Thursday, October 08, 2015


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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Oct. 8, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

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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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