Trainee Accolades

Congratulations to Nolan Dvorak on his selection for a prestigious 2021 Jess Hay Endowment for Chancellor’s Graduate Student Research Fellowship. Two annual fellowship awards rotate among applicable UT institutions, benefiting both an academic and health institution each year. Nolan is a Presidential Scholar and third-year student in the Pharmacology and Toxicology Graduate Program in the laboratory of Dr. Fernanda Laezza, and his research investigates novel drug targets for neuropsychiatric disorders. Congratulations Nolan!


 

This year, Kenya Moore participated both as a fellow and project manager at Enventure, completing two 8-week consulting projects in the pharmaceutical/biotech industry. Enventure is an organization driving the growth of Texas’ medical innovation industry through training and consulting with established pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, as well as startups. Kenya is a fourth-year PhD graduate student in the Pharmacology & Toxicology Graduate Program, and her mentor is Dr. Rakez Kayed, professor in the Department of Neurology and the Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases.


 

Congratulations to the following GSBS students who were invited to participate in the NIH program called Concept to Clinic: Commercializing Innovation (eC3i) during the Summer 2021 academic term. This 10-week program is designed to teach scientists and startup owners the skills needed to succeed in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry.

Parsa Arman
Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology
Program Year: 2nd Year Master’s Student
Mentor: Dr. Fernanda Laezza

Tim Baumgartner
Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology
Program Year: 2nd Year PhD Student
Mentor: Dr. Fernanda Laezza

Angela Mosebarger
Program: Pharmacology and Toxicology
Program Year: 2nd Year PhD/Presidential Scholar Student
Mentor: Dr. Fernanda Laezza

 


Congratulations to Adam Hage for being selected for the 2021 Careers in Immunology Fellowship from The American Association of Immunologists. This fellowship supports the career development of young scientists in immunological research and provides one year of salary support for a trainee in eligible mentor labs. Adam is a fifth-year PhD graduate student in the Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program, and his mentor is Dr. Ricardo Rajsbaum, Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

 

 


Congratulations to the following trainees who received GSBS/IHII Awards for Excellence in COVID Research. These awards recognize UTMB predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows who have excelled in research related to COVID-19. Congratulations!

 

Dr. Bryan Johnson
Program: Postdoctoral Fellow in Microbiology & Immunology
Program Year: 4
Mentor: Dr. Vineet Menachery

Corri Levine
Program: Human Pathophysiology & Translational Medicine
Program Year: 5
Mentors: Drs. Tom Geisbert and Susan McLellan

Emma Mantlo
Program: Microbiology & Immunology
Program Year: 5
Mentor: Dr. Slobodan Paessler

Rachel Sattler
Program: Experimental Pathology
Program Year: 5
Mentor: Dr. Slobodan Paessler


Congratulations to Jacob Stockton for being awarded a National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) Scientist Training Program Fellowship from the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. This fellowship program is designed to recruit the next generation of scientists to prevent, respond, and control outbreaks of emerging and foreign animal diseases. Jacob is a second-year PhD graduate student in the Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program and is working under the mentorship of Dr. Alfredo Torres. Congratulations Jacob!


Congratulations to Naiju Thomas for being accepted as a Blackstone LaunchPad® (BLP) summer fellow! Naiju is the first student entrepreneur from the University of Texas Medical Branch to receive this prestigious fellowship. BLP is a campus-based entrepreneurship program designed to introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career path. In collaboration with Future Founders, Blackstone LaunchPad® mentors students to navigate the path of entrepreneurship. Naiju is a first-year PhD graduate student in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and is working under the mentorship of Dr. Guy Nir and Dr. Eric Wagner. Congratulations, Naiju!


Congratulations to GSBS student Nolan Dvorak on receiving the George Sealy Research in Neurology Award! The George Sealy Research in Neurology Award is given to either a medical or graduate student who has significantly contributed to the knowledge of neurology (interpreted as clinical neurology, psychology, psychiatry, neurochemistry, neurophysiology, or neuroanatomy) through research. Nolan is a second year PhD graduate student in the Pharmacology and Toxicology graduate program. His mentor is Dr. Fernanda Laezza, Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. Congratulations Nolan!


Congratulations to LaNisha Patterson for her F31 – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship from the NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA program is to enable promising predoctoral students with potential to develop into productive, successful, and independent research scientists to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research. LaNisha is a fifth-year PhD graduate student in the Cell Biology Graduate Program. Her mentor is Dr. Jere McBride, Professor in the Department of Pathology. Congratulations LaNisha!


Congratulations to Sarah van Tol for being awarded an F31 – Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship from the NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The purpose of the Kirschstein-NRSA program is to enable promising predoctoral students with potential to develop into productive, successful, and independent research scientists to obtain mentored research training while conducting dissertation research. Sarah is a fifth-year PhD graduate student in the Microbiology & Immunology Graduate Program. Her mentors are Dr. Alexander Freiberg, Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology and Director of the Robert E. Shope Biosafety Level 4 Laboratory, and Dr. Ricardo Rajsbaum, Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. Congratulations Sarah!


Congratulations to Kathleen McDonough for being awarded an F99/K00 - NIH Blueprint Diversity Specialized Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Advancement in Neuroscience (D-SPAN) Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. The purpose of the NIH Blueprint D-SPAN Award is to support a defined pathway across career stages for outstanding graduate students who are from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in neuroscience research. Katie’s mentors are Dr. Jun-Ho La, Assistant Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Anatomy, and Dr. Jin Mo Chung, Professor and Chairman of the Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Anatomy. Congratulations!


Congratulations to Ms. Olivia Solomon for her completion of the Yale Ciencia Academy Fellowship! The Yale Ciencia Academy (YCA) is a year-long program that equips biomedical or health sciences doctoral students from underrepresented backgrounds in the final 1-2 years of their programs with the knowledge, skills, and networks they need to find great postdoctoral positions that will further their academic interests and career goals. Olivia’s mentor is Dr. Gracie Vargas, Professor in the Department of Neuroscience, Cell Biology, and Anatomy. Congratulations!