(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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For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.
Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.
Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.
All campuses will be closed for the Labor Day holiday.
Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.
As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus
The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus
Love of theater, history leads Lee grad to pursue anthropology degree
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