September Birthdays!

Kathryn Madalena photo Jessica Marbourg

Happy Birthday to all our NGP friends born in September!

Pictured from left to right: Kathryn Madalena, Jess Marbourg, Joe Pochiro, Ben Seicol, and Anzela Niraula.

Welcome to the newest NGP students!

New NGP studentsWe welcomed 8 new students to the NGP family today!

From left to right: Benjamin Seicol, Kia Adams, Zoe Tapp, Alexandra Smith, Abigail Zalenski, Helen Chen, Ren Wenyuan, and Warren Campbell (not pictured).

NGP students share research at annual IGP Symposium

Yesterday was the 11th annual IGP Symposium, where over 100 students from all 4 programs (NGP, MCDB, OSBP, Biophysics) of the Life Sciences Interdisciplinary Graduate Program showcased their research.

Congratulations to Samantha Powers, Joshua Foster, Chloe Page, Sarah Light, and Yasmine Cisse for being selected to give an oral presentation. Yasmine was chosen by NGP students to present in the morning plenary session as a representative of the Neursocience Graduate Program.

Congratualtions also to Jason Siu and Kathryn Madalena for being recognized as runners-up for best poster presentation.

Agenda and abstracts from this year’s symposium can be found here.

Congrats to Kaitlin Snider for winning a Presidential Fellowship!

Kaitlin Snider

Kaitlin, a student in Dr. Karl Obreitan’s lab, has been chosen as a recipient of a Presidential Fellowship, which is the most prestigious award given out by the Graduate School. This competitive fellowship provides a full year of funding for a student to finish their dissertation.

More information about this fellowship and the process by which awardees and nominated and chosen can be found here.

Congrats to Dan McKim & Luke Russell for winning travel awards!

NGP students win travel awards

Dan McKim (5th from left) and Luke Russell (last on right) win travel awards

The 16th annual OSUWMC Trainee Research Day took place this past Thursday, April 13th, featuring poster presentations and research talks by graduate students and post docs, as well as undergraduate students, clinical residents, and research fellows. Faculty members judged the talks and poster presentations and those trainees who scored the highest received $1000 travel awards. NGP students Dan McKim, who presented a poster, and Luke Russell, who gave an oral presentation, were both recipients of this travel award.

Congrats to Jeremy Borniger on passing his dissertation defense!

Jeremy BornigerJeremy defended his thesis titled “Sleep and Metabolic Abnormalities in a Syngeneic Mouse Model of Breast Cancer” on Thursday, April 13th.

Jeremy grew up in Washington, DC and received a Bachelor’s degree in biological anthropology from Indiana University in 2011. He joined the neuroscience program in Dr. Randy Nelson’s lab in 2012. During his time in the program, he has worked on several different projects focusing on circadian disruption by light at night, photoperiodic regulation of brain blood flow, and behavioral phenotyping of transgenic mice. His dissertation work focuses on how cytotoxic chemotherapy and peripheral non-metastatic tumors alter sleep in mice. Following graduation, Jeremy will start a post-doctoral position at Stanford University with Dr. Luis de Lecea.

Congratulations to Monica Gaudier-Diaz for passing her dissertation defense!

Monica Gaudier Diaz photoMonica presented her thesis titled “Sex Specific Social Modulation of the Neuroinflammatory Response to Glocal cerebral Ischemia” on Thursday, March 16th.

Monica graduated from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez in 2012. Interested in pursuing an academic career she moved to Columbus Ohio to participate in the Discovery Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program, and begun working in Courtney DeVries’ laboratory. For graduate school Monica decided to join the Neuroscience Graduate Program at The Ohio State University to continue her ongoing research projects investigating the effects of an omega-3 enriched diet on chemotherapy induced-inflammation and the social influences on the neuroinflammatory response to cerebral ischemia. Throughout her time in graduate school, Monica has presented work from both projects in national conferences and has co-authored six peer-review articles. She will also be submitting two first-author manuscripts on her thesis project. Following graduation, Monica will continue investigating social influences on health at The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

NGSO Fundraiser!

MELT logoCome support NGSO at our first ever fundraiser to be held this Thursday, March 16th at MELT (High St. location).

Go anytime that day (they are open 11am- 10pm) with this flyer and 20% of your order goes to our organization to help fund future events.

It’s also the first day of March Madness so stop by to watch the games and chow down on some delicious food!