NEUROSCIENCE GRADUATE STUDENTS

Gabrielle Zuniga

 
Gabrielle Zuniga

Hometown

Chapel Hill, North Carolina


Education

BS, Biology (w/Honors)

University of Texas - Austin, Texas


Lab Association

Bess Frost, Ph.D.


Hobbies and Interests

Running and playing sports, puppies, Harry Potter and Tar Heel Basketball


Research



• Accomplishments, Awards and Honors •

2017-2018 - T32 Training Grant - UTHealth San Antonio - San Antonio, TX.


2016-2017 - George Brackenridge MD/PhD Scholar - UTHSA - San Antonio, TX.


2015 - Dean’s Honored Graduate - UT - Austin, TX.


2015 - Plenary Speaker Award and Travel Scholarship - NCRC Harvard University - Cambridge, MA.


2014-2015 - Sembradores de Amistad Club Endowed Presidential Scholar - UT - Austin, TX.


2013-2014 - College of Natural Science Book Award - UT - Austin, TX.


2014 - Nomination for Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship - UT - Austin, TX.


2013-2014 - Carl & Agnes Stockard Memorial Endowment Scholar - UT - Austin, TX.


2013 - Outstanding Cell & Developmental Biology Oral Presentation - Rice University - Houston, TX.


2013 - Travel Scholarship - Purdue University - Lafayette, IN.


2013 - Distinguished College Scholar - UT - Austin, TX.


2012 Illinois Summer Neuroscience Institute - UIUC - Urbana, IL.


2011-2015 - University Honors - UT - Austin, TX.


2011-2015 - Polymathic Scholars Honor’s Program - UT - Austin, TX.


2011-2015 - Dean’s Scholars Honor’s Program - UT - Austin, TX.



• Appointments, Boards, Committees and Memberships •

2015-Present - MD/PhD Student, Neuroscience, UTHSA - San Antonio, TX.


2014 - Research Assistant, Max Planck Institute Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany - Dr. Manfred Gahr


2013 - Undergraduate Research Fellowship, UTSW, Dallas, TX - Dr. Helmut Kramer


2012-2015 - Undergraduate Research, Neuroscience, UT, Austin, TX - Dr. Jon Pierce-Shimomura


2012-2013 - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, UT, Austin, TX - Dr. Mary Poteet


2011-2012 - Undergraduate Research, Biochemistry, UT, Austin, TX - Dr. Andrew Ellington



• Books and Publications •

Yi, B., Sahn, J. J., Ardestani, P. M., Evans, A. K., Scott, L., Chan, J. Z., Iyer, S., Crisp, A., Zuniga, G., Pierce-Shimomura, J., Martin, S.F., and Shamloo, M. (2017) Small molecule modulator of sigma 2 receptor is neuroprotective and reduces cognitive deficits and neuro-inflammation in experimental models of Alzheimer’s disease J Neurochem Feb;140(4):561–575. http://doi.org/10.1111/jnc.13917

• Certifications and Training •

2013-2014 - NSC 321: Introduction to Peer Mentoring and Leadership - Level 1 CRLA Mentor Certification


2013 - Certificate of Completion: General Topics in Genetics - University of Texas Southwestern



• Grants, Funding and Research Support •

2017-2018 - T32 Training Grant, UTHSA - San Antonio, TX.



• Lectures, Posters and Presentations •

UTHSCSA Graduate School Symposium - San Antonio, TX. - October 2017
Barshop Symposium on Aging - Bandera, TX. - October 2017
Gabrielle Zuniga, Maria Gamez, Wenyan Sun, and Bess Frost - The role of Small RNAs in a Drosophila model of Tauopathy (Poster)


Undergraduate Research Forum - University of Texas at Austin - April 2015 (Poster)
National Collegiate Research Conference - Harvard University, Cambridge, MA - January 21-25, 2015 (Oral Presentation)
Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium - Rice University, Houston, TX - October 2013 (Oral Presentation)
Section of Neurobiology, Cell & Molecular Biology Undergraduate Research Presentation - UT Austin, Austin, TX - December 2013 (Presentation)
Zuniga, G. - The Sigma-2 Receptor is a Potential Therapeutic Target for Alzheimer’s Disease


55th Annual Drosophila Research Conference - San Diego, CA - March 2013
L. K. Tyra, N. Nandi, G. Zuniga, C.Esquivel, and H. Kramer. - Drosophila Acinus: A Genetic Link Between Autophagy and Hippo Signaling (Poster)


First Annual University of Texas Systems MD/PhD Retreat - Austin, TX - August 2013
University of Texas Southwestern Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program - Dallas, TX - August 2013
Zuniga, G. - A Genetic Screen for Dominant Suppressors of Drosophila Acinus (Poster)