About Texas Biomed

Saving Lives With the Power of Scientific Discovery

Texas Biomedical Research Institute aims to unravel the mysteries of chronic and infectious diseases through innovative thinking, creative problem solving and cutting edge technologies.

We make today’s discoveries possible of becoming tomorrow’s cures.

Since its founding in 1941 by Thomas B. Slick Jr., the Texas Biomedical Research Institute has gained worldwide recognition in scientific and academic communities for the quality of its basic research.

Our scientists work each and every day to improve human health by being a world leader in lifestyle and infectious disease research. Each year, our scientists are engaged in more than 200 research projects and publish well over 100 articles in the international scientific literature.


Located on a 200-acre campus on the northwest side of San Antonio, Texas, Texas Biomed partners with hundreds of researchers and institutions around the world, targeting advances in the fight against cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity, cancer, psychiatric disorders, problems of pregnancy, AIDS, hepatitis, malaria, parasitic infections and a host of other infectious diseases.


Its staff of more than 300 employees includes a multidisciplinary team of approximately 84 doctoral-level scientists who lead more than 200 major research projects in the Institute’s Department of Genetics; Department of Virology and Immunology; and Southwest National Primate Research Center. Below is an overview of our institutional leadership.

Institutional Leadership

  • Board of Trustees
    Dr. James (Jamo) Rubin

    • President and CEO
      Dr. Larry Schlesinger

      • Vice President for
        Finance and Administration,
        Chief Financial Officer
        Keith A. Davis

      • Vice President for
        Advancement and Public Relations
        Corbett Christie

      • Vice President for
        Information Technology Systems,
        Chief Technology Officer
        John M. Heaner

      • Vice President for
        Joanne Turner, Ph.D.

      • Interim Chair,
        Timothy Anderson, Ph.D.

      • Interim Chair,
        Virology & Immunology
        Luis D. Giavedoni, Ph.D.

      • Director,
        Robert E. Lanford, Ph.D.

Yesterday and Today

Texas Biomed, originally known as the Foundation of Applied Research, was created as a non-profit institution in 1941 through the philanthropic vision of Thomas B. Slick Jr., and philanthropy sustains it today. In addition to the competitive grants and contracts that fund Texas Biomed’s research, a significant portion of its excess of $50 million annual budget is met through the financial contributions of foundations, corporations and individuals. These generous donors share in the vision of Texas Biomed’s founder, who dreamed of building a “city of science” that would become a “great center for human progress through scientific research.”