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Meet Our Doctoral Program Students


Jennifer (Loxley) Battle

Firstname LastnameStarted Spring 2011
BS, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Laboratory: Dr. Nandini Vasudevan

Research Interests: Elucidating the mechanisms by which memory is adversely affected by thyroid hormone dysregulation; working with a model of onset in adult mice. Other interests include factors contributing to exception health and longevity.

 

Katelyn Black

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2012
BS, Longwood University
Laboratory: Dr. Jill Daniel

Jeff Darling

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 20123
BS, Tulane University
Laboratory: Dr. Jill Daniel




Somhrita Dutta

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2010
BA, Colorado College
Laboratory: Dr. David Busija

Research Interests: Neurovascular coupling, nNOS and ischemic brain injury, Diazoxide preconditioning and mTOR pathway.

Publications

Manuscripts

Wappler EA, Institoris A, Dutta S, Katakam PVG, Busija DW (2013) Mitochondrial Dynamics Associated with Oxygen-Glucose Deprivation in Rat Primary Neuronal Cultures. PLoS ONE 8(5): e63206. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0063206

Carvalho CI, Katz PS, Dutta S, Katakam PVG, Moreira PI, Busija DW. Increased susceptibility to amyloid-beta toxicity in rat brain microvascular endothelial cells under hyperglycemic conditions. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease (Accepted for publication)

Abstracts

Katakam PVG, Wappler EA, Dutta S, Busija DW. Mitochondria-Dependent Cerebral Artery Vasodilation is Mediated by the Activation of Neuronal Nitric Oxide Synthase following Mitochondrial Depolarization of Perivascular Nerves. The FASEB Journal. 2012;26:1058.1059.

Carvalho CI, Katz PS, Dutta S, Katakam PVG, Moreira PI, Busija DW. Increased susceptibility to amyloid-beta toxicity in rat brain microvascular endothelial cells under hyperglycemic conditions. Neuroscience 2012.

Katakam PVG,  Dutta S, Wappler EA and Busija DW. Mitochondria-dependent cerebral artery vasodilation is mediated by the activation neuronal nitric oxide synthase following mitochondrial depolarization of perivascular nerves. Neuroscience 2012; 42:726.02.

Dutta S, Wappler EA, Katz PS, Carvalho CI, Katakam PVG, & Busija DW. mTOR Pathway Mediates Diazoxide Preconditioning in Cultured Neurons. Experimental Biology 2013; 826:961.1.

Carvalho CI, Katz PS, Dutta S, Katakam PVG, Moreira PVG, Busija DW. Hyperglycemia-induced mitochondrial superoxide production potentiates β-amyloid peptide toxicity in brain endothelial cells. 47th Annual Scientific Meeting of the European Society for Clinical Investigation, Albufeira, Portugal, 17 – 20 April 2013.

Busija DW, Rutkai I, Dutta S, Liu D, Katakam PVG. Novel Mitochondrial Mechanisms Mediating Enhanced Cerebral Vascular Dilation Following Experimental Strokes in Rats. National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Mitochondrial Biology Symposium: Mitochondrial Genetics in Health and Disease, May 6-7, 2013, Natcher Conference Center NIH, Bethesda, Maryland.

Rutkai I, Dutta S, Liu D, Katakam PVG, and Busija DW. Augmented cerebrovascular responses to diazoxide, an opener of mitoKATP channels, following middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusion in rats. High Blood Pressure Research Meeting 2013.

Katakam PVG, Liu D, Rutkai I, Gordon AO, Grovenburg SM, Dutta S, Busija DW. Insulin Promotes Hypoxic Vascular Injury In Insulin Resistance. High Blood Pressure Research Meeting 2013.

Rutkai I, Dutta S, Liu D, Katakam PVG, and Busija DW. Enhanced cerebrovascular response to mitochondrial depolarization following middle cerebral artery occlusion. Neuroscience 2013.

Oral Presentations

Dutta S, Rutkai I, Katakam PVG, & Busija DW. mTOR Pathway Mediates Diazoxide Preconditioning in Cultured Neurons. Neuroscience 2013

Brett East

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2009
BS, Louisiana State University
Laboratory: Dr. Paul Colombo

Marc Fisher

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2013
BS, Tulane University

 

Jeremy Hartner

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2011
BS, University of Michigan
Laboratory: Dr. Laura Schrader



Damek Homiack

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2012
BA, University of Colorado / MS, Tulane University
Laboratory: Dr. Laura Schrader

Research Interests: Behavioral alterations in biologically male and female rodents exposed to chronic stress, and the resulting molecular metabolic changes in the hippocampal formation.


Publications

Abstracts


Homiack, DR, Trimmer, EH, Lee, KJ, Stanley, MT, Hurwitz, SN, & Schrader, LA. (2013) "Sex Differences in Mice Following Chronic Variable Stress" Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Annual Meeting; Atlanta, GA.

