Category: Student Spotlight

Three Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology PhD Graduate Students Receive NRSA Predoctoral Fellowships

September 22nd, 2017 in Student Spotlight

Three Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology Ph.D. graduate students have been award Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Predoctoral Fellowships.

SelfYoonjoo Lee, an M.D., Ph.D. graduate student who is conducting her thesis research in the laboratory of Vickery Trinkhaus-Randall, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry and Ophthalmology, received her F31 award from the National Eye Institute. Yoonjoo’s research is on “The Role of Sustained Oscillations in the Wound Healing Response.”

 

 

Alissa FrameAlissa Frame, an M.D./Ph.D. graduate student in the Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology, has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschtein National Research Service Award pre-doctoral fellowship from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Her pre-doctoral research is on “Renal and Neural Mechanisms of Age-Related Hypertension.”

Alissa is carrying out her research in the Laboratory for Cardiovascular-Renal Research under the mentorship of Richard D. Wainford, Ph.D., Associate Profession of Pharmacology and Medicine, Section of Cardiovascular Medicine and member of the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute.

 

Slide1 - Version 3Cassie Moore, a Ph.D. graduate student in the Program in Bimolecular Pharmacology, the Graduate Program for Neuroscience (GPN), and the Transformative Training Program in Addiction Sciences (TTPAS), has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship from National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) of the National Institutes of Health. Her proposal, entitled “CRF modulation of reward function in compulsive eating,” will focus on the underlying neurobiological mechanisms of compulsive eating behavior and examine potential overlaps with drug addiction. Her training under this award includes using viral and transgenic tools (viral-mediated gene knockdown, Cre recombinase-driver animals) in a unique combination with clinically relevant animal models (palatable diet cycling, intra-cranial self stimulation, and intravenous drug self-administration).

Cassie is co-sponsored for the award by Pietro Cottone, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry and Co-Director of the Laboratory of Addictive Disorders and Dr. Klaus Miczek, Professor of Psychology at Tufts University.

Congratulations to Yoonjoo, Alissa, and Cassie!

Alissa Frame AwardNRSA Pre-doctoral Fellowship from NHLBI

September 5th, 2017 in Student Spotlight

Alissa Frame, an M.D./Ph.D. graduate student in the Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology, has been awarded a Ruth L. Kirschtein National Research Service Award pre-doctoral fellowship from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Her pre-doctoral research is on “Renal and Neural Mechanisms of Age-Related Hypertension.”

Alissa is carrying out her research in the Laboratory for Cardiovascular-Renal Research under the mentorship of Richard D. Wainford, Ph.D., Associate Profession of Pharmacology and Medicine, Section of Cardiovascular Medicine and member of the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute.

Congratulations, Alissa!

Ryan Quinton Receives Predoctoral Fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health

May 26th, 2017 in Student Spotlight

Congratulations to Ryan Quinton on receiving a predoctoral Fellowship from the Canadian Institutes of Health. This award is the equivalent of an F30 predoctoral fellowship in the United States and will provide $35,000 per year for three years to cover his expenses.

Ryan is an MD/PhD currently pursuing his PhD graduate research in the Laboratory of Cancer Biology under the mentorship of Neil J. Ganem, Ph.D. Ryan joined the BU NIGMS sponsored Biomolecular Pharmacology training program in fall 2015. His research focuses on identifying YAP/TAZ dependence and synthetic lethality across cohort of breast cancer cell lines.

Kudos, Ryan!

Kendra Kobrin and Jonathan Freedman Receive the 2017 Joseph Cochin Award in Pharmacology and Medical Ethics Award

March 17th, 2017 in Student Spotlight

At the Student Award Ceremony on Match Day, March 17th, Kendra Kobrin and Jonathan Freedman were awarded the 2017 Joseph Cochin Award in Pharmacology and Medical Ethics. This award honors the memory of Joseph Cochin, MD, PhD, who served as Professor of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at BUSM for many years. Dr. Cochin was an internationally recognized expert on opioid analgesia, pain control and medical ethics.

Kendra Kobrin
Kendra, a student in the Biomolecular Pharmacology Training Program from 2011-2015, received this award in recognition of her high achievement in pharmacology and accomplishments in research under the mentorship of Gary B. Kaplan, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics.

 

Jonathan Freedman
Jonathan Freedman, also a student in the Biomolecular Pharmacology Training Program from 2011-2015, was rewarded for his high achievement in pharmacology and research accomplishments under the mentorship of Mark W. Grinstaff, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Translational Research, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, and Medicine.

 

Kendra and Jonathan will receive their MD and PhD degrees at the BUSM May Graduation Ceremony.

Congratulations to Kendra and Jonathan!

Brandon Maziuk Selected by the BU BEST Program as BU Representative to the AAAS CASE Workshop in Washington, DC

February 28th, 2017 in Student Spotlight

Brandon Maziuk, a Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology PhD graduate student, has been selected as one of two students by the Boston University Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training (BEST) program to represent Boston University at the AAAS Catalyzing Advocacy for Science and Engineering (CASE) Workshop in Washington, DC, April 2-5, 2017. Brandon was chosen from a pool of BEST applicants.

Now in the 3rd year of his pre-doctoral training, Brandon is conducting his thesis research in the Laboratory of Neurodegeneration under the mentorship of Benjamin Wolozin, MD, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology. His research projects focus on the role of RNA binding proteins in neurodegenerative disorders with emphasis on tauopathy and Alzheimer’s disease. Using a variety of molecular techniques with mouse models, cell culture systems and human tissues he investigates how RNA binding protein aggregation drives early neurodegeneration.

