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Congratulations Translational Neuroscience and Pharmacology Graduate Students  

It is with great pleasure we announce the graduate students who have successfully passed the Translational Neuroscience and Pharmacology PhD Graduate Program Qualifying Examination.

All graduate students must pass this exam to continue in the PhD program, and it represents a major hurdle to advance to PhD candidacy.

Congratulations to Henry Blanton, Mariacristina Mazzitelli, Ismail Mohiuddin, Josh Willms, and Ryan Sweazey on your great achievement.

Ismail Mohiuddin

Willma JLAB

Mariacristina Mazzitelli


Henry Blanton


Ph.D. Graduate Student, Mariacristina Mazzitelli and Dr. Volker Neugebauer featured in EurkAlert and SciTechDaily     

A recent article by Mariacristina Mazzitelli, PhD Student in Dr. Neugebauer’s lab, was featured on the following websites:

“TTUHSC study shows brain mechanisms have potential to block arthritis pain”. In: EurkAlert, a service of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

“Study Shows Brain Mechanisms Have Potential to Block Pain and Relieve Anxiety“. In: SciTechDaily, an award winning webportal founded in 1998 for information about the latest in science and technology.

 “New pain-blocking brain mechanism may relieve arthritis”. In: Medical News Today – MNT, Healthline Media UK Ltd.  


Faculty receive Dean's appreciation awards

Every year SOM Dean, Dr. Steven Berk gives appreciation awards for SOM faculty at TTUHSC.  The Department of Pharmacology and Neursocience faculty member received award:
Dr. Volker Neugebauer, Professor & Chair, received the Dean's Douglas M. Stocco Scholarship/Research Award. 

 Dr. Michael Blanton, appointed
            Co-Block Director

Congratulations to Dr. Michael Blanton who has been appointed Co-Block Director for the Structure and Function of Major Organ Systems block for the 2020 - 2021 academic year. 



Graduate Student Scholarship 

Congratulations to Translational Neuroscience and Pharmacology Graduate Concentration Ph.D. Student, Mariacristina Mazzitelli, on being selected as the first recipient of the Reid L. Norman and Cynthia A. Jumper Excellence in Pharmacology and Neuroscience Graduate Student Scholarship.     


New NIH Grant Program 


Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience Faculty Member, Dr. Igor Ponomarev, was awarded a new NIH R03 Grant, "Effects of chronic alcohol consumption on the synaptic translatome"

Congratulations Dr. Igor Ponomarev, job well done.    

Seed Grant Recipients

Made possible by the support of  Dr. Steven Berk, Dean of the School of Medicine, and Executive Vice President.

J.Josh Lawrence,PhD, 
Award GIA Collaborative Seed Grant Program in Aging: (PI, Lawrence, J) “Role of aberrant Wnt/Ca2+ signaling in Alzheimer’s disease and cancer “ (February 1, 2020 – January 31, 2021) 

Dr. Lawrence's Faculty Page, click here

Igor Ponomarev, PhD,
Award GIA/TTUHSC Seed Grant Program in Aging: (PI, Manczak, M.; CO-I Ponomarev, I.)            “Impact of  itochondrial fission protein DRP1 on autophagy/mitophagy
pathway under  tauopathies conditions” (February 1, 2020 - January 31, 2021) 

Dr. Ponomarev's Faculty Page,
click here

Josee Guindon, DVM, PhD,
Award GIA Collaborative Seed Grant Program in Aging: (PI, Guindon, J) "Role of mitochondrial dysfunction in changing inflammatory factors in aging mice subjected to chemotherapy-induced pain sensitivity". (February 1, 2020-January 31, 2021)

Dr. Guindon's Faculty Page, click here

Gabriela Arandia, PhD, Award GIA Collaborative Seed Grant Program in
Aging: (PI, Arandia G.)
“Biopsychosocial Predictors of Cognitive Stability, Decline, and Resilience in a Sample of Older, Rural-dwelling West Texans: A Retrospective Cohort Study Using Data from Project FRONTIER” (February, 2020 – February, 2021)

Gabriela Arandia, PhD,
Award GIA Collaborative Seed Grant Program in Aging: (PI, Appiah, D.; Co-PI, Arandia, G.)
“Mind your Heart: The Association of Heart/Vascular Aging with Mild Cognitive Impairment Using Data from Project FRONTIER”  (February, 2020 – February, 2021) 


Dr. Josee Guindon, Reappointed to IACUC 

The Department of Pharmocolgy and Neuroscience Faculty Member Dr. Josee Guindon has been reappointed as voting member of the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) here at TTUHSC. 

Congratulations and thank you for your valuable service.   

Dr. Igor Ponomarev, Elected to Serve on the Faculty Council  Committee 


The Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience Faculty Member, Dr. Igor Ponomarev has been elected to serve  a three year term on the Faculty Research Committee. 

Congratulations Dr. Ponomarev.

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