In the News

Featuring the most current honors, awards, and publications featuring or authored by UT Southwestern’s Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and its faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral students, and alumni.

New Dean Announced

Andrew Zinn, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Internal Medicine and the Eugene McDermott Center for Human Growth and Development, became the new Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences on August 1, 2013.

U.S. News and World Report: 
2011 Best Graduate Schools


UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences:

#20 in Biological Sciences

Specialty Rankings:

  • # 9 in Immunology
  • #10 in Genetics and Development/Cancer Biology
  • #11 in Biological Chemistry/Molecular Biophysics

Science Watch 2010

UT Southwestern Medical Center ranks #1 in scientific impact in Clinical Medicine and Biology/Biochemistry, according to Science Watch. UTSW is also ranked #2 in Neuroscience and Behavior and #3 in Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Faculty in the News

Thomas Sudhof, M.D.

June 16, 2014 – Cellular force that drives allergy and asthma can be blocked by interferon, immunologists find
A mechanism that could underlie the development of cells that drive asthma and allergies has been uncovered by immunology researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Thomas Sudhof, M.D.

June 12, 2014 – Proteins causing daytime sleepiness tied to bone formation, providing target for osteoporosis
Orexin proteins, which are blamed for spontaneous daytime sleepiness, also play a crucial role in bone formation, according to findings by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers. The findings could potentially give rise to new treatments for osteoporosis, the researchers say.

Thomas Sudhof, M.D.

May 22, 2014 – Wound-healing role for microRNAs in colon offer new insight to inflammatory bowel diseases
A microRNA cluster believed to be important for suppressing colon cancer has been found to play a critical role in wound healing in the intestine, UT Southwestern Medical Center cancer researchers have found.

Thomas Sudhof, M.D.

May 22, 2014 – CPRIT awards UTSW $11 million in research grants to help recruit top cancer specialists
The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has awarded UT Southwestern Medical Center $11 million in research grants to support recruitment of top cancer scientists and clinicians, the most funding of any Texas institution.

Thomas Sudhof, M.D.

May 20, 2014 – Super model" mouse reveals mechanisms that regulate metabolism
A lean “Supermodel” mouse type has revealed the potentially critical role played by a largely unknown gene that regulates metabolism, findings that could provide new insight into diseases ranging from diabetes to obesity, a new study by UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers suggests.

Graduate Students in the News

Anju Sreelatha, Kim Orth, Ph.D.

Nov. 7, 2013 – Discovery could accelerate body's response to infection, autoimmune disorders
UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers report that disrupting the light-dark cycle of mice increased their susceptibility to inflammatory disease, indicating that the production of a key immune cell is controlled by the body’s circadian clock. Co-authors include Neuroscience Chair and HHMI Investigator Dr. Joseph Takahashi, whose discovery of the mouse and human clock genes led to a description of a conserved circadian clock mechanism in animals. The lead author is Xiaofei Yu, an Immunology student in the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.

Anju Sreelatha, Kim Orth, Ph.D.

July 29, 2013 – In a study published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Anju Sreelatha (pictured, left), a Biological Chemistry and Mechanisms of Disease graduate student, and colleagues at UT Southwestern and the University of Georgia, report a novel channel-forming mechanism used by VopQ to quickly disrupt autophagy in host cells during infection by Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria. Kim Orth, Ph.D. (pictured, right), Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, is Ms. Sreelatha's mentor and senior author of the study.

Postdocs in the News

Thomas Sudhof, M.D.

March 13, 2014 – Researchers generate new neurons in brains, Post-heart attack biological events provide cardioprotectionspinal cords of living adult mammals
Dr. Joseph A. Hill, (left) Chief of Cardiology and senior author of the study, and Dr. Zhao Wang, a postdoctoral research fellow and the study's first author.

Thomas Sudhof, M.D.

March 9, 2014 – Stem cell study opens door to undiscovered world of biology
Dr. Robert A.J. Signer, (left) a postdoctoral research fellow and the study's first author, and Dr. Sean Morrison, Director of the Children’s Research Institute and senior author of the study.