PHARMACOLOGY NEWS AND EVENTS

Congratulations Alicia Avelar, Ph.D.!!!

 

Alicia AvelarOn November 8th, 2017, Neuroscience graduate student Alicia Avelar (pictured left) presented her dissertation defense titled: 'Discovering the Cellular Actions of Atypical Dopamine Transporter Inhibitors in Midbrain Dopamine Neurons' to a lecture hall audience, whose members included her defense committee. She then went through a review of her dissertation and a question and answer process with the defense committee, before she was notified that she had successfully defended her dissertation and would be receiving her Ph.D.!


Dr. FrazerThe Department of Pharmacology held a reception on November 29th, 2017, in the Pharmacology Conference Room, to honor Dr. Avelar's accomplishment and to present her with her graduation 'gift', a personalized, custom, office chair. Department of Pharmacology Professor and Chairman, Alan Frazer, Ph.D. (above, right), recognized Alicia's accomplishments and contributions as a Neuroscience graduate student including: an Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) NIH R25 trainee, the Dean’s Excellence Award in 2012, the Neuroscience Early-Stage T32 Training Grant in 2013 and received an ASPET Underrepresented Graduate Student Travel Award and a NIDA diversity scholars travel award. She has co-authored two papers and has two manuscripts in preperation. Alicia's mentor, Professor of Physiology Michael Beckstead, Ph.D. (left) was not able to attend. In addition, the Graduate School Dean's Office presented Alicia with another gift...a new leather briefcase!


Alicia graciously thanked everyone for their support. She has accepted a post-doctoral fellowship in the lab of Dr. Brandon Henderson at Marshall University, in West Virginia. She will be studying nicotine and opioid addiction.


Congratulations Dr. Alicia Avelar, Ph.D.!!!


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