UTMB - University of Palermo Joint Program

Unique to NGP is our international joint Neuroscience PhD program between the University of Palermo (UNIPA) and UTMB.  Since 2013, twenty NGP students have enrolled in the program including nine Italian students and 11 US students. Moreover, the program has graduated five Italian students and five US students.

In February 2020, 6 NGP students will defend their thesis at the University of Palermo, and two NGP faculty will travel to Palermo as external examiners. All students in the joint program graduate with dual PhDs, one from UNIPA and one from UTMB. Entry into the program is competitive for both Italian and UTMB students. The collaboration between Italy and the US has enriched and added an important cosmopolitan aspect to our NGP.

Current Students

Unipa Current Students

Current students in the UTMB/UNIPA Program
Nemil Bhatt

Entered Program: 2021

Mentor:  Dr. Rakez Kayed


D Amico, Daniela Entered Program: 2017
Mentor: Dr. Eliseo Eugenin
Claudia De Gesu Entered Program: 2018
Mentor: Dr. Shelly Buffington
Adj_Ochoa, Lorenzo Entered Program: 2020
Mentor: Dr. Gracie Vargas
Tony Tang

Entered Program: 2021

Mentor:  Dr. Bo Chen

Adj_Smith, Tileena Entered Program: 2019
Mentor: Dr. Thomas Green

Past Students

UNIPA Past Students

Past students in the UTMB/UNIPA Program, 2013-2019
Adj_Barber, Kara Entered Program 2016
Graduated 2019
Current Position: Postdoctoral Research Associate I, Dept of Pharmacology Univ of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Area of Study: Active Zone Protein BRP
David Briley Entered Program 2015
Graduated 2017
Current Position: Post Doc Research Fellow, Rutgers University
Area of Study: Neurodegeneration
Adj_Comerota, Michele Entered Program 2014
Graduated 2018
Current Position: Postdoctoral Associate, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Area of Study: Neurodegeneration
Entered Program 2013
Graduated 2017
Current Position: Assistant Instructor, UTMB, Galveston, TX

Area of Study: Infectious Disease

Adj_Di Re, Jessica Entered Program 2016
Graduated 2019
Current Position: Post doctoral fellow UTMB, Galveston, TX
Are of Study: Schizophrenia
Adj_Farmer, Kathleen

Graduated 2020

Area of Study: Neurodegenerative Disorders
Adj_Franklin, Whitney Entered Program 2015
Graduated 2018
Current Position: Currently enrolled at the UT-Houston School of Medicine, Houston, TX
Area of Study: Neurodegeneration
Filippa Lo Cascio Entered Program 2015
Graduated 2018
Area of Study: Neurodegeneration
Adj_Marino, Claudia Entered Program 2014
Graduated 2016
Current Position: Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Schepens Eye Institute, Harvard University, Boston, MA
Area of Study: Neurodegeneration
Adj_Mocciaro, Emanuele Entered Program 2015
Graduated 2018
Current Position: Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Universita Vita-Salute San Raffaele, Milano, Italy
Area of Study: Traumatic brain injury
Maruo Montalbano Entered Program 2013
Graduated 2016
Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow UTMB, Galveston, TX
Area of Study: Degeneration 
Adj_Nilson, Ashley

Graduated 2020

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke

Area of Study: Neuropharmacology
Adj_Randolph, Anita Entered Program 2014
Graduated 2017
Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Minnesota Medical School
Area of Study: Neural regeneration
Adj_Saieva, Salvatore

Graduated 2021

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Texas medical Branch

Area of Study: Neuroinflammation
Adj_Scaduto, Pietro

Graduated 2021

Current Position: Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Area of Study: Alzheimer’s Disease

Olga Zolochevska Entered Program 2014
Graduated 2017
Current Position: Senior Scientist, Castle Biosciences, Inc
Area of Study: Neurodegeneration
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Program Director
Owen Hamill, PhD
2.202 BSB, Route 1069
Phone Number: (409) 772-5464