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Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program Welcomes Two New Professors

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

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.