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Alumnus Dr. John Pollock (Ph.D. Biophysics 1984; M.S. Physics 1983; B.S. Physics 1978) Receives Presidential Award

July 24, 2018
Currently a Duquesne University professor of neuroscience, Dr. John Pollock has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring to honor his career in educating students from universities to grade schools. The award is granted by the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation. More details on Dr. Pollock and his prestigious award can be found here.

Associate Professor James Hewett Appointed as Newest Director of Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute (FNSSI)

July 24, 2018

College of Arts & Sciences Dean Karin Ruhlandt has appointed Associate Professor James Hewett as the new director of the Forensic and National Security Sciences Institute (FNSSI). More on Dr. Hewett's new appointment can be found here

Neuroscience Faculty Awards and Honors

July 19, 2018

Professor Kate Lewis is Awarded NSF Grant

Dr. Kate Lewis has been awarded an NSF Grant to investigate the functions of several regulatory genes that influence nerve cell and circuit development in a zebrafish model. This grant will also support the lab's work with local high school teachers, developming modules using zebrafish that they can use in their living environment and AP Biology classes. A link to the Lewis laboratory research page can be found here

Associate Professor Donna Korol Works with Young Scientists

Rachel Elman, a high school student with a research project in Dr. Korol's laboratory, presented her findings on the effects of a high fat diet on the metabolic profile at the CNY Science and Engineering Fair. Her work was highlighted and noted in an interview conducted by WCNY SciTech Now.

Also of note, Dr. Korol gave a professional development interview for Neuronline, the online forum for the Society for Neuroscience. She is a professional development mentor for the society that holds workshops every year at the annual meeting. For advice on how to select and plan for a postdoc please go here

Drs. Sandra and James Hewett Awarded NIH Grant to Study Origins of Brain Disorders

Neuroscientists Sandra and James Hewett have been awarded an NIH Grant to study the origin and mechanisms underlying brain disorders including epilepsy and stroke. For more on their research please visit their laboratoy web pages: Dr. Sandra Hewett and Dr. James Hewett. Find the full story on their most recent collaborative endeavors here

Dr. Shikha Nangia is Awarded Tenure

Dr. Nangia has been promoted to associate professors and awarded tenure. Her research focuses on identifying ways to temporarily open the blood-brain barrier to allow disease-fighting medicines to reach the brain in noninvasive ways. More on Dr. Nangia's research can be found here

Neuroscience ILM Undergraduate Students Excel Beyond Syracuse University

July 11, 2018

Alex Aguirre '20

Alex Aguirre is a Biochemistry and Neuroscience ILM major that participated in a collaboration with neurosurgeon Dr. Edward H. Scheid. The results from this project were presented at the American Association of Neurological Surgeons conference. The research addressed how to adapt motor evoked potentials to lower post-operative deficits during a lateral lumbar fusion. A link to the publication in The Spine Journal summarizing this work can be found here.

Nidia Bernal '20

Nidia Bernal is a Medicinal Chemistry and Neuroscience ILM major that received an internship in London with the Great Ormond Street Hospital for children in the Neurosurgical unit this summer.

Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience, Jozef J. Zwislocki, Passes Away at 96

May 14, 2018
Dr. Jozef J. Zwislocki Sc.D of  Fayetteville, NY, passed away peacefully on May 14, 2018 at the age of 96. He was a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience at Syracuse University and a Doctor Honoris Causa at both the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznan, Poland, and Syracuse University in New York. Dr. Zwislocki made several auditory discoveries, including the establishment of a new diagnostic method for auditory disorders. To learn more about his pioneering research while he was here at Syracuse University click here. You can also find information on his numerous life accomplishments and contributions to the neuroscience field in his obituary.

Psychologists Earn Rare Perfect Score on NIH Grant Application

Sarah Woolf-King, PhD. Member of the Neuroscience Program Faculty

April 4, 2018

Please join us in congratulating Drs Sarah Woolf-King (a member of the Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program) and Stephen Maisto, who recently received a grant to study treatment for HIV infected hazardous drinkers. This grant is good news in and of itself, but there is extra special excitement surrounding this application. It received a rare perfect score from the NIH study section that reviewed it! To learn more about this grant and their upcoming research, view the whole story by clicking here.

