Mentor: Dr. Helen Hellmich
Clinical Mentor: Dr. Claudia Robertson
For his undergraduate degree, Harris Weisz attended Texas A&M University Corpus Christi where he majored in Biomedical Science. Throughout his undergraduate career, he was fortunate enough to work in the neurobiology laboratory of Dr. Riccardo Mozzachiodi studying fundamental cellular mechanisms of learning and memory in the marine mollusc, Aplysia. Upon graduation, he began a post-baccalaureate experience here at UTMB where under the auspice of Dr. Helen Hellmich, he studied molecular changes after traumatic brain injury (TBI). Having already generated a love for research, he decided to apply to the Human Pathophysiology and Translational Medicine graduate program where he is currently a third-year graduate student. Harris has continued to study TBI and his research focuses on elucidating circulating biomarkers of injury as well as identifying neuroimmunological alterations that may provide therapeutic targets in the future.
2018 – Recipient of Texas National Security Network Funding to supplement a fellowship and internship in Washington, D.C.
2016 – Winner of 3-Minute Thesis Competition in Neuroscience and Translational Science, Terry M. Mikiten Graduate Research Symposium, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio