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Manzoor Bhat, MS, PhD is the Interim Vice Dean for Research at the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine.

Dr. Bhat is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology, and holder of the Zachry Foundation Distinguished Chair in Neurosciences. Dr. Bhat’s research focus has been in the area of genetic and molecular processes that underlie neuron-glial interactions, synaptic organization and neurodegeneration. Dr. Bhat has been continuously funded by the NIH for the past two decades, and has also received funding from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Simons Foundation, and the John Doran Family Foundation. He is a member of the Dana Alliance for Brain Research Foundation and serves on the executive advisory committee of the Target ALS. At UT Health, Dr. Bhat led the charge to establish a Mouse Genome Engineering and Transgenic Facility, an institutional resource that creates genetically modified mouse models for UT Health investigators.


Patrick Sung, DPhil is Associate Dean for Research in the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine

Dr. Sung is a Professor of Biochemistry and Structural Biology. He holds the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair in Chemistry and serves as the Director of the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute. Dr. Sung also co-leads the Cancer Development and Progression program at the UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center. In his role as Associate Dean for Research Dr. Sung provides support and mentorship to biomedical science faculty.

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David Gius, MD/PhD is Assistant Dean for Research for the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine

Dr. Gius is the  Associate Director of the Mays Cancer Center at UTHSCSA MD Anderson. Dr. Gius also leads a research laboratory on cancer as an aging disease, as well as provides support and mentorship to young investigators and students.

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Jose E. Cavazos, MD/PhD is Associate Dean for Research Training in the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine

Dr. Cavazos is a Professor of Neurology and Physiology. He is the director of the MD/PhD program at UT Health San Antonio. He reorganized the program and grew it into a nationally recognized Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) receiving NIH funding in 2018, and recently receiving an outstanding impact score for the renewal of the MSTP award. Dr. Cavazos has also served as Program Director for the Clinical Neurophysiology fellowship since 2005. He was our CTSA KL-2 program director between 2014 and 2018, and contributed to our successful NIH renewal. Dr. Cavazos joined the efforts of our Bigg’s Alzheimer’s Institute and became the Core Leader for the Research Education Component in 2020, which recently received NIH funding as the South Texas ADRC. As Associate Dean for Research, he leads research training of residents and fellows in the Graduate Medical Education (GME) programs of the Long School of Medicine.


Kate Lathrop, M.D. is Assistant Dean for Medical Student Research in the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine

Dr. Lathrop is a UT Health Medical Breast Oncologist. Her research interest is in early therapeutics for breast cancer, particularly triple negative breast cancer. She is the current fellowship director for the Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship and an assistant program director with a focus on scholarly activity for the Internal Medicine residency program. She also serves as the program director for the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

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Denise Graham, MPH Senior Program Coordinator

Denise received her Master of Public Health degree from UT Health at Houston School of Public Health and Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas. She has worked with multiple health programs in the state government, healthcare, and higher education sectors. She is the Senior Program Coordinator for medical student research programs and services

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Jennifer Maldonado is the Interim Vice Dean for Research’s Executive Assistant in the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine

Jennifer received her Bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University, and is a U.S. Navy Veteran who served during Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. As the Vice Dean for Research Executive Assistant, Jennifer is the point of contact for managing the Vice Dean for Research’s daily meeting agenda and partners with colleagues to oversee event and fiscal planning.

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Chris Valdez, PhD is the Research Operations Manager in the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine

Dr. Valdez received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Michigan and is a former Department of Defense principal investigator. As the Research Operations Manager, Dr. Valdez leverages his technical and administrative background to manage programs and services that support strategic research areas within the LSOM.