2014 Presidents’ Research Scholars: Brittany Parker (Neuroscience Graduate Program), Daniel Robertson, Kimberly Busiek and Sarah Eagleman (Neuroscience Graduate Program)

SfN Brain Awareness Video Contest
Ariana Andrei, Stacy Eriksson and Marcello Mulas from UTHealth-Houston, Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy won First Place in the 2012 Brain Awareness Video contest for "The Carrot."




Sarah Baum, Heather Turner, Nadeeka Dias, Deepna Devkar, Natalie Sirisaengtaksin and Jonathan Flynn further explain the structures, functions and pathways of the auditory system in "The Journey of Sound"


Prospective Students

Doctoral Program: Neuroscience Program Tracks

Cellular & Molecular Neuroscience

Systems & Cognitive Neuroscience

Theoretical & Computational Neuroscience

Visual Neuroscience

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NGP Brochure & Newsletter

Neuroscience Program Brochure

Summer 2014

Summer 2013

Summer 2012

Summer 2011

Neuroscience at the family dinner table (continued from summer 2012 issue)

By Natalia Rozas de O'Laughlin

Upcoming Events

Neuroscience Program Lab Updates
Shouval Lab
November 5, 2014
5pm MSB B.645

Current Events

Seminars and Workshops

NBA Department Seminar Series

NRC Neurofax



Journal Clubs

Neuroscience Student  Journal Club

10/3/2014 2:00pm MSB 7.037
Monica Gireud

Contact Heather.N.Turner@uth.tmc.edu for more information.

Vision Journal Club

9/10/2014 12:00 in MSB 7.238
Takae Kiyama


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Travel Awards

GSEC Travel Award Applications are accepted the 15th of every month. Please visit the Graduate Student Education Committee for more information.

The GSBS offers travel awards starting at $250. Please visit GSBS Awards and Funding Opportunities for more information

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Advisory Committee Reports

Reminder: All students are reqired to prepare a pre-committee report. This report needs to be sent to Amanda Concha and your committee members at least one week before your meeting.
Sample Reports
Sample Presentation


Attention Undergraduates!!!

UTHealth Summer Research Program
Program Coordinator: Vaccaro Greaves
Email: Vaccaro.P.Greaves@uth.tmc.edu
Telephone: (713) 500-5105
Application deadline is February 1.


Ph.D. Public Seminar

Brittany Parker  successfully defended her thesis August 1st.

Caleb Robinson  successfully defended her thesis July 10th.

Nadeeka R. Dias  successfully defended her thesis April 25th.

Brandon Brown successfully defended his thesis April 14th.

Sarah Eagleman successfully defended her thesis March 27th.

Sarah Baum successfully defended her thesis Nov 20th.

M.S. Public Seminar

Alyssa Kosturakis successfully defended Thursday, June 19th.

Zachary Jones successfully defended Wednesday, Dec. 11th.

2013-14 Scholarships and Awards

Heather Turner received the 2014 SfN Travel Award.

Sahily Reyes was awarded the Clinical and Translational Science (CCTS) TL1 training grant.

Natalie Sirisaengtaksin and Stuart Red were the recipients of the 2014 Medical School Deans’ Research Awards.

John P. McGovern Award for Presentation Skills 1st place award went to Deepna Devkar.

Jonathan Flynn was awarded the NRC Brain Awareness Outreach Award.

Monica Gireud was selected to attend the SPINES program at Woods Hole, MA for the Summer of 2014.

Cihan Kadipasaoglu was awarded the 2013-2014 CCTS TL1 Pre-Doctoral Training Fellowship, Organization for Human Brain Mapping Trainee Abstract Travel Award and the 2013 AAAS/Science Program for Excellence in Science.

Stuart Red and Tara Fischer won the Mission Connect Annual Scientific Symposium best TBI poster presentation!

Brittany Coughlin was awarded the 2013-2014 Roberta M. and Jean M. Worsham Endowed Scholarship.

Cihan Kadipasaoglu received the 2013-2014 Sam Taub and Beatrice Burton Endowed Fellowship in Vision Disease

Nadeeka Dias was the recipient of the 2013-2014 Robert W. and P. Wallis Knox Charitable Foundation Scholarship

Sarah Baum was the winner of the 2013-2014 R.W. Butcher Student Achievement Award.

NRC Poster Session Winners
1st place Dee S. and Patricia Osborne Endowed Scholarship In The Neurosciences Deepna Devkar
3rd Place Curtis Neveu and Stuart Red

NGP Retreat Competition Winners!!!
Posters winners: 1st Natalie Sirisaengtaksin 2nd Heather Turner 3rd Jon Flynn

Best Speaker winners: 1st Brittany Parker
2nd Sarah Baum 3rd Madeline Farley

Monica Gireud is the recipient of the Federation Of American Societies For Experimental Biology (FASEB) MARC travel award!

