Dr. Minseon Park received a pilot grant award from Miami Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) for her project “Exercise-mediated protection against methamphetamine and HIV-induced neurocognitive impairment.” The grant will allow Minseon to further advance her research to develop preliminary data for an NIH research application. The award program is part of the mentorship effort of the Developmental Core of Miami CFAR. The program is very competitive and Minseon was among just five researchers who received these awards in 2017. June 2017

awardVictor Castro, Marta Skowronska, Jorge Lombardi, Jane He, Neil Seth, Martina Velichkovska, Michal Toborek Occludin regulates glucose uptake and ATP production in pericytes by influencing AMP-activated protein kinase activity J Cereb Blood Flow Metab 2017.

Our undergraduate students Jessica Deaver and Martina Velichkovska submitted posters for the 2017 SNIP conference. They both applied and received highly competitive Travel Awards from the University of Miami supporting undergraduate students: the Kriloff Scholarship and the University of Miami Undergraduate Research Travel Award. February/March 2017.

awardMs. Ava Marsh replaced Mr. Dylan Kirschenbaum as Laboratory Manager. Ava is a star student at the University of Miami, majoring in Biochemistry. Her honors and awards include PRISM Honors Program (Advanced Program for Integrated Science and Math, focusing on interdisciplinary training for a future in science), placements on the Provost’s Honor Roll, Dean’s Lists, and President’s Scholarship.

awardMs. Marta Przybyla (a PhD student) and Dr. Arkadiusz Liskiewicz (a postdoctoral scholar) from the Academy of Physical Education and the Silesian Medical University attended the 2017 Miami Winter Symposium (Jan 22-25, 2017) upon receiving Travel Awards funded by the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (IUBMB).