FannieNoaRyanLike every year, this summer we hosted students seeking their first or additional research training. Fannie Meroth is a student from the Catholic University of Lyon, France interested in biology, biochemistry, and biotechnology. She joined us for a 4-month research internship to put what she learned at her University to practice.

awardThis year, we hosted new Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) High School Scholars: Danah Younis from Coral Reef Senior High School & Ryan Tie-Sue from Ransom Everglades High School. They were mentored by Drs. Cho and Avila on a projected related to EcoHIV-induced alterations of gap junctions and hemichannels in neuronal progenitor cells. They worked very hard and we will miss them. July 2017

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.