Graduate Student Spotlight
Congratulations Huiyoung 'Jimmy' Yun!
Pharmacology graduate student Huiyoung 'Jimmy' Yun was notified by the Cancer Prevention and Population Science (CPPS) Committee that he would be receiving a travel award for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting, to be held in San Diego, CA., April 5-9, 2014
Jimmy's abstract titled: 'ER-β/Sp/NFκB/FLIP axis: Potential therapeutic target in prostate cancer', has been selected for an oral presentation, in a Mini-Symposium, at the meeting. Jimmy is mentored by Department of Urology Professor, Pratap Kumar, Ph.D
Congratulations Pharmacology Graduate Students Jamshidi, LoCoco and McGuire on receiving
American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics(ASPET)
Pharmacology graduate students Raehannah Jamshidi(left), Peter LoCoco(center) and Blaine McGuire(right) were notified they are recipients of Graduate Student Travel Awards for the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics(ASPET) Annual Meeting, at the Experimental Biology(EB) 2014 Meeting, in San Diego, CA., to be held April 26-30, 2014.
Raehannah, Peter and Blaine conduct research in the labs of and are mentored by Pharmacology Distinguished Teaching Professor Willaim Clarke, Ph.D., Pharmacology Professor Susan Mooberry, Ph.D. and Pharmacology Associate Professor/Research Kelly Berg, Ph.D..
Congratulations Julianne Jett!
Neuroscience graduate student Julianne Jett was notified by the International Behavioral Neuroscience Society(IBNS) Education Committee that she was one of fifteen graduate students receiving a travel award for the IBNS 23rd Annual Meeting, to be held June 10-15, 2014, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Travel award applicants were judged based on criteria specific to their level of training. In addition, travel costs were taken into consideration in determining the final amount of the award. Travel Award recipients are required to present a poster as well as participate in a slide blitz session. Her abstract is titled: 'Noradrenergic dysregulation of glutamate in the mPFC: A potential mechanism for cognitive dysfunction in rats exposed to chronic unpredictable stress'.
In The News
A February 6th, 2014 story was run in the HSC News highlighting the research that Neuroscience Graduate Student Jennifer Donegan and Professor David Morilak, Ph.D. are conducting on how low levels of pro-inflammatory agent help cognition in rats. Read the story...
Congratulations Di Zhang!!
Pharmacology graduate student Di Zhang was notified that she was a recipient of a Miami 2014 Winter Symposium - The Molecular Basis of Brain Disorders Conference Travel Fellowship Award.
Di's abstract is titled: 'Adiponectin deficiency impairs extinction of conditioned fear and reduces excitatory synaptic connectivity of dentate gyrus granule neurons' and has been selected to be presented as a poster. She is conducting her research in the lab of Pharmacology Professor Xin-Yun Lu, Ph.D.
The Travel Fellowship covers registration to the Symposium and contributions to travel and hotel accommodations costs during the conference, January 26th-29th, 2014, in Miami, Florida. In addition, the fellowship also covers free access to the Speakers Dinner on January 27th.
Great Work Jillian Heisler!
MD/PhD Neuroscience Graduate Student Jillian Heisler presented her abstract titled: 'Regionally specific associations between fibroblast growth factor-2 expression and symptom profile in patients with mood disorders' at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Annual Meeting.
This is the same abstract that Jillian was recently awarded the 'William Thomas Booth Memorial Travel Award'. Jillian is conducting her research in the lab of Pharmacology Assistant Professor Jason O'Connor, Ph.D..
Congratulations Stephanie Perez!
Fifth year Neuroscience graduate student Stephanie Perez has been selected as the 2013 Pharmacology Graduate Student of the Year. Stephanie was recognized at the annual Pharmacology Graduate Student Symposium, held October 25th, 2013. She is pictured here, receiving her certificate and trophy from Pharmacology Chairman, Alan Frazer, Ph.D..
She is extremely active in the science community, presenting papers at numerous local, state, and national meetings over the past several years, including: the Center for Biomedical Neuroscience Annual Retreats, the Pharmacology Graduate Student Symposiums and the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meetings.
Read more about Stephanie's Student of the Year award...
Congratulations Jennifer Donegan!
