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 and interns


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

Marissa Banks
Dr. Tony Wilson's Lab

B.A. Biology,
Truman State University

 


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Lara Bergdolt
Dr. Anna Dunaevsky's lab

B.A., Chemistry and Biology,
Concordia University

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

Elizabeth Bierlein
Rotating in labs

B.A. Neuroscience
Alma College

 


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Denise Cobb
Dr. Howard E. Gendelman's lab

B.S.
Kansas State University

Research Interests
Natural and Synthetic Nanoparticles, Antiretroviral Therapies


Denise Cobb

Suyash Sanjay Deodhar
Dr. Howard E. Gendelman's lab

M.S. Pharmaceutical Sciences
Creighton University

 


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Abraham Killanin
Dr. Tony Wilson's lab

B.S., Psychology
Yale College


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Brandon Lew
Dr. Tony Wilson's lab

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


Brandon Lew

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

Mohammad Ullah Nayan
Dr. Benson Edagwa and Howard E. Gendelman's labs

B. Pharmacy
University of Dhaka


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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

Connor Phipps
Dr. David Warren's lab

B.S., Bioinformatics
University of Nebraska - Omaha

 


Connor_Phipps

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 

Rachel K. Spooner
Dr. Tony Wilson's lab

B.A. Biology,
Central College

Research Interests:
Parkinson's Disease


Rachel Spooner

Seth Springer
Dr. Tony Wilson's lab

B.S. Chemistry
University of Nebraska, Kearney


Seth Springer

Michael Trevarrow
Dr. Max Kurz' lab

B.S., Neuroscience
University of Nebraska-Omaha

Research Interests:
Brain imaging and stimulation, motor disease


Michael Trevarrow

Kevin Tyner
Dr. Anna Dunaevsky's lab

B.S. Biology
Ottawa University

Research Interests:
Astrocytes in FXS Pathogenesis


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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:

Wilson Blomberg
Howard E. Gendelman's lab

Maddie Fung
Tony Wilson's lab

Carlos Vera-Esquivel
Keshore Bidasee's lab and Santhi Gorantla's lab

Nashanthea Roland
Kelly Stauch's lab

Cassandra Small
Howard Fox's lab

 

 
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