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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Meeting Scheduler

NGP Brochure & Newsletter

Neuroscience Program Brochure

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

Rotation Talks
May 13th
1:30pm MSB 7.037

Current Events

Seminars and Workshops

Department Seminar Series

NRC Neurofax

Journal Clubs

Neuroscience Student  Journal Club
Every other Thursday starting Jan 17th at 1pm in MSB 7.037

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

Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience Seminar


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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

NGP Travel Award.

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

Friday, April 25, 2014, 3:00pm
Medical School Building 2.135
Nadeeka R. Dias

(Advisor: Scott Lane, Ph.D.)
Eye-Tracking Measures of Attentional Bias in Cocaine Dependent Subjects 

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

Zachary Jones successfully defended Wednesday, Dec. 11th!

(Advisor: Nachum Dafny, Ph.D.)

2013-14 Scholarships and Awards

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

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.

Stuart D. Red, Marsha R. Zhang, Angela H. Lin, Saumil S. Patel, Anne B. Sereno 
Evidence of Cognitive Dysfunction after Soccer Playing with Ball Heading Using a Novel Tablet-Based Approach (2013) PLOS

Hoffman L, Farley MM, Waxham MN (2013) CaMKII isoforms differentially impact the dynamics and structure of the actin cytoskeleton. Biochemistry.

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.

Swulius, M.T., Farley, Madeline M., Bryant, M.A., Waxham, M.N. (2012) Electron cryotomography of postsynaptic densities during development reveals a mechanism of assembly. Neuroscience. 212: p. 19-29.

Alejandro Vila, Hiromasa Satoh, Carolina Rangel, Stephen L. Mills, Hideo Hoshi,
John O'Brien, Daniel R. Marshak, Peter R. Macleish, and David W. Marshak . (2012) Histamine Receptors of Cones and Horizontal Cells in Old World Monkey Retina. JCN 520(3): 528–543

Salvatore L. Stella Jr., Alejandro Vila, Albert Y. Hung, Michael E. Rome, Uyenchi Huynh,
Morgan Sheng, Hans-Juergen Kreienkamp, Nicholas C. Brecha. (2012) Association of Shank 1A Scaffolding Protein with Cone Photoreceptor Terminals in the Mammalian Retina. PLoS One 7(9): e43463. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0043463