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Victoria Leroy named one of nine 2021 ASPET Washington Fellows

Victoria Leroy was named one of only nine 2021 ASPET Washington Fellow. She is working on her PhD in Biomedical Sciences in the Pharmacology department. Leroy’s research under Dr. Ashish Sharma focuses on “the mechanisms of inflammation resolution in post-lung transplant injury to identify potential therapeutic targets.” Under the Washington…

Congratulations to the 2021 SURF Program Fellows

Please join me in congratulating the  2021 SURF Program Fellows! Kimberly Correia University of Florida, Gainesville FL Major: Psychology & Health Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders. SURF Mentor:  Gemma Casadesus, PhD   Anthony Luis Chapman University, Orange CA Major:…

New publication: the Kopinke Lab publishes research in Scientific Reports

The Kopinke lab published a research article in Scientific Reports, titled Automatic and unbiased segmentation and quantification of myofibers in skeletal muscle.  The article discusses the team’s novel ImageJ plugin, LabelsToRois, which “allows processing of multiple Cellpose segmentation in batches.” It also has functions that allows for the identification…

Jordan Bateman awarded a 2-year NIH Service Award Fellowship

Congratulations go out to graduate student Jordan Bateman (Mentor: Erica Levitt, PharmD, PhD), who was recently awarded a 2-year NIH F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award Fellowship.   This prestigious and highly sought-after NIH-National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) fellowship will investigate the neural mechanisms of opioid-induced…

Undergraduate Awarded Prestigious Goldwater Scholarship

Estelle in ‘t Zandt, an undergraduate student in Dr. Wesson’s lab, has been awarded the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship. She was one of 396 recipients chosen from a nationwide pool of 1,343 students. in ‘t Zandt is studying microbiology and cell science and psychology. She researches the neural…

Katherine Wright Receives Postdoctoral Fellowship

Dr. Wright was recently awarded a prestigious three-year fellowship from the National Institutes of Health and National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) to study the brain mechanisms that allow for odor hedonics. In her postdoctoral NRSA F32 fellowship, titled, “Learned odor preferences and estradiol,” Dr. Wright will…

Publication from the Harrison Lab

On Jan. 14, the research journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences published a paper from our department’s Joe Flores-Toro, a graduate student, and Dr. Jeffrey Harrison. The paper, titled, “CCR2 inhibition reduces tumor myeloid cells and unmasks a checkpoint inhibitor effect to slow progression of resistant…

Publication from the Kopinke Lab

The first paper produced in the Kopinke Lab has been accepted by the journal, Cell! Graduate student Alessandra Norris and Daniel Kopinke, the PI, discovered that pre-adipocytes possess a primary cilium, which acts as a cellular antenna to sense and interpret environmental cues. Genetically removing cilia from preadipocytes prevented…