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The unique border community in El Paso, TX provides scientists an opportunity to improve our nation's future well-being by addressing health problems today among the local Hispanic population. Hispanics are the fastest growing minority group in the U.S.; and continue to be most at-risk, but least understood concerning major health issues such as breast cancer, diabetes, infectious diseases, and psychiatric disorders. It is expected that 1 in 3 people will be of Hispanic origin in 2050. This means that our scientists at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) are instrumental in discovering new aspects of disease, with the possibility of discovering new preventive medicines.

Research at the Paul L. Foster School of Medicine is organized into four programmatic centers of excellence in cancer, infectious diseases, neurosciences, and diabetes and obesity. They are complimented by substantial core facilities in cytometry, genomics, histology, proteomics and the Biostatistics and Epidemiology Consulting Lab. Together with state-of-the art research facilities, and more than $14 million in additional peer-reviewed federal funds in the last three years, TTUHSC at El Paso is on the brink of life-changing discovery.

Students who are interested in pursuing a successful career in biomedical research and education will find an exciting and encouraging environment to grow and discover at our Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. It is our privilege to educate our nation's future scientists!

I welcome you to become a part of our program's exciting growth, and offer you a chance to be an instrumental piece in the future health of our nation.


Rajkumar Lakshmanaswamy, Ph.D.



 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