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Mentees

  • Cortez, Ibdanelo, MS

    Cortez 
    Graduate Assistant

    Lab: Dineley
    Emailibcortez@utmb.edu
    Phone: 409.747.7063

    Bio

    Ibdanelo graduated from The University of Texas-Pan American with a Bachelor’s and Master’s of Science degrees in biology. Ibdanelo’ s undergraduate and graduate research was focused in Microbiology, which allowed him to explore dynamics of bacterial populations including pesticide degrading bacterial populations in South Texas. He presented his research at the American Society for Microbiology and was recognized for his research at the Hispanics, Engineering, Science and Technology conference. Mr. Cortez entered the Graduate School for Biomedical Sciences at UTMB in the fall of 2011 and is a member of the Neuroscience and Cell Biology department, where he is mentored by Dr. Kelly Dineley. Ibdanelo is currently investigating kinase pathways that modulate hippocampal dependent memories disrupted by amyloidosis.

    Education
    • B.S., The University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas
    • M.S., Biology, , The University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas

    Awards
    • 2013-2014, NIA Diversity Research Supplement, R01,

    Publications
    Hernandez CM, Cortez I, Gu Z, Colon-Saez JO, Lamb PW, et al. 2014. Validation of Floxed α7 Nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor Conditional Knockout Mice Using In Vitro and In Vivo Approaches. The Journal of Physiology

  • Davis-Reyes, Brionna D., BS

    Brionna D. Davis-Reyes
    Doctoral Student

    Lab: Anastasio
    Emailbddavisr@utmb.edu
    Phone: 409.772.9659

    Bio

    Brionna grew up in Indianapolis, Indiana. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the Prairie View A&M University in 2013, where she graduate cum laude with a 3.64 GPA. Brionna entered the UTMB Human Pathophysiology Translational Medicine graduate program at UTMB in 2014. She is pursuing her Ph.D. under the mentorship of Dr. Noelle C. Anastasio.

    Education
    • B.S., 2013, Prairie View A & M University, Prairie View, Texas

    Publications
    Abstracts

    Davis-Reyes B, Cooper D, Bubar M, and Cunningham KA (2014) Tolerance to repeated 5-HT2CR agonist administration in vivo: Implications for clinical therapeutics. Behavior, Biology, and Chemistry Conference. San Antonio, TX
    Cooper D, Davis-Reyes B, Bubar M, and Cunningham KA (2014) Mechanisms underlying behavioral tolerance following repeated 5-HT2CR agonist administration in vivo. Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA

    Peer-Reviewed Publications
    Leung et al., (2015) Drosophila Muller F Elements Maintain a Distinct Set of Genomic Properties over 40 Million Years of Evolution. G3-Genes, Genomes, Genetics. Epub Ahead of Print Ragin C, Davis-Reyes B, Tadesse H, Daniels D, Bunker CH, Jackson M, Ferguson TS, Patrick AL, Tulloch-Reid MK, and Taioli E (2013) Farming, Reported Pesticide Use, and Prostate Cancer. American Journal of Men's Health 7(2), 102-109


  • Dimet, Andrea, BS

    Dimet, Andrea18
    Graduate Assistant

    Lab: Dineley
    Emailaldimet@utmb.edu
    Phone: 409.747.7063
    Program: Human Pathophysiology & Translational Medicine

    Bio

    Andrea attended Hope College in Holland, Michigan, where she studied Biology, Philosophy, Biochemistry, and Neuroscience. At Hope, she received the Presidential scholarship and the Creative Dining Services scholarship. After graduating in December 2012, she spent a short time working for the Detroit Clinical Research Center before beginning at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Fall of 2013. In July of 2014, Andrea joined the lab of Dr. Kelly Dineley, where she is studying a protein implicated in cognitive enhancement in an Alzheimer’s Disease model. Alongside working in the lab, Andrea also enjoys her time spent volunteering with the youth group of First Baptist Church in Galveston.

    Education
    • B.S., Biology and Philosophy, , Hope College, Holland, Michigan

    Awards

    • 2009, Presidential Scholarship, Hope College, /li>
    • 2012, Creative Dining Services Scholarship,
  • Dobbie, Victoria, BS

    Dobbie, Victoria
    Medical Student

    Lab: Cunningham
    Emailvldobbie@utmb.edu

  • Land, Michelle A., BS

    Michelle Land
    Doctoral Student

    Lab: Anastasio
    Emailmiland@utmb.edu
    Phone: 409.772.9659
    Program: Program: Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Program

    Bio

    Michelle grew up in Corvallis, Oregon. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2014, where she graduate with Highest Honors with a 3.98 GPA. During her time at the University of Texas at Austin she was a part of the DAAD RISE Program, German Academic Exchange Service with Research Internships in Science and Engineering, where she worked at the Max Plank Institute for Ornithology researching how Zebra finches communicate to each other. Michelle entered the UTMB Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Program at UTMB in 2014. She is pursuing her Ph.D. under the mentorship of Dr. Noelle C. Anastasio. Her research is focused on elucidating the neurobiological mechanisms (e.g. protein:protein interactions) governing the cortical N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor system and its role in regulating impulsivity.

