Graduate Student Spotlight
Great Work Jillian Heisler!
MD/PhD Pharmacology 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..
Congratulations Stephanie Perez!
Fifth year Pharmacology Neuroscience graduate student Stephanie Perez has been selected as the 2013 Pharmacology Neuroscience 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...
Congratulations Jennifer Donegan!
Fifth year Pharmacology Neuroscience graduate student Jennifer Donegan was notified September 27th, that she was a recipient of a Society for Neuroscience (SfN) Graduate Student Travel Award for the 2013 annual meeting. Jennifer's abstract is titled: 'Orbitofrontal IL-6 and JAK-STAT signaling attenuate stress-induced reversal learning deficits in the rat'. She is conducting her research in the lab of Pharmacology Professor and Center for Biomedical Neurosciences (CBN) Director, David Morilak, Ph.D..
The Graduate Student Travel Awards enable outstanding graduate researchers to attend the SfN annual meeting. Administered by the Professional Development Committee and supported by Eli Lilly & Co., these awards provide complimentary registration and a stipend to offset travel expenses. Award checks are presented at the meeting.
In The News - Stephanie Perez!
On September 11th, 2013, Pharmacology Neuroscience Graduate student Stephanie Perez, was featured in a MySA.com/Express-News story, titled 'Persistence pays off for researcher'.
The story discusses the adversities Stephanie has overcome, along with triumps, as she is about to complete the Ph.D. program, in the Department of Pharmacology, here at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
Stephanie conducts her research in the lab of Pharmacology Assistant Professor, Daniel Lodge, Ph.D..
Congratulations Andrew Robles!
Third year Pharmacology Graduate Student Andrew Robles has been notified he is receiving an Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Training Grant. The training grant supports the salary of the Graduate student, as a Graduate Research Assistant while working in the lab, with additional funds for travel and related training. The grant begins September 1st, 2013 and runs for one year. To meet the requirements of the IMSD grant, all trainees are required to attend and participate in monthly IMSD training meetings, professional development workshops offered throughout the year and the annual Outreach event to Middle and/or Elementary schools. Trainees are also required to submit a research progress report and a summary of research and training accomplishments at the end of the year.
Andrew conducts his research in the lab of Pharmacology Professor and Co-leader of Experimental and Developmental Therapeutics, of the Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC) at the UTHSCSA, Susan Mooberry, Ph.D..
Congratulations Michael Eskander!
Pharmacology graduate student Michael Eskander has received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fellowship Award. The NIH's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke granted a Research Fellowship Award to Michael for his project titled: 'The Role of Oxidized Linoleic Acid Metabolites in NGF Induced Persistent Pain'. The award begins this year, 2013, and concludes in 2015. Michael scored in the 1st percentile for all F30's.
Congratulations Jillian Heisler!
Pharmacology Neuroscience MD/PhD graduate student Jillian Heisler 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 San Diego, California where attendance is expected to exceed 30,000 world-wide participants.
Jillian's abstract is titled : 'Regionally specific associations between fibroblast growth factor-2 expression and symptom profile in patients with mood disorders' and she conducts her research in the lab of Pharmacology Assistant Professor Jason O'Connor, Ph.D..
Congratulations Stephanie Perez!
Stephanie, a fourth year Pharmacology Neuroscience graduate student was selected to sit on the graduate student panel at the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Health Disparities Researcher Information and Training Workshop, held June 21-22, 2013, at the University of Texas in San Antonio (UTSA) campus.
The workshop goal was to assist in becoming a qualified health researcher that will possess scientific knowledge and research skills to design studies identifying root causes of Hispanic health disparities and develop programs to resolve the disparities.
Stephanie conducts her research in the lab of Pharmacology Assistant Professor Daniel Lodge, Ph.D..
Rae, a second year MD/PhD Pharmacology graduate student, Peter, a third year Pharmacology graduate student and Jennifer, a third year Pharmacology Neuroscience graduate student have been awarded the Institute for Integration of Science and Medicine (IIMS) Translational Science Training (TST) Fellowship 2013-14.
Raehannah, Peter and Jennifer are in the Pharmacology graduate student program. Rae and Peter both currently conduct research in the laboratories of William Clarke, Ph.D., Professor and Kelly Berg, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Research in the Department of Pharmacology. Jennifer currently conducts her research in the lab of Pharmacology Assistant Professor Jason O'Connor, Ph.D.. Rae's research proposal, entitled 'Kappa Opioid Receptor (KOR) Signaling in Peripheral Sensory Neurons', Peter's research proposal entitled 'Effects of Microtubule-Targeting Agents on Pain-Sensing Neurons' and Jennifer's research proposal entitled 'Neuropsychiatric Consequences of Impaired Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor Function' were selected for funding from among several outstanding proposals in a highly competitive review process. As a TST Scholar for 2013-2014, they both will receive a fellowship stipend as well as funds for travel and research support. Further, they will engage in a series of courses and professional development activities to enhance their translational research skills.
Congratulations Alex Martinez!
Alex, a fifth year Pharmacology graduate student, received the Best Student Oral Presentation award at the 5th Annual Terry M. Mikiten, Ph.D., Graduate Student Research Forum and Lecture.
The annual graduate student research forum and lecture was held Friday, May 3rd, 2013, at the Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute (GCCRI), on the North Campus. Faculty, Postdoctoral Fellows, staff and students gathered for the day long event, in the foyer and auditorium. The event began with the reseach poster and judging session and concluded with the distinguished lecturer presentation. The title of Alex's winning poster was: 'Rosiglitazone attenuates L-DOPA-induced increases of dyskinesia markers and PPAR beta/delta expression'.
Alex conducts his research in the lab of Pharmacology Associate Professor Andrea Giuffrida, Ph.D..
Veronica Hargrove, Ph.D.!
Veronica presented her dissertation titled: 'Postmortem redistribution of morphine and citalopram: The role of vascular transport, tissue reservoirs and volume of distribution' on September 9th, 2013, 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 17th, 2013, the Department of Pharmacology honored Dr. Hargrove with a reception and presented her with the departmental gift, a personalized office chair. Veronica did her research work with Kimberley Molina, M.D., of the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office and was also mentored by Julie Hensler, Ph.D. (pictured right, standing), a Professor in the Department of Pharmacology. Dr. Hensler spoke highly of Veronica and joked about some of her experiences while Dr.'s Molina and Frost also added what a great addition Veronica has been to the Medical Examiner's Office. Dr. Frazer (pictured above), Department of Pharmacology Chairman, commented on Veronica's accomplishments and the unusual but successful route Veronica took in the program. The Graduate School Dean's Office presented Veronica with another gift...a new leather briefcase! Veronica graciously thanked everyone for their support and is currently looking forward to her new role as Chief Toxicologist, with the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office. Congratulations and Best Wishes Dr. Hargrove!