GSEC Poster Session Winners!!!
2nd Place Cihan Kadipasaoglu
3rd Place Nadeeka Dias and Natalie Sirisaengtaksin

Brittany Parker and Sarah Eagleman were the recipient of the 2013 GSBS President's Research Scholarship.

Curtis Neveu and Natalie Sirisaengtaksin are the recipients of the 2013-2014 Russell and Diana Hawkins Family Foundation Discovery Fellowships.

Recent Student Publications

Kadipasaoglu, CM, Baboyan VG, Conner CR, Chen G, Saad ZS. "Surface-Based Mixed Effect Multi-Level Analysis of Grouped Human Electrocorticography." NeuroImage, 2014.

Brown, B.S., Patanam, T., Mobli, K., Celia, C., Zage, P.E., Bean, A.J.*, Tasciotti, E., Etoposide-loaded immunoliposomes as active targeting agents for GD2 positive malignancies, Cancer Biology and Therapy, 15:1-11, 2014 PMID: 24755919.

Turner, Heather , Galko, Michael J. "Macrophages gain a partner at the table: epidermal cells digest peripheral dendritic debris in Drosophila".  2014 Feb 5;81(3):465-7. doi: 10.1016/j.Neuron.2014.01.029.

Bakhru P, Sirisaengtaksin N, Soudani E, Mukherjee S, Khan A, Jagannath C. BCG vaccine mediated reduction in the MHC-II expression of macrophages and dendritic cells is reversed by activation of Toll-like receptors 7 and 9. Cellular Immunology. 2014 Jan; 287(1): 53-61. PMID: 24384074.

Sirisaengtaksin N, Gireud M, Yan Q, Kubota Y, Meza D, Waymire JC, Zage PE, Bean AJ. UBE4B couples ubiquitination and sorting machineries to enable EGFR degradation. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 2014 Jan 31; 289(5):3026-39. PMID:24344129.

Mehra A, Zahra A, Thompson V, Sirisaengtaksin N, Wells A, et al. (2013) Mycobacterium tuberculosis Type VII Secreted Effector EsxH Targets Host ESCRT to Impair Trafficking. PLoS Pathog 9(10): e1003734. doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1003734

Ferrati S, McConnell KI, Mack AC, Sirisaengtaksin N, Diaz R, Bean AJ, Ferrari M, Serda RE Cellular communication via nanoparticle-transporting biovesicles. . Nanomedicine (Lond). 2013 Jun 3.

Zhang MR*, Red Stuart*, Lin AH, Patel SS, Sereno AB (2013) Evidence of Cognitive Dysfunction after Soccer Playing with Ball Heading Using a Novel Tablet-Based Approach. PLoS ONE 8(2): e57364. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057364

Hoffman L, Farley MM, Waxham MN. Calcium-calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II isoforms differentially impact the dynamics and structure of the actin cytoskeleton. Biochemistry. 2013;52(7):1198-207

Lalit Patel, Brittany C. Parker, Da Yang, and Zhang, W. (2013) "Translational Genomics in Cancer Research: Converting Profiles into Personalized Cancer Medicine." Cancer Biology Medicine. 2013 Dec;10(4):214-220.

Brittany C. Parker and Wei Zhang. (2013) "Fusion genes in solid tumors: an emerging target for cancer diagnosis and treatment." The Chinese Journal of Cancer. 2013 Nov 5;32(11):594-603.

Brittany C. Parker, Matti J. Annala, David E. Cogdell, Kirsi J. Granberg, Yan Sun, Ping Ji, Xia Li, Joy Gumin, Hong Zheng, Limei Hu, Olli Yli-Harja, Hannu Haapasalo, Tapio Visakorpi, Xiuping Liu, Chang-gong Liu, Raymond Sawaya, Gregory N. Fuller, Kexin Chen, Frederick F. Lang, Matti Nykter, Wei Zhang. (2013) "The tumorigenic FGFR3-TACC3 gene fusion escapes miR-99a regulation in glioblastoma." Journal of Clinical Investigation. 2013 Feb 1;123(2):855-65
Matti J. Annala, Brittany C. Parker, Wei Zhang, and Matti Nykter. (2012) "Fusion genes and their discovery using high throughput sequencing" Cancer Letters. 2013 Nov 1;340(2):192-200.

Zage, P. E., Sirisaengtaksin, Natalie, Liu, Y., Gireud, Monica, Brown, Brandon S., Palla, S., Richards, K. N., Hughes, D. P. M. and Bean, A. J., UBE4B levels are correlated with clinical outcomes in neuroblastoma patients and with altered neuroblastoma cell proliferation and sensitivity to epidermal growth factor receptor inhibitors. Cancer. 2013 Feb 15;119(4):915-23.