IBMS PHYSIOLOGY/PHARMACOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENTS

Aryana Cruz

 
Aryana Cruz

Hometown

San Antonio, Texas


Education

BS, Biology

UTSA - San Antonio, Texas


Lab Association

Martin Paukert, Ph.D.


Hobbies and Interests

Knitting, drawing and reading


Research

The Paukert Lab is interested in the role of neuron-astroglia interaction in neuromodulation. Astroglia are recognized for their homeostatic support functions during neuronal activity, but much less is known about how astroglia modulate neuronal activity in a behavioral state-dependent manner. A particular focus of our work lies on understanding molecular events and behavioral context leading to astroglia Ca2+ dynamics in awake mice, consequences for neuronal signaling and alterations of these signals in transgenic mouse models of neurodegenerative and neurobehavioral disease. We are pursuing these goals combining behavioral manipulations, such as employing a motorized treadmill to monitor and control the state of arousal, with two-photon microscopy and electrophysiology to observe activity of ensembles of neurons and astroglia with cellular resolution.



• Accomplishments, Awards and Honors •

Office of Undergraduate Research UG Research Scholarship Awardee - Fall 2014


Honor Roll - Spring 2014, Fall 2013, Spring 2013 and Spring 2012


Felix and Elizabeth McKinney Distinguished Scholarship Awardee - 2011-2012



• Appointments, Boards, Committees and Memberships •

SACNAS Undergraduate Member - Treasurer 2014-2015


MARC U*STAR Student Member


MBRS-RISE Student Member


Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society - 2013 to Present


Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) - 2012 to Present



• Books and Publications •

Matthew J. Gdovin, James N. Bayne, Aryana J. Cruz, Haley F. Hazlett, Zachary Jordan, Brian O’Grady, Jason Persyn, C.R. Marutha Ravindran, and James C. Leiter - The role of 5-HT1A receptors in central respiratory rhythmogenesis and chemoreception the in vitro brainstem of larval Lithobates catesbeianus Respiration Physiology & Neurobiology (To be submitted 2016)


Haley F. Hazlett, Elma S. Frias, Aryana J. Cruz, Brian J. O’Grady, Matthew J. Gdovin - A Novel Cancer Therapeutic: Intracellular Hydrogen Uncaging Using Flash Photolysis to Cause Focal, Instantaneous pHi-induced Cell Death Nature Cancer (To be submitted 2016)



• Lectures, Posters and Presentations •

UTSA UG Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase - San Antonio, TX. - 2015
J.L. Watts, N.I. Alyassin, J.A. Avila, A.J. Cruz, L.J. Cruz, Z.S. Jordan, S.D. Holliday, N.B. Kadri, C.A. Ruiz and M.J. Gdovin : Multiple Treatments of a Photodynamic Cancer Therapeutic In Vivo (Abstract)


UTSA UG Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase - San Antonio, TX. - 2015
N.B. Kadri, N.I. Alyassin, J.A Avila, A.J. Cruz, L.J. Cruz, S.D. Holliday, Z.S. Jordan, C.A. Ruiz, J.L. Watts and M.J. Gdovin : Triple Negative Breast Cancer Responds to a Single Dose of Photodynamic Therapy (Abstract)


UTSA UG Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase - San Antonio, TX. - 2015
J. Avila, R. Lindberg, A. Cruz, L. Cruz, S. Holliday, Z. Jordan, N. Kadri, J. Watts, M. Gdovin : Afflux and Efflux of a Photo Isomerization Compound on Triple Negative Breast Cancer (Abstract)


UTSA UG Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase - San Antonio, TX. - 2015
L.J. Cruz, A.J. Cruz, E.S. Frias, H.F. Hazlett, S.D. Holliday, Z.S. Jordan, C.A. Ruiz, M.J. Gdovin : Acidification of MDA-MB-231 Cancer Cells in vitro (Abstract)


UTSA UG Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase - San Antonio, TX. - 2015
C.A. Ruiz, N.I. Alyassin, J.A. Avila, A.J. Cruz, L.J. Cruz, S.D. Holliday, Z.S. Jordan, N.B. Kadri, J.L. Watts, M.J. Gdovin : Calibration of DCFDA with Nigericin in Cancer Cells (Abstract)


