PR Stories

UT Health SA Newsroom: Caring for Brianna: VHL (von Hippel-Lindau disease) Dream Team springs into action (Tomlinson)

September 14, 2021

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. The following article is meant to raise awareness of von Hippel-Lindau disease (VHL) and to help the public learn about state-of-the-art VHL care available in San Antonio. The Mays Cancer Center is recognized as a VHL Clinical Care Center by the VHL Alliance. Media contact: Will Sansom, (210) 567-2579, sansom@uthscsa.edu […]


Drs Houghton and Kurmasheva to Receive 5-year, $2.9M NCI Pediatric In Vivo Testing Program (PIVOT) U01 Grant Renewal

August 10, 2021

NCI Pediatric In Vivo Testing Program (U01), renewal for the previous PPTC (Pediatric Preclinical Testing Consortium). Grant period:            July 2021-June 2026. Total dollar amount:  $2,900,000 over 5 years. Abstract Cancer in children is rare with approximately 15,700 new cases diagnosed annually in children 21 years or younger in the U.S. […]


Henry Miller (Bishop Lab) Receives NIA F31 Fellowship Award

August 6, 2021

Congrats to Henry Miller (Mentor: Alexander Bishop, D. Phil.) on recently being awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award ,NIA F31 fellowship! We asked Henry to tell us more about the project he will be leading and how it will affect his future as a researcher. What is the general scope […]


Yogesh Gupta Awarded, 5-year $3.0 million R01 NIH/NIAID Grant to Support His SARS-CoV-2 and RNA Methylation Work.

July 29, 2021

Dr. Yogesh Gupta was awarded a 5-year $3.0 million R01 NIH/NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) grant to support his SARS-CoV-2 and RNA methylation work. ABSTRACT The massive global pandemic with high morbidity and mortality makes Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus-2  (SARS-CoV-2) one of the deadliest viruses in recent history. It is especially noteworthy for hijacking the normal operations of […]



Adam Kosti Successfully Defends PhD Dissertation (Penalva Lab)

June 21, 2021

Join us in congratulating Adam Kosti of the Penalva Lab for successfully defending his dissertation, “microRNA-Transcription Factor Networks in Gliomagenesis” last week. Mentor: Dr. Luiz Penalva Program: PhD in Integrated Biomedical Sciences Discipline: Cancer Biology   Way to go Adam!       __________________________________________________________ Since 2004, UT Health San Antonio, Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute’s (Greehey […]


Angelina Vaseva, PhD Presented 2021 Voelcker Pilot Award (Houghton Lab)

June 16, 2021

Congratulations to Angelina Vaseva, PhD, research assistant professor at Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute and the Department of Molecular Medicine, on being presented a 2021 2021 Voelcker Pilot Award. Dr. Vaseva’s project is “ Vertical Inhibition of the RAF-MEK-ERK Pathway in RAS-driven Rhabdomyosarcoma”.  Her studies are centered on the development of novel targeted therapeutic strategies […]


Pertsemlidis Lab Awarded American Lung Association Grant to Study “Identifying Exploitable Biomarkers of Lung Cancer Metastasis”

June 16, 2021

Abstract Rationale. Most cancer deaths are caused by metastatic disease, and the prevention of metastasis is a significant focus of clinical research. Aberrant expression of miRNAs has been found in all cancers, yielding insights into disease processes that would be difficult to detect by other methods and revealing fundamental therapeutic vulnerabilities. miRNAs have been shown […]


St. Baldrick’s: Checking the Life-Threatening Box: A Survivor’s Update (Aune)

June 16, 2021

A childhood cancer survivor himself, Gregory J. Aune, MD, PhD, shares his personal experience and thoughts during National Cancer Survivor Month.           (Originally posted on Medium on May 19th, Dr. Aune graciously agreed to share this with St. Baldrick’s.) Dr. Aune was a St. Baldrick’s Scholar 2014 – 2019, serves as […]


Greehey CCRI’s Genomic Sequencing Facility to Receive $600,000 NIH Grant to upgrade genomic sequencing capabilities (Lai Lab).

June 15, 2021

Dr. Zhao Lai, Director of the Genomic Sequencing Facility (GSF) at the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute (Greehey CCRI) at UT Health San Antonio (UTHSA), has been awarded a $600,000 NIH grant to help purchase a new Illumina NovaSeq 6000. This new system will improve the range of basic, translational, clinical, and genomics studies at […]