Congrats to Dan McKim on passing his dissertation defense!

DanDan McKim presented his dissertation defense titled “Neuroimmune and Hematopoietic Regulation of Stress-Induced Anxiety” on Friday, March 10th.

Dan graduated summa cum laude from William Paterson University of NJ in 2011 with a Bachelor’s degree in psychology, a minor in biology, distinguished honors in biopsychology, and three additional graduating honors. In 2012 he joined the labs of Dr. Jonathan Godbout and Dr. John Sheridan to study neuroimmune and hematopoietic regulation of behavioral response to stress. While in graduate school, Dan authored a total of 11 papers, with primary author papers in The Journal of Neuroscience, Biological Psychiatry, Frontiers of Neuroscience, Molecular Psychiatry (in press) and is preparing another first author paper for submission. In addition he received numerous honors and awards, including a University Fellowship, T32 Fellowship, F31NRSA Fellowship, finalist in the Hayes Graduate Forum (2014, 2015, 2016), OSUMC Trainee Research Day plenary speaker, IGP student plenary speaker (2016), Dept. of Neuroscience trainee research award (2016), and travel awards from: IGP (2015 & 2016), OSUMC (2015), College of Dentistry (2015), & PNIRS (2014 & 2015). Dan was also the Student Seminar chair in the academic year 2014-2015. He has presented his doctoral work at numerous annual national and international conferences, including oral presentations at SFN (2014 & 2015), PNIRS (2014 & 2015), as well as poster presentations at SFN (2013) and EMDS (2015). Following graduation, Dan will continue on as a post-doc in the lab of Dr. Jonathan Godbout to study the neuroimmunology of aging.

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