in the targeted delivery of drugs, genes, and proteins.

M. Josefina Arellano-Jimenez, Ph.D. josefina.arellano-jimenez@utsa.edu (210) 458-8735
UTSA Protein Biomarker Core

The RCMI 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
UTSA RCMI Biophotonics Core

The RCMI 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.

George Perry george.perry@utsa.edu (210) 458-4450

non-iLab Cores at University of Texas - San Antonio

Core Name Primary Contact Email Phone Number/Ext
Immune Defense Core

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

ChiungYu Hung, Ph.D. idc.flow@utsa.edu (210) 458-4089
RCMI Computational Systems Biology Core

The RCMI Computational Systems Biology Core Facility provides computational support for basic and translational health research, including computational infrastructure to support modeling and simulation of biological systems, live cell imaging, and protein biomarker research. The facility provide...

Jianhua Ruan, Ph.D. cbiadmin@utsa.edu (210) 458-7100