Biologists Discover Link Between Protein in Brain, Seizure Suppression

A photo showing the expression of COX-2 (green) and TIA-1 (red) in neurons. Syracuse researchers think TIA-1 suppresses epilepsy in the brain. (Courtesy of Elsevier)

March 12, 2018

The Syracuse University Biology Department's Dr. James Hewett and Yifan Gong have recently published findings about a link between COX-2 and sizure threshold and supression.

To learn more about their findings, you can view the whole story by clicking here

To read the publication, click here.

Researchers Close to Understanding 'Disease Mechanisms' of ALS

Carlos Castañeda

March 9, 2018

The College of Arts and Sciences is excited to announce that Assistant professor Carlos Castañeda,PhD is leading studies of the molecular causes of amyotrophic laterlal sclerosis (ALS). To read the full story about the amazing strides that Dr. Castañeda and his team are making towards understanding the mechanism of ALS, click here.

You can also learn more about Dr. Castañeda's research by visiting his lab's research webiste. To do so, click here.

Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program Welcomes Two New Professors

Dr. Brittany Jakubiak (left) and Dr. Sarah Woolf-King (right).

January 18, 2018

The  Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Studies Program is pleased to welcome two new faculty members – Drs. Brittany Jakubiak and Sarah  Woolf-King.

Dr. Jakubiak’s  research interests center on understanding how interpersonal support processes that regulate stress, encourage autonomous goal pursuit, and enhance relationship quality across the lifespan. Her teaching interests relate to basic and advanced social psychology courses as well as statistics and research methods courses. To visit her faculty page, click here.  

Dr. Woolf-King is conducting NIH-funded research on the intersection between substance use and HIV/AIDS. The overarching goal of her work is to inform the development of behavioral and psychological interventions that can enhance the well-being of patients and families coping with chronic medical conditions. She is currently supported by a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01AA021671) from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) to collect intensive longitudinal data on substance use and sexual risk behavior among HIV-positive men. To visit her faculty page, click here.  

David Zuleta takes Startup to the Next Level

November 1, 2017
David Zuleta is a biotechnology and neuroscience major here at Syracuse and an entrepreneur with his start up company Modoscript. Modoscript is an innovative digital drug system. It was the only student startup winner of the Medical Device Innovation Challenge (MDIC), sponsored by the Upstate Medical University's Medical Innovation and Novel Discovery Center (Upstate MIND) in July 2017.

To read more about Modoscript and how Zuleta is bringing his startup to the next level, click here.

Chizobam Nwagwu’18 combines public policy with neuroscience creating her own SU niche

October 31, 2017
One of our 2018 undergraduate students has created her own niche in the neuroscience field by combining the ILM with public policy. Chizo also made the news last May when she was chosen to become an Undergraduate Student Representative to the SU Board of Trustees.  She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, where she served as the executive vice president in spring 2017.

Read her latest news story by clicking here.


Kevin Heffernan, PhD Awarded an R03 Grant from National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities

October 9, 2017

Kevin Heffernan, PhD is an associate professor of Exercise Science and neuroscience program faculty member here at Syracuse University. He was awarded an R03 Grant titled, "Race, cerebrovascular function and cognitive function in young adults" from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities. 

You can learn a little more about his research from his faculty profile by clicking here, or reading some of his publications by visiting his PubMed page here.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Kevin Heffernan!

Carlos Castañeda, PhD Awarded Two Grants for His Research and Scientific Contribution

October 6, 2017

Carlos Castañeda, PhD is an assistant professor and Biology & Chemistry and Neuroscience faculty member here at Syracuse University. Recently, he has been awarded two prominent grants!

First, his National Science Foundation (NSF) Career Award was recommended for funding, and more recently his Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association Grant was recommended for funding, as well.

Dr. Castañeda's work centers on determining the physiological and pathophysiological function of Ubiquilin-2, a ubiquitin-like protein whose gene is mutated in a proportion of familiar ALS patients. 

You can visit the NSF webpage to learn more about their work and their funding by clicking here, and you can also learn more about Dr. Castañeda's work in his Syracuse Univeristy research laboratory, by clicking here.

Please join us in congratulating Dr Carlos Castañeda's recent acchievements!

