Collaborations and Partnerships Core

TSU is located in the Houston metropolitan area and is within ten minutes from the Texas Medical Center (TMC), the largest medical complex in the world, composed of 54 internationally renowned institutions hosting a total of 11,000 researchers and fellows. The TMC Campus provides a rich intellectual and collaborative environment with unique resources for productive partnerships between TSU investigators and the other member institutions. Our CBHRE features three centers, Environmental Toxicology, Molecular Biology and Pharmacology,  with investigators who have established active and productive collaborations at the TMC in the areas of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, and  other diseases that disproportionately affect minority population. These multi-institutional and interdisciplinary interactions have resulted in several publications, awarded grants, presentations at national and regional meetings, patents as well as participation in monthly journal clubs and seminars.

Our core laboratories encompass important biomedical research disciplines ranging from molecular and cellular biology, pharmacology and environmental toxicology to translational research. Our strength in pharmacy, cancer, and cardiovascular research facilitates potential collaborations between the TMC institutions, which enable us to share resources, conduct joint seminars and professional development activities, and conduct biomedical research. Furthermore, TSU has formed partnerships and agreements with other universities, i.e. University of Houston and University of Texas El Paso (UTEP), institutions, and consortiums that will also prove to be beneficial collaborators. For example, TSU is affiliated with the Gulf Coast for Chemical Genomics and Baylor College of Medicine-UT Health Center For AIDS Research. Our strength in cancer research is enhanced and complemented by productive partnerships with MD Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC)- a world renowned institution.

TSU is also a member institution in the RCMI Translational Research Network (RTRN) Consortium: A networking consortium developed to facilitate multi-site research among clinical, basic, and behavioral researchers at the 18 RCMIs. At TSU, faculty at the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and the College of Science, Engineering and Technology are dynamically engaged in cancer, cardiovascular, infectious diseases, pharmaceutical and environmental sciences multi-institutional research partnerships that have generated several publications and grants. Based on the productivity of the current collaborations, we have established an annual TSU-RCMI collaborative symposium to leverage all our resources and partnerships to achieve maximum productivity.

Contact Information:

Omonike Olaleye, Ph.D.,

Associate Professor of Pharmacology
Assistant Dean for Student Services

Core Leader, RCMI Collaborations and Partnerships


2016 Inaugural RCMI Collaborative Symposium(PDF)