Rebecca Sanchez, PhD

Rebecca Sanchez, PhD

Assistant Professor of Microbiology Clinical and Applied Science Education

Dr. Rebecca Sanchez earned her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Zoology in 2005 from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama. While attending Auburn University, she received a coveted national undergraduate research fellowship. Her undergraduate research focused on more unique and efficient ways of delivering viral genes into fish for effective DNA vaccination against Channel Catfish virus (Ictalurid herpesvirus 1) in commercially-farmed fish populations.

Dr. Sanchez earned her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Microbiology in 2013 from Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her doctoral thesis focused primarily on identifying the different mechanisms by which Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) evades the host's innate antiviral responses in various cell types.

Dr. Sanchez is originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, where, in pursuit of her passion for science education, especially among grades K through 12 in under-served communities, she developed, coordinated, and volunteered for various S.T.E.A.M./S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) days and nights at local elementary, middle, and high schools within the city. In addition, she worked with teachers developing curriculum for and training them how to implement supplemental science learning activities in the classroom. Finally, Dr. Sanchez remains an active member of and mentors girls belonging to the Girl Scouts of Louisiana.

Dr. Sanchez is excited to join the faculty team at UIW SOM, where her passion for both science education and community service can continue here in San Antonio.

  • Ph.D. in Microbiology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC), New Orleans, 2013
  • B.S. in Zoology, Auburn University, 2005