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Dan Kechele successfully defends thesis

Dan Kechele successfully defends thesis

Dan Kechele successfully defended his thesis in a private defense on June 29th and in his public defense on August 12th. Congratulations Dr. Kechele!

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Leigh Ann Samsa successfully defends her thesis

Leigh Ann Samsa successfully defends her thesis

Leigh Ann Samsa sucessfully defended her thesis in a private defense on June 14th and a public defense on June 17th. CONGRATULATIONS Dr. Samsa!!

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Dr. Debbie O'Brien Retires

Dr. Debbie O'Brien Retires

Congratulations to Dr. O'Brien on her retirement!! We THANK YOU for your many years of service with the department and happy to announce that you will remain an Adjunct Professor!

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Dr. Michael Goy Retires

Dr. Michael Goy Retires

Congratulations to Dr. Goy on his retirement. We THANK YOU for your many years of service with our department and wish you much happiness in the future!!

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Lin Xiao successfully defends thesis

Lin Xiao successfully defends thesis

Lin Xiao successfully defended her thesis in a private defense on April 4th and presented her public defense on April 22nd. CONGRATULATIONS Dr. Xiao!!

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Hailey Brighton and Erica Cloer Receive Dissertation Completion Fellowships

Graduate Students, Hailey Brighton (Jim Bear Lab) and Erica Cloer (Ben Major Lab) have received Dissertation Completion Fellowships! The Dissertation Completion Fellowship supports doctoral students in the final year of their dissertation and enables a student to focus full time on research and writing.

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Jim Dunleavey successfully defends his thesis

Jim Dunleavey successfully defends his thesis

Jim Dunleavey successfully defended his thesis during his private defense on March 24th and presented his public defense on April 15th. CONGRATULATIONS Dr. Dunleavey!!

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Philpot publishes lab's research in Neuron

Philpot publishes lab's research in Neuron

The results suggest further lines of research related to the effects of neurodevelopmentally critical genes on other kinds of neurons.

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Spencer Smith awarded HFSP Grant

Spencer Smith awarded HFSP Grant

Spencer Smith was awarded a Human Frontier Science Program grant for the "real-time tracking and imaging of neuronal dynamics in freely moving vertebrates."

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Ben Major Promoted to Associate Professor

Ben Major Promoted to Associate Professor

Huge Congratulations to Ben Major on his successful promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure!!

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Philpot and Stuber labs discover a role for GABA co-release in the brain’s reward pathway

In a paper published in Nature Communications, Janet Berrios, a graduate student in the Philpot lab, discovered that the loss of UBE3A decreases the release of the GABA neurotransmitter and alters reward-seeking behavior in an important neural pathway once presumed to be principally regulated by the dopamine neurotransmitter.

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Zylka and Philpot to lead UNC Neuroscience Center

Zylka and Philpot to lead UNC Neuroscience Center

Mark Zylka, PhD, will serve as director and Ben Philpot, PhD, will serve as associate director of the UNC Neuroscience Center at the UNC School of Medicine, effective July 1. William Snider, MD, who has served as the center’s director for nearly 17 years, will step down from his leadership role, but will remain on faculty as professor of neurology, while also continuing his research.

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Deshmukh lab discovers a novel role of Dicer in the rapidly dividing cells of the developing brain and brain tumors

Deshmukh lab discovers a novel role of Dicer in the rapidly dividing cells of the developing brain and brain tumors

In a paper published in Cell Reports, Vijay Swahari, a postdoctoral fellow in Deshmukh lab, identifies how the critical role of Dicer in DNA damage response can be exploited for therapy in aggressive brain tumors like Medulloblastoma.

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Gupton Lab paper highlighted in Developmental Cell; image chosen for cover

Gupton Lab paper highlighted in Developmental Cell; image chosen for cover

Postdoctoral fellow Dr. Shalini Menon and graduate student Nicholas Boyer have co-first author paper, "The E3 Ubiquitin Ligase TRIM9 Is a Filopodia Off Switch Required for Netrin-Dependent Axon Guidance” published in Developmental Cell on Dec 21, 2015. The article was highlighted by a preview penned by Dr. Thomas Pollard. An image from this work, showing growth cones turning was selected for the cover.

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