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Meet a Roadrunner: UTSA's Arpan Satsangi is developing cancer treatment

Arpan Satsangi

Arpan Satsangi

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(July 17, 2013) -- Meet Arpan Satsangi. This 26-year-old biomedical engineering Ph.D. student is developing a novel drug delivery system that will make chemotherapy treatment more tolerable for cancer patients. He will defend his research this Friday and start medical school at the UT Health Science Center on Monday.

The son of two biomedical researchers, Satsangi developed a passion for research at a young age. As a high school student, he volunteered to help UTSA biomedical engineering professor Joo L. Ong (then at the UT Health Science Center) with his research and ended up as one of the top winners in the national Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science and Technology, which recognizes talented high school students who challenge themselves through science research.

He received his undergraduate degree at Texas A&M but then joined UTSA for graduate school to study under Ong again.

"Ever since I've known Arpan in his high school days, he has always been interested in science," said Ong. "He is tremendously talented and it has been a privilege to serve as his mentor."

Satsangi's motivation to pursue a doctorate in medicine in addition to a Ph.D. comes from his desire to contribute to society as a physician-scientist who translates biomedical discoveries into medical advances.

"It was actually in a Gross Anatomy class when we were able to witness a full dissection of a human body that I first realized that I wanted use my interest in scientific research to help create real improvements in medicine," said Satsangi.

"Drug delivery to aid in cancer treatment is an area that many people have been researching but haven't found one perfect solution yet. Many patients have told me that the symptoms from chemo are almost worse than the cancer itself. This desire to relieve this suffering is what drives me to find a better solution than what we have now."


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Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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