Omid B. Rahimi, Ph.D.
UT Distinguished Teaching Professor
Cell Systems and Anatomy
Dr. Omid Rahimi joined the Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy in September 2004. He is assistant course director of Medical Gross Anatomy & Embryology and lecturer & laboratory instructor in Medical Neuroscience. He additionally co-directs senior medical student electives in Advanced Anatomy of the Back, Head & Neck, Advanced Anatomy of the Thorax, Abdomen & Pelvis, and Advanced Anatomy of the Extremities.
Dr. Rahimi has been involved with instruction of Gross Anatomy and Neuroscience to first-year Medical and Graduate students since 2000. He is also active in the development of interactive digital modules aimed to enhance the teaching of gross anatomy (GATEways).
Dr. Rahimi's research interests focus on morphological changes in neurons during development and aging.
A hallmark of aging in humans is deficits in learning and memory. Recent data show that granule neurons in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampal formation - a region critical to proper function of certain types of memory - increase in size in the aged male mice as compared to adult mice (Figure 1). Granule neurons of dentate gyrus also undergo significant morphological changes over the first postnatal week in rat (Figure 2, Jones et al., 2003).
Recent results show that synaptic activity is necessary for the normal progression of morphological changes during early postnatal development of granule neurons. The goal of this work is to determine factors that underlie normal neuronal development and to reveal relationships between deficits observed during aging and changes in neuronal structure.
- 2000 - PhD - Anatomy & Cell Biology - Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
- 1993 - BS - Biology - University of Texas at San Antonio
- Postdoctoral Fellowship - Neuroscience - University of Texas at San Antonio
- Postdoctoral Fellowship - Neuroscience - Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
- 1/2010 - Distinguished Teaching Professor - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Cellular & Structural Biology, San Antonio
Instruction & Training
- 4/2016 - Present, Masters' Thesis Directed, UT Health Science Center
- 9/2014 - Present, Neuroanatomy, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 1/2011 - Present, CIRCLE Curriculum - Anatomy Discipline Coordinator
- 1/2011 - Present, CIRC 6013 - Musculoskeletal and Dermatology
- 1/2011 - Present, CIRC 5003 - Language of Medicine
- 9/2010 - Present, Anatomy of the Newborn, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 9/2008 - Present, Regional Anatomy, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 5/2006 - Present, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
- 7/2005 - Present, Advanced Anatomy, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 8/2004 - Present, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
- 1/2002 - Present, Neuroscience, The University of Texas Health Science Center
- 7/2001 - Present, Gross Anatomy Embryology, The University of Texas Health Science Center
Chilton, T, Rahimi, OB. Variation in the azygos venous system: a cadaveric study of patterns of vessel termination: Accepted as poster presentation. American Association of Clinical Anatomists meeting; 2016 Jun.
Peterson, J, Wengel, CE, Catalani, B, Rahimi, OB, Kang, WB. Brachial plexus peripheral nerve block training videos MedEdPortal 2014 Dec;. Peterson, j, Wengel, CE, Ctalani, B, Rahimi, OB, Kang, WB. Nerve blocks for the femoral nerve and its branches MedEdPortal 2014 Sep;.