Robert Gracy
Robert Gracy

Robert Gracy named VP for research

By Adi Pavlovic
Student Writer, College of Liberal and Fine Arts

(March 8, 2006)--UTSA has named Robert Gracy vice president for research. Gracy, who comes to UTSA from the University of North Texas Health Science Center (UNTHSC) in Fort Worth, replaces recently retired Joe Stafford.

Gracy will report to UTSA President Ricardo Romo.

"We are fortunate to have Dr. Gracy join us at UTSA," said Romo. "His expertise will be key in helping UTSA work toward premier research university status."

At UNTHSC, Gracy was associate vice president for research and biotechnology and professor of molecular biology and immunology. Additionally, he held visiting professor positions in Germany, China, Thailand and Puerto Rico.

Gracy is vice chairman of the board of directors for Texas Healthcare and Bioscience and vice chairman for the Texas Healthcare Information Council.

Gracy received his B.S. degree in chemistry and biological sciences from California Polytechnic University and his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California. He was a Fellow of the Daymon Runyon Cancer Foundation at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany.

Gracy received Research Career Development and MERIT awards from the National Institutes of Health and research awards from the American Chemical Society and the American Osteopathic Medical Association. He has published more than 200 papers and book chapters, and holds several patents in biotechnology.

His research focuses on the accumulation of modified proteins in aging and chronic diseases resulting from oxidative damage, which includes Alzheimer's disease and the impairment of vision and wound healing.

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