Fifth year Neuroscience graduate student Jennifer Donegan was notified September 27th, that she was a recipient of a Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Graduate Student Travel Award for the 2013 annual meeting. Jennifer's abstract is titled: 'Orbitofrontal IL-6 and JAK-STAT signaling attenuate stress-induced reversal learning deficits in the rat'. She is conducting her research in the lab of Pharmacology Professor and Center for Biomedical Neurosciences (CBN) Director, David Morilak, Ph.D..
The Graduate Student Travel Awards enable outstanding graduate researchers to attend the SfN annual meeting. Administered by the Professional Development Committee and supported by Eli Lilly & Co., these awards provide complimentary registration and a stipend to offset travel expenses. Award checks are presented at the meeting.
In The News - Stephanie Perez!
On September 11th, 2013, Neuroscience Graduate student Stephanie Perez, was featured in a MySA.com/Express-News story, titled 'Persistence pays off for researcher'.
The story discusses the adversities Stephanie has overcome, along with triumps, as she is about to complete the Ph.D. program, in the Department of Pharmacology, here at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Stephanie conducts her research in the lab of Pharmacology Assistant Professor, Daniel Lodge, Ph.D..
Congratulations Andrew Robles!
Third year Pharmacology Graduate Student Andrew Robles has been notified he is receiving an Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Training Grant. The training grant supports the salary of the Graduate student, as a Graduate Research Assistant while working in the lab, with additional funds for travel and related training. The grant begins September 1st, 2013 and runs for one year. To meet the requirements of the IMSD grant, all trainees are required to attend and participate in monthly IMSD training meetings, professional development workshops offered throughout the year and the annual Outreach event to Middle and/or Elementary schools. Trainees are also required to submit a research progress report and a summary of research and training accomplishments at the end of the year.
Andrew conducts his research in the lab of Pharmacology Professor and Co-leader of Experimental and Developmental Therapeutics, of the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC) at the UTHSCSA, Susan Mooberry, Ph.D..
*** Graduate Student Graduates ***
Jennifer Donegan, Ph.D.!
Jennifer presented her dissertation titled: 'IL-6 facilitates reversal learning in the orbitofrontal cortex of rats' on March 27th, 2014, to a lecture hall audience, whose members included her defense review committee. Her defense committee notified her, that afternoon, that she had successfully defended her dissertation and would be receiving her Ph.D.. On April 2nd, 2014, the Department of Pharmacology honored Dr. Donegan with a reception and presented her with the departmental gift, a personalized office chair. Jennifer's mentor, Professor of Pharmacology and Center for Biomedical Neuroscience (CBN) Director, David Morilak, Ph.D. commented on the great work Jennifer has done in his lab...running experiments, mentoring, training, problem solving and numerous other duties requested of her (pictured above, on the left). Dr. Frazer (left), Department of Pharmacology Professor and Chairman, commented on Jennifer's numerous accomplishments, including Jennifer's recent Journal of Neuroscience study publication. The Graduate School Dean's Office presented Jennifer with another gift...a new leather briefcase! Jennifer graciously thanked everyone for their support and is currently looking forward to her new role as a PostDoctoral Fellow in the lab of Pharmacology Assistant Professor, Daniel Lodge, Ph.D.. Congratulations and Best Wishes Dr. Donegan!
Alex Martinez, Ph.D.!
Alex presented his dissertation titled: 'Cannabinoid and Peroxisome Proliferator-activated Receptors as Anti-dyskinetic Targets' on January 14th, 2014, to a lecture hall audience, whose members included his defense review committee. His defense committee notified him, that afternoon, that he had successfully defended his dissertation and would be receiving his Ph.D.. On January 15th, 2014, the Department of Pharmacology honored Dr. Martinez with a reception and presented him with the departmental gift, a personalized office chair. Alex's mentor, Pharmacology Associate Professor Andrea Giuffrida, Ph.D., commented on what a great graduate student Alex had been, while working in his lab (pictured right, standing). Dr. Frazer (pictured above, left), Department of Pharmacology Professor and Chairman, commented on Alex's numerous accomplishments, including having received the Pharmacology Student of the Year Award, in 2011. The Graduate School Dean's Office presented Alex with another gift...a new leather briefcase! Alex graciously thanked everyone for their support and is currently looking forward to his new roles, which he has already started: an Assistant Professor at Trinity University, where he will be teaching full-time and a part-time Postdoctoral Fellow position in Dr. Giuffrida's lab. Congratulations and Best Wishes Dr. Martinez!