Category: Student Spotlight
Franco Puleo Receives the 2019-2020 American Physiology Society Porter Physiology Development Fellowship
Congratulations to Franco Puleo who has been awarded the 2019-2020 American Physiology Society Porter Physiology Development Fellowship. His research, “Sympathetic Nervous System Regulation of the NCC in Salt Sensitive Hypertension,” focuses on renal mechanisms of blood pressure control in salt sensitive hypertension. The Porter Physiology Development Fellowship provides Franco a year’s stipend support for his research.
Franco is a Program in BioMolecular Pharmacology PhD candidate who is doing is dissertation research in the Laboratory for Cardiovascular-Renal Research under the mentorship of Richard D. Wainford, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine, Section of Cardiovascular Medicine, and member of the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute at Boston University. Franco joined Dr. Wainford’s lab in 2017. He was awarded the Caroline tum Suden/Francis A. Hellebrandt Professor Opportunity Award from the APS at the 2018 Experimental Biology Annual Meeting in San Diego, California.
Again, kudos to Franco Puleo for his continued pursuit of excellence and dedication to his research.
Emily Mason-Osann, a fourth year Ph.D. student in the Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology, has received a pre doctoral fellowship in pharmacology/toxicology from the PhRMA Foundation. The research proposed is titled, “Defining Mechanism and Therapeutic Targets in the Alternative Lengthening of the Telomeres Pathway.” She is pursuing her thesis research under the mentorship of Rachel L. Flynn, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine, in the Laboratory of Genomic Stability and Cancer Therapeutics.
The award announcement was made at the 2019 Annual Meeting of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics in Orlando on April 10, 2019. This award provides $20,000 per year for up to two years for PhD candidates who have completed most of their pre-thesis requirements and are engaged in their thesis research.
Marc Vittoria, M.D./Ph.D. Graduate Student in the Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology, has been awarded an F30 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Cancer Institute. Marc's thesis research, "Defining Novel Mechanisms of Genome Instability in BRAF-mutant Melanoma," is being carried out in the Laboratory of Cancer Cell Biology under the mentorship of Neil J. Ganem, Ph.D., Assistant Professor. The F30 award is the M.D./Ph.D. equivalent of the F31 Award for Ph.D. graduate students. It will provide funding support for Marc's research for 5 years.
Congratulations, Marc, on a job well done!
Alissa Frame and Franco Puleo Receive 2018 Caroline tum Suden/Francis A. Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award
Alissa Frame and Franco Puleo, Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology Ph.D. graduate students are recipients of 2018 Caroline tum Suden/Francis A. Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Awards by The American Physiological Society. They will formally receive their awards at the 2018 Experimental Biology Annual Meeting in San Diego in late April.
Alissa and Franco are conducting the Ph.D. thesis research in the Laboratory for Cardiovascular-Renal Research in Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics and the Whitaker Cardiovascular Institute, under the mentorship of Richard D. Wainford, Ph.D.
Congratulations on your awards, Alissa and Franco!
Kevin Clayton has been awarded an F31 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute on Aging. The title of his Ph.D. thesis research is "TREM12-TYROBP coupling modulation for the reduction of Alzheimer's-mediated neuroinflammation: a novel pharmacologic therapy." Kevin, a Program in Biomolecular Pharmacology Ph.D. graduate student, is conducting his thesis research in the Laboratory of Molecular NeuroTherapeutics under the mentorship of Tsuneya Ikezu, M.D./Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology.
Congratulations to Brandon Maziuk on receiving a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Brandon is a PhD graduate student in the NIGMS supported Biomolecular Pharmacology Training Program. His F31 application is titled "Dysfunction of mRNA Metabolism in Tauopathy," and this award will support this research over the next three years. Brandon is carrying out his dissertation research in the Laboratory of Neurodegeneration under the mentorship and direction of Benjamin Wolozin, M.D./Ph.D., Professor of Pharmacology and Neurology and an expert on neurological disease.
Well done, Brandon!
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.
Kendra Kobrin and Jonathan Freedman Receive the 2017 Joseph Cochin Award in Pharmacology and Medical Ethics Award
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, 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, 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
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 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!