The Texas Research Park is an environment where interactions among its resident organizations, and the greater scientific community – relationships developed through interdisciplinary projects, private and institutional partnerships – create a support infrastructure that drives economic development, scientific and technology innovation.
The campus-like setting of the 1,200 acre park was developed to further the mission of the Texas Research & Technology Foundation, which is regional economic development through the promotion of advanced technology, basic and applied biomedical research, capital formation and commercialization of innovative products.
Situated in the transition zone between the Texas Hill Country and the Gulf Coastal Plains, the park is valued for its natural beauty and location in the rapidly growing West San Antonio area. Once part of a large historical ranch, the park’s wooded hills are populated by whitetail deer, and native and migratory birds. Groves of mountain laurels are so dense that in the spring their flowering fragrance permeates the entire park.
The park site has been extensively studied and planned to ensure that, as development occurs, its natural beauty will be preserved. Protective covenants mandate that roadway and property setbacks are wide to maintain the openness of the grounds. An impervious coverage ratio of 50% limits pavement and building footprints. As a result, facilities are visible through wide areas of native landscape or atop distant hillsides. Award-winning architecture and native building materials accent the natural terrain and enhance the park’s appeal.
The Texas Research Park provides essential infrastructure for scientific advancement, technology innovation, and product development.
Student Day organizers from the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center welcome a world-renowned visitor to the Barshop Institute April 2 on the Texas Research Park Campus! Left to right are Michael Walsh, fourth-year graduate student in the Biology of Aging track; Yael Edrey, sixth-year graduate student in Physiology; Jamila Momand, fifth-year graduate student in the Biology of Aging track; and Aaron Ciechanover, M.D., Ph.D., who shared the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for the discovery of ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation. Walsh’s mentor is Holly Van Remmen, Ph.D., Edrey’s is Rochelle Buffenstein, Ph.D., and Momand’s is Christi Walter, Ph.D., all of the School of Medicine.
Arlan G. Richardson, Ph.D., the namesake honoree of the inaugural 2012 Arlan Richardson Student Research Symposium, converses with Nobel Laureate Aaron Ciechanover, M.D., Ph.D., after Dr. Ciechanover’s interesting lecture on ubiquitin-mediated protein degradation. Dr. Richardson is professor of cellular and structural biology in the School of Medicine at the UT Health Science Center and recently stepped down as Barshop Institute director.