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Sophia Piña, Ph.D.


Sophia E. Piña, PhD

Sophia E. Piña, PhD, attended Providence High School and Our Lady of the Lake University earning a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. She then attended the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and earned her PhD in Microbiology and Immunology in 1999. Dr. Piña remained at the UT Health Science Center working her way from graduate student to instructor, to Assistant Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Assistant Dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences in 1993. In her position as the Assistant Dean, Dr. Piña served the graduate student body administratively by providing the resources and services for student affairs. Her goals were to assist students from matriculation to graduation and minimize constraints to learning and education. She collaborated with the Offices of Human Resources, Veteran Affairs & Financial Aid, Student Life, International Services, Student Services, Counseling Center, Environmental Health & Safety Office, Student Health Center, the Academic, Faculty and Student Ombudsperson & ADA Compliance and the Vice President for Academic Faculty and Student Affairs.

In addition to her administrative responsibilities, she also shared her joy of teaching from the elementary to the graduate and professional student level. She was an invited speaker for K-12 students to discuss careers in Microbiology and pathways to Graduate School. She also taught extensively in the School of Medicine and Dental School at the UT Health Science Center providing medical and clinical microbiology lectures and laboratories. She was the course director for the Introduction to the Science of Teaching course which provided graduate students and postdoctoral trainees interested in a future career path as science educators the much needed skills in teaching and learning. In addition to her 12 years of service and outreach to the community, Dr. Piña was the Co-Director of the Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy, a 3-year science enrichment program for high school students interested in careers in biomedical health sciences. She was involved in the recruitment, admissions, implementation, coordination, teaching, mentoring and graduation of students in this very successful program.

Dr. Piña is a native of San Antonio and is excited to be a part of the University of the Incarnate Word School of Osteopathic Medicine team.