Current Events and PIN in the News
Congratulations to Professor Danny Weinriech on his retirement! Please watch this video tribute highlighting his many accomplishments, achievements and contributions to the Program in Neuroscience.
Please check out our latest issue of BrainStorm!
Congratulations to the following PIN students who are currently supported by their own NIH funding:
Jamila Asgar (mentor: Feng Wei, Neural & Pain Sciences)
"Gut Mechanisms of Stress-Induced Comorbid Visceral Pain" (F31)
Sam Bacharach (mentor: Donna Calu, Anatomy & Neurobiology)
"The Role of Cannabinoid Receptor-1 in Modulating Addiction Vulnerability"(F31)
Poorna Dharmasri (mentor: Tom Blanpied, Physiology)
"Glutamate Receptor Mediated Organization of Synaptic Nanostructure" (F31)
Ashley Marquardt (mentor: Peg McCarthy, Pharmacology)
"Gene Networks Regulating Playfulness" (F31)
Houman Qadir (mentor: Brian Mathur, Pharmacology)
"Neural circuit mechanisms of the Fronto-Parietal Network" (F31)
Austin Ramsey (mentor: Tom Blanpied, Physiology)
"Dynamic Control of Synaptic Substructure and Function by Adhesion Molecules" (F31)
Lace Riggs (mentor: Todd Gould, Psychiatry)
"Synaptic Mechanisms Underlying the Rapid Antidepressant Properties of the (2R,6R)-Hydroxynorketamine Metabolite" (F31)
Congratulations to the following PIN community members who have been recently published in high impact journals!
Jason Alipio (mentor: Asaf Keller, Anatomy & Neurobiology)
- Alipio JB, Brockett AT, Fox ME, Tennyson SS, deBettenbourt CA, El-Metwally D, Francis NA, Kanold PO, Lobo MK, Roesch, MR, Keller A "Enduring Consequences of perinatal fentanyl exposure in mice" Addiction Biology, 2021
- Alipio JB, Haga C, Fox ME, Arakawa K, Balaji R, Cramer N, Lobo MK, Keller A. "Perinatal fentanyl exposure leads to long-lasting impairments in somatosensory circuit function and behavior" J Neuroscience April 2021.
Allison Arai (mentor: Dudley Strickland, Surgery)
- Arai A, Migliorini M, Au DT, Hanh-Dantona E, Peeney D, Stetler-Stevenson WG, Muratoglu SC, Strickland DK. High-affinity binding of LDL receptor-related protein 1 to matrix metalloprotease 1 requires protease:inhibitor complex formation. Biochemistry 2020 Aug.
Cheryl Brandenburg (mentor: Gene Blatt, Asaf Keller, Anatomy & Neurobiology)
- Brandenburg C, Songhomonian JJ, Zhang K, Sulkaj I, Randoph B, Kachadoorian M, Blatt G "Increased Dopamind Type 2 Gene Expression in the Dorsal Striatum in Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder Suggests Alterations in Indirect Pathway Signaling and Circuitry" Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience 2020 Nov.
Kara Cover (mentor: Brian Mathur, Pharmacology)
- Cover KK, Mathur BN "Axo-axonic synapses: Diversity in neural circuit function" Journal of Comparative Neurology, 2021 June.
Utsav Gyawali (mentor: Donna Calu, Anatomy & Neurobiology)
- Gyawali U, Martin DA, Sulima A, Rice KC, Calu D. "Role of BNST CRF1 Receptors in Incubation of Fentanyl Seeking" Frontiers in Bahavioral Neuroscience. 2020 Aug.
Natalie Hesselgrave (mentor: Scott Thompson, Physiology)
- Hesselgrave N, Troppoli TA, Wulff AB, Cole AB, Thompson SM. "Harnessing psyilocybin: antidepressant-like behavioral and synaptic actions of psilocybin are independent of 5-HT2R activation in mice" Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 2021 April.
Niaz Khan (mentor: Alan Faden, Anesthesiology)
- Khan NZ, Cao T, He J, Ritzel RM, Li Y, Henry RJ, Colson C, Stoica BA, Faden AI, Wu J. "Spinal cord injury alters microRNA and CD81+ exosome levels in plasma extracellular nanoparticles with neuroinflammatory potential" Brain, Behavior and Immunity. 2021 Feb.
Brian Lin (mentor: Mervyn Monteiro, Anatomy & Neurobiology)
- Lin BC, Phung TH, Higgins NR, Greenslade J, Prado MA, Finley D, Karbowski M, Polster B, Monteiro MJ. "ALS/FTD mutations in UBQLN2 are linked to mitochondrial dysfunction through loss-of-function in mitochondrial protein import" Human Molecular Genetics 2021 June
Katia Matychak (mentor: Andrea Meredith, Physiology)
- Moldenhauer HJ, Matychak KK, Meredith AL "Comparative gain-of-function effects of the KCNMA1-N999S mutation on human BK channel properties" Journal of Neurophysiology 2020 Feb.
Michael Patton (mentor: Brian Mathur, Pharmacology)
- Patton MS, Heckman M, Kim C, Mu C, Mathur BN. "Compulsive alcohol consumption is regulated by dorsal striatum fast-spiking interneurons" Neuropsychopharmacology 2021 Jan.
Lace Riggs (mentor: Todd Gould, Psychiatry)
- Riggs LM, Gould TD. "Ketamine and the Future of Rapid-Acting Antidepressants" Annual Review of Clinical Psychology. 2021 May.
Olivia Uddin (mentor: Asaf Keller, Anatomy & Neurobiology)
- Uddin O, Jenne C, Fox ME, Arakawa K, Keller A, Cramer N. "Divergent profiles of fentanyl withdawal and associated pain in mice and rats" Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior. 2021 Jan.
The Program in Neuroscience retreat is a wonderful day spent away from campus and the demands of the classroom and lab. During the day, we have a keynote speaker along with several other invited speakers that present on various topics in neuroscience and related issues. In addition, graduate students and post-docs associated with the Program in Neuroscience give short talks about their current research.
Those students, post-docs and faculty members that are not scheduled to give formal talks often elect to share their recent work during the always popular poster session held later in the afternoon.
The day is also filled with fun as we break into groups to compete during the PIN Challenge - rotating rounds of physical and mental exercises (sack racing, anyone?) and a new element of entertainment that we simply title the "Grant Proposal Challenge".
Students and faculty alike agree that our annual retreat is exactly the perfect mix of serious science and community-building hilarity that makes us us here at PIN.