Graduate Student Spotlight
Congratulations Allison Doyle!
Congratulations Neuroscience graduate student Allison Doyle for receiving a National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) National Research Service Award (NRSA) F31 Fellowship Grant!
Allison's project is titled: 'A mechanism for delta opioid receptor priming'. The award begins this year, 2015, and concludes in 2017. Allison conducts her research in the lab of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associate Profesor Nathan Jeske, Ph.D.
Congratulations Elizabeth Fucich!
Third year Neuroscience graduate student Elizabeth Fucich has been selected to receive the Translational Science Training (TST) TL1 Scholar Award, from the UTHSCSA's Institute for Integration of Science and Medicine (IIMS).
Her research proposal is titled: 'Medial prefrontal cortical mechanisms of behavioral therapy', and was selected for funding from among several outstanding proposals in a highly competitive review process. This fellowship supports a portion of her stipend, tuition and fees, and provides funds for travel to present at scientific meetings and for research support. Elizabeth conducts research in the lab of Pharmacology Professor and Center for Biomedical Neuroscience (CBN) Director David Morilak, Ph.D..
In The Press - Suleman Hussain!
His feature is titled 'Finding a Community through Research: Suleman Hussain Works on Prostate Cancer'. Suleman conducts his research in the Medicine/Urology lab of A. Pratap Kumar, Ph.D..
Congratulations Deana Apple!
Congratulations to Neuroscience graduate student Deana Apple on receiving 2nd place, in the Student Category, at the Center for Biomedical Neuroscience (CBN) Annual Retreat held May 8th, 2015 at the Greehey Childrens Cancer Research Institute (GCCRI) Commons and Auditorium.
Deana's poster was titled: 'Calorie Restriction Protects Against Age-Related Dysregulation of Neural Stem Cells in the Murine Subventricular Zone'. She conducts research in the lab of her mentor, Physiology Assistant Professor Erzsebet Kokovay, Ph.D..
Congratulations Nicholas Dybdal-Hargreaves!
Congratulations to Pharmacology graduate student Nicholas Dybdal-Hargreaves on receiving a National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) F30 Fellowship Grant!
The NIH's National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research granted a Research Fellowship Award to Nicholas for his project titled: 'Notch signaling and anticancer drug sensitivity in oral squamous cell carcinoma'. The award begins this year, 2015, and concludes in 2018. Nicholas conducts his research in the lab of Pharmacology Professor and the Greehey Distinguished Chair in Targeted Molecular Therapeutics Susan Mooberry, Ph.D.
Congratulations Mateen Ahmad Haroon!
Neuroscience graduate student Mateen Ahmad Haroon received an 'Outstanding Student Preentation Award' at the UTHSCSA 2015 Physiology Graduate Student Symposium!
The Physiology Graduate Student Symposium was held Friday, April 17th, 2015 at the Medical Center La Quinta Inn & Suites Meeting Facilities where over forty students presented posters and discussed their research. The title of Mateen's poster was 'Perinatal hypoxia enhances vesicular GABA release in the auditory brainstem early postnatal development'.
Mateen conducts his research in the lab of Physiology Assistant Professor Jun Hee Kim Ph.D..
Congratulations David Aguilar!
Neuroscience graduate student David Aguilar received a National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) F31 Fellowship Grant!
The NIH's National Institute of Mental Health granted a Research Fellowship Award to David for his project titled: 'Adolescent cannabinoid exposure in a rodent model of schizophrenia susceptibility'. The goal of this study is to explore the interaction between genetic and environmental risks in a recently developed rodent model of psychotic susceptibility. The award begins this year, 2015, and concludes in 2017.
David conducts his research in the lab of Pharmacology Assistant Professor Daniel Lodge Ph.D..
Congratulations Suleman Hussain!
Pharmacology graduate student Suleman Hussain was recently notified he had been selected to receive an American Association of Indian Scientists in Cancer Research (AAISCR) Young Investigator Award! The award provides funding to encourage and promote quality research and recognizes promising young investigators for their contributions in cancer research. It was presented at the Annual Meeting that took place April 20th, 2015 in Philadelphia, PA.
Suleman's abstract is titled: 'Downregulation of ribosomal protein S6 overcomes radioresistance in prostate cancer'. He conducts his research in the lab of Department of Urology Professor Addanki Pratap Kumar, Ph.D..
In the Press - Peter LoCoco!
His story titled 'Grad Student Peter LoCoco Organizes the Inaugural CIPN Symposium' discusses how after not finding a symposium for what his studies were in, decided to organize his own. Peter is conducting research in the labs of Susan Mooberry, Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Distinguished Teaching Professor of Pharmacology, William Clarke, Ph.D..
In the Press - Nicholas Dybdal-Hargreaves!
His story titled 'D.D.S./Ph.D. Student Nick Dybdal-Hargreaves Aims to Help Patients with Oral Cancers' discusses his research and the work he is doing in Susan Mooberry's, Ph.D. lab, his mentor.
*** Graduate Student of the Year ***
Congratulations Julianne Jett!!!
Sixth year Neuroscience graduate student Julianne Jett has been selected as the 2014 Pharmacology Graduate Student of the Year. Julainne was recognized at the annual Pharmacology Graduate Student Symposium, held October 31st, 2014. 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 (SfN) Annual Meetings.
Read more about Jul'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!