Congratulations Fernando Moura, Ph.D.!!!
On February 10th, 2017, Pharmacology graduate student Fernando Moura (pictured right) presented his dissertation defense titled: 'Examining the contribution of α4β2 and non‐α4β2 nicotinic receptors to the in vivo effects of nicotine and varenicline' 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 March 2, 2017, in the Pharmacology Conference Room, to honor Dr. Moura'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), recognized Fernando's accomplishments and contributions as a Pharmacology graduate student including 2nd place for Best Abstract in the ASPET Behavioral Pharmacology Division, UAB Neural Conference Outstanding Oral Presentation and a Dolores Shockley Best Abstract Award in addition to receiving several travel awards. He has several publications and abstracts as first author and co-author. Fernando's mentor, Associate Professor Lance McMahon, Ph.D. (right), also commented on the great work Fernando 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 Fernando with another gift...a new leather briefcase!
Fernando graciously thanked everyone for their support and will be working in the Preclinical Pharmacology Program at McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School with Jack Bergman, Ph.D..
Congratulations Dr. Fernando Moura!!!
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