Congratulations Megan Jo 'MJ' Moerke, Ph.D.!!!


Megan 'MJ' MoerkeOn April 28th, 2016, Pharmacology Neuroscience graduate student Megan Jo 'MJ' Moerke (pictured left) presented her dissertation defense titled: 'Pharmacological mechanisms underlying the behavioral effects of direct- and indirect-acting nicotinic agonists in non-human primates and rodents' 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 May 16th, 2016, in the Pharmacology Conference Room, to honor Dr. Moerke's accomplishment and to present her with her graduation 'gift', a personalized, custom, office chair. Dr. Lance McMahonDepartment of Pharmacology Professor and Chairman, Alan Frazer, Ph.D. (above, right), recognized MJ's accomplishments and contributions as a Pharmacology graduate student including being invited to speak at the ASPET symposium, Nicotinic Agonist/Antagonist Drug Development: Implications for Treatment of Neurodegenerative Disorders, in San Diego as part of the 2016 Experimental Biology meeting. She also received ASPET/EB travel awards in 2015 and 2016 and a Best Poster Award at the Center for Biomedical Neuroscience Retreat. She has three(3) 1st author papers in various stages of submission, with two(2) more expected from Ph.D. work as well as one(1) published paper, with two(2) more in stages of submission and at least one(1) more expected. In addition, Megan has six(6) peer reveiwed publications to her name. She has also presented over twenty(20) oral and poster presentations. Megan's mentor, Assoicate Professor in Pharmacology, Lance McMahon, Ph.D. (left), also commented on the great work MJ has done in the labs...running experiments, mentoring, training, problem solving and numerous other duties requested of her. In addition, the Graduate School Dean's Office presented Megan with another gift...a new leather briefcase!

Megan graciously thanked everyone for their support and will be finishing research work as postdoctoral fellow in Dr. McMahons lab for several weeks before exploring a job offer with Dr. Steve Negus at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

Congratulations Dr. Megan Jo 'MJ' Moerke!!!

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