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UI doctoral students receive fellowship from AAUW

Two University of Iowa doctoral students have received American Fellowships from the American Association of University Women for their work, and support of women in their fields.An American Association of University Women fellowship aims to advance the academic work of women who struggle to complete their dissertation because of family issues and funding. Two University of Iowa doctoral students...
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Ryan Kelley Defends Thesis!

The Neuroscience Graduate Program congratulates Ryan Kelley (Greenlee lab, Neurosurgery) on his successful thesis defense yesterday! His seminar title: Neural representations of cognitive control and speech in the subthalamic nucleus. Pictured below Ryan Kelley (left) and mentor Jeremy Greenlee, MD (right)
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Shane Johnson Defends Thesis!

The Neuroscience Graduate Program congratulates Shane Johnson (Radley lab, Psychological and Brain Sciences) on his successful thesis defense yesterday! His seminar title: An analysis of prefrontal cortex pathways and their assembly of stress coping responses.Pictured below: Shane (left) and mentor Jason Radley, PhD (right)

Ryan Kelley wins INI's Kwak-Ferguson Fellowship

University of Iowa Neuroscience MD/PhD student Ryan Kelley has won the 2019 Kwak-Ferguson Fellowship, a $10,000 award from the Iowa Neuroscience Institute for an upper level graduate student working in the area of neurodegenerative diseases. His research in the lab of Jeremy Greenlee, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery focuses on the neural mechanisms of speech production.Kelley is pursuing both MD and...

Alex Petrucci earns prestigious fellowship award

Alexandra Petrucci has received a predoctoral research fellowship award from the American Epilepsy Society (AES).Petrucci, who works in the Iowa Neuroscience Institute lab of Gordon Buchanan, MD, PhD, was one of four students nationally to receive this award. She will use the funding to support her epilepsy research investigating post-ictal generalized EEG suppression network and receptor...

Recent alumnus Thomas James publishes in eLife!

Recent alumnus Thomas James (2018) recently published this study in eLife with his mentor, C. Andrew Frank. The Frank lab researches the ability of neurons to self-regulate their own activity (i.e., homeostatic plasticity), and this study examines the role of second messenger pathways at the fruit fly neuromuscular synapse.Abstract: Synapses and circuits rely on neuroplasticity to adjust output...
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Brittany williams defends Thesis!

The Neuroscience Graduate Program congratulates Brittany Williams (Lee lab, Molecular Physiology and Biophysics) on her successful thesis defense yesterday! Her seminar title: Title: Characterization of the modulatory effects of alternative splicing on Cav1.4 Ca2+channels Pictured below Mentor Amy Lee, PhD (left) and Brittany (right)

Focusing on Vision Issues: Brittany Williams

Neuroscience doctoral candidate Brittany Williams loves conducting research, work that she likens to solving a complex puzzle. Through the support of mentors and the welcoming environment at the University of Iowa, she hopes to help those who suffer from visual impairments.Brittany Williams is familiar with the saying “Great minds think alike.” But it’s nowhere near her favorite quote—she prefers...
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Guang Hao Liu defends thesis!

Guang Hao (Max) Liu, from the lab of Gloria Lee, successfully defended his thesis on Thursday, February 24th. His dissertation title is "Investigating the effects of Tau-Fyn interaction in healthy and disease states of the brain." Way to go Max!
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Jake Rysted defends Thesis!

The Neuroscience Graduate Program congratulates Jake Rysted in the Usachev lab (Pharmacology) on his successful thesis defense recently. Congratulations!In the picture: Mentor Yuriy Usachev, PhD (left) and Jake (Right)