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‌The Graduate Program in Neuroscience is dedicated to providing a center of excellence for the training of outstanding graduate students in the field of Neuroscience. Our Graduate Program is an interdisciplinary program of study leading to a Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience. We look to prepare the next generation of scientists who will advance our understanding of the brain/nervous system.

Neuroscience faculty expertise and research interests range from the genome to the clinic. Our program enhances interaction among our internationally renowned faculty, and enables graduate students to take advantage of the full depth and breadth of neuroscience research conducted at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Our PhD students are highly sought after, routinely being appointed as postdoctoral fellows at prestigious institutions.

 

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Congratulations to the following students who have been awarded predoctoral funding from NIH in 2017-2018!
  • Sarah Aronson, PIN and MSTP student, was awarded an F30

         mentor: Elliot Stein (NIDA), Asaf Keller, Anatomy & Neurobiology

  • Kara Cover, PIN student, was awarded an NRSA

         mentor: Brian Mathur, Pharmacology

  • Poorna Dharmasri, PIN student, was awarded an NRSA

         mentor: Thomas Blanpied, Physiology.

  • Kasey Girven, PIN student, was awarded an NRSA

         mentor: Dennis Sparta, Anatomy & Neurobiology

  • Janell Payano Sosa, PIN student, was awarded an NRSA

         mentor: David Seminowicz, Pain and Neural Sciences

  • Austin Ramsey, PIN student, was awarded an NRSA

         mentor: Thomas Blanpied, Physiology.

 Congratulations to the following students who have been published in high impact journals in 2017 - 2018!
  • Sai Sachin Divakaruni, PIN and MSTP student; Mentor:Thomas Blanpied, Physiology

Divakaruni SS, Van Dyke A, Chandra R, LeGates T, Contreras M, Lobo ML, Thompson SM, Higgs HN,   Blanpied TA. Long-term potentiation requires a rapid burst of dendritic mitochondrial fission during induction. , ePublished  Neuron 2018.

  • Kasey Girven, PIN student; Mentor: Dennis Sparta, Anatomy & Neurobiology

Girven KS and Sparta DR, 2017, Probing Deep Brain Circuitry: New Advances in in Vivo Calcium Measurement Strategies, ACS Chem Neurosci, 8(2): 243-51.

  • Nina Klimova, PIN student; Mentor: Tibor Kristian, Anesthesiology

Klimova N, Long A, Kristian T. Significance of Mitochondrial Protein Post-translational Modifications in Pathophysiology of Brain Injury. Transl Stroke Res. 2017 Sep 21, e-pub. PMID: 28936802

  • Mary Patton, recent PIN graduate; Mentor while in PIN: Brian Mathur, Pharmacology

Patton MH, Roberts BM, Lovinger DM, Mathur BN.2017. Ethanol Disinhibits Dorsolateral Striatal Medium Spiny Neurons Through Activation of A Presynaptic Delta Opioid Receptor. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2;41(7):1831-40.

  • Jonathan VanRyzin, PIN student; Mentor: Margaret McCarthy, Pharmacology

VanRyzin JW, Pickett LA, McCarthy MM. Microglia: Driving critical periods and sexual differentiation of the brain. Dev Neurobiol. 2017 Dec 15.

  • Michael White, recent PIN graduate; Mentor while in PIN: Brian Mathur, Pharmacology

White MG, Panicker M, Mu C, Carter AM, Roberts BM, Dharmasri PA, Mathur BN. 2018 Anterior Cingulate Cortex Input to the Claustrum Is Required for Top-Down Action  Control. Cell Rep.;22(1):84-95.

 Every June, the Program in Neuroscience hosts a one day retreat.  For more information, view the 2018 PIN retreat program.


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