UT Barshop Institute for Aging and Longevity Studies
The Barshop Institute faculty membership comprises more than 150 faculty crossing all five schools of the UT Health Science Center and three other San Antonio research institutions, the University of Texas at San Antonio, the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Sciences, and the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. For more information, visit the Institute’s website.

South Texas Veterans Health Care System
Audie L. Murphy Memorial Hospital Geriatrics Research, Education, and Clinical Center (GRECC)

Below are brief descriptions of ongoing aging research conducted by our faculty throughout the medical center. To learn more about a particular faculty member, please click on their name to view their faculty profile (if highlighted).

Faculty MemberResearch Focus
Isam Abdel-Karim, MD, MSGeriatric Oncology, Palliative Care, Hematologic malignancies
Melva Perez Andrews, OTPsychosocial aspects of low vision in the elderly
Laura Chiodo, MD, MPHGeriatric education, cognition and aging
Narayanasamy Elango, PhDRegulation of aging in bone tissue, regulation of cell growth in cancer cells
Sara Espinoza, MDEpidemiologic and translational studies of frailty
Amrita Kamat, PhDRole of b-adgrenergic stimulation in NAFLD during aging
Dean Kellogg, MD, PhDAlterations in mechanisms of vasoconstriction and vasodilatation during menopause, hypertension
Michael J. Lichtenstein, MD, MScResearch and Science Education
Ann Hamilton Newstead, PTNeurological rehabilitation across the lifespan
Mary Jo Pugh, RN, PhDPrescription of inappropriate medications for the elderly
Holly Van Remmen, PhDEffect of oxidative stress on mitochondrial function in loss of skeletal muscle during aging
Gustavo Roman, MDVascular Dementia and Stroke Prevention
Jeanette S. Ross, MDGeriatric Palliative Care, End-of-life communication skills
Sandra E. Sanchez-Reilly, MDGeriatric education, Geriatric oncology, Geriatric Palliative Care
Michele Saunders, DMD, MPHGeriatric Dentistry
Bin-Xian Zhang, PhDEndothelial cell calcium homeostasis