Cassandra Iljin

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2013
BA, California State University, Channel Islands





Jennifer Jernberg

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2009
BS/MMS, University of South Florida
Laboratory: Dr. Jim Zadina



Yanyan Jiang

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2010
BS, University of Science and Technology of China
Laboratory: Dr. Andrei Derbenev

Research Interests: How the central nervous system is involved in cardiovascular regulation, specifically how kidney-related neurons are involved in regulation of glucose homeostasis and cardiovascular function.

Debra Karhson

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2008
BS, Drexel University
Laboratory: Dr. Edward Golob


Research Interests: Specific: Information processing mechanisms in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in auditory attention and working memory capacity. As well as: EEG, cognitive neuroscience, learning and memory, cultural neuroscience and its interactions with ASD, both domestically and globally.

Publications

Manuscripts

Alexander JC, McDermott CM, Tunur T, Rands V, Stelly C, Karhson D, Bowlby MR, An WF, Sweatt JD, Schrader LA., “The role of calsenilin/DREAM/KChIP3 in contextual fear conditioning.” Learning and Memory. 2009 Feb 17; 16(3): 67-177

Abstracts

Karhson, D., Golob, E.,“Influence of repetitive TMS to right inferior parietal cortex on auditory spatial processing.”, Organization for Human Brain Mapping, June 6-10, 2010, Barcelona, Spain

Karhson, D., Golob, E.,“The effect of repetitive TMS to the right inferior parietal cortex on auditory spatial attention.”, Cognitive Neuroscience Society, April 17-20, 2010, Montreal, QC, Canada

Fiorotto, M.L., Davis, T.A., Sosa, H.A., Estrada, I.J., Watson, K.L., Karhson, D. 2010. “Age-dependent capacity to accelerate protein synthesis dictates the extent of compensatory growth in skeletal muscle following under-nutrition.” Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology Conference, April 24-28, 2010, Anaheim, California. Vol 24: Abstract No. 97.8.

Alexander, C., Karhson, D., Trimmer, J., Sweatt, D., Schrader, L., “The Role of KChIP2 in Learning and Memory and Synaptic Plasticity”, Society for Neuroscience, 2005

Figures

Jerng, HH., Pfaffinger, PJ., Covarrubias, M., “Molecular physiology and modulation of somatodendritic A-type potassium channels”, Molecular and Cellular Neurosci. 2004 Dec; 27(4): 343-69. (Acknowledged for Fig. 2)
 

Oliver Miller

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2010
BA, University of California, Santa Cruz
Laboratory: Dr. Benjamin Hall

Research Interests: A single, sub-anesthetic dose of the non-competitive NMDA receptor antagonist ketamine induces rapid anti-depressant effects in treatment-resistant depressed humans and rodent models. My research aims to dissect the molecular and circuit-level mechanisms underlying this effect.

Publications

Manuscripts:

Cvoro, A., Yuan, C., Paruthiyil, S., Miller, O. H., Yamamoto, K. R., Leitman, D. C., "Cross talk between glucocorticoid and estrogen receptors occurs at a subset of proinflammatory genes." J. Immunol, April 1, 2011: 186(7):4354-60.

Abstracts:

Yang L*,  Miller OH*, Hall BJ, "Cortical GluN2B-Containing NMDA Receptors Mediate Synaptic Reorganization and the Rapid Antidepressant Effects of Ketamine." Society for Neuroscience, 2012

*These authors contributed equally to this work

Jacqueline Moran

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2011
BS, University of California, San Diego
Laboratory: Drs. Michael Moore and Benjamin Hall



Jamie Morford

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2013
BA, Grinnell College


Research Interests: I am interested in both short- and long-term plasticity and how these various types of plasticity lead to changes in behavior and autonomic functions.

Publications

Manuscripts

Lindgren, C., Newman, Z., Morford, J., Ryan, S., Battani, K., and Su, Z. (2013). Cyclooxygenase-2, PGE2-glycerol, and nitric oxide are involved in the muscarine-induced presynaptic enhancement at the vertebrate neuromuscular junction. J of Physiology. DOI: 10.1113/jphysiol.2014.254727

Abstracts

Morford, J., Ryan, S., and Lindgren, C., (2012). The calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) is present at the vertebrate neuromuscular junction and may play a role in homeostatic control of neurotransmitter release. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting 2012, New Orleans, LA.

Britta Nelson

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2009
BS, University of Pittsburgh / MS, Youngstown State University
Laboratory: Dr. Jill Daniel

Research Interests: To understand the relationship between peripheral and brain-derived estrogens in regards to hippocampal-dependent memory and synaptic changes.  We have developed a hypothesized model that brain-derived estradiol is necessary for peripheral estradiol-induced enhanced spatial memory and increases in hippocampal synaptic proteins and propose that hippocampal gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) signaling mediates these effects.

Publications

Manuscripts

Nelson B.S., Witty C.F., Williamson E.A., Daniel J.M. (2012). A role for hippocampal actin rearrangement in object placement memory in female rats. Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, 98(3):284-90.

Nelson B.S., Springer R.C., Daniel J.M. (2013) Antagonism of brain insulin-like growth factor-1 receptors blocks estradiol-induced cognitive enhancement and hippocampal levels of pre and post synaptic proteins. (Manuscript submitted for review to Psychopharmacology).

