The research mission of the Department of Neurosurgery has two goals: first to maintain a rigorous, translational, and impactful research program that investigates different issues relating to neurosurgery and neurology. Our basic science research program includes projects such as cancer biology, stroke, traumatic brain and spinal injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder. We similarly have a very active clinical research program, which includes investigation of the efficacy of neurosurgical interventions in brain hemorrhage and brain artery occlusion, neurocritical care, and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The second goal of our research mission is to effectively educate and train the next generation of investigators and physician-scientists. We achieve this by the active incorporation graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, medical students, undergraduate students, and high-school students into the research program. In particular, our neurosurgical residents undergo a year of basic science training and investigation during their fifth year of residency.

Postdoctoral Research Opportunity

The laboratory of Dr. Naomi Sayre is accepting applications for a T32 postdoctoral research fellow studying the effect of LDLR-like protein 1 (LRP1) on neural stem cell behavior after stroke. This research training program is designed to prepare early career scientists to become independent investigators who can work in teams to discover answers that will lead to the prevention and treatment of occlusive vascular disease. This NIH-sponsored NRSA postdoctoral research training program in cardiovascular pathobiology (HL07446) offers concentrated interdisciplinary research training across diverse laboratories with wide-ranging areas of expertise. Successful applicants will be highly motivated postdoctoral trainees interested in in vivo mouse models of disease, cell biology, and neuroscience.

All postdoctoral appointments are designated as security sensitive positions. The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.


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