Maria   T.  Castañeda

Lecturer I  

Office: BBRHB 1.124
Phone: (956) 882-4191
Email: maria.castaneda@utrgv.edu

Dr. Maria T. Castañeda

Dr. Maria Teresa Castaneda is a lecturer for the Department of Health and Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. In 1984, she graduated with an MD from La Universidad Autonoma de Tamaulipas School of Medicine. She later continued her graduate studies, earning a Master's Degree in Science with a specialty in Physiology from La Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon School of Medicine and a Master's Degree in Academic Communication from her alma mater. In 2009, she earned her Ph.D. in the field of neuroscience from La Universidad de Granada School of Medicine. For thirty years, she worked as a physiology professor at her alma mater where she received awards for distinguished professors. During that same period, she dedicated 15 years to research in the field of neuroscience at The University of Texas at Brownsville, where she published in prestigious journals for her work on septo-hippocampal pathways, Alzheimer's disease, and Epilepsy, all alongside her publications in medical education. From 2015 to present date she works on the development and design of hybrid biomedical science courses including the Molecules, Cells, and Tissue ,Introduction to Integrated Body Systems Part I and II,and Human behavior courses, advances Course like Advanced Medical Neuroscience. She has also developed workshops in Resilience,professionalism and Time Management, for the Biomedical Science students.I am a professor that look for innovative teaching techniques . I am very interested in in how the students learn with implementation of new methods of learning for them.I am mentor of Medical Brigades Chapter UTRGV, students association to help poor communities in areas like Nicaragua, and community health in our area.





Selected Publications


  • Adriana Perales-Torres, Octelina Castillo=Ruiz, Maria Castañeda, and San Juana Aleman Castillo. Diabetes and type of diet as determinant factor in the progression of atherosclerosis. Mexico City: Arch Cardiol Mex. 2016 ., 4, no. 86 January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2016: 323=344.

  • Hugo Rodriguez and Maria Castañeda. The clinical reasoning through the basic cycle, an option for the integration of the medical sciences. La Habana: Edumecentro Revista Educacion Medica del Centro, 7, no. 1 January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2015.

  • Luis Colom, Maria Castañeda, Diego Aleman, and Ahmed Touhami. Memantine protects cholinergic and glutamatergic septal neurons from Aβ1-40-induced toxicity.. New York: Neuroscience Letters, 13, April (2nd Quarter/Spring) 2013: 120-21.

  • Luis Colom, Maria Castañeda, Sofia Hernandez, Perry Georde, and Ahmed Touhami. Intrahippocampal Amyloid-β (1-40) Injections Injure Medial Septal Neurons in Rats. Indianapolis: Current Alzheimer Research, 8, no. 8 December 2011: 832-840.

  • Luis Colom, Maria Castañeda, Cristina Banuelos, Garcia Antonio, Sofia Hernandez, Susan Mounsey, and Claudia Lehker. Medial septal beta-amyloid 1-40 injections alter septo-hippocampal anatomy and function.. New York: 31, no. ISSN: 0197-4580 January (1st Quarter/Winter) 2010: 46-57.

  • Emilio Garrido, Miriam Perez, Cristina Banuelos, Reyna Tania, Hernandez S, Maria Castañeda, and Luis Colom. Electrophysiological and morphological heterogeneity of slow firing neurons in medial septal/diagonal band complex as revealed by cluster analysis.. Neuroscience, 146, no. 3 May 2007: 931-945.

  • Emilio Garrido, Maria Castañeda, C Banuelos, M Perez-Cordova, S Hernandez, and Luis Colom. "Septal GABAergic neurons are selectively vulnerable to pilocarpine-induced status epilepticus and chronic spontaneous seizures.," Neuroscience 142, no. 3 (October (4th Quarter/Autumn) 2006): 871-83.

  • Luis Colom, A García-Hernández, Maria Castañeda, M Perez-Cordova, and E Garrido-Sanabria. "Septo-hippocampal networks in chronically epileptic rats: potential antiepileptic effects of theta rhythm generation.," Journal of neurophysiology 95, no. 6 (June 2006): 3645-53.

  • Luis Colom, Maria Castañeda, Tania Reyna, and Sofia Hernandez. Characterization of medial septal glutamatergic neurons and their projection to the hippocampus.. Oregon: Synapse, 58, no. 3 December 2005: 151-164.

  • Maria Castaneda, Emilio Garrido, Sofia Hernandez, Adriana Ayala, and Tania Reyna. Glutamic acid decarboxylase isoform are differentially distributed in the septal region of the rat. Maria . Japan: Neuroscience Research, 52, no. 1 May 2005: 107-119.



Selected Presentations


  • Maria Castaneda and Hugo Rodriguez. Society for Neuroscience, Washungton D.C. November 2017 (November 2017)

  • Maria Castañeda. Society for Neuroscience 2017, (November 2017)

  • Maria Castañeda, Ming-Tsan Lu, Lorena Lopez, Sue Anne Chew, Hugo Rodriguez, "Evaluation of Health and Biomedical Science Students in a Moving Up/Resilience Workshop," UTRGV Learning and Teaching Symposium, Center for Teaching Excellence, Edinburg, TX (May 2017)

  • Hugo Rodriguez, Maria Castaneda, Manuel Saldivar, Erich Whitmmer, and Sachim Georde. "Evaluation of The Early Clinical Experiences in the A-PRIME TIME Brownsville Campus Program," UTRGV LEARNING AND TEACHING SYMPOSIUM 2017, University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley CTE, Edinburg (May 2017)

  • Maria Castaneda, Hugo Rodriguez, Lorena Lopez, Sue Chew, and Ming Lou. "Moving Up/Resilience for students in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.," UTRGV LEARNING AND TEACHING SYMPOSIUM 2017, UTRGV CTE, UTRGV Edinburg Campu (May 2017)

  • UTRGV TEACHING AND LEARNING SYMPOSIUM 2017, CTE, Edinburg (May 2017)

  • Maria Castaneda, Erick Whitmmer, "Evaluation of The Early Clinical Experiences in the A-PRIME TIME Brownsville ," Engaged Scholar Symposium , UTRGV Engaged Scholarship & Learning,, Brownsville Texas (April 2017)

  • Maria Castañeda and Hugo Rodriguez. "El razonamiento clinico desde el ciclo basico, una opcion de integracion de las ciencias basicas," EDUMECENTRO Revista Educacion Medical del Centro, La Habana, Cuba (January 2015)

Current Courses

BMED 1110 2BR - Intro Med Physiology:
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BMED 3103 4BR - Human Behavior:
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BMED 3103 1BR - Human Behavior:
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BMED 3109 1BR - Medical Syndromes:
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BMED 1108 2BR - Intro Med Neurosci:
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BMED 3108 2BR - Integrated Body Systems V:
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BMED 3104 2BR - Integrated Body Systems I:
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BMED 3103 3BR - Human Behavior:
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BMED 3109 2BR - Medical Syndromes:
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BMED 3103 2BR - Human Behavior:
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