Neurobiology News

Jarvis Johnson = Merck Scholar

Jarvis Johnson has been named a 2013 Merck Scholar sponsored by UNCF.  He is a biology major performing research on epilepsy in Dr. Farah Lubin's lab.  He hopes to one day become a physician who practices clinical research by combing both science and medicine.

Please congratulate Jarvis on this wonderful accomplishment!


Ray L. Watts, M.D., Named Seventh President

Ms. UAB 2012...Deepa Etikala

Deepa Etikala was named Ms. UAB 2012 at the Homecoming game on October 6. She is an outstanding member of the UAB Neuroscience Program and a member of the University Honors Program. It was  Deepa’s outstanding credentials and charming personality that helped her receive the majority of the votes.   

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Sweatt on NPR

Dr. Sweatt was featured on NPR's Talk of the Nation "What your Genes Can Tell You About Your Memory." Congratulations to Dr. Sweatt for recognition of his important work in this important way.

Transverse Myelitis Foundation to Fund UAB Research

After receiving treatment at Spain Rehabilitation Center, and after speaking with Dr. Tara DeSilva, Dr. Candace Floyd, and Dr. Amie McLain, Mike Jezdimir decided to start a wonderful effort to support research and education in transverse myelitis.  Dr. DeSilva will serve as the Scientific Director for the Foundation!  Tory Minus, the educational liaison for the TJ Atchison SCI Research Program, was also critical in helping Mike and his family with the vision and process of setting this up.


Olsen Receives Rett Award

Michelle Olsen, Ph.D., is the recipient of one of the International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF) New Basic Research Awards - Regular Research Grants.   Dr. Olsen is an assistant professor in the Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology Department with a secondary appointment in the Department of Neurobiology. 


Wei Li's Hard Work Pays Off

Wei Li's research paper titled "Activity-dependent BDNF release and TRPC signaling is impaired in hippocampal neurons of Mecp2 mutant mice" was recently published in PNAS.  To view the article go to:

Wei Li is a post doctoral fellow in the Neurobiology lab of Lucas Pozzo-Miller. 

Tull Wins Second Place

Everyone noticed what a hard worker Dominique Tull is and his dedication paid off. Dominique won second place at the summer undergraduate research expo. A junior in the psychology department, he is doing research as part of the McNair Scholars Program and working in the lab of Dr. Gwen King.

Good job Dominique!!!