UTSA's Andrew Tsin

UTSA's Andrew Tsin named Silver Fellow

By Christi Fish
Public Affairs Specialist

(May 20, 2009)--UTSA biochemistry and physiology professor Andrew Tsin stood among an elite group of eye researchers recently when he was named a Silver Fellow of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). The new honor recognizes professional accomplishments and service of its members as well as their contributions to the association's advancement.

This year, 308 members were inducted into the inaugural class of fellows, which is less than 3 percent of its international membership of more than 12,500.

With three decades of experience in vision and related research and nearly two decades as a University of Texas System academic, UTSA's Tsin is a frequent collaborator at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

He oversees the Vision Research Laboratory, which aims to understand the biochemical and cellular/molecular events in the eye related to normal visual functions and to abnormal or disease conditions. Particularly, his team investigates the mechanism of pigment regeneration in the cone visual system and how hyperglycemia and insulin induce vascular endothelial growth factor secretion by retinal cells.

Since 1981, Tsin has directed more than $51.5 million in grant funds including $3.6 million in federal research grants, $290,500 in private grants awarded for his research and $47.8 million in grants that promote faculty and student training at UTSA.

In addition to his faculty duties, Tsin serves as associate dean of research in the UTSA College of Sciences, as director of UTSA's major National Institutes of Health programs and as director of the UTSA Center for Research and Training in the Sciences (CRTS). CRTS is a $6 million-per-year center established in 2006 to maximize resource sharing of extramural programs with similar or complimentary goals in scientific research and training.

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