Graduate Student Spotlight
Congratulations Jennifer Parrott!
Neuroscience graduate student Jennifer Parrott has been selected to receive the William Thomas Booth Memorial Travel Award.
William Thomas Booth, a native Texan and west Texas rancher, passed in August of 2012. His family began a memorial fund that year, in his name, at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. The purpose of the fund is to support the research travel of Pharmacology graduate students, so they can present their research data at the largest neuroscience meeting of the year...the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Annual Meeting. This year, the meeting will be held in Washington, D.C. where attendance is expected to exceed 30,000 world-wide participants.
Jennifer's abstract is titled : 'Neurotoxic kynurenine metabolism mediates inflammation induced behavioral despair in mice' and she conducts her research in the lab of Pharmacology Assistant Professor Jason O'Connor, Ph.D..
Congratulations Jennifer Parrott!
Neuroscience graduate student Jennifer Parrott has been awarded a NIH/NIMH F31 Fellowship Grant, Grant # 1F31MH102070-01A1.
The NIH's National Institute of Mental Health granted a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Research Fellowship Award to Jennifer for her project titled: 'Impact of BDNF expression on neuroimmune activation and depressive-like behaviors'. The award begins this year, 2014, and concludes in 2016.
Jennifer conducts her research in the lab of Pharmacology Assistant Professor Jason O'Connor, Ph.D..
Congratulations Blaine Jacobs!
Pharmacology graduate student Blaine Jacobs will be honored at the Women's Council Fall Luncheon, October 3rd, 2014, for being selected as the Council for Excellence in Women’s Health Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences scholarship recipient for 2014.
Students from all five schools: School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Graduate School, Dental School and School of Health Professions, at the Univeristy of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, can apply for the annual scholarship. Blaine will be honored at the luncheon , where she will be introduced to the Women's Council members by one of the scholarship committee members. Scholarship recipients will be asked to say a few words.
Three Department of Pharmacology Graduate Students earn awards at annual Mikiten Graduate Student Research Forum!!!
The 6th Annual Terry M. Mikiten Graduate Student Research Forum was held on Friday, June 6, 2014 with approximately 90 abstracts featured this year and Department of Pharmacology Graduate Students were well represented! Blaine McGuire, a Pharmacology student in Kelly Berg's, Ph.D. lab received 1st place in the 'Best Graduate Student Poster' category; David Aguilar, a Neuroscience student in Daniel Lodge's, Ph.D. lab was awarded 2nd place in the 'Best Graduate Student Poster' category and Michael Eskander, a Pharmacology student in Kenneth Hargreaves, DDS, Ph.D. lab was presented with the award for 'Best Oral Presentation'.
The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Office of the Graduate Dean would like to give a special thanks to the Graduate Student Association (GSA) that developed and coordinated the entire day: Peter LoCoco, Stacy Stahl, Mikaela Sifuentes, Calais Prince, Elizabeth Fucich and Sabrina Martinez-Anz.
Congratulations to this year's winners!
Congratulations Teresa Evans!
Each year the Women’s Faculty Association solicits nominations for outstanding women students at the Health Science Center. One nominee is selected from each of the five schools for the annual WFA Leadership Awards. Nominations can be made by the student herself, other students, faculty or a campus organization or unit. In reviewing the student nominees, the committee looked for: evidence of leadership, evidence of acceptable academic performance and participation in professional activities, teaching, and service.
Congratulations Fernando Moura!
Pharmacology graduate student Fernando Moura received the 4th Annual Dolores Shockley Best Abstract Award at the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology (EB) 2014, held April 26-30th, at San Diego, CA.
Fernando's abstract was titled: 'Differential Generalization Among Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Agonists in Nicotine, Varenicline, and Epibatidine Discriminations in Mice'. He is mentored by Department of Pharmacology Associate Professor, Lance McMahon, Ph.D.. Fernando also received the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB)- Maximizing Access to Research (MARC) Travel Award, for the ASPET EB, to help defray travel expenses.
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'.
*** Graduate Student of the Year ***
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...
*** Graduate Student Graduates ***
Vicky Bai, Ph.D.!!!
Vicky presented her dissertation titled: 'Mechanisms underlying therapeutic effects of Rapamycin in a mouse model of Synucleinopathies' on August 28th, 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 September 2nd, 2014, the Department of Pharmacology honored Dr. Bai with a reception and presented her with the departmental gift, a personalized office chair. Vicky's mentor, Pharmacology Professor J. Randy Strong, Ph.D., commented on what a great graduate student Vicky had been, while working in his lab, including her numerous publications and abstracts. The Graduate School Dean's Office presented Vicky with another gift...a new leather briefcase and book! Vicky graciously thanked everyone for their support and is currently looking forward to her new role, as a PostDoctoral Fellow in the lab of Dr. Feany, at the Harvard Medical School. Congratulations and Best Wishes Dr. Bai!
Jillian Heisler, Ph.D.!!!
Jillian presented her dissertation titled: 'A Pathogenic Role for Kynurenine Metabolism in Prefrontal Cortex-mediated Depressive Symptoms' on June 19th, 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 June 30th, 2014, the Department of Pharmacology honored Dr. Heisler with a reception and presented her with the departmental gift, a personalized office chair. Jillian's mentor, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, Jason O'Connor, Ph.D. (left) commented on what a great graduate student Jillian had been, while working in his lab (pictured right). Dr. Frazer (pictured above, right), Department of Pharmacology Professor and Chairman, commented on Jillian's numerous accomplishments, including Jillian's recent presentation at the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Annual Meeting this year. The Graduate School Dean's Office presented Jillian with another gift...a new leather briefcase! Jillian graciously thanked everyone for their support and is currently looking forward to continuing the second half of her education, the M.D. portion, in the UTHSCSA's MD/PhD Dual Degree Program. Congratulations and Best Wishes Dr. Heisler!