    Education
    • B.S., 2014, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas
  • Merritt, Christina

    Christina Merritt
    Doctoral Student
    Lab: Cunningham
    Emailchmerrit@utmb.edu
  • Price, Amanda, BS

    Amanda Price 
    Graduate Assistant
    Lab
    : Cunningham
    Email
    aeprice@utmb.edu
    Phone
    : 409.772.9659
    Program
    : M.D./Ph.D. Combined Degree Program - Neuroscience Graduate Program

    Bio

    Amanda grew up in Houma, Louisiana. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University in 2012, where she was honored with the Louisiana State University Chancellor's Future Leaders in Research award for 2008-2012, the Louisiana State University Medalist award for graduating with a 4.0 grade point average in 2012, and the Louisiana State University Distinguished Communicator Award in 2012. Amanda entered the UTMB M.D./Ph.D. Combined Degree Program in 2012, and she is conducting her Ph.D. dissertation research in the Neuroscience Graduate Program under the mentorship of Dr. Kathryn A. Cunningham. Amanda is a mentee of the NIDA T32 Training Program, and her research is focused on elucidating the cortical neurocircuitry of impulsivity and cocaine cue reactivity

    Education
    • B.S., 2012, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

    Awards
    • 2012, UTMB Minnie & Ward Savage Presidential Scholarship,
    • 2014, UTMB Truman G. Blocker, Jr. Scholar Fellowship in Biomedical Research,
    • 2014, Predoctoral Mentee, NIDA T32 Training Program (T32 DA007287),

    Publications
    Broussard, T.C., Kober, M.J., Pakhomova, S., Neau, D.B., Price, A.E., Champion, T.S., and Waldrop, G.W. (2013) The three-domensional structure of the biotin carboxylase-biotin carboxyl carrier protein complex of E. coli acetyl-CoA carbosylase. Structure 21(4):650-657.

    Broussard, T.C., Price, A.E., Laborde, S.M., and Waldrop, G.L. (2013) Complex formation and regulation of Escherichia coli acetyl-CoA carboxylase. Biochemistry 52(19):3346-3357.

  • Sampson, Catherine, BS

    Sampson, Catherine16
    Doctoral Student

    Lab: Hommel
    Emailcasampso@utmb.edu
    Phone: 409.747.7062
    Program: Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Program

    Bio

    Catherine was born and raised in Galveston County in Sante Fe, Texas. She has many different interests in scientific research. Catherine is working as an intern in Dr. Jonathan Hommel’s laboratory. She is working on developing a stably expressing NmUR2 cell line that can be used by her lab to test small molecule compounds that bind the NmUR2. Catherine has been accepted into the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology graduate program and will begin her studies in the Fall of 2015.

    Education
    • B.S., Biological Sciences

    Awards
    • 2010-2012, Alvin Community College Biology Honors Student,
    • 2011, Overall Best Neuroscience Poster: UTMB SURP Poster Presentation,
    • 2013, Best Research in Population Health Sciences: UTMB Poster Presentation,
    • 2013-2014, National Science Foundation Scholar: National Science Foundation Fellowship,
  • Sholler, Dennis, BA

    Sholler, Dennis
    Doctoral Student

    Lab: Cunningham
    Emaildjsholle@utmb.edu

    Bio

    Dennis was born and raised in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Cell Biology & Neuroscience from Rutgers University in 2015. During his time at Rutgers University, he was honored as a Ronald E. McNair scholar and participated in undergraduate research via the Aresty Research Center under the mentorship of Dr. Mark West. Dennis entered the Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Program at UTMB in 2015, and he is pursuing his Ph.D. under the mentorship of Dr. Kathryn Cunningham. His research interests encompass delineating neuron-subtype specific 5-HT2aR regulatory mechanisms that influence the corticostriatal neurocircuitry of impulsivity.

    Education
    • B.A., 2015, Rutgers University
    Awards
    • 2015, Chauncey Leake Memorial Fellowship Award,
    • 2015, Frances Adoue Lynch Addiction Research Fellowship Award,
  • Smith, Ashley, BS

    Smith, Ashley06
    Doctoral Student

    Lab: Hommel
    Emailaesmith@utmb.edu

    Bio

    Ashley received her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Minnesota in Genetics, Cell Biology and Development in 2010. Her scientific career began as an undergraduate student at Minnesota where she studied the role of transcriptional regulation in cancer. After graduation, Ashley gleaned much research experience through working in industry and academia. Ashley came to UTMB in 2013 to work in the Translational Intensive Care Unit where she investigated the pathophysiology of combined burn and smoke inhalation injury. Ashley entered the Cell Biology Graduate Program in 2015 and is pursuing her PhD under the mentorship of Dr. Jonathan Hommel. Her reserach interests lie at the intersections of the fields of obesity and addiction, a phenomenon best described as the addictive dimensionality of obesity. Ashley hopes to better elucidate molecular mediators of food intake, including Neuromedin U, and evalulate their impact on motivation for high-fat food.

    Education
    • B.S., 2010, University of Minnesota