Pharmacology and Toxicology Funding News

Congratulations to our PhD student, Christina Merritt, for being selected for a Predoctoral Trainee position in the Center for Addiction Research NIDA T32 Neural and Pharmacological Mechanisms of Abused Drugs Training Program, supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, starting fall 2020.
Congratulations to our MD/PhD student, Jonathan Lin, and our PhD student, Madison Tanner, for being selected for a Predoctoral Trainee position in the UTMB T32 Environmental Toxicology Training Program, supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, starting fall 2020.
Congratulations to our PhD student, Nolan Dvorak, for being selected for a Predoctoral Trainee position in the Gulf Coast Consortia/ Keck Center's Houston Area Molecular Biophysics Training Program, starting fall 2020.
Congratulations to our MD/PhD student, Victoria Dobbie Brehm, for being awarded grant 1F30DA049501 entitled “Ghrelin, Opioids, and Relapse Vulnerability” supported by the National Institute On Drug Abuse of the National Institutes of Health.

Congratulations to our PhD student, Christina Merritt, for receiving a Predoctoral Jeane B. Kempner Award for 2019-2020, for her project entitled " Serotonin Control of Striatal Circuitry in Opioid Reward", mentored by Dr. Kathryn Cunningham.

Congratulations to our PhD student, Amy Cooper, for being selected for a Predoctoral Trainee position in the UTMB T32 Environmental Toxicology Training Program supported by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences starting fall 2019.

Congratulations to PIs: Dr. Gabrielle Rudenko (Contact PI) and Dr. Jia Zhou (MPI) (teamed up with other MPIs Drs. Eric Nestler and Alfred Robison), for receiving an R01 renewal grant from the NIH/NIDA entitled, “Small molecule modulators of ΔFosB”.
Congratulations to PI: Dr. Jia Zhou, for receiving an R01 grant subaward from the NIH/NIAID entitled, “High throughput screening assays to identify chemical probes targeting Hectd3, an E3 ubiquitin ligase implicated in multiple sclerosis”.
Congratulations to PI: Dr. Fernanda Laezza, for being awarded an IHII grant entitled, “Molecular determinants of neuroinflammation in cerebral malaria”.
Congratulations to Dr. Noelle Anastasio, Dr. Kathryn Cunningham, and Dr. Jia Zhou, for being awarded two U-18 grants.

Corresponding PI : Dr. Noelle Anastasio, U-18 grant entitled, “AMPAkines for Novel Opioid Use Disorder”.

Corresponding PI: Dr. Kathryn Cunningham, U-18 grant entitled, “BRD4 Inhibition for Opioid Pharmacotherapy”.

Congratulations to PI: Dr. John Allen, for being awarded an U-18 grant entitled, “Validation of GPR52 agonists as a therapeutic approach for stimulant use disorders”.
Congratulations to PI: Dr. Fernanda Laezza for being awarded an U-18 grant entitled, “FGF13: a novel druggable target for treating substance abuse disorders".
Congratulations to PI: Dr. Fernanda Laezza for a R01 grant entitled, "Neurotrophin-dependent regulation of voltage-gated Na+ channels".
Congratulations to Dr. Fernanda Laezza and Dr. Thomas Green for receiving a R01 grant (Multiple PI: Laezza corresponding) entitled, “Neurotoxicology of deltamethrin in the developing brain”.
Congratulations to PI: Dr. Kathryn Cunningham for being awarded an UG3/UH3 grant, entitled "Targeting the Ghrelin System for Novel Opioid Use Disorder Therapeutics".
Congratulations to PI: Dr. Casey Wright, and CO-PI: Dr. N. Muge Kuyumcu-Martinez for being awarded a grant from The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), entitled "Targeting ARNT and RBFOX2 alternative splicing as a novel treatment modality in lymphiod maliginancies".
Congratulations to the Gulf Coast Center for Precision Environmental Health on receiving a P30 award. GC-CPEH Co Directors: Dr. Cornelis Elferink (The University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston); Dr. Elaine Symanski (The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston); Dr. Cheryl Walker (Baylor College of Medicine)
Congratulations to PI: Dr. John Allen and Co-I: Dr. Kathryn Cunningham for being awarded an NIH NIDA R21 Grant, “Kinetics of ligand binding in dopamine D1 receptor biased signaling”.  

Congratulations to Dr. Thomas Green and Dr. Fernanda Laezza for receiving an R03 award (Multiple PI: Green corresponding) entitled, “Gpr12: a novel factor for addiction and mental health”.

Dr. Green and Dr. Laezza also received an NIH/NIDA R01 award (Multiple PI: Green corresponding) entitled, “Retinoic acid signaling: a novel factor for addiction-related behavior”.
Congratulations to Dr. Gabrielle Rudenko, whose student, Hubert Lee, was selected for the Predoctoral Jeane B. Kempner Award for 2019-2020.
Congratulations to Dr. Fernanda Laezza, whose student, Paul Wadsworth, was selected for a PhRMA Foundation grant for his project entitled "Targeting protein:protein interactions at the Nav channel complex for pharmacologic development".

Congratulations to Dr. Daniel Felsing from Dr. John Allen's laboratory for receiving the PhRMA Foundation 2019 Pharmacology/Toxicology Postdoctoral Fellowship grant for his research project, titled "Kinetics of ligand binding as a mechanism driving biased signaling of novel Dopamine D1 receptor agonists."

Dr. Felsing also received the Herin Master of Pharmacology Award from the UTMB Center for Addicition Research, the 2019 ASPET Postdoctoral Fellow Travel Award, and the 2019 ASPET Blue Ribbon Award for his abstract and post, titled "High throughput screening at novel striatum orphan GPCRs identified by human transcriptomic profiling"