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Rebecca Deaton, PhD gave birth to her third baby boy, Jacob Anthony Deaton, born January 26, 2010 in Hong Kong. Her family (husband, David, and sons Will (4), David (2) and new baby Jacob) have been living abroad in Hong Kong since August 2008. They are all enjoying their adventures in Asia, and Will and David are excited about their new little brother.

Cheryl Lowe, a 2009 graduate of the Forensic Genetics program, started a new job on March 1, 2010 at The Genetic Testing Laboratories, Inc. in Las Cruces, New Mexico working as a DNA Analyst I.

Ginelle Gellert, PhD and her husband, Adam Gellert, announce the birth of their second son, Seth Parker Gellert. Seth arrived on Friday, May 7, 2010 at 1:35pm, weighing 5 pounds and 10 ounces. The Gellert family also includes big brother, Emerson.


Rachel Dauphin, 26, a pharmacology and neuroscience student, died Nov. 15, 2005, after a long battle with cancer. She became the first Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences student to receive a posthumous doctoral degree from the health science center at graduation ceremonies May 20. Her mother, Lillian Dauphin, attended the commencement ceremonies to receive the diploma and hood honoring her daughter from Dean Thomas Yorio, Ph.D. Dauphin, who worked in Dr. Yorio’s lab, was a graduate teaching fellow, the coordinator of the annual campus blood drive, an officer in the Graduate Student Association, a fellow in Project SCORE, recipient of the Edward E. Elko Award for Distinguished Service to the GSA and GSA Outstanding Member of the Year in 2004. The GSBS has established a memorial scholarship in her honor, and more than $9,000 has been raised so far. Erin Donovan, doctoral student in cell biology and genetics, was chosen as the first recipient.


Angela Kanaly, MS is currently working as an analytical specialist in Test Development at Duke Molecular Diagnostic Clinical Lab.


Nathan & Eve Shulman, PhD proudly announce the birth of Ryan Max Shulman, born Wednesday, October 1, 2008 at 6:48 p.m.  Mom and baby Ryan are doing great.



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Rebecca Deaton, PhD, and her husband, David, gave birth to William Brady Deaton Oct. 29.


Ginelle C. Gellert, PhD Assistant Professor of Biology at Texas Christian University gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Emerson Adam Gellert on March 29, 2008.

Martin Farias III, PhD - It is with a sad heart that we inform you of the passing of Martin, 35 of Kingsville who entered into eternal rest on Saturday, April 12, 2008 in Corpus Christi, Texas surrounded by his loving family.  Martin earned his PhD in the Graduate School of Biomedical Science in the Department of Integrative Physiology and Anatomy under the mentorship of James Caffrey, PhD.  He served as a member and officer of the Society for the Advancement of Latino Students in Academia and the Black Graduate Student Association.  He was a member of the Texas A&M Health Science Center at Kingsville.  He was a current fellow in the UNTHSC STAR (Steps toward Academic Research) Fellowship Program.

Memorial donations may be made to Texas A&M Health Science Center Irma Lerma Rangel College of Pharmacy, MSC 131, 1010 W. Avenue B. Kingsville, TX  78363-8202, (361) 593-4271.  You may offer your condolences to the Farias family online at


Gheath Al-Atrash, DO, PhD, accepted a medical oncology/hematology fellowship at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, which started in July and will end in 2008.

Joel Ellis, MS, doctoral student in biomedical sciences, and his wife, Kendra, celebrated the birth of their first child, Austin James Ellis, Dec. 1.

Tom Valencia, MS, doctoral student in biomedical sciences, and his wife, Jessica, celebrated the birth of their daughter, Makene Marie, Sept. 9.


jackson1 Keith Jackson, PhD, is a member of the physiology faculty at Tulane University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans. He and Debra are the proud parents of Keith Jr., born Sept. 2, 2004. Pictured are baby Keith and his older sister Catherine on her first day of school. jackson2

Lori Johnson, PhD, and her husband, Tony Birrittieri, celebrated the birth of their son, Christian Thomas Birrittieri Nov. 18.


Matthew Crawford, DO, PhD, is chief orthopedic resident at the Ingham Regional Orthopedic Hospital, an affiliate of Michigan State University. He received the 2004 American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine Cabaud Award, which is given to the author of a basic science paper that makes the greatest contribution to orthopedic sports medicine. Dr. Crawford’s work, “Lyophilization does not inactivate infectious retrovirus in systemically infected bone and tendon allografts,” was the lead article in the April/May 2004 issue of American Journal of Sports Medicine (Am J Sports Med. 2004 Apr-May; 32(3):580-6).

Dr. Matthew Crawford, a DO/PhD graduate, and his wife, Julie, who live in Houston, have welcomed their third son, Jack Robert Crawford into the family. He was born Feb. 9, 2006.

p7220047 000 Dr. & Mrs. Paul J. Fadel has a new addition to the family, Isaiah Adam Fadel, born on Sunday, July 22nd at 11:58 p.m. Dr. Fadel says that it was a long day for mom, but both she and Isaiah are doing just fine.  Isaiah weighed in at 7 pounds 9 ounces and was 21 inches long.  He also says he had to attach pictures of the newborn and the proud big sister and brother. p7220040 001


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Ross Querry, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, was featured in the Fall 2005 research magazine of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he earned the school’s first bachelor of science degree in exercise science.


dickermanRob Dickerman, DO, PhD, has returned to Texas after completing three residencies: a traditional residency at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth, followed by an NIH fellowship in brain and spinal cord tumors in Bethesda, Maryland, and, most recently, a neurosurgical residency at Long Island Jewish Hospital in New York. He is currently undertaking a spine fellowship at the Texas Back Institute in Plano and investigating private practice opportunities.

He reports: “The biggest difference between Fort Worth and New York City is the people. Texans are a lot friendlier than New Yorkers. The pace there is frantic, high stress, high pressure. The whole time I was there I was just working toward getting back home.”

Dr. Dickerman plans to collaborate on research with his former major professor, Walter McConathy, PhD, associate professor of internal medicine. He also intends to join a private practice specializing in complex spine and brain tumors.


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Rustin Reeves, PhD, assistant professor of cell biology and genetics at UNTHSC, was selected by the Graduate School student body as 2004-2005 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Member.

Johnathan, PhD. & Mrs. Tune are the proud parents of baby Caroline Grace.  She was born on Thursday, April 16th at 11:30 a.m.   She weighed 7lbs 5 oz and was 19.5.


Karen White, PhD, and her husband Mark White, DO '94, are the proud parents of Valentina Aleta (born Dec. 4, 2001), and Tyler Maxim and Anna Ludmila (twins born on June 5, 2003). The trio was adopted from Yaroslav, Russia, on Jan. 28, 2004.


bensAnnita Verstappen-Bens, PhD, adjunct assistant professor in the GSBS Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, has been named Director of the Clinical Research Management program. Dr. Bens will be responsible for oversight of the master of science program, which is designed to train clinical research coordinators and managers of clinical trials. Dr. Bens is also President of the Graduate Student Alumni Association.



Ray Page, DO, PhD, was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Osteopathic Internists and was also named vice chair of its oncology/hematology section. Dr. Page is director of clinical research for The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, which has seven clinics in Fort Worth, including a new one on the UNTHSC campus. He and his wife, Sheila Page, DO '92, have five children and live in Aledo, Texas. His family enjoys sports, including golf, snow skiing and soccer.

This page last updated 15th Jan 2014