Abstracts

Nelson B.S., Svorinic P.A, Daniel J.M. (2013). Antagonism of hippocampal gonadotropin releasing hormone receptors blocks an estradiol-induced cognitive enhancement and increase in hippocampal levels of synaptic proteins.  Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology Annual Meeting; Atlanta, GA.

Nelson B.S., Springer R.C., Daniel J.M. (2012). Antagonism of brain insulin-like growth factor-1 receptors blocks estradiol-induced cognitive enhancement and hippocampal levels of PSD-95. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting; New Orleans, LA.

Nelson B.S., Williamson E.A., Daniel J.M. (2011). Exposure to object placement memory task increases phosphorylation of LIM kinase and cofilin in the hippocampus of female rats. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting; Washington, DC.

 Nelson B.S., Williamson E.A., Daniel J.M. (2010). Effect of hormone treatment and object placement behavior on proteins involved in actin rearrangement. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting; San Diego, CA.

Mark Nilges

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2010
BA, Northern Illinois University
Laboratory: Dr. Jim Zadina

Research Interests: The Zadina lab studies endogenous opioid peptides known as endomorphins (EM).  Morphine and other exogenous opioids relieve pain via activation of mu-opioid receptors.  EM’s have the highest known selectivity for the mu-opioid receptor, and elicit equal or greater anti-nociception (pain suppression) compared to morphine.  My research focuses on the abuse potential of EM analogs since this is a major side effect of available opioids.  In behavioral models, EM analogs show absent or diminished abuse potential, but similar anti-nociception compared to morphine.  Our evidence suggests that EM analogs have potential for therapeutic application with a favorable analgesia/reward ratio.  Future studies will address potential sex differences in EM mediated pain and dependency behaviors.  Techniques include immunohistochemistry, surgical, and behavioral models.


Publications


Manuscripts

Saenger, S, Holtmann, B, Nilges, MR, Schroeder, S, Hoeflich, A, Kletzl, H, Spooren, W, Ostrowitzki, S, Hanania, T, Sendtner, M, and  Metzger, F, (2012).  Functional improvement in mouse models of familial amyotrophic lateral sclerosis by PEGylated insulin-like growth factor I treatment depends on disease severity.  Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (in press). 

Abstracts

Nilges, MR, Zhang, X, Zadina, JE (2012). Endomorphin Analogs show reduced abuse potential relative to morphine.  International Narcotics Research Conference (INRC), Kansas City, MO.

Menalled, LB, Patry, MP, Galarza, JD, Iwunze, MC, Miller, SF, Fitzpatrick, J, Borre, Y, Cocking, D, Day, M, Nilges, MR, Davis, SF, Hanania, T, Brunner, D, El-Kohdor, B (2008).  Behavioral Deficits in Full-length Mouse Models of Huntington's Disease, BAC103: FVB/N versus (FVB/N x C57BL/6)F1. Society for Neuroscience.

Caldarone, BJ, Nilges, MR, Manzano, ML, Malekiani, SA, Fedolak, AC, McGonigle, P, and Hanania, T (2006). Comparison of Typical and Atypical Antipsychotics on PCP-Induced Hyperactivity in Mice. Society for Neuroscience.

Gouirand, AM, Nilges, MR, & Matuszewich, L (2004). Exposure to Chronic Unpredictable Stress Reduces Escape Behavior in the Rat. International Behavioral Neuroscience Society, Key West, FL.

Gouirand, AM, Nilges, MR, and Matuszewich, L (2004). Chronic Stress Facilitates Learning in the Morris Water Maze. Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.

 

Amanda Pahng

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2009
BS, The University of Georgia
Laboratory: Dr. Paul Colombo


Carrie Pauker

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2009
BS, Tulane University
Laboratory: Dr. Ed Golob



Kevin Pollard

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2012
BS, University of Chicago / MS, Tulane University
Laboratory: Dr. Nandini Vasudevan



Edward Sawyer

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2013
BA, American University

Research Interests: Neuron regeneration after injury, structural changes during learning, structural changes during aging, structural abnormalities in developmental disorder and learning disabilities

Publications

Abstracts

Stoodley, C.J., Oates, J.M., Sawyer, E.J., Desko, A.G., Shakerdge, N.B. November 2011. Structural differences in cerebellum in autism spectrum disorders, ADHD and developmental dyslexia. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA.


Rebecca Voglewede

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 2013
BS, University of Mary Washington



Jamie White

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 20YY
BS, Spelman College
Laboratory: Dr. Jeffrey Tasker



Emily Wilkinson

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 20YY
BS/MS, Georgia College and State University
Laboratory: Dr. Anne Robinson

Research Interests: Epigenetic regulation of protein folding.

Michael Wren

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 20YY
BS, Louisiana State University
Laboratory: Dr. Stacy Drury



Diankun Yu

Firstname LastnameStarted Fall 20YY
BS, University of Science and Technology of China
Laboratory: Dr. Laura Schrader

Research Interests: Using electrophysiological methods to study synaptic and morphological changes in granule cells of mice in response to chronic stress.

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