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UTSA’s RCMI program is supported by a $12.6 million grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) (support transferred from the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) effective December 23, 2011) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to enhance the research capacity and infrastructure at minority-serving universities that offer doctorates in health sciences. The RCMI program has contributed significantly to UTSA’s expansion of research capabilities through the creation of advanced research core facilities that are available to all UTSA researchers, the recruitment of outstanding biomedical faculty members, and support for faculty development research projects.

Research Cores

Biophotonics Core

The Biophotonics Core utilizes cutting-edge imaging technologies that enable UTSA researchers to investigate and analyze biological processes in live cells at the molecular level with exceptional sensitivity and precision. This technology supports basic and translational research, including applications to develop therapeutic interventions and vaccine development.

Computational Systems Biology (CSB) Core

The CSB Core builds high-performance computing infrastructure for modeling and simulation of biological systems, live cell imaging, and protein biomarker research. This infrastructure enables the integration and processing of the enormous amount of data generated in studying complex biological interactions and as such it is a key component for advancing basic and translational health research at UTSA. The Core builds upon the well-established computing infrastructure of the Computational Biology Initiative (CBI) and it seeds the creation of a high performance computing center at UTSA. The CSB Core is a unique facility that provides central computational support through state-of-the-art computational facilities and expertise for existing and future UTSA faculty and their students.

Nanotechnology and Human Health Core

The Nanotechnology and Human Health Core 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; tissue engineering scaffolds; artificial organs and implants; and bioimaging and cell labeling. Additionally, the Core supports development of new advanced characterization methods to study biological tissue using nanoparticles and advanced electron microscopy techniques to produce three-dimensional structural information for imaging cell membranes, organelles, and other subcellular structures.

Protein Biomarkers Core

The Protein Biomarkers Core builds infrastructure and instrumentation necessary to identify and characterize highly sensitive and specific protein biomarkers, including biomarkers that are particular to minority populations. These biomarkers can be used clinically to screen for and diagnose diseases and to guide and assess molecularly targeted therapy.

Research Projects

UTSA RCMI Research Projects promote the development of faculty members and advances their research programs. Current areas of research include autoimmune diseases, cancer, multiple sclerosis, health disparities, nanoparticles, protein biomarkers, and high-performance computing.


Click here to see a history of RCMI at UTSA.