PHARMACOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENTS

Stephanie Perez

 
Stephanie Perez

Hometown

San Antonio, Texas


Education

MS, Biology

BS, Biology

Univeristy of Texas at San Antonio


Lab Association

Daniel Lodge, Ph.D.


Hobbies and Interests

Spending Time w/Family and Painting


Research

Stephanie’s project focuses on the ventral hippocampus as a site of therapeutic intervention for schizophrenia. She is currently examining novel approaches, such as deep brain stimulation and neuronal transplantation, in an attempt to normalize aberrant hippocampal transmission and associated electrophysiological and behavioral deficits in a rodent model of schizophrenia.



• Accomplishments, Awards and Honors •

Pharmacology Neuroscience Graduate Student of the Year - UTHSCSA - October 2013


Graduate Student Panel - Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Health Disparities Researcher Information and Training Workshop - UTSA - June 2013


'Jennifer Torres Shining Star Award' - Seton Home - May 2013


Meeting Panelist, Blueprint Initiative ‘Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences’ (BP-ENDURE) - Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting - October 2012


Best Student Poster Presentation - 19th Annual Pharmacology Graduate Student Symposium - October 2012


Best Poster Presentation - Alamo Chapter Society for Neuroscience 2010 Chapter Retreat - October 2010



• Appointments, Boards, Committees and Memberships •

Society for Neuroscience (2005-Present)



• Books and Publications •

Perez, S.M., Shah A., Asher A., and Lodge D.J. (2012) Hippocampal deep brain stimulation reverses physiological and behavioral deficits in a rodent model of schizophrenia. Int J Neuropsychophram p.1-9


Perez, S.M. and Lodge, D.J. (2012) Aberrant dopamine d2-like receptor function in a rodent model of schizophrenia. J Pharmacol Exp Ther 343(2): 288-295


Society for Neuroscience, 2012 - Neuroscience Meeting Planner - New Orleans, LA.
Perez, SM. and Lodge, D.J. Hippocampal Interneuron Transplants Restore Aberrant Dopamine System Function in a Rodent Model of Schizophrenia Program No. 435.15/Online


Liu, J., Perez, S.M., et al.,(2011) Selective deletion of the leptin receptor in dopamine neurons produces anxiogenic-like behavior and increases dopaminergic activity in amygdala. Mol Psychiatry 16(10): 1024-38


Society for Neuroscience, 2011 - Neuroscience Meeting Planner - Washington, D.C.
Perez, S.M., Asher, A. and Lodge, D.J., Ventral Hippocampal Deep Brain Stimulation: A Novel Treatment for Schizophrenia? Program No. 568.28/Online


Society for Neuroscience, 2010 - Neuroscience Meeting Planner - San Diego, CA.
Perez, S.M. and Lodge, D.J., Increase Dopamine Receptor Sensitivity in an Animal Model of Schizophrenia Program No. 62.22/Online



• Grants, Funding and Research Support •

1F31MH098564-01A1 (Perez) - 03/01/2013 thru 02/28/2015 - NIMH/NIH - $28,507.00/year
Restoration of GABAergic function in a Rodent Model of Schizophrenia - The major goals of this project are to examine the effects of GABAergic precursor cell transplants on hippocampal firing rate, dopamine system function, and associated behaviors, in a rodent model of schizophrenia



• Lectures, Posters and Presentations •

Center for Biomedical Neuroscience Retreat - San Antonio, TX - May, 2013
Perez, S.M. and Lodge, D.J., Heritability of a Schizophrenia-Like Phenotype in the F2 Generation of a Gestational Disruption Model of Schizophrenia (Poster)


Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting - New Orleans, LA. - Oct. 2012
Perez, S.M. My Journey to Life As I know It (Presentation) - Blueprint Initiative ‘Enhancing Neuroscience Diversity through Undergraduate Research Education Experiences’ (BP-ENDURE)


19th Annual Pharmacology Graduate Student Symposium - San Antonio, TX - Oct. 2012
Perez S.M., Asher, A. and Lodge, D.J. Restoration of Dopamine System Function Via Cell Transplants in a Rodent Model of Schizophrenia (Poster)


Center for Biomedical Neuroscience Retreat - San Antonio, TX - May 2012
Perez, S.M. and Lodge, D.J. MGE Cell Transplantation Reverses Dopamine System Dysregulation in a Rodent Model of Schizophrenia (Poster)


18th Annual Pharmacology Graduate Student Symposium - San Antonio, TX - Oct. 2011
Perez, S.M., Asher, A. and Lodge, D.J., Deep Brain Stimulation of the Ventral Hippocampus as a Novel Treatment for Schizophrenia (Poster)


Center for Biomedical Neuroscience Retreat - San Antonio, TX - May 2011
Perez, S.M. and Lodge, D.J., Increased Dopamine Receptor Sensitivity in an Animal Model of Schizophrenia (Poster)


1st Annual SA Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience Meeting - San Antonio, TX - Oct. 2011
Perez, S.M. and Lodge, D.J., D2 Receptor Function in a Rodent Model of Schizophrenia (Poster)


17th Annual Pharmacology Graduate Student Symposium - San Antonio, TX - Oct. 2010
Perez, S.M. and Lodge, D.J., D2 Receptor Function in a Rodent Model of Schizophrenia (Poster)


Center for Biomedical Neuroscience Retreat - San Antonio, TX - May 2010
Perez, S.M. and Lodge, D.J., Tonic Regulation of Dopamine Neurons in the Ventral Tegmentum by Leptin (Poster)