Humberto Lara Villegas


Dr. Lara currently serves as an Instructional Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University-San Antonio since 2021. Before this, he made significant scientific contributions as a Research Associate at The University of Texas at San Antonio from 2014 to 2021. Dr. Lara has held academic positions as an Associate Professor at the University of Monterrey (2012-2014) and the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (2003-2011).



Year Name of the award

Summa Cum Laude”, graduated with highest honors as Ph.D., student

2006 to date

Member of S.N.I -1 (National System of Researchers) from 2006 to date, granted by the National Council of Sciences and Technologies of Mexico (CoNaCyt)


Award from the Scientific Committee granted by the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon (UANL)


PROMEP recognition for quality work as a Teacher bestowed by the Secretary of Education in Mexico (SEP)

2005 - 2010

Scholarship to Study Ph.D. Program. The scholarship was granted by the Mexican Federal Government’s Department of Science and Technology (CONACYT)


President of the XXIV Mexican Congress of Clinical Pathology


Teaching Summary

Year Rank Company/Institute/University
2021-Present Instructional Assistant Professor Texas A&M University-San Antonio
2019-Present Adjunct Faculty St. Philips College
2014-2021 Research Associate The University of Texas at San Antonio
2012-2014 Assistant Professor Universidad de Monterrey
2003-2011 Assistant Professor Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon 


Classes Observing

Course Code Course Name
2402-600 Anatomy and Physiology II (Lecture)
2402-03L Anatomy and Physiology II
2402-08L Anatomy and Physiology II
2401-03L Anatomy and Physiology I
2401-06L Anatomy and Physiology I
2401-07L Anatomy and Physiology I
2401-08L Anatomy and Physiology I
2401-602 Anatomy and Physiology I






