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 Dr. Frank Talamantes

Autobiography of Dr. Frank Talamantes 

Dr. Frank Talamantes received his BA in Biology from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas in 1966 and his MA in Biology from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas in 1970.   In 1974 he received his Ph.D. in Endocrinology from the University of California, Berkeley, California.

Dr. Talamantes joined the faculty of the Department of Biology at the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1974.  From his initial appointment as an Assistant Professor, Dr. Talamantes rose to the rank of Full Professor of Endocrinology in 1984.  Dr. Talamantes' teaching responsibility has included lecture and laboratory courses in Mammalian Endocrinology.  In addition to classroom teaching, he has served as the major professor to 24 graduate students and the advisor to 23 postdoctoral fellows.  He has directed the independent research of 65 undergraduates students many of whom have been ethnic minority students who have gone on to earn their Ph.D. and/or M.D. degrees at other institutions. In 2004, Dr. Talamantes was appointed as the Assistant Dean for Research Development at the Texas Tech Health Science Center in El Paso, Texas.

Dr. Talamantes' research is in the area of Biochemical Endocrinology. His research studies are on the endocrine function of the placenta, hormonal control of mammary carcinogenesis and on the structure and regulation of expression of the growth hormone receptor.  Dr. Talamantes is the author of 175 manuscripts and 13 book chapters.  Since his initial appointment as an Assistant Professor, Dr. Talamantes' research has been continuously funded either by the National Institute of Health or the National Science Foundation.  In recognition of his important scientific contributions, Dr. Talamantes received the "Transatlantic Medal Lecturer" from the British Society for Endocrinology in 1991 and was the recipient of The Society For The Study of Reproduction Research Award in 1993. In 1989, he was awarded a prestigious NIH Merit Award Research Grant."   In June 2000, he was awarded the Sidney Ingbar Award from the Society of Endocrinology for his contributions to the field Endocrinology and in April  2001, he was awarded the Berson Lectureship, the highest award given by the American Physiological Society (Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism) for his pioneering work on the growth hormone receptor.  In 1992, Dr. Talamantes was appointed a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Meiji University, Kanagawa, Japan. Dr. Talamantes has been invited on numerous occasions to present his research at national and international scientific meetings. In 2002, he was selected by the American Cell Biology Society to deliver the 2002 EE Just Lecture award.

His service to the scientific community has included service as a member of 4 NIH study sections: the MARC program, the Human Embryology and Development Panel, the RCMI Study Section and the Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolic B Committee. He served as the chair of the latter NIH study section committee.   He has served as the Associate Editor for "Endocrinology" from 1986-1988 and the Co-chair and Chair of the Prolactin Gordon Conference in 1988 and 1990, respectively.  In January 2000, he was appointed as the US Editor for The Journal of Endocrinology. He has served as a member of the Board of Overseers, Basic Medical Sciences, Harvard School of Medicine. In 2002, he was appointed to the Graduate Record Exam Board and FASEB MARC Board. In the year 2002 he was appointed to be a member of the Sigma Xi Lectureship committee. In 2003 he was appointed to serve on the Council for the National Institute of Environmental Health.

His service to the scientific community has included the distribution of various reagents to investigators all over the world. These reagents, which he has generated in his laboratory, include such things as the hamster prolactin and mouse prolactin radioimmunoassays, placental lactogen radioimmunoassays, cDNAs for the mouse growth hormone receptor and binding protein. These reagents have been of tremendous value for investigators to advance the prolactin/growth hormone/placental lactogen field.

Dr. Talamantes is a member of several professional scientific societies such as the Endocrine Society, Society for the Study of Reproduction, Society for Biochemical and Molecular Biology and The American Physiological Society.  He was appointed a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1989 and a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences in 2001. Dr. Talamantes has been actively involved in programs associated with the advancement of ethnic minority students in the sciences.  He has served on the Minority Access to Research Careers NIH Study Section and in 1995 he was appointed to the NIH Research Centers in Minority Institutions Study Section. He is frequently called upon to serve on numerous NIH site visit teams to evaluate and advise university programs dealing with graduate education and research. 

Dr. Talamantes has just been appointed to serve on the Council for the NIEHS, for a 4-year term.

Dr. Talamantes has been an active participant in the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). He served as president of SACNAS from 1987-1990. In 1989, he received the award for "Outstanding Leadership and Contributions to Education in the Hispanic Community" from the American Association for Higher Education. In 1998 he was selected as one of the "100 Most Influential Hispanics" by Hispanic Business Magazine.

In July 2000, his administrative skills and national prominence were further acknowledged by being appointed to the position of Vice Provost and Dean of Graduate Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. In November 2005, Dr. Talamantes was hired as the Assistant Dean for Research Development at the Texas Tech Medical School in El Paso.

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