The Vice Presidents for Research

Our mission is to bring UTSA to Tier one status through world class research.

Dr. Robert A. Gracy
Vice President for Research

Robert Gracy

Dr. Robert W. Gracy received his B.S. in Chemistry and Biological Sciences from California Polytechnic University and his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of California. He was a Fellow of the Damon Runyon Cancer Foundation at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City and a Fellow of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany. In addition to his academic appointments as Professor of Biology and Chemistry, he has served as Chairman of Biochemistry and Dean of Research. He has held Visiting Professor positions in Germany, China, Thailand and Puerto Rico.

Dr. Gracy's research focuses on aging and chronic diseases resulting from oxidative damage. These include age-related damage to skin, the cornea, lens and chronic neuropathies including Alzheimer's disease.

He was the recipient of Research Career Development and MERIT awards from the National Institutes of Health and research awards from the American Chemical Society, World Affairs Council of Greater Fort Worth and the AOA (Gutensohn-Denslow Award). He has published approximately two hundred research papers and book chapters and holds several patents in biotechnology.

Dr. Gracy was appointed by the Governor to serve on the Texas Healthcare Information Council and on the Texas Council on Science and Biotechnology Development. He serves as a consultant to the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and is on the scientific advisory board and board of directors of several such industries. Dr. Gracy is currently the Vice President for Research at the University of Texas at San Antonio.


You can reach Dr. Gracy at: or (210) 458-4341.

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