  • KL Nash, G Guisbiers, HHL Villegas. Antimicrobial coating comprising chalcogenide nano-particles capped by chitosan. US Patent 11,076,599.
  • Lara, H.H.; Lopez-Ribot, J.L. Inhibition of Mixed Biofilms of Candida albicans and Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus by Positively Charged Silver Nanoparticles and Functionalized Silicone Elastomers. Pathogens 2020, 9, 784.
  • P Jagadesan, Z Yu, I Barboza-Ramos, HH Lara, R Vazquez-Munoz, Light-Activated Antifungal Properties of Imidazolium-Functionalized Cationic Conjugated Polymers Chemistry of Materials 32 (14), 6186-6196 2020.
  • A Campuzano, H Zhang, GR Ostroff, L dos Santos Dias, M Wüthrich, CARD9-Associated Dectin-1 and Dectin-2 Are Required for Protective Immunity of a Multivalent Vaccine against Coccidioides posadasii Infection The Journal of Immunology 204 (12), 3296-3306 1 2020.
  • MA Fuentes-Valencia, EJ Fajer-Ávila, MC Chávez-Sánchez Silver nanoparticles are lethal to the ciliate model Tetrahymena and safe to the pike silverside Chirostoma estor, Experimental Parasitology 209, 107825,1, 2020.
  • HH Lara, L Ixtepan-Turrent, M Jose Yacaman, J Lopez-Ribot Inhibition of Candida auris Biofilm Formation on Medical and Environmental Surfaces by Silver Nanoparticles, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces 12 (19), 21183-21191 5 2020.
  • CA Pimentel-Acosta, J Ramírez-Salcedo, FN Morales-Serna, Molecular Effects of Silver Nanoparticles on Monogenean Parasites: Lessons from Caenorhabditis elegans International Journal of Molecular Sciences 21 (16), 5889
  • HH Lara, DM Black, C Moon, E Orr, P Lopez, MM Alvarez, Activating a Silver Lipoate Nanocluster with a Penicillin Backbone Induces a Synergistic Effect against S. aureus Biofilm ACS omega 4 (26), 21914-21920 2019.
  • CA Pimentel-Acosta, FN Morales-Serna, MC Chávez-Sánchez, HH Lara, Efficacy of silver nanoparticles against the adults and eggs of monogenean parasites of fish Parasitology research 118 (6), 1741-1749 4 2019.
  • FJ Alvarez-Cirerol, MA López-Torres, E Rodríguez-León, Silver Nanoparticles Synthesized with Rumex hymenosepalus: A Strategy to Combat Early Mortality Syndrome (EMS) in a Cultivated White Shrimp Journal of Nanomaterials 2019
  • Lopez P, Lara HH, M. Mullins S, et al. Tetrahedral (T) Closed-Shell Cluster of 29 Silver Atoms & 12 Lipoate Ligands, [Ag29(R-α-LA)12](3−): Antibacterial and Antifungal Activity. ACS Appl Nano Mater. April 2018:acsanm.8b00069. doi:10.1021/acsanm.8b00069
  • H. Lara, G. Guisbiers, J. Mendoza, L.C. Mimun, B. K. Vincent, J. Lopez-Ribot and K. L. Nash, Synergistic Antifungal Activity of Chitosan-Stabilized Selenium Nanoparticles, nature publishing group Biofilms and Microbiomes. (in review) 2016
  • Grégory Guisbiers, Lara HH, Ruben Mendoza-Cruz, Guillermo Naranjo, Brandy A. Vincent, Xomalin G. Peralta, D., Kelly L. Nash. Inhibition of Candida albicans biofilm by pure selenium nanoparticles synthesized by pulsed laser ablation in liquids. Nanomedicine. 2016 Oct 25
  • Lara HH, Dulce G. Romero-Urbina, Christopher Pierce, Jose L. Lopez-Ribot, M. Josefina Arellano-Jiménez and Miguel Jose-Yacaman, Effect of silver nanoparticles on Candida albicansbiofilms: an ultrastructural study, Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2015 13:91 DOI: 10.1186/s12951-015-0147-8
  • Dulce G. Romero-Urbina, Lara HH, J. Jesús Velázquez-Salazar, M. Josefina Arellano-Jiménez, Eduardo Larios, Anand Srinivasan, Jose L. Lopez-Ribot and Miguel José Yacamán, Ultrastructural changes in methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureusinduced by positively charged silver nanoparticles, Beilstein J. Nanotechnol. 2015, 6, 2396–2405.
  • Lara HH, Alanís-Garza EJ, Estrada Puente MF, Mureyko LL, Ixtepan-Turrent L. [Nutritional approaches to modulate oxidative stress that induce Alzheimers disease]. Gac Med Mex.2015 Mar-Apr;151(2):245-51
  • Lara HH, Ixtepan-Turrent L, Rivera-Silva G, González-Salazar F, Moreno-Treviño G. Antivirograma, sensible, rápido y fácil de interpretar por un método de bioluminiscencia para el VIH-1. Rev Latinoamer Patol Clin, 2013 60,2 79-9
  • Dinesh K. Singh and Lara HH. Inhibition of cell-associated HIV-1 by silver nanoparticles. Retrovirology2012, 9(Suppl 1):O1 
  • Lara HH, Elsa N. Garza Treviño, Liliana Ixtepan Turrent, Dinesh K. Singh. Silver nanoparticles are broad-spectrum bactericidal and virucidal compounds. Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2011 (review), 2011 Aug 3;9:30.                      
