Students from left to right: Selena Romero (Deshmukh Lab), John Pawlak (Caron Lab), Carlos Patino Descovich (Williams Lab), Melissa Plooster (Brennwald, Gupton Lab), Amanda Smith (Ostrowski Lab), Daniel Michaud (Pylayeva-Gupta Lab), Natalie Nielsen (Caron Lab). Back Row: Rachel Battaglia (Snider Lab), Yitong Li (Burridge, Doerschuk Lab).
The Hooker Imaging Core will hold an Open House on Thursday, October 6th from 2pm-5pm on the 2nd Floor Taylor Hall.
CONGRATULATIONS to Kathleen Mulvaney on successfully defending her thesis on Friday, September 2nd! Way to Go Dr. Mulvaney!!
Gene therapy success stories are not only a hope but now becoming a reality. We won’t let Pitt Hopkins fall behind in this exciting and promising research. In August of 2016 the Pitt Hopkins Research Foundation awarded its first gene therapy grant, to Dr. Steve Gray at UNC and one of our pioneer heroes and researchers Dr. Ben Philpot. Here’s to Pitt Hopkins heroes old and new… And to the promise of gene therapy!
Dan Kechele successfully defended his thesis in a private defense on June 29th and in his public defense on August 12th. Congratulations Dr. Kechele!
Leigh Ann Samsa sucessfully defended her thesis in a private defense on June 14th and a public defense on June 17th. CONGRATULATIONS Dr. Samsa!!
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!
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!!
Lin Xiao successfully defended her thesis in a private defense on April 4th and presented her public defense on April 22nd. CONGRATULATIONS Dr. Xiao!!
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.
Jim Dunleavey successfully defended his thesis during his private defense on March 24th and presented his public defense on April 15th. CONGRATULATIONS Dr. Dunleavey!!
The results suggest further lines of research related to the effects of neurodevelopmentally critical genes on other kinds of neurons.
Spencer Smith was awarded a Human Frontier Science Program grant for the "real-time tracking and imaging of neuronal dynamics in freely moving vertebrates."
Huge Congratulations to Ben Major on his successful promotion to Associate Professor with Tenure!!
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.