Diane E. Chico, Ph.D.

Diane E. Chico, Ph.D.

Associate Professor


Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics
8447 Riverside Pkwy
2102 Medical Research and Education Building
Bryan, TX   77807-3260

Phone: 979-436-0323
Fax: 979-436-0086
chico@medicine.tamhsc.edu

Education and Post-Graduate Training

  • Ph.D., Cell Biology, University of Texas Medical Branch
  • Postdoctoral, Biochemistry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Teaching Interests

My primary interests are in medical education.I serve as teaching faculty in gross anatomy, histology, and neuroscience in the first year curriculum of the College of Medicine. My current scholarly pursuits explore the design, implementation, and evaluation of instructional models that emphasize knowledge application/synthesis and self-directed student learning. My research focuses on measuring whether student learning and knowledge retention of basic sciences improve with the use of these instructional modalities. My past research included structure-function studies of peptide-delivery vehicles and the mechanisms of posttranslational modifications on protein function.

Teaching/Education Publications

  • Jones, K; Chico, D.E.; Bentley, R; Brandt, P. Tools for Direct Linkage of Content and Assessment to Outcomes. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Group on Educational Affairs; 2015.
  • Chico, D.E. Value of Basic Sciences in the Curriculum: What are the Measurable Basic Science Outcomes for a Shortened versus Traditional Pre-Clinical Curriculum? Facilitator, AAMC Table Topic, Annual Meeting of the AAMC Learn. Serve. Lead; 2014.
  • Chico, D.E.; Murray, I.V. Impact of self-directed instructional modules on student performance in a medical histology course. Annual Meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators. [Abstract]
  • Chico, D. E.; Murray, I.V. Enhancing Student Understanding of Histological Structure-Function Relationships. Annual Meeting of the Southern Group on Educational Affairs; 2013.
  • Vafa, S.; Chico, D.E. A Needs Assessment for Mobile Technology Use in Medical Education. International Journal of Medical Education (IJME). 4: 230-235; 2013.
  • Chico, D. E.; West, C.A. Basic Sciences: Revisited of not revisited during the clerkship years? Annual Meeting of the Southern Group on Educational Affairs; 2012.
  • Vafa, S.; Chico, D.E. Needs Assessment of Mobile Educational Technology in Medical Education. Annual Meeting of the Southern Group on Educational Affairs; 2012.
  • Chico, D. E.; Collins, T. J. Effectiveness of An Anatomy Video Dissector as a Guide to Dissection. Joint Meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists and the International Society for Plastination. [Abstract] Clinical Anatomy, 23:1009; 2010.
  • Chico, D. E.; Ryan, K.; Lewis, S.; Brandt, P. Experiential perspectives in integrating the basic sciences in the clinical years of undergraduate medical education. Focus Group Session, Annual Meeting of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE); 2010.
  • Chico, D.E.; Miranda, R. C. Assessment of a Peer-Teaching Learning Approach on Student Exam Performance in a First-Year Medical Histology Course. Annual Meeting of the Southern Group on Educational Affairs; 2010.
  • Chico, D.E.; Ryan, K.; Lewis, S.; Hoesley, C. Integration of the Basic Sciences in the Clinical Years of Undergraduate Medical Education. GEA/GSA Small Group Discussion Session, Annual Meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC); 2009.
  • Chico, D. E.; Collins, T. J.; Miller, B. T. Use of streaming dissection videos to enhance human anatomical dissection. Annual Meeting of the Southern Group of Education Affairs; 2009.
  • Miller, B. T.; Collins, T. J.; Chico, D. E. Retention of anatomical knowledge by senior medical students. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists; 2007.

Research Publications

  • Chico, D. E.; Listowsky, I. Diverse expression profiles of glutathione s-transferase subunits in mammalian urinary bladder. Arch. Biochem. Biophys. 435: 56-64; 2005.
  • Chico, D. E.; Listowsky, I. Protein S-thiolation and subunit profiles of glutathione-S-transferases in mammalian bladder. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. [Abstract] FASEB J. 18(8):C69; 2004.
  • Chico, D. E.; Given, R. L.; Miller, B. T. Binding of cationic cell-permeable peptides to plastic and glass. Peptides. 24: 3-9; 2003.
  • Chico, D. E.; Miller, B. T. Effect of vectorized glutathione on cultured cells. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology. [Abstract] Mol. Biol. Cell 12 (Suppl): 1330; 2001.
  • Chico, D. E.; Glasgow, J. M.; Miller, B. T. Translocation of a pro-apoptotic peptide coupled to vector peptides. Annual Meeting of the American Society for Cell Biology. [Abstract] Mol. Biol. Cell 11 (Suppl): 2351; 2000.