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UTSA is the only major public research university in the metropolitan of San Antonio, the seventh largest U.S. cities by population. This large university offers 160 internationally respected academic degree programs to over 30,000 students. Times Higher Education published its 2017 annual ranking of leading young universities in the world and, once again, UTSA is among the very best. UTSA is ranked No. 68 in the world and is one of only five U.S. universities to make this prestigious list.


Front view of the University main library



Bioscience (BSB), Applied Engineering and Technology (AET), and Biotechnology Sciences & Engineering (BSE) buildings



Liu Lab Tour


Our laboratory is on the top floor of the BSE building, an $84 million 227,000 square feet, a five-story structure built 14 years ago.














                                                                                                    (a group photo taken in 2019)




                                                                                                    (a group photo taken in 2016)



Click here to see our lab's state-of-the-art equipment




Research Environment

The BSE building also hosts multiple research centers and institutes related to our research and provide seminars as well as research resources to us as we need. These include Center of Excellence in Infection Genomics (CEIG), Neurosciences Institute, San Antonio Cellular Therapeutics Institute (SACTI), and South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID).


The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSCSA) at San Antonio is a high-level education and medical research center located in the medical district of San Antonio, about seven miles from our laboratory. UTHSCSA is a significant health science campus in South Texas with M.D./Ph.D. programs and research hospital as well as patient care. We have partially overlapping research interests, co-educational programs, joint research centers, and active collaborations with the faculty of Departments of Biochemistry, Cellular & Structural Biology, Microbiology & Immunology, Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology.