Posted: 4/05/12

TAMIU Leadership, GREAT Students, Local
HS Students to Meet with Harvard Researcher


 Texas A&M International University graduate, undergraduate, and graduate students participating in the Graduate Retention Enhancement at TAMIU (GREAT) program and local high school students will have an opportunity to meet with top Harvard researcher Robert Sackstein, M.D., Ph.D. next week.

Dr. Sackstein will visit TAMIU to meet with students and provide insight into his research and success in the medical profession. In addition to GREAT students, he will meet with TAMIU participants in the Harvard-TAMIU Latino Leadership Institute. Sackstein’s appearances are coordinated by TAMIU’s GREAT program and the student organization LEAD, Leaders Empowering Active Deeds.

On Thursday morning, April 12, he will meet with Harvard-TAMIU LLI students and GREAT students about his research about finding cures for diseases and will host a Leadership Conference in the afternoon for the students and general public.

On Friday morning, April 13, Sackstein will meet with over 100 high school students from various Laredo schools.

Sackstein is a bone marrow transplant physician and biomedical researcher. His research efforts have helped define the processes that regulate the movement of blood- borne cells into different tissues throughout the body.

He is widely recognized for contributions to the understanding of adhesion molecules that regulate cellular trafficking, and for developing a platform technology (known as "GPS") for programming stem cell migration to sites of tissue injury.

Sackstein is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Dermatology and of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is a Bone Marrow Transplant Physician at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and also serves as the Head of the Translational Research Program of the Bone Marrow Transplantation Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital.

He received his undergraduate degree from Harvard College, Summa cum Laude in biology, and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard Medical School, where he also received the James Tolbert Shipley Prize for outstanding research.

He then completed internal medicine training and fellowships in immunology and hematology at the University of Miami, and received the Young Investigator Award for Excellence in the Field of Hematology from the International Society for Experimental Hematology.

TAMIU’s GREAT Program seeks to increase the number of Hispanic students who complete a graduate degree and are prepared to attain a doctoral degree or professional career in behavioral, biological or mathematical sciences.

It is funded by the Title V, Promoting Post baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans (PPOHA) Program. GREAT is directed by TAMIU professor of Psychology Dr. Roberto R. Heredia.

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