2015 Commencement

Left to Right: Ruth Heidelberger, M.D., Ph.D., John O'Brien, Ph.D., Helen Wang, Ph.D., Anne Sereno, Ph.D., Andrew Bean, Ph.D., Stuart Red, Ph.D., Brittany Parker Kerrigan, Ph.D., Caleb Robinson, Ph.D. and Joesph Alcorn II, Ph.D.

Scholarships and Awards

Max Odem was the winner of Zilkha Family Discovery Fellowship in Neuroengineering.

David Savage (1st place), Muge Sertel (2nd place), Leandra Mangieri and Heather Turner (tied 3rd place) were the recipients of the 2015-2016 Dee S. and Patricia Osborne Endowed Scholarships in the Neurosciences at the Neuroscience Program Retreat Poster Session.

Monica Gireud and Cihan Kadipasaoglu were selected as one of the recipients of the 2015 Dean’s Research Scholarship Award.

Heather Turner was selected to be the recipient of the 2015-2016 Marilyn and Frederick R. Lummis, Jr., M.D., Fellowship in Biomedical Sciences.

Tara Fischer, Keri Callegari, Ndidi Uzor, Sahily Reyes were awared the 2015 Dee S. and Patricia Osborne Endowed Scholarships in the Neurosciences and George
Edwards and Natalie Sirisaengtaksin
were awared the William & Madeline Welder Smith Awards at the Spring Program Staycation.

Charles Beaman was awarded the NRC Brain Awareness Outreach Award.

Rajan Dasgupta was the recipient of the 2015 Zilkha Family Discovery Fellowship in Neuroengineering.

Curtis Neveu placed first at the NRC Poster Session and was awarded the 2014 Dee S. and Patricia Osborne Endowed Scholarships in the Neurosciences.

Monica Gireud was awarded the 2014-2015 Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Scholarship in Cancer Research.

Ariana Andrei and Heather Turner were awarded the 2014-2015 Sam Taub and Beatrice Burton Endowed Fellowship in Vision Disease.

Leandra Mangieri and Albert Hunt were the recipients of the 2014-2015 Roberta M. and Jean M. Worsham Endowed Scholarship.

GSEC Poster Session Winners!!!
2nd Place Max Odem and Leandra Mangieri 
3rd Place Ariana Andrei  and Monica Gireud

2014 SfN Brain Awareness Video Contest
Charles Beaman won the Peoples Choice Award in the Brain Awareness Video contest for "A Journey Through The Visual System."





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December 9, 2015
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Neuroscience Student  Journal Club

Every other Friday 12:00pm MSB 7.037

Contact Tara.Fischer@uth.tmc.edu or Leandra.Mangieri@uth.tmc.edu for more information.

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Wednesdays 12:00 in MSB 7.238


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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.

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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 Seminars

Madeline Marie Farley successfully defended her thesis June 30, 2015.

Helen Yanran Wang successfully defended her thesis April 23, 2015.

Joseph Alcorn successfully defended his thesis December 4, 2014.

Deepna Devkar  successfully defended her thesis October 20, 2014.

Stuart Red  successfully defended his thesis October 1, 2014.

Recent Student Publications

Amini B, Beaman CB, Madewell JE, Allen PK, Rhines LD, Tatsui CE, Tannir NM, Li J, Brown PD, Ghia AJ.Osseous Pseudoprogression in Vertebral Bodies Treated with Stereotactic Radiosurgery: A Secondary Analysis of Prospective Phase I/II Clinical Trials.
AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2015 Oct 22. [Epub ahead of print]

Mukherjee A, Syeb K, Concannon J, Callegari K, Soto C, Glicksman MA Development of a Fluorescent Quenching Based High Throughput Assay to Screen for Calcineurin Inhibitors. PLoS ONE 2015.10(7): e0131297. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0131297

Farley, MM, Swulius, MT, Waxham MN, Electron Tomographic Structure and Protein Composition of Isolated Rat Cerebellar, Hippocampal and Cortical Postsynaptic Densities. J Neurosci 2015.

Eun Ran Kim H, Wu, Z, Sun, Xu, Y, Mangieri L. R., Xu, Y, and Tong, Q. Hypothalamic Non-AgRP, Non-POMC GABAergic Neurons Are Required for Postweaning Feeding and NPY. J Neurosci. 2015.  35:29.

Kadipasaoglu CM, Forseth K, Whaley M, Conner CR, Rollo MJ, Baboyan VG and Tandon N. Development of grouped icEEG for the study of cognitive processing. Front. Psychol. 2015 6:1008.

Jeter CB,  Hylin MJ, Hergenroeder GW, Hill J, Johnson DR, Barrera JA, Shields TC,  Redell JB, , Zhao J,  Moore AN, Dash PK.  Biomarkers of Organ Injury. Recent Patents on Biomarkers 2014, 4(2) 92-109.  

Gireud MSirisaengtaksin N, Tsunoda S, Bean AJ, Cell-Free Reconstitution of Multivesicular Body (MVB) Cargo Sorting.
Methods Mol Biol. 2015 1270:115-24.

Wu Z, Kim ER, Sun H, Xu Y, Mangieri LR, Li DP, Pan HL, Xu Y, Arenkiel BR, Tong Q., GABAergic projections from lateral hypothalamus to paraventricular hypothalamic nucleus promote feeding.
J Neurosci. 2015 35:3312-8.

Justice NJ, L Huang L, Tian J-B, Cole A, Pruski M, Hunt, AJ Jr., Flores R, Zhu MX, Arenkiel BR, and Zheng H. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder-Like Induction Elevates Aβ Levels, Which Directly Activates Corticotropin-Releasing Factor Neurons to Exacerbate Stress Responses. J Neurosci. 2015 35:2612-2623.

Yang Q, Wu Z, Hadden JK, Odem MA, Zuo Y, Crook RJ, Frost JA, Walters ET. Persistent pain after spinal cord injury is maintained by primary afferent activity. J Neurosci 2014 34:10765–10769.

Liu RY, Zhang Y, Coughlin BL, Cleary LJ, Byrne JH, Doxorubicin attenuates serotonin-induced long-term synaptic facilitation by phosphorylation of p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase. J Neurosci. 2014 34(40):13289-300

Kadipasaoglu CM, Baboyan VG, Conner CR, Chen G, Saad ZS, Tandon N. Surface-based mixed effects multilevel analysis of grouped human electrocorticography. Neuroimage. 2014:101:215-24.

Turner, H , Galko, MJ. Macrophages gain a partner at the table: epidermal cells digest peripheral dendritic debris in Drosophila.  Neuron 2014 81:465-7.

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 9Cellular Immunology. 2014 287: 53-61.

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 289:3026-39.

Mehra A, Zahra A, Thompson V, Sirisaengtaksin N, Wells A, et al. Mycobacterium tuberculosis Type VII Secreted Effector EsxH Targets Host ESCRT to Impair Trafficking. PLoS Pathog 2013 9: e1003734.

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 9:581-92.

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 52:1198-207.

Zage, PE, Sirisaengtaksin N, Liu Y, Gireud M, Brown BS, Palla S., Richards KN, Hughes DPM, and Bean AJ. 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 119:915-923.