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UTSA invests $200,000 on new research projects

June, 2011

The Office of the Vice President for Research has awarded $200,000 to UTSA researchers and their collaborators through its Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program (CRSGP) and its Tenure-track Research Award Competition (TRAC) program.  The funding programs help UTSA faculty establish new, innovative, collaborative and multidisciplinary research programs in one or more of UTSA’s five strategic areas of excellence: health, security, energy and the environment, human and social development, and sustainability.

The following proposals, contingent upon this next year’s funding, will receive 2012-2013 seed grant money:


FY 2012-2013 Collaborative Research Seed Grant Winners

Award total: up to $30,000/project


The Latina paradox: psychosocial and sociocultural aspects of low birthweight

Co-PI: Kathryn Fleuriet, UTSA Department of Anthropology

Co-PI: Thankam Sunil, UTSA Department of Sociology


Fully integrated nano-biochip for rapid and point of care medical diagnosis

Co-PI: Liang Tang, UTSA Department of Biomedical Engineering

Co-PI: Youngjoong Joo, UTSA Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


Soy as an innovative dietary component in abdominal obesity management among Latinas

Co-PI: Meizi He, UTSA Department of Health and Kinesiology

Co-PI: Peter Kochunov, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio


BIGH3-derived peptides: Mediators of Chronic inflammation

Co-PI: Richard LeBaron, UTSA Department of Biology

Co-PI: Reto Asmis, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio



FY 2012-2013 Tenure-Track Research Award Competition

Award Maximum: $22,000/project


Archaeological investigations of the preceramic to early preclassic transition in the Maya lowlands

PI: M. Kathryn Brown, UTSA Department of Anthropology


Foundation protection of offshore renewable energy infrastructures: A computational approach toward sustainability and resilience

PI: Xiaofeng Liu, UTSA Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering


Unraveling the roles of Myogenin in muscle cell differentiation

PI: Paul Mueller, UTSA Department of Biology


Systematic design of novel Molybdenum-disulfide Nanocatalysts

PI: Xochtil Lopez-Lozano, UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy



UTSA is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and the third largest of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution of access and excellence, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.

UTSA serves more than 30,000 students in more than 130 degree programs in the colleges of Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and the Graduate School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. Learn more at


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