UTSA UG Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase - San Antonio, TX. - 2015
S.D. Holliday, N.B. Kadri, N.I. Alyassin, J.A. Avila, A.J. Cruz, L.J. Cruz, Z.S. Jordan, C.A. Ruiz, J.L. Watts, and M.J. Gdovin : Impact of Potential Confounding Factors in Observed DCFDA Ratios in MDA-MB-231 Human Breast Cancer Cells (Abstract)


UTSA UG Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase - San Antonio, TX. - 2015
N.I. Alyassin, J.A. Avila, A.J. Cruz, L.J. Cruz, S.D. Holliday, Z.S. Jordan, N.B. Kadri, C.A. Ruiz, J.L. Watts, and M.J. Gdovin : Dose Determination of a Therapeutic Agent in Triple Negative Cancer Cells in vivo (Abstract)


UTSA UG Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase - San Antonio, TX. - 2015
A. J. Cruz, H.F. Hazlett, B. J. O’Grady, E.S. Frias, Z. S. Jordan, S. D. Holliday, M. J. Gdovin : Inducing Apoptosis in MCF-7 Breast Cancer Cells with Intracellular Acidification (Abstract)


Rising Researchers - University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX. - 2014
Whole Nerve & Intracellular pH Recordings of Central Respiratory Chemoreceptive Areas (Oral)


UTSA College of Science Research Conference - San Antonio, TX. - 2014
A. J. Cruz, B. J. O’Grady, J. C. Leiter, M. J. Gdovin : Caffeine Therapy and Its Effect on Premature Infant Central Respiratory Chemoreceptors in Larval Lithobates catesbeianus (Abstract)


Ready Set Research Undergraduate - University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX. - 2014
Three Minute Thesis: How Does Caffeine Help Prevent SIDS? (Oral)


UTSA UG Research & Creative Inquiry Showcase, Final Honors Thesis Presentation - San Antonio, TX. - 2014
A. J. Cruz, B. J. O’Grady, J. C. Leiter, M. J. Gdovin : Caffeine Therapy and Its Effect on Premature Infant Central Respiratory Chemoreceptors in Larval Lithobates catesbeianus (Abstract)


University of Michigan REU Pharmacology Symposium - Ann Arbor, MI. - 2013
Expression of Mutant Beta 1 and Its Effect on Epilepsy (Oral)


The University of Texas at San Antonio Annual College of Sciences Research Conference - San Antonio, TX. - 2013
Zachary Jordan, Alexis Buentello, Brian J. O'Grady, Elma Frias, Aryana Cruz, Haley Hazlett, Dr. Matthew Gdovin : Calibration of Di-8-ANEPPS (Poster)


UTSA College of Science Research Conference - San Antonio, TX. - 2013
A. J. Cruz, S. M. Aceves, J. N. Bayne, B. J. O’Grady, M. J. Gdovin : Caffeine Therapy and Its Effect on Premature Infant Central Respiratory Chemoreceptors in Larval Lithobates catesbeianus (Abstract)


Honors Research Conference - San Antonio, TX. - 2013
Caffeine Therapies and Their Effects on Premature Infants and Central Respiratory Chemoreception in Lithobates catesbeianus (Poster)


40th Annual National SACNAS Conference - San Antonio, TX. - 2013
A. J. Cruz, S. M. Aceves, J. N. Bayne, B. J. O’Grady, M. J. Gdovin : Caffeine Therapy and Its Effect on Premature Infant Central Respiratory Chemoreceptors in Larval Lithobates catesbeianus (Abstract)


RISE/ MARC/ WSRTP/ LSAMP-BD Annual Symposium - San Antonio, TX. - 2013
Caffeine and Central Respiratory Chemoreception in Lithobates catesbeianus (Poster)


University of Texas at San Antonio College of Science Research Conference - San Antonio, TX. - 2012
A. J. Cruz, J. N. Bayne, S. M. Aceves, M. J. Gdovin : Whole Nerve Recordings and Extracellular Field Potentials of Central Respiratory Chemoreceptive Areas in Response to Normocapnic and Hypercapnic Conditions (Abstract)


39th Annual National SACNAS Conference - Seattle, WA. - 2012
A. J. Cruz, J. N. Bayne, S. M. Aceves, M. J. Gdovin : Whole Nerve Recordings and Extracellular Field Potentials of Central Respiratory Chemoreceptive Areas in Response to Normocapnic and Hypercapnic Conditions (Abstract)