UTHSCSA Faculty Profiles v1.0

Watts, Lora Talley

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Cellular & Structural Biology

Even with improvements in medical interventions, there are currently few neuroprotective agents clinically available that are capable of counteracting neuronal loss following TBI. Due to the severe neurological outcomes faced by TBI patients and the resulting financial impact on their families and society, I have focused my research on discovering novel treatment options for TBI. I am a Research Instructor of Cellular and Structural Biology and the Research Imaging Institute at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. I have over 10 years of experience in developing and implementing in vitro and in vivo methods to detect neurodegeneration and neuroprotection following stroke and traumatic brain injury. My specific interests are: 1) assessment of neuroprotection and neurodegeneration in relation to stroke and TBI; 2) imaging techniques for in vivo assessment of stroke and TBI; and 3) behavioral assessment of functional recovery following stroke and TBI.

10/2014 - Present Assistant Professor/Research UTHSCSA, Cellular & Structural Biology, San Antonio, TX