Beth A. Goins, Ph.D., a biochemist and professor/research in the Department of Radiology, passed away Jan. 6 after a courageous battle with cancer. She was 58.
Dr. Goins joined UT Health San Antonio in 1991. She was an accomplished scientist who developed several diagnostic and therapeutic methods for targeted cancer treatment using liposome encapsulation. She was a key member of the Graduate Program in Radiological Science, serving as Chairperson of the Committee on Graduate Studies.
Dr. Goins was a pioneer in biological nanotechnology and her contributions to this scientific field are numerous, including 100 scientific papers, 28 book chapters, mainly in the field of nanotechnology, many of which are highly cited. She was one of the very first scientists to investigate the use of nanotechnology in biology and to use nanoparticles for delivering drugs.
She was a co-editor with William T. Philips, Ph.D., of Nanoimaging, a book covering research on the use of nanoparticles for in vivo diagnostic medical imaging and therapy.
Dr. Goins earned her bachelor’s degree from King College in Bristol, Tennessee, and her master’s and doctorate in biochemistry from the University of Tennessee.
Funeral arrangements are with Oak Hill Funeral Home, in Kingsport, Tennessee. A funeral service was held Jan. 10 in Kingsport.