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Location is everything – a truism that applies not only to real estate but also to biomedical research.  Geographically and culturally in sync at the U.S./Mexico border, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) El Paso provides an early glimpse of what our nation will soon resemble.  Over 81 percent of the El Paso community is Mexican-American, and along with others of Latino background, comprise the fastest growing minority group in the country.  This broad demographic is the least understood and thus potentially the most at-risk regarding susceptibility to major diseases such as diabetes, breast and colon cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, and other disorders.  For this reason alone, it is vital to study the genetic, environmental, and other influences on the health of our Latino population. 

Scientists at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine (PLFSOM) at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) are focused on understanding the fundamentals of diseases that impact Latinos, as well as all members of our community, and on translating the newest research findings into preventive measures and the most effective treatments.  Our faculty also is instrumental in training the next generation of biomedical research scientists through the TTUHSC El Paso Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. 

Research at PLFSOM is organized into four programmatic centers of emphasis in cancer, infectious diseases, neurosciences, and diabetes and metabolic disorders.  Our scientific programs are complemented by substantial core facilities, and by a unique Biostatistics and Epidemiology Unit that provides expertise in cutting-edge bioinformatics and data analysis.  

As you browse through our website, I hope you will see how we at TTUHSC El Paso are engaged in studying key biomedical research problems through a distinctive demographic lens, and will learn how focusing on the underpinnings of disease in a specific population can have a major positive impact on the health and well-being of our nation as a whole.


Peter S. Rotwein, M.D.

   TTUHSC El Paso
   Assistant Vice President for Research
   Associate Dean for Research
   Chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences
   Regional Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences



 Recent News

seed grant

The Office of the Associate Dean for Research is excited to congratulate the 2014 TTUHSC at El Paso Seed Grant recipients.  The funding they receive will help to further research, departmental collaborations, and the health of our community. 


The 15 award recipients include:


  • Dr. Michael Escamilla
  • Dr. Laxman Gangwani
  • Dr. Robert Gonzalez
  • Dr. Anjali Joshi
  • Dr. Melissa Mendez
  • Dr. Teodoro Montoya
  • Dr. Ghulam Murtaza
  • Dr. Olivera Nesic-Taylor
  • Dr. Victor Olivas
  • Dr. Ruth Perez
  • Dr. Luis Ramos-Duran
  • Dr. Sireesha Reddy
  • Dr. Lewis Rubin
  • Dr. Haoquan Wu
  • Dr. Mintao Zeng