About Us

CBRS Administration

Hal Alper, Ph.D. Director

Hal Alper is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and Principal Investigator of the Laboratory for Cellular and Metabolic Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin. His lab focuses on metabolic and cellular engineering in the context of biochemical, biofuel, and biopharmaceutical production in an array of model host organisms. Within the context of his research, he focusses on applying and extending the fields of synthetic biology, systems biology, and protein engineering.

Phone: 512-471-4417
Office: CPE 5.408
Ruth Sogas-Paramio Manager, Financial and Administrative Operation

Ruth is the Senior Finance and HR Manager for the CBRS. Ruth has more than 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, banking, customer service and law. She oversees CBRS finances and HR functions. She is responsible for managing and forecasting budgets and expenditures, and reviewing operational performance. She also provides financial and administrative support to other core facilities under the Vice President of Research’s (VPR) office.

Ruth earned her Law degree at the University of Zaragoza in Spain.

Phone: 512-232-3417
Office: NHB 2.610
Bryan Medina Supply Center Administrative Associate

Bryan joined CBRS as an Administrative Associate in 2014. He has over 15 years experience, including office management. He currently maintains the Biomedical Research Supplies Core and also provides support by processing invoices, billing and purchase orders for MGEF, Microscopy, Electronics, and Macro-Crystallography.

Office: MBB 1.426K
Andres Villarreal Administrative Associate

Andrew joined the CBRS team in 2015. He has over 12 years experience in business operations, shipping, and receiving. He provides support by processing invoices, billing, and purchasing for Computational Biology and BioInformatics, DNA Sequencing Facility, and Genomic Sequencing and Analysis Facility.

Phone: 512-232-3911
Office: MBB 1.420