(April 13, 2010)--For research which led to a licensing agreement with Merck and Company to develop a chlamydia vaccine, Bernard Arulanandam, UTSA professor of microbiology and immunology; Ashlesh Murthy, Ph.D. '06, UTSA research assistant professor; and Guangming Zhong, M.D., UT Health Science Center and San Antonio professor of microbiology and immunology, were named one of three finalist groups in the University of Texas System Chancellor's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Awards program. The three groups of finalists were honored last month in Arlington, Texas.
"Doctors Murthy, Zhong and I were very humbled when we learned we were finalists in the Chancellor's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Awards program," said Arulanandam, who with Murthy belongs to the UTSA South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases. "We have been working for years in the laboratory to develop an effective vaccine candidate to prevent chlamydia infections. It means so much to us to be recognized for our efforts."
"This kind of recognition and encouragement goes a long way in motivating young faculty to achieve excellence," said Murthy.
Caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, chlamydia is the most frequently reported sexually transmitted disease in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 2.3 million people between ages 14 and 39 are infected with the bacterium, which can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, serious complications for newborn infants and infertility.
South Texas Technology Management (STTM), UTSA and UTHSC nominated Arulanandam, Murthy and Zhong for the UT System chancellor's award to recognize their collaborative research, which demonstrates that a vaccine composed of a select group of recombinant C. trachomatis antigens can accelerate clearance of genital chlamydial infections and preserve female reproductive function in animals.
The UTSA community welcomes students to their on-campus home! Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall are home for 2,300 students during the academic year, and Move-In event kicks off the start of Roadrunner Days.
Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
Can you survive the library wilderness? As a part of Roadrunner Days, UTSA Libraries is hosting a mobile adventure for you to play and find out more about the library!
John Peace Library, 2nd floor, Main Campus
Come meet your UTSA Volleyball Team as they gear up for the 2017 season! The game begins at 5 p.m. then the team will hold an autograph and photo session after the game.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
This engaging discussion pulls back the covers on hooking up, clarifying when it’s actually sexual violence and how bystanders can protect potential victims from predators.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
Late Night at the Rec is an awesome UTSA tradition that transforms a standard information session into an exciting night of fun. At this annual event, you’ll be able to learn about our facilities, recreation programs, and wellness services offered at Main and Downtown Campuses.
Recreation and Wellness Center, Main Campus
The UTSA community is invited to the Community Networking events hosted by the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion during Roadrunner Days. Various opportunities will be available that will focus on our diverse population.
H-E-B University Center Ballrooms (HUC 1.104 and HUC 1.106), Main Campus
Start in the Paseo then branch out around campus so you know where to go on the first day of classes.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
This event offers a preview of the UC’s programs and services that students can enjoy throughout the year. There will be food and giveaways too.
University Center Paseo, Main Campus
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