(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.
UTSA researchers are exploring matter at the atomic level with Helenita. It's one of the most powerful microscopes in the world, with the ability to operate near the theoretical limit of resolution. At 9 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing more than two tons, Helenita can dissect almost anything. With Helenita's resolution, researchers can study particles atom by atom to see how they behave.
That's critical in developing nanotechnology that will help diagnosis early-stage breast cancer or make helmets that are uber strong. Moreover, the detail that Helenita provides will allow nanotechnology researchers to create new therapies and treatments to fight a wide range of human diseases.
Did you know? Helenita can magnify a sample 20 million times its size, which would make a strand of human hair the size of San Antonio.
Join AIA San Antonio’s Women in Architecture group for their networking and happy hour event, where all design professionals are welcome.
Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St.
This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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