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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!


 

 

Teresa Evans


Congratulations Teresa Evans!


Former Neuroscience student Teresa Evans was notified by the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS) that she had received the 2014 Women's Faculty Association (WFA) Student Leadership Award.


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.


 

 

Fernando Moura


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.

 

 

Huiyoung Yun


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)
Travel Awards!!!

 
Raehannah Jamshidi Peter LoCoco Blaine McGuire

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..

 

 

Julianne Jett


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'.


Julianne conducts research in the lab of and is mentored by Pharmacology Professor and Center for Biomedical Neuroscience (CBN) Director, David Morilak, Ph.D..

 

 

Jennifer in the lab





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...






 


Di Zhang


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.

 


Jillian Heisler


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..


 

 

PerzandFrazer


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 ***



Congratulations
Teresa Evans, Ph.D.!


Teresa presented her dissertation titled: 'Traumatic Brain Injury and the Development of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis' on April 17th, 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 21st, 2014, the Department of Pharmacology honored Dr. Evans with a reception and presented her with the departmental gift, a personalized office chair. LechleiterTeresa's mentor, Professor of Cellular and Structural Biology, James Lechleiter, Ph.D. (left) commented on what a great graduate student Teresa had been, while working in his lab (pictured right). Dr. Frazer (pictured above, right), Department of Pharmacology Professor and Chairman, commented on Teresa's numerous accomplishments, including Teresa's project, 'Meeting Outside the Box', a program to build skills in science communication through networking of graduate level trainees and high school teens. The Graduate School Dean's Office presented Teresa with another gift...a new leather briefcase and book! Teresa graciously thanked everyone for their support and is currently looking forward to transitioning to her new role, an academic administrative position (GSBS, UTHSCSA) focused on the promotion of career development strategies for research trainees. In parallel, this will provide Teresa opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills required for a leadership position in higher education administration. Congratulations and Best Wishes Dr. Evans!


 

 

Dr. Frazer


Congratulations
Aparna Shah, Ph.D.!


Aparna presented her dissertation titled: 'Mechanisms underlying the antidepressant and anxiolytic effects of Vagal Nerve Stimulation (VNS): comparison with desipramine' on April 15th, 2014, to a lecture hall audience, whose members included her defense review committee. Dr. FrazerHer defense committee notified her, that afternoon, that she had successfully defended her dissertation and would be receiving her Ph.D.. On April 21st, 2014, the Department of Pharmacology honored Dr. Shah with a reception and presented her with the departmental gift, a personalized office chair. Aparna's mentor, Pharmacology Professor and Chairman Alan Frazer, Ph.D., commented on what a great graduate student Aparna had been, while working in his lab, including her numerous publications and abstracts. The Graduate School Dean's Office presented Aparna with another gift...a new leather briefcase and book! Aparna graciously thanked everyone for their support and is currently looking forward to her new role, as a PostDoctoral Fellow in the lab of Dr. Brian Mathur, at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, in Baltimore. Congratulations and Best Wishes Dr. Shah!


 

 

Dr. Frazer and Dr. Perez


Congratulations
Stephanie Perez, Ph.D.!


Stephanie presented her dissertation titled: 'The Hippocampus as a Site of Intervention for the Treatment of Schizophrenia' on March 31st, 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. Perez with a reception and presented her with the departmental gift, a personalized office chair. LodgeStephanie's mentor, Pharmacology Assistant Professor Daniel Lodge, Ph.D., commented on what a great graduate student Stephanie had been, while working in his lab (pictured right). Dr. Frazer (pictured above, right), Department of Pharmacology Professor and Chairman, commented on Stephanie's numerous accomplishments, including having received the Pharmacology Student of the Year Award this last year. The Graduate School Dean's Office presented Stephanie with another gift...a new leather briefcase! Stephanie graciously thanked everyone for their support and is currently looking forward to her new role, as a PostDoctoral Fellow in the lab of Lee E. Limbird Professor of Pharmacology and Director of the Vanderbilt Center for Neuroscience Drug Discovery, P. Jeffrey Conn, Ph.D., of Vanderbilt University. If the name sounds familiar, he was the speaker at last years Arthur H. Briggs Lectureship and the Keynote speaker at last years Pharmacology Graduate Student Symposium. Congratulations and Best Wishes Dr. Perez!


 

 

Morilak, Donegan and Frazer

Congratulations
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. Donegan and Frazer)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!

 
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