Biomedical engineering student

Graduate student Travis Block

Graduate student Travis Block (left) conducts research with his faculty mentor Xiao-Dong Chen, M.D., Ph.D., at the UT Health Science Center’s South Texas Research Facility. The topic of Block’s master’s thesis is tissue engineering using adult stem cells.


SAN ANTONIO (April 23, 2013) — Graduate student Travis Block is an accidental entrepreneur, you might say. He owns a bicycle-customization business with partners in several cities, even while completing his master’s degree in the joint biomedical engineering program of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and UT San Antonio. He plans to apply to the M.D./Ph.D. dual degree program in the Health Science Center’s School of Medicine.

The San Antonio native and Holmes High School graduate, 23, attended the University of Rochester, N.Y., where he and four classmates developed an adaptive sports attachment for bicycles. The attachment, called the MonoMano Cycling Control System, is designed to make steering and braking possible for wounded warriors, stroke survivors and others who live with deficits on one side.

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