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Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellow Spotlight

2016-2018

Updated Tuesday, October 3, 2017 

Dissertation Defenses

Angelica Harper successfully defended her thesis in May. Angelica is a student in the Department of Cell Biology and her mentor is Dr. Jody A. Summers. Congratulations Dr. Harper!

Blake Hopiavuori successfully defended his thesis in April. Blake is a student in the Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience and his mentor is Dr. Gene Anderson. Congratulations Dr. Hopiavouri!

Chandra Menendez successfully defended her thesis in April. Chandra is a graduate student in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and his mentor is Dr. Dan Carr. Congratulations Dr. Menendez!

Dustin Masser successfully defended his thesis in April. Dustin is a graduate student in the Department of Physiology and his mentor is Dr. Willard Freeman. Congratulations Dustin!

Chelsea Larabee successfully defended her thesis in March. Chelsea is a student in the Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience and her mentor is Dr. Scott Plafker. Congratulations Dr. Hopiavouri!

Hem Gurung successfully defended his thesis in February. Hem is a graduate student in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and his mentor is Dr. Dan Carr. Congratulations Dr. Gurung!

Tina McKay succesfully defended her thesis in January. Tina is a graduate student in the Department of Cell Biology and her mentor is Dr. Dimitris Karamichos. Congratulations Dr. McKay!

Young-Hwa Shin successfully defended his thesis in January. Young-Hwa is a graduate student in the Department of Physiology and his mentor is Dr. Jian-Xing Ma. Congratulations Dr. Shin!

 

Fellowships

The following trainees were awarded fellowships on the T32 Vision Training Grant:

Alaina Reagan -- Caveolin and Retinal Vessel Resistance (Mentor: Dr. Michael Elliott)

Christopher Kooker -- Pyruvate Kinase M2 Expression and Tyrosine Phosphorylation Regulates Rod Photoreceptor Metabolic Function and Development. (Mentor: Dr. Raju Rajala)

Dr. Jami Gurley -- TRAF3 and the Immune-Privileged Retina (Mentor: Dr. Michael Elliott)

 

OU Vision Workshop Awards

Alaina Reagan -- Alaina's image of immunostaining in retinal branching arterioles and venules following ischemic insult in the Cav-1 KO mouse was included on the cover of  the workshop abstract book (Mentor: Dr. Michael Elliott).

Dr. Derek Royer won the Robert E. Anderson Research Award for best presentation, which includes a $1000 travel award. Dr. Royer is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology and his mentor is Dr. Dan Carr.

 

OUHSC Awards

Christopher Kooker -- Oklahoma Center for Neuroscience Translational Seed Grant Awardee ($5000)

 

Graduate Research Education And Technology Symposium

Dr. Jami Gurley won the Postdoc Research Award. Dr. Gurley is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology and her mentor is Dr. Michael Elliott.

Dr. Derek Royer won the Postdoc Research Award. Dr. Royer is a post-doctoral fellow in the Department of Ophthalmology and his mentor is Dr. Dan Carr.

Young-Hwa Shin won the Scientific Achievement Award from the Graduate College. Young-Hwa is a graduate student in the Department of Physiology and his mentor is Dr. Jian-Xing Ma.

Fauziyya Muhammad won the Flash Talk II People's Choice Award. Fauziyya is a graduate student in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and her mentor is Dr. Darren Lee.

 

National and International Research Meeting Awards

Dr. Derek Royer won the Raniyah Ramadan Young Investigator Award in Microbiology AND the Cora Verhagen Award in Immunology at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology Annual Meeting. Derek is a graduate student in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and his mentor is Dr. Dan Carr.

 

*If you or your students won an award from 8/16-7/17 and don't see your name listed, tell me about it! -- Dr. C.