Research Partners

The role of research partner institutions is to provide world-class research experiences for UTEP faculty and students, as well as for our pipeline partners, through programs such as the BUILDing SCHOLARS Scholarship, Summer Research Program, and additional enrichment opportunities throughout the year.

Research partners are also committed to involving their participating faculty in mentoring training. Several research partners have also committed to reserving a set number of graduate school slots for graduates from the BUILDing SCHOLARS Center.

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Arizona State University

Principal Investigator: Alison Essary, Ph.D.
Director of Student Affairs
Clinical Associate Professor of Health Sciences
College of Health Solutions
Email: alison.essary@asu.edu
 Summer Research Program Description


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Baylor College of Medicine

Principal Investigator: Laurie Connor, Ph.D.
Director, Summer Undergraduate Research (SMART)
Development (IMSD & PREP)
Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Email: lconnor@bcm.edu
 Summer Research Program Description


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Clemson University

Principal Investigator: Narendra Vyavahare, Ph.D.
Director, South Carolina COBRE Center of Biomaterials for Tissue Regeneration
Professor, Department of Bioengineering
Email: narenv@clemson.edu
 Summer Research Program Description



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Rice University

Principal Investigator: Jane Grande-Allen, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Bioengineering
Email: grande@rice.edu
 Summer Research Program Description


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University of Arizona

Principal Investigator: Frans Tax, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Email: fetax@email.arizona.edu
 Summer Research Program Description


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University of Connecticut

Principal Investigator: Cato Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief Executive Officer, The Connecticut Convergence Institute for Translation in Regenerative Engineering
Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery
Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Biomedical Engineering
Email: laurencin@uchc.edu
 Summer Research Program Description
 BUILD Initiative


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University of New Mexico

Principal Investigator: Gabriel Sanchez, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Center for Health Policy
Associate Professor, Department of Political Science
Email: sanchezg@unm.edu
 Summer Research Program Description


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University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center

Principal Investigator: Helen Hathaway, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Cell Biology & Physiology
Email: hhathaway@salud.unm.edu
 Summer Research Program Description


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University of Texas at Arlington

Principal Investigator: Kytai Truong Nguyen, Ph.D.
Professor & Graduate Advisor of Bioengineering
The University of Texas at Arlington
The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Email: knguyen@uta.edu
 Summer Research Program Description


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University of Texas at Austin

Principal Investigator: Mia Markey, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering
Email: mia.markey@utexas.edu
 Summer Research Program Description


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University of Texas Health Sciences Center at Houston

Principal Investigator: Louis Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Health Promotion & Behavioral Sciences,
School of Public Health, El Paso Regional Campus
Email: louis.d.brown@uth.tmc.edu
 Summer Research Program Description


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University of Texas Southwestern

Principal Investigator: Nancy Street, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Graduate School Professor, Department of Microbiology
Email: nancy.street@utsouthwestern.edu
 Summer Research Program Description

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