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.
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.
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.
Temperance Rowell is a second-year graduate student in the lab of Dr. Robert Tarran.
When Spencer Smith, assistant professor of cell biology and physiology in the School of Medicine who studies the brain, grew frustrated with the lack of resolution provided by traditional microscopes, he and his co-inventor Jeffrey Stirman decided to build his own. The results could unlock some of the brain's greatest mysteries.
The Zylka Lab's research on autism has recently been featured on WRAL, WUNC (NPR), and the UNC Healthcare Newsroom.
The September 15, 2015 issue of Molecular Biology of the Cell has chosen a paper from the Brennwald lab entitled “Structural Basis for Recognition of the Sec4 Rab GTPase by its Effector, the Lgl/Tomosyn homologue, Sro7” as one of its Highlighted Articles. Kelly Watson, a graduate in the lab, was first author on the paper. An image from this work showing a model for the interaction of the Rab GTPase, Sec4 and its effector Sro7 was chosen for the cover.
Kelly Watson successfully defended her thesis on August 6th! Congratulations Dr. Watson!!