PHARMACOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENTS
 

Graduate Student Spotlight

 

Maten Haroon

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..

 

 

David Aguilar

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..

 

 

Suleman Hussain

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..


 

 

Peter LoCoco




In the Press - Peter LoCoco!


Pharmacology graduate student Peter LoCoco was recently highlighted in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences blog, The Pipette Gazette!


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..




 

 

Nick Hargreaves




In the Press - Nicholas Dybdal-Hargreaves!


Pharmacology graduate student Nicholas Dybdal-Hargreaves was recently highlighted in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences blog, The Pipette Gazette!


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.




 

 

Rae Jamshidi



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'.


Rae currently conducts research in the labs of Pharmacology Professor William Clarke, Ph.D. and Associate Professor/Research Kelly Berg, Ph.D..


 

 

Suleman Hussain



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..


 

 

Mikaela Sifuentes




In The Press - Mikaela Sifuentes!


Neuroscience graduate student Mikaela Sifuentes was recently featured in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences blog, The Pipette Gazette!


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..






 

 

Jennifer Parrott




In The Press - Jennifer Parrott!


Neuroscience graduate student Jennifer Parrott was recently highlighted in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences blog, The Pipette Gazette!


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.






 

 

MJ Moerke


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..




 

*** Graduate Student of the Year ***

 

JettandFrazer


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 ***


Dr. Frazer


Congratulations
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. Dr. Frazer and VickyHer 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!


 

 


Congratulations
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. O'ConnorJillian'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!


 
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