Compliance and Research Support Services

Follow the links below to read about the various regulatory requirements to perform research at UIWSOM (UIWSOM research compliance), the research administrative staff available to assist faculty and learners in their research endeavors, the core lab equipment available for faculty and learner use in their research, and procedures and training that promote and maintain regulatory compliance (UIW Environmental health, safety and risk management). Learn more about the resources available at the UIWSOM library and links to several journals of importance in the osteopathic community are provided.

Jaydee Foster

Clinical Research Coordinator

Through years of research, Ms. Foster has obtained skills in wet lab techniques, protocol development, anatomical dissection, microCT, lab management, scientific manuscript writing, grant writing and administrative duties. This has built the foundation of her knowledge in the complete process of research. With superior time management skills and having a detail-oriented mind, she is proficient in managing and coordinating multiple projects at a time. Ms. Foster is qualified to aid in editing and reviewing manuscripts and IRB applications. As the Clinical Research Coordinator for CASE, her services are available to any faculty that is currently conducting research or looking to start the research process. She would love to meet and speak with anyone interested in pursuing research. It is her position as the Research Coordinator to uphold professional objectivism in any research project.

Also, Ms. Foster updates and maintains the Research department website. If you have any information you would like to see on the website, please feel free to contact her.

Elizabeth Holguin

Research Associate

Elizabeth Holguin started her position as Research Assistant-Associate at the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine in February, 2019. She received a master’s degree in Immunology and Infection from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio in February, 2018. She has been instrumental in getting a wet lab up and running and working alongside faculty members to assist them in their research projects. She is proficient in cell culture, DNA extraction and purification, PCR, gel electrophoresis, bacterial transformation, vector cloning, cell transfection and Dual Luciferase Assay. She is developing proficiency in RNA extraction, histological analysis and HPLC analysis. She is eager to assist faculty who might need these techniques to answer a research question.

Histology

The shared lab space at the University of the Incarnate Word's School of Osteopathic Medicine is well equipped for a number of analytical approaches in biomedical research. First, it has a fully equipped histology facility including the latest generation equipment from ThermoFisher's histology division: Excelsior AS tissue processor, Histostar paraffin embedding station, Gemini AS automated tissue stainer, rotary microtome and a Cyrostart NX50 cryotome for specialized tissues. The lab is also fully equipped for tissue-block accession with a PrintMate for cassette printing and the SyntriArcos cassette database logging system for tissue block cataloging.

DNA/RNA

In addition, the lab is equipped with a full suite of Qiagen equipment that facilitates DNA/RNA analyses and automates many of the steps: Qiacube for automated sample preparation, QIAxpert nanodrop for determining sample quality, and the Roto-Gene thermocycler for DNA/RNA analyses. Wet lab facilities are also available in the lab for cell culture (biosafety cabinet, Sorvall ST16R cooled centrifuge, Heracell VIOS 160i CO2 controlled incubator) and cell line storage (ThermoFisher Locator, Jr, Plus cryotank).

Microscopy

Cell culture and tissue section imaging are facilitated by two  microscopes: Olympus IX73 inverted microscope and a BX46 upright microscope. Both systems are equipped with Olympus cameras for image capture.

Metabolic Testing

A COSMED K5 wearable metabolic measurement system is available for faculty interested in making measurements of oxygen consumption, carbon dioxide production, ventilation, heart rate energy expenditure and more. The K5 is a lightweight instrument that can be worn on the back using a harness and data can be stored in the unit or directly transmitted to a computer via Bluetooth. This provides complete freedom of movement of the subject, untethered to any fixed object, to perform exercise or other protocols. Also, the K5 can be mounted on a table for resting measurements in non-moving or non-exercise protocols.