Trauma Immunopathology Research Laboratory
Martin G. Schwacha, Principal Investigator
Martin G. Schwacha is a Professor of Surgery at UTHSCSA in the Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery. He also holds the position of Research Scientist at the US Army Institute of Surgical Research. He has serves/served on the editorial boards of Shock and International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Medicine as well as an ad hoc reviewer for numerous other scientific journal. Martin has also served as a review committee member for the NIH, Shriner's Hospital and DoD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs and is an active member of a number of scientific societies focused on trauma, infection and/or immunology. He has obtained research funding from both the NIH and DoD. Martin received his BS from the University of Rhode Island in 1981. After working for the Veterans Administration in Providence RI as a research assistant he entered graduate school and obtained a PhD from Albany Medical College, Albany NY in 1992. Postdoctoral studies in immunology were completed at the Gamble Institute, Cincinnati, OH and Temple University, Philadelphia, PA. In 1997 he joined the Surgery faculty at Brown University, Providence RI and subsequently joined the faculty at University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2000. In 2008 he joined the faculty at UTHSCSA. During his off-hours Martin enjoys time with his family and playing jazz saxophone.
Meenakshi Rani, PhD, Research Scientist
Meenakshi Rani is a research scientist in our laboratory. Meenakshi completed her PhD in 2006 in the laboratory of Prof. Ulrich F. Schade from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. Her studies demonstrated the activation of monocyte, macrophages and dendritic cells by GM-CSF after hemorrhagic shock and during polymicrobial sepsis. Dr. Rani completed her post-doctoral work with Dr. Michael T. Berton in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at UTHSCSA where she examined signaling pathways critical in the inflammatory response (i.e., ERK1/2 and P38 MAPK) in a Francisella tularensis infection model. Dr Rani works closely with Dr. Schwacha on his project on gd T-cells after burn and is developing a project to examine the role of this unique T-cell subset after hemorrhagic shock.
Qiong Zhang, Research Associate
Qiong Zhang is a Research Associate in our laboratory. She received her BS from the Beijing University School of Medicine where she received the 1992 Presidential Research Excellence Award. She has worked at UTHSCSA since 2001 and is well-accomplished in a wide range of laboratory techniques that include cell culture, molecular biology, flow cytometry and immunohistochemistry.
The Department of Surgery offers its residents a two-year research training program option. One of the unique aspects of this training program is its commitment to translational research. Each research fellow will spend a two year time period following their second (or conceivably third) year of surgical residency conducting research under the mentorship of both a basic scientist and clinical scientist. In addition, each research fellow will complete a Master's in Clinical Investigation at UTHSCSA. This process creates an ideal environment for the translation of important research developments from the bench to the bedside while assuring a broad education in biostatistics and epidemiology, investigational methods of cellular and molecular biology, and research ethics. Our expectation is that graduates of this program will gain the intellectual tools needed to be contributing clinician surgeon-scientists and have the ability to initiate and contribute to more effective trauma treatment in the U.S. and the world.
Travis Holloway, MD
General Surgery Research Resident
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Research mentor: Martin Schwacha, PhD, Professor, Division of Trauma and Emergency Surgery, UT School of Medicine at San Antonio Department of Surgery.
Research project: Immunoinflammatory response to burn injury
US Army Institute of Surgical Research, Fort Sam Houston, TX
Charles E. Wade, PhD, UT Health Science Center, Houston, TX
Joseph L. Messina, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
Ping Wang, MD, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, Manhasset NY
Xiaowu Wu, MD, UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
Thank you to the US Department of Energy Human Genome Project for their generous permission to use the caduceus/DNA image included in our logo.