  • Lara HH, Liliana Ixtepan-Turrent, Elsa N. Garza-Treviño, Dinesh K. Singh. Use of silver nanoparticles increased inhibition of cell-associated HIV-1 infection by neutralizing antibodies developed against HIV-1 envelope proteins. J Nanobiotechnology. 2011 Sep 18;9:38.
  • Lara HH, Liliana Ixtepan-Turrent1, Elsa N. Garza-Treviño1, Samantha M. Flores-Teviño1, J. Isaías-Badillo1 and Cristina Rodriguez-Padilla1. Antiviral mode of action of Bovine Dialyzable Leukocyte Extract against Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type 1 Infection. BMC Research Notes 2011, 4:474
  • Lara HH 1§, Liliana Ixtepan-Turrent1§, Elsa N. Garza-Treviño1, Samantha M Flores-Teviño, Borkow G, and Cristina Rodriguez-Padilla1. Antiviral properties of 5,5-dithiobis-2-nitrobenzoic acid and bacitracin against T-tropic human immunodeficiency virus type 1. Virol J. 2011 Mar 24;8:137.
  • Lara HH, Ixtepan-Turrent L, Garza-Treviño EN, Tamez-Guerra R, Rodriguez-Padilla C. Clinical and immunological assessment in breast cancer patients receiving anti-cancer therapy and bovine dialyzable leukocyte extract (bDLE) as an adjuvant. Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 1: 425-431, 2010
  • Lara HH*†, Liliana Ixtepan-Turrent†, Elsa N Garza-Treviño, and Cristina Rodriguez-Padilla. PVP-coated silver nanoparticles block the transmission of cell-free and cell-associated HIV-1 in human cervical culture. Journal of Nanobiotechnology 2010, 8:15
  • Lara HH, Ayala-Nuñez NV, Ixtepan-Turrent L, Rodriguez-Padilla C: Mode of antiviral action of silver nanoparticles against HIV-1. J Nanobiotechnology 2010; 8: 1.                                                                             
  • Ayala-Nuñez NV, Lara HH, Ixtepan-Turrent L, Rodriguez-Padilla C: Silver Nanoparticles Toxicity and Bactericidal Effect Against Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus: Nanoscale Does Matter. J Nanobiotechnology Volume 5, Numbers 1-4 / December 2009
  • Lara HH, Ayala-Nuñez NV, Ixtepan-Turrent L, Rodriguez-Padilla C: Bactericidal effect of silver nanoparticles against multidrug-resistant bacteria. World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology. Volume 26, Number 4 / April 2010
  • Elechiguerra JL, Burt JL, Morones JR, Camacho-Bragado A, Gao X, Lara HH, Yacaman MJ: Interaction of silver nanoparticles with HIV-1. J Nanobiotechnology. 2005 Jun 29;3:6.
  • Borkow G, Lara HH, Covington CY, Nyamathi A, Gabbay J: Deactivation of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 in medium by copper oxide-containing filters. Antimicrob Agents Chemother Feb;52(2):518-25. Epub 2007 Dec 10.
  • Gadi Borkow*, Robert W. Sidwell, Donald F. Smee, Dale L. Barnard, John Morrey, Lara HH, Yonat Shemer-Avni, and Jeffrey Gabbay. Neutralizing viruses in suspensions by copper oxide based filters. Antimicrob. Agents Chemother 2007 Jul;51(7):2605-7. Epub 2007 Apr 30.
  • Borkow G, Lara HH, Lapidot A: Mutations in gp41 and gp120 of HIV-1 isolates resistant to hexa-arginine neomycin B conjugate. Biochem Biophys Res Commun 2003;312:1047-1052.
  • Borkow G, Lara HH, Ayash-Rashkovsky M, Tavor E, Lapidot A, Bentwich Z, Honigman A: Adenovirus expressing a bioluminescence reporter gene and cMAGI cell assay for the detection of HIV-1. Virus Genes 2004;29:257-265.
  • Borkow G, Vijay badabaskar V, Lara HH, Kalinkovich A, Lapidot A: Structure-activity relationship of neomycin, paromomycin, and neamine-arginine conjugates, targeting HIV-1 gp120-CXCR4 binding step. Antiviral Res 2003;60:181-192.
  • Zussman A, Lara L, Lara HH, Bentwich Z, Borkow G: Blocking of cell-free and cell-associated HIV-1 transmission through human cervix organ culture with UC781. AIDS 2003;17:653-661.


Humberto Lara Villegas

College Of Arts And Sciences

Department of Natural Sciences

Instructional Assistant Professor

STB 211M
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Course Teachings

BIOL 2401 01L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab Spring 2024 Syllabus
BIOL 2401 03L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab Spring 2024 Syllabus
BIOL 2401 001 Anatomy & Physiology I Spring 2024 Syllabus
BIOL 2401 02L Anatomy & Physiology I Lab Spring 2024 Syllabus
BIOL 2401 003 Anatomy & Physiology I Spring 2024 Syllabus