The proposed MARC U*STAR Program represents a continuation of the efforts by St. Mary's University to become a significant producer of underrepresented minority biomedical research scientists. The institutional long-term goal for the Program is to increase the number of underrepresented minority students majoring in biology, chemistry/biochemistry, biophysics, mathematics, and engineering, who enter and complete doctoral research programs in the biomedical sciences. In order to achieve this goal, the following objectives have been established for the proposed funding period: (1) Continue to increase trainees'knowledge of biomedical principles and practices through a strong scientific academic foundation, (2) Enhance trainee analytical and evaluation skills by improving scientific writing capabilities, (3) Continue to develop trainee research and disciplinary socialization skill, (4) Incorporate scientific outreach activities into the program to facilitate the learning process n trainees. Proposed activities include providing trainees with a rigorous science curriculum, performing academic year research, arranging summer research experiences at research-intensive institutions for trainees, developing a Scientific Writing course, conducting a biomedical research workshop and seminar series, and arranging trainee attendance at scientific meetings. Students participating in this training program will be qualified to pursue doctoral studies in chemistry, biochemistry, biophysics, cell and molecular biology, physiology, microbiology, epidemiology, and other biomedical sciences. The successful attainment of the stated goal will contribute to the enhancement of the racial and ethnic diversity of the biomedical research community, which in turn will contribute to the eventual elimination of health care disparities.

Public Health Relevance

The successful attainment of the stated goal and objectives will contribute to the enhancement of the racial and ethnic diversity of the biomedical research community, which in turn will contribute to the eventual elimination of health care disparities.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
MARC Undergraduate NRSA Institutional Grants (T34)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (TWD)
Program Officer
Gaillard, Shawn R
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
St. Mary's University
Other Domestic Higher Education
San Antonio
United States
Zip Code
Liu, Jinyou; Viswanadhapalli, Suryavathi; Garcia, Lauren et al. (2017) Therapeutic utility of natural estrogen receptor beta agonists on ovarian cancer. Oncotarget 8:50002-50014
Mfuh, Adelphe M; Schneider, Brett D; Cruces, Westley et al. (2017) Metal- and additive-free photoinduced borylation of haloarenes. Nat Protoc 12:604-610
Lane-Donovan, Courtney; Wong, Wen Mai; Durakoglugil, Murat S et al. (2016) Genetic Restoration of Plasma ApoE Improves Cognition and Partially Restores Synaptic Defects in ApoE-Deficient Mice. J Neurosci 36:10141-50
Fu, Jianmin; Blaylock, Morganne; Wickes, Cameron F et al. (2016) Development of a Candida glabrata dominant nutritional transformation marker utilizing the Aspergillus nidulans acetamidase gene (amdS). FEMS Yeast Res 16:
Adkins, Amy; Aleman, Jesus; Boies, Lori et al. (2015) Force Required to Cinch the Tricuspid Annulus: An Ex-Vivo Study. J Heart Valve Dis 24:644-52
Higgins, Paul B; Rodriguez, Perla J; Voruganti, V Saroja et al. (2014) Body composition and cardiometabolic disease risk factors in captive baboons (Papio hamadryas sp.): sexual dimorphism. Am J Phys Anthropol 153:9-14
Gleason, Julie E; Galaleldeen, Ahmad; Peterson, Ryan L et al. (2014) Candida albicans SOD5 represents the prototype of an unprecedented class of Cu-only superoxide dismutases required for pathogen defense. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 111:5866-71
Macrini, T E; Coan, H B; Levine, S M et al. (2013) Reproductive status and sex show strong effects on knee OA in a baboon model. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 21:839-48
Daubner, S Colette; Avila, Audrey; Bailey, Johnathan O et al. (2013) Mutagenesis of a specificity-determining residue in tyrosine hydroxylase establishes that the enzyme is a robust phenylalanine hydroxylase but a fragile tyrosine hydroxylase. Biochemistry 52:1446-55
Weiderhold, Kimberly N; Randall-Hlubek, Deborah A; Polin, Lisa A et al. (2006) CB694, a novel antimitotic with antitumor activities. Int J Cancer 118:1032-40