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Academic Update

Volume 12, Issue 4
December 23, 2021

Happy Holidays from SBMI

Happy holidays to everyone in the SBMI Community. We hope everyone enjoys a happy, safe, and healthy holiday season.

Happy Holidays

The university will be closed Dec. 24, 2021. SBMI will be open on Dec. 27 - 31 with limited hours and limited staff so please email [email protected] if you need any assistance during those days. Regular business hours will resume on Jan. 2, 2022.

Click here to view the Dean’s Holiday Message.

Fall 2021 Poster Session Winner

SBMI hosted another virtual poster session on Dec. 13 as over thirty student research posters were presented. We want to thank all the students for their hard work and flexibility in presenting posters virtually. We also want to thank the faculty judges for their valuable time and all other visitors who stopped by the rooms while students presented.

Please join us in congratulating the fall 2021 poster session winner – Poonam Desai (PhD Student). Her poster is titled “Classification of Epithelial-Mesenchymal Cells Using scRNAseq” and has won the Paul C. Boyle Award for Excellence in Research for this semester.

SBMI Bragging Points

Members of the SBMI Community have recently achieved noteworthy accomplishments. We want to recognize and applaud their endeavors.

  • Professor James Langabeer, PhD, MBA, Associate Professor Tiffany Champagne-Langabeer, PhD, and Assistant Professor Andrea Yatsco, PhD received a $1.2 million grant award from the U.S. Department of Justice with their partner, the Houston Police Department. Through the grant funds, the team will assess the efficacy of integrating police agencies into a multi-prong strategy for addressing substance use and addiction across the community.
  • SBMI PhD Candidate Sarvesh Soni has been named a member of the 2022-2023 JAMIA Student Editorial Board (SEB).
  • Associate Dean for Academic and Curricular Affairs Susan Fenton, PhD was featured in a CAHIIM Live interview earlier this month.
  • PhD Student Evan Yu has been awarded a predoctoral fellowship through the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Training Program in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science.

HIMSS22 Student Assistant Application is Open

HIMSS is accepting applications for any students that want to apply to be Program Assistants for the 2022 HIMSS Global Health Conference and Exhibition.

HIMSS22 Student Assistants

The application for 2022 is currently open and the deadline to apply is Jan. 28, 2022. Please visit the HIMSS website to learn more about the requirements and application process.

Healthcare Innovation Collaborative 2022 Annual Case Competition

UTHealth’s Healthcare Innovation Collaborative will host the 2022 Annual Case Competition. Participants can expect to be placed on a team of 4-6 students from the six UTHealth schools to collaborate on a case centered on a large systemic issue in healthcare. This is a one-day event with a four-week window to prepare a solution with the team. Students are invited to participate, network, innovate, and win awards.

When: Feb. 19, 2022 (time TBD) with the case announced on Jan. 21, 2022
Where: Cooley Center with Webex backup if a virtual option is required by UTHealth
Who: All UTHealth Students
How: Registration is free and available here:

12 spots are reserved for each of the six UTHealth schools. Feel free to email any questions or concerns to [email protected]

SBMI GRA Positions Currently Available

SBMI currently has numerous GRA positions available for UTHealth students. We encourage SBMI students to review the positions under the “On Campus Job Opportunities” section at

Here is a selection of recently added positions:


  • In late Nov., Professor James Langabeer, PhD, MBA was interviewed by Fox 26 News about the increase of overdose-related deaths in the U.S.


Important Dates

Dec. 24 December holiday – university is closed
Jan. 7 Spring 2022 regular course registration closes in myUTH
Jan. 10 First class day of spring 2022 semester
Jan. 10-14 Late course registration is open in myUTH (fees apply)
Jan. 17 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day – university is closed

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