Congratulations David Aguilar, Ph.D.!!!
On April 19th, 2016, Pharmacology Neuroscience graduate student David Aguilar (pictured left) presented his dissertation defense titled: 'Effects of Endogenous and Exogenous Cannabinoids on Animal Models of Schizophrenia' to a lecture hall audience, whose members included his defense committee. He then went through a review of his dissertation and a question and answer process with the defense committee, before he was notified that he had successfully defended his dissertation and would be receiving his Ph.D.!
The Department of Pharmacology held a reception on May 16th, 2016, in the Pharmacology Conference Room, to honor Dr. Aguilar's accomplishment and to present him with his graduation 'gift', a personalized, custom, office chair. Department of Pharmacology Professor and Chairman, Alan Frazer, Ph.D. (above, right), recognized David's accomplishments and contributions as a Pharmacology graduate student including being involved in several major lab projects, receiving two years of support on an IMSD Training Grant and an F31 Fellowship Application awarded two years of support from the NIH. He received a travel award to the University of Alabama at Birmingham NEURAL conference in 2015, as well as the William Thomas Booth Travel Award to the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting in 2015. He has published four(4) papers and is first author on two(2) of them. He has also presented over two dozen oral and poster presentations. David's mentor, Assoicate Professor in Pharmacology, Daniel Lodge, Ph.D. (left), also commented on the great work David has done in the labs...running experiments, mentoring, training, problem solving and numerous other duties requested of him. In addition, the Graduate School Dean's Office presented David with another gift...a new leather briefcase!
David graciously thanked everyone for their support and will be pursuing a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Dr. Robert McCarley’s lab group from Harvard University after receiving a Training Grant from Harvard. Dr. McCarley studies sleep disorders and schizophrenia using electrophysiology and additional approaches.
Congratulations Dr. David Aguilar!!!
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