Congratulations Jennifer Parrott, Ph.D.!!!


Megan 'MJ' MoerkeOn March 29th, 2016, Pharmacology Neuroscience graduate student Jennifer Parrott (pictured left) presented her dissertation defense titled: 'Inflammation-Induced Depressive-Like Behaviors: Influence of Kynurenine Metabolism and Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor' 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. Parrott's accomplishment and to present her with her graduation 'gift', a personalized, custom, office chair. Dr. Jason O'ConnorDepartment of Pharmacology Professor and Chairman, Alan Frazer, Ph.D. (above, right), recognized Jennifer's accomplishments and contributions as a Pharmacology graduate student including a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA, F31) from the National Institute of Mental Health, a Translational Science Training Fellowship from the Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS) at UTHSCSA and a designated tuition scholarship from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UTHSCSA. She received a William Thomas Booth Memorial Travel Award to attend the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, a Trainee Scholar Travel Award for the PsychoNeuroImmunology Research Society Annual Scientific Meeting as well as a Research Recognition Award for Scholar Poster Presentations at the Texas Regional Clinical and Translational Science Award Consortium. She has two(2) publications, one(1) as first author with an additional six(6) publications submitted, four(4) as first author. In addition, Jennifer has been invited to speak at three seminars and has also presented over two dozen oral and poster presentations. Jennifer's mentor, Assistant Professor in Pharmacology, Jason O'Connor, Ph.D. (left), also commented on the great work Jennifer 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 Jennifer with another gift...a new leather briefcase!

Jennifer graciously thanked everyone for their support and will be taking a postdoctoral scholar position with Jacqueline Crawley, Ph.D. at the MIND Institute, at the UC Davis School of Medicine in Sacramento, CA, starting July 5, 2016

Congratulations Dr. Jennifer Parrott!!!

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