SABER • IRACDA Alumni Scholars

Megan Borror, Ph.D.

Dr. Borror first became excited about science as a high school student visiting her uncle’s laboratory. Her enthusiasm for science led her to Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, where she earned a BS in biology (2008) and a PhD in microbiology (2014). Through her graduate studies, Dr. Borror discovered her passion for sharing the knowledge and excitement of science with the next generation of young scientists as she assisted in teaching undergraduate classes. Dr. Borror joined the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2014 as a postdoctoral research fellow to study mitochondrial dysfunction and aging in the laboratory of Dr. Shane Rea at the Barshop Institute of Aging and Longevity. She was excited to be a part of the SABER*IRACDA program to further enhance her training in teaching and research in order to become a skilled professor and mentor for young scientists. 

  • Current Position: Assistant Professor
  • Current Department: Biology
  • Institution: Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX.
  • Email: mbborror@ollusa.edu

 

Courtney Carroll, Ph.D.

Dr. Carroll received her BA in Biochemistry from Hamilton College in 2011. From there, she attended Weill Cornell School of Biomedical Sciences, and obtained her PhD in Neuroscience in 2017. She then left the East Coast behind to pursue a post-doctoral position in Dr. Karl Rodriguez’s lab at the Barshop Institute at UT Health San Antonio. Her research focuses on the role of small heat shock proteins in general aging as well as neurodegerative disorders. Dr. Carroll is passionate about undergraduate education, and the SABER*IRACDA program will provide her with the training she needs to become an excellent researcher and teacher.

  • Current Position:  Assistant Professor
  • Current Department: Biology
  • Institution: University of North Carolina at Pembroke, NC.
  • Email:  courtney.carroll@uncp.edu

 

Rheaclare Fraser-Spears, Ph.D.

Dr. Fraser-Spears majored in biochemistry at Spelman College, received research training scholarships and summer internships, and solidified her plans to pursue graduate education. She obtained her Pharmacology doctorate from the University of Michigan, and is now in her 3rd year of postdoctoral training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. In research, she examines how novel compounds target specific proteins to regulate important brain chemicals; these studies will potentially offer a new approach in the treatment of depression. Her research activities are conducted in the laboratory of Lynnette Daws, PhD, in the Department of Physiology.  Rhea believes that on-going science education and exposure to contemporary research techniques are essential to continued scientific discovery. As an SABER*IRACDA scholar, she will acquire skills to become an effective science educator and enhance research opportunities for upcoming scientists.

  • Current Position: Assistant Professor
  • Current Department: Pharmacy
  • Institution: University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX.
  • Email: frasersp@uiwtx.edu

 

Christopher Peña, Ph.D.

Dr. Peña received his bachelors of science in biology at UT San Antonio, where his passion for teaching started as a supplemental instruction leader for various science courses.  As a doctoral student in the Cancer Biology Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Peña continued sharing his passion for science, clinical cancer research, and health education through community outreach and university-based mentoring programs.  Currently in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology at UT Health San Antonio, he is a postdoctoral research fellow in the laboratory of Robin Leach, PhD where he seeks to identify novel biomarkers predictive of aggressive prostate cancer as well as other diseases of the prostate. The SABER*IRACDA program will give Dr. Peña the opportunity to enhance his research skills and teaching abilities in order to be an effective science investigator and mentor for the next generation of scientists.

 

Briana Salas, Ph.D.

Dr. Salas received her bachelors of science degree in Environmental Studies from Binghamton University in 2008. In 2010 she received her masters of science in Environmental Science from Pace University. In 2015 she completed her Ph.D. in Integrative Biology and Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Behavior at Michigan State University. In 2016 Dr. Salas took a postdoctoral fellowship at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio under Dr. Elizabeth Leadbetter in the department of Immunology, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. In taking this postdoctoral fellowship, Dr. Salas transitioned from researching coral immunology, to using a murine model of immunology. Her current research focuses on developing a nanoparticle-based vaccine against Streptococcus pneumoniae. As a SABER-IRACDA scholar, Dr. Salas intends to elevate the quality of her research, as well as hone her training abilities of future scientists. 

  • Current Position: Assistant Professor
  • Current Department: Biology
  • Institution: Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, TX.
  • Email: bhsalas@ollusa.edu

 

Jesus A. Segovia Jr., Ph.D.

Dr. Segovia is a postdoctoral research scientist studying the intricate defense mechanisms utilized by our body’s immune system to fight off harmful respiratory pathogens; these studies should lead to innovative therapeutic interventions to prevent acute and chronic airway diseases, including asthma. His research is being conducted under the guidance of Dr. Joel B. Baseman in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Born and raised in Laredo, TX, Jesus earned his Bachelor’s degree from Baylor University in 2004, Master’s degree from Texas A&M International University in 2008 and PhD from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in 2014. The SABER*IRACDA program will provide an opportunity for Jesus to receive state-of-the-art mentoring and teaching training experiences to address his career goal to become a university research and teaching professor. 

 

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Supported, in part, by a PHS grant (K12 GM11726), San Antonio Biomedical Education and Research, from the National Institute of General Medical Science (NIGMS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This is an Institutional Research and Academic Career Development Award (IRACDA).