The CASE workshop provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students in science, mathematics, and engineering, to learn about science policy and advocacy. At the workshop, Brandon will have the opportunity to learn about effective science communication and meet with elected Members of Congress as a science advocate. As a BEST program representative, Boston University will cover transportation, lodging and registration costs to attend the CASE workshop.

Congratulations to Brandon on being selected for this honor.

Alissa Frame Receives Best Poster Award at the AHA Council on Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions

October 6th, 2016 in Student Spotlight

Alissa Frame received the Best Poster Award at the American Heart Association’s Council on Hypertension 2016 Scientific Sessions in Orlando, Florida, September 14 – 17, 2016. Alissa’s poster, “Impaired Central, Renal, and Blood Pressure Responses to Alterations in Fluid and Electrolyte Homeostasis in Aged Sprague-Dawley Rats,” was selected from over 600 posters, which is quite a feat for her first poster presentation at a national meeting.

Alissa is an M.D., Ph.D. graduate student in the NIGMS sponsored training program in Bimolecular Pharmacology and is conducting her predoctoral research on the neural and renal mechanisms regulating blood pressure in the Laboratory for Cardiovascular Renal Research under the mentorship of Richard D. Wainford, Ph.D.

Congratulations to Alissa!

Neema Yazdani Selected for Platform Presentation at GSI Symposium on Tuesday, November 10, 2015

November 9th, 2015 in Student Spotlight

Neema Yazdani, a Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology Ph.D. graduate student, has be selected to present a platform presentation at the Tuesday, November 10, 2015 Genome Science Institute’s (GSI) Annual Research Symposium. Neema’s presentation is entitled, ‘HnRNP H1 regulates the stimulant and addictive properties of methamphetamine: Transcriptomic and spliceomic analyses uncover novel neurodevelopmental mechanisms” and is based upon the research he is carrying out in the Laboratory of Addiction Genetics in the Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics under the mentorship of Dr. Camron Bryant.

The GSI symposium will be held in Hiebert Lounge, L-14th Floor in the School of Medicine from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. and will include both poster sessions from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. and platform presentations from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. The awards ceremony will immediate follow the platform presentations.

Sanghee Lim received 2015 Medical Student Research Grant from the Melanoma Research Foundation

April 13th, 2015 in Student Spotlight

Congratulations to Sanghee Lim on being awarded a 2015 Medical Student Research Grant from the Melanoma Research Foundation for his proposal, “Defining Novel Mechanisms of Genome Instability in Melanoma.” The Medical Student Research Grant is awarded for a one-year period in order “to provide opportunities and funding for medical students to engage in short clinical or laboratory-based research projects focused on better understanding the biology and treatment of melanoma.” Sanghee is one of six medical students who received the nationally competitive award this year.

An MD/PhD student Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology, Sanghee is working under the guidance of Dr. Neil Ganem, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics and Medicine, in the Laboratory of Cancer Cell Biology at the Shamim and Ashraf Dahod Breast Cancer Research Laboratories. His work is aimed at defining the mechanisms that give rise to chromosome instability in human melanoma. In particular, Sanghee is testing whether activating mutations in the oncogene BRAF, which occur in ~80% of all melanomas, directly promote mitotic defects.

Great job, Sanghee! Keep up the great work.

Neema Yazdani Receives IBANGS 2015 Outstanding Graduate Student Travel Award

March 11th, 2015 in Student Spotlight

Neema Yazdani is one of two graduate students selected for the 2015 “Outstanding Graduate Student Travel Award” for the 17th Annual International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS) Meeting in Uppsala, Sweden. Neema is a third year PhD candidate and Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology student in the Laboratory of Addiction Genetics under the mentorship of Camron D. Bryant, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Psychiatry. As a recipient of this award, Neema is invited to present his research as an oral presentation titled, “Hnrnph1 is a quantitative trait gene for methamphetamine sensitivity”. Neema’s efforts in generating and phenotyping TALENs-targeted Hnrnph1 knockout mice combined with striatal transcriptome analysis via RNA-seq led to the identification of Hnrnph1 as a novel quantitative trait gene involved in the stimulant response to methamphetamine. His transcriptome results suggest that Hnrnph1 could regulate the neural development of the mesocorticolimbic circuitry which would have widespread implications for understanding the etiology of a variety of neurobiological disorders involving a dysregulation of dopamine transmission.

Joon Y. Boon receives the Malaysian Department of Education Perdana Scholar Award

September 17th, 2014 in Student Spotlight

JBoonPhoto on 5-22-14 at 3.24 PMoon Y. Boon, a graduate student in the Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics in the joint Biomolecular Pharmacology and Biomedical Neuroscience Prorgam, has won the Perdana Scholar Award from the Malaysian Department of Education.

This prestigious honor, awarded to Malaysian national students studying in the United States, “aims to identify, document, promote, and award Malaysian students who have excelled in areas such as academic, leadership, sports, entrepreneurship, inventions, and research.” The Perdana Award specifically honors a student who has attained the highest overall level of achievement.

Joon will fly to New York City later this month to receive the award in person from Malaysian Prime Minister Najib. Hat’s off to Joon Y. and her mentor for this amazing achievement! Congratulations!

Joon’s work involves researching the role of LRRK2 in neurodegeneration under the mentorship or Dr. Benjamin Wolozin, Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology, in the Laboratory of Neurodegeneration.