Graduate Student Spotlight
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.
Congratulations Raehannah Jamshidi!
Pharmacology graduate student Raehannah Jamshidi was awarded the Best Oral Presentation Award at the 2015 Behavior, Biology, and Chemistry: Translation Research in Addiction Conference, for her presentation titled: 'Structural modifications to the kappa opioid receptor (KOR) agonist, Salvinorin-A, leads to an enhanced antinociceptive profile in peripheral sensory neurons'.
Congratulations Suleman Hussain!
Pharmacology graduate student Suleman Hussain was recently notified he had been selected to receive an American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)-Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Scholar-In-Training Award! Scholar-in-Training Awards are highly competitive and are presented to fewer than ten percent of applicants.
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 - Mikaela Sifuentes!
Her feature is titled 'Thoughts About Careers: Q&A Interview with Mikaela Sifuentes'. Mikaela conducts her research in the Cellular and Structural Biology Lab of James D. Lechleiter, Ph.D..
In The Press - Jennifer Parrott!
Her story titled 'Depression's Dance - The Interplay Between Inflammation and Depression' discusses her research and the work she is doing in Jason O'Connor's, Ph.D. lab, her mentor.
Congratulations MJ Moerke!
Neuroscience graduate student Megan 'MJ' Moerke has been chosen to receive the American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) Graduate Student Travel Award to attend the ASPET/EB meeting from March 28-April 1, 2015, in Boston, MA.
MJ's abstract is titled: 'Characterization of a Nicotine Discriminative Stimulus in Rhesus Monkeys'. She is conducting research in the lab of Department of Pharmacology Associate Professor, Lance McMahon, Ph.D..
Congratulations Fernando Moura!
Pharmacology graduate student Fernando Moura has been selected to receive the American Society for Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET)/Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) Maximizing Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program Travel Award to attend the ASPET/EB meeting from March 28-April 1, 2015, in Boston, MA.
Fernando's abstract is titled: 'The role of beta2 containing nicotinic acetylcholine receptors in the discriminative stimulus effects of nicotine, epibatidine, and varenicline in mice'. He is mentored by Department of Pharmacology Associate Professor, Lance McMahon, Ph.D..
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..
*** 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!