Graduate Students

The Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience at the University of Nebraska Medical Center houses the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences Neuroscience graduate program, which offers formal courses and research training in neuroscience leading to the doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree.

Also, the INBRE or the Institutional Development Award Program (IDeA) Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence, provides research opportunities for undergraduate students.  The INBRE program is supported by a $17.2 million National Institutes of Health Grant.

Current students


Mohannad Almikhlafi
Dr. Howard Fox's lab

M.S., Pharmacology
MCPHS University, Worcester, MA

Research Interests:
Asthma, ASM (airway smooth muscle) remodeling,
ET-1 (endothelin 1)


Mohannd Almikhlafi

Yasra Arif
Dr. Tony Wilson's lab

Doctor of Medicine,
Ayub Medical College

Research Interests:
Changes in brain oscillations in visuospatial attention task after tdcs (transcranial direct current stimulation) via magnetoencephalography.


Yasra Arif

Mary Banoub
Dr. Howard Gendelman's lab

B.A., Biology
Rutgers University, Newark Campus, NJ

Research Interests:
HIV


Mary Banoub

Lara Bergdolt
Dr. Anna Dunaevsky's lab

B.A., Chemistry and Biology
Concordia University, Seward, NE

Research Interests:
Maternal immune activation and exosomes


Lara Bergdolt

Ashish Bhandari
Dr. Matthew Van Hook's lab

M.S., Biology
University of Houston

Research interests:
Retina, ganglion cells, glaucoma, TBI. and injury induced neurodegeneration, astrocytes, neuron-glia interactions.


Ashish Bhandari

Denise Cobb
Dr. Howard Gendelman's Lab

B.S.
Kansas State University

Research Interests
Natural and Synthetic Nanoparticles, Antiretroviral Therapies


Denise Cobb

James Hilaire
Dr. Howard E. Gendelman's lab

B.A., Psychology
Rutgers University

Research Interests:
Nanomedicine, targeted drug delivery, HIV


James_Hilaire

Brandon Lew
Dr. Tony Wilson's lab

B.S., Physics, Psychobiology
State University of New York at Binghamton


Brandon Lew

Ke Liao
Dr. Shilpa Buch's Lab

M.S.
China Pharmaceutical University

Research Interests:
The extracellular vesicles mediated cross talking between astrocyte and pericyte implication for BBB

First Prize-Poster Presentation
27th Annual Inter-campus Virology Retreat
"The role of autophagy in HIV tat mediated disruption of BBB"


Kei Liao

Christopher Mesnard
Dr. Wallace Thoreson's lab

B.S., Neuroscience
Creighton University

Research Interests:
The role of mitochondrial dysfunction in aging, as well as mechanisms of synaptic plasticity and neurodegeneration


Chris Mesnard

Katherine Odegaard
Dr. Sowmya Yelamanchili's lab

B.S., Biology
Gordon State College

Research Interests:
Methamphetamine abuse and opioid abuse and their effects on neural development

Recipient: National Institutes of Health BRAIN Initiative Summer Course 2018


Katherine Odegaard

Brendan Ottemann
Dr. Howard E. Gendelman's lab

B.S.
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Research Interests:
HIV, Parkinson's Disease, neuroinflammation


Brendan_Ottemann

Connor Phipps
Dr. David Warren's lab

B.S., Bioinformatics
University of Nebraska - Omaha

 


 

Farah Shahjin
Dr. Sowmya Yelamanchili's lab

M.Pharm Clinical Pharmacy and Pharmacology

Research Interests:
Potential role of extracellular vesicles in the pathophysiology of drug addiction and neurotoxicity.


Farah Shahjin 

Amanda Smith
Dr. Sung-Ho Huh's lab

B.S., Chemistry
Azusa Pacific University

Amanda Smith, chair of the Student Senate's Activities Committee - Table talks foster...(read more)


Amanda_Smith

Rachel K. Spooner
Dr. Tony Wilson's lab

B.S.
Central College

Research Interests:
Parkinson's Disease


Rachel Spooner

Hang Su
Dr. Howard E. Gendelman's lab

B.S., Medicine
Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Research Interests:
Mechanism of HIV infection; HIV treatment;
animal behavior science

Hang in the news: 

UNMC Today | February 6, 2018
Chemically modified drug shows promise for HIV treatment, elimination


Hang Su

Michael Trevarrow
Dr. Max Kurz' lab

B.S., Neuroscience
University of Nebraska-Omaha

Research Interests:
Brain imaging and stimulation, motor disease


Michael Trevarrow

Barrett White
Dr. Tammy Kielian's lab

B.A. Psychology
Augsberg University

Research Interests:


Barrett_White

Alex Wiesman
Dr. Tony Wilson's lab

B.A., Psychology; BS, Neuroscience
University of Nebraska-Omaha

Research Interests:
Magnetoencephalography, neurodegenerative disorders, neuroimaging genetics

Alex in the News:

UNMC Today | May 10, 2018
Research event lets undergrads, grad students network

UNMC Today | Febr. 26, 2018
Ingenuity on display in 3-D printing projects

UNMC Today | July 31, 2017
Alex Wiesman received National Institute of Aging award.

 


Alex Wiesman

Student Interns:

Sydney Burch
Pawel Ciborowski's Laboratory

Russell Jaffee
Siddappa Byrareddy's Laboratory

Mackenzie Thurston
R. Lee Mosley's Laboratory

Sarah Zieschang
Pawel Ciborowski's Laboratory

 
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