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First MBRS RISE, GSBS doctoral graduate speaks to students in Brownsville

September 20, 2012

Tracey Barnett

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Dr. Jonathan Berrout, the first alumnus of The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College’s Minority Biomedical Research Support, Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement Program (MBRS RISE) to earn a doctoral degree, spoke to students at the Brownville campus on September 14. Berrout is a post doctoral fellow who is conducting research on the mechanisms that regulate potassium secretion in kidneys. He was the guest speaker at the Translational Research Seminar hosted by the university’s Department of Biomedicine and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus.

Berrout also led a question and answer session at the UTB/TSC Life and Health Sciences Building with students on how to be successful in graduate school.

“The greatest advice I could give anyone, no matter what they are striving to accomplish, is to stick with it,” he said. “Inevitably there will be high and low points along the way. I think that it helps to have the mentality that you’re going to keep going until you get to where you want to be.”

The MBRS RISE Program provides high quality educational opportunities for the enhancement of human resources through intellectual and personal growth. Its goal is to increase the number of minorities completing undergraduate degrees and continuing to Ph.D. degrees in biomedical sciences.

Berrout earned his doctoral degree in cell biology in May from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston. His advisor was Roger O'Neil, Ph.D.