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Dr. Amanda M. Masino

Dr. Masino’s research background includes work in cell biology, genetics, and developmental biology. As an undergraduate at Texas A&M University, she studied chromosome rearrangements and their contribution to speciation.  She completed her doctoral research detailing the genetics of early heart development at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, then investigated cardiac stem cell biology at the University of Washington before joining the HT faculty in 2011.

As an instructor, she seeks to create effective learning experiences by collaborating with her students.  She enjoys the challenge of making complex material comprehensible and aims to help students develop their ability to think scientifically.  Ultimately, she hopes to equip students with a versatile scientific toolkit while fostering in them the same fascination with biology that has enriched her life and work.

She currently teaches Human Anatomy and Physiology I/II, Introductory Biology, and Environmental Biology.  She also serves as faculty advisor for JAMP (the Joint Admissions Medical Program) and the HT chapter of MAPS (Minority Pre-Medical Association).  Dr. Masino co-advises the Golden Key International Honor Society with Dr. Bradley Rowland.


Ph.D., Genetics and Developmental Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas. 2005.

B.S., Zoology, Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas. 1998.

Selected Publications

Nussbaum, J., E. Minami, M. Laflamme, J. A. I. Virag, C. B. Ware, A. Masino, V. Muskheli, L. Pabon, H. Reinecke, and C. E. Murry. Transplantation of undifferentiated murine embryonic stem cells in the heart: teratoma formation and immune response. FASEB J. 2007 May; 21(7):1345-57.

Garry D.J., A. M. Masino, R. H. Naseem, and C. M. Martin.  Ponce de Leon’s Fountain: stem cells and the regenerating heart.  Am J Med Sci. 2005 Apr; 329(4):190-201.

Masino, A. M., T. D. Gallardo, C. Wilcox, E. N. Olson, R. S. Williams and D. J. Garry. Transcriptional profiling of cardiac progenitor cells. Circulation Research 2004 Aug 20; 95(4):389-397.


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Role: Assistant Professor of Biology
Phone: 512.505.3148
Office: D-L 202