03/25/20 | Research Trainees

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) and the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) are committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all research trainees (graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows) throughout UT Health San Antonio.

Research labs should have already implemented social distancing measures consistent with CDC recommendations, e.g., no more than 10 people in a group at once, at least 6 feet of separation at all times, etc. But even further, according to the memoranda from the Office of the Vice-President for Research, laboratories should be scaling down their research activities. The physical presence of research trainees in lab should be limited to actual time for critical experiments and essential operations (maintenance of crucial cell lines and breeding colonies, experiments with direct life-saving impact, COVID-19-related research, etc.). Additionally, all lab group meetings should be virtual. If a research trainee feels unsafe or vulnerable in their research environment, they should let both the PI and either Dr. Nicquet Blake in the GSBS Office (Graduate Students) or Dr. Linda McManus in the OPA (Postdoctoral Fellows) know of their intentions to remain at home. Unsafe practices can also be anonymously reported through the UT Health San Antonio Hotline (877-507-7317).

For research trainees at home, productivity in research and progression in career development can still continue. Examples of activities include working on data analysis and design of experiments, reading scientific literature, preparing grant/fellowship applications, starting dissertation chapters, taking online courses to enhance skillsets for experimental work (e.g., bioinformatics, bioengineering techniques, Python, as examples), and enhancing career development.  Research trainees should stay in close communication with PIs and Program Directors about creative ways to be productive while at home.

Virtual doors are open throughout the GSBS (GSBS@uthscsa.edu) and OPA (OPA@uthscsa.edu).  Research trainees should not hesitate to connect if they have questions.


David Weiss, Ph.D.
weissd@uthscsa.eduDean, GSBS
Nicquet Blake, Ph.D.

blaken@uthscsa.eduSr. Associate Dean, GSBS210- 567-3722
Linda McManus, Ph.D.mcmanus@uthscsa.edu
Director, OPA
Tim Raabe, Ph.D.
raabe@uthscsa.eduAssociate Dean, GSBS210-567-3714
Jose Cavazos, M.D., Ph.D.

cavazosj@uthscsa.eduAssistant Dean, GSBS
Kay Oyajobi, M.D., Ph.D
oyajobi@uthscsa.eduAssociate Director, OPA


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