Department of Psychiatry



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Walss-Bass, Consuelo PhD

School of Medicine
(210) 562-4050

Consuelo Walss-Bass, Ph.D. received a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the Instituto Tecnologico de la Laguna, Torreon, Mexico. She went on to receive a Masters of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Texas at San Antonio and then earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in biochemistry from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). Afterwards she trained in psychiatric genetics at the UTHSCSA. In 2005 she joined the faculty in the Division of Genetics in the UTHSCSA Dept. of Psychiatry, where she is currently a tenured associate professor and the Director of the Functional Genomics Program.

Dr. Walss-Bass research focuses on the understanding of psychiatric disorders at the molecular level. She utilizes genomic and proteomic techniques in human and animal models to correlate genetic variations with cellular function in order to understand the molecular mechanisms that are involved in development and expression of mental illnesses. In addition, Dr. Walss-Bass is interested in the study of the mechanism of action of antipsychotic medications, as it may lead to an understanding of the cellular processes involved in psychotic disorders. Dr. Walss-Bass has received research awards by the NIH, the Stanley Medical Research Institute and NARSAD: The Brain and Behavior Research Foundation.

Dr. Walss-Bass is also actively involved in teaching endeavors. She is currently a credentialed member of the UTHSCSA Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and is a mentoring faculty in the disciplines of Neuroscience and Genetics. She has mentored a number of undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students that have worked in her laboratory. In particular, Dr. Walss-Bass is strongly committed to recruiting Hispanic students such as herself and has an emerging national image as a cultural role model in facilitating transfer of knowledge to students from Latin American countries.

Finally, Dr. Walss-Bass is strongly committed to educating the community on the biological causes of mental disorders, to reduce the stigma associated with these illnesses. She believes that putting a biological face onto these disorders will help the community at large in viewing these disorders as they do cancer or diabetes.

9/2011 - Present Associate Professor UTHSCSA, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX
6/2010 - Present Director, Functional Genomics Program UTHSCSA, Psychiatry, San Antonio, TX

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