Dr. Jonathon Preston Awarded NIH R15 grant

August 30, 2017

Jonathon Preston, PhD is an associate professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders and a neuroscience program faculty member here at Syracuse University. He has recently been awarded an NIH R15 grant to continue his work on child-hood apraxia, a motor speech disorder. In this study, he will test whether modifications to currently used speech therapy can offer improvement in speech sound production in apraxic school-age children. 

To learn more about his research, you can visit his laboratory's website by clicking here.

Please join us in congratuating Dr. Jonathon Preston on this recent accomplishment!

Neuroscience ILM Undergraduate and I-GNC Graduate Student Named as Representatives to SU Board of Trustees

May 18, 2017

Chizobam Nwagwu, Undergraduate Student Representative
Nwagwu is currently a junior majoring in policy studies with a topical specialization in health, education and human services, and neuroscience in the College of Arts and Sciences and the Maxwell School. Since her sophomore year, Chizobam has worked as an undergraduate research assistant in the lab of Professor Paul Gold and Associate Professor Donna Korol, allowing her to gain hands-on experience in the neuroscience field. Last summer, she was a summer scholar for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Psi, a professional business fraternity, where she served as the executive vice president in spring 2017. She has also served as a resident advisor and is an alumna of the WellsLink Leadership Program.

Jack Wilson, Graduate Student Representative
Wilson is a Ph.D. candidate in the Cognition, Brain, and Behavior Program of the Department of Psychology in the College of Arts and Sciences and plans to graduate with a concentration in neuroscience. Wilson works in Associate Professor Amy Criss’ Memory Modeling Lab, studying where and how errors occur when trying to recall past events. Before coming to Syracuse, Wilson earned a B.S. in psychology and a B.S. in biology at the College of Charleston. Wilson serves as a senator in the Graduate Student Organization on the Employment Issues Committee and will be president of the GSO in the 2017-18 academic year.

Neuroscience Student Honors and Awards

May 18, 2017

Several of our current and recently former (Class of ’17) Neuroscience students have received honors and awards.

  • Amber Barrow ’17, neuroscience and biology, College of Arts and Sciences, was named a Fulbright US Student Scholar. She received a Study/Research Grant to study Public Health in China.
  • Kylie Kerker, a neuroscience and biology major in the College of Arts and Sciences was named a 2017-2018 Remembrance Scholar and also was designated the Lynne Parker Scholar in the Renée Crown University Honors Program.
  • Anjana Pati, a neuroscience and psychology major in the College of Arts and Sciences was named a 2017-2018 Remembrance Scholar.
  • Megan Phan, a neuroscience and chemistry major in the College of Arts and Sciences was named a 2017-2018 Remembrance Scholar.
  • Regina Catague, a neuroscience and biology major, was designated the Beverly Bishop Summer Research Fellow.

Congratulations to our scholars!

Biochemistry Undergraduate Receives American Diabetes Association Award

April 25, 2017

Naomi Rivera Robles ’17, a dual major in biochemistry and neuroscience, recently received a Minority Undergraduate Internship Award from the American Diabetes Association (ADA). The $3,000 award supports Rivera Robles’ research under James Hougland, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry.
“I was delighted to recommend Naomi for support by the ADA Minority Undergraduate Internship Award. Her work is part of our research focusing on a potential new avenue for treating diabetes,” says Hougland.

Read more at AS News.

Turning to Aquarium Fish for Human Spinal Cord Injury Treatment

April 25, 2017

Syracuse University associate professor of biology Katharine Lewis has received a five-year grant of $242,500 from the New York State Spinal Cord Injury Research Board (SCIRB) that will support her lab’s research on spinal cord development in zebrafish. By studying how zebrafish neurons develop their specific identities during development, Lewis hopes to inspire new, regenerative treatments for spinal cord injury in humans.
“To make new neurons from stem cells you need to understand how those neurons are normally made,” Lewis says of her lab’s research focus.

Read more at AS News.

STEM Faculty Land Grant to Recruit, Retain Underrepresented Students

April 11, 2017

Four Syracuse University professors, led by John Tillotson, associate professor and department chair of science teaching, have received a three-year, $999,719 National Science Foundation grant to support recruitment and retention of underrepresented students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. The funding will be used to launch a new program called “The Strategic Undergraduate STEM Talent Acceleration Initiative,” as well as research the program’s effectiveness.

To read the entire story, click here.