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New Research Dean Appointed at Texas Tech El Paso School of Medicine

Frank Talamantes

Frank Talamantes, Ph.D., M.A.

Texas Tech El Paso School of Medicine has appointed Frank Talamantes, Ph.D., M.A., professor and assistant dean for research. He previously served as professor and head of the research division for the Department of Pathology.

Talmantes's research is in the area of biochemical endocrinology. His research studies are on the endocrine function of the placenta, hormonal control of mammary carcinogens and on the structure and regulation of expression of the growth hormone receptor.

In recognition of his scientific contributions, Talamantes received the Berson Lectureship in 2001, the highest award given by the American Physiological Society (Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism), for his pioneering work on the growth hormone receptor. He also received, in 1991, the "Transatlantic Medal Lecturer" from the British Society for Endocrinology.

Talamantes is a graduate of Cathedral High School in El Paso and a 1966 graduate of the University of St. Thomas in Houston where he received his degree in biology. He earned his Master's of Arts, also in biology, in 1970 from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and his Ph.D. in endocrinology from the University of California, Berkeley in 1974. In addition, Talamantes was a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Meiji University in Kanagawa, Japan, in 1992.

In 1998, the Hispanic Business Magazine named Talamantes as one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics." He also has been active in programs associated with the advancement of ethnic minority students in the biomedical sciences and has served on the Minority Access to Research Careers NIH Study Section. Talamantes is the author of 171 manuscripts and 13 book chapters.