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

Tel: 210-567-0611
Patrick Sung, DPhil is Associate Dean for Research in the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine, Robert A. Welch Distinguished Chair and Interim Chair of the Department of Biochemistry & Structural Biology. Dr. Sung also leads the genetic integrity 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.

Tel: 210-567-0751
David Gius, MD/PhD is Assistant Dean for Research for the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine and 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.

Tel: 210-450-0781
Chris Valdez, PhD is the Operations Manager in the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine’s Office for Research. 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.

Tel: 210-562-6869
Denise Graham, MPH Senior Program Coordinator
Denise joined the Office for Research in June 2021 and coordinates medical student research services and support.

Tel: 210-450-8392
Office: 344F (hallway to University Hospital)

Office for Research

Long School of Medicine

7703 Floyd Curl Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78229, USA
Room number MED 367L