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Department of Pharmacology & Physiology News & Events

Department News

October 2017

Dr. Mathiasen Serves as NASA Panel Reviewer

Joanne Mathiasen, PhD, served as a reviewer on a NASA Space Radiation-CNS Degeneration panel on October 3. The NASA Human Exploration Research Opportunities (HERO) research call solicits proposals for ground-based research that will provide the basis for accurate risk quantification reflective of the astronaut population; establish the validity of permissible exposure limits; and investigate in-flight cognitive and behavioral central nervous system risks, and biomedical countermeasures for in-flight and late central nervous system decrements resulting from exposure to space radiation. Dr. Mathiasen is very honored to have been selected to serve on this panel.

September 2017

Dr. Osei-Owusu Approved as AHA Fellow

Congratulations to Patrick Osei-Owusu, PhD, whose nomination as a fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) was approved at the conclusion of the 2017 Council on Hypertension Scientific Session in San Francisco, California, on September 17, 2017.

Dr. Campbell Receives ACS Award

Congratulations to Paul Campbell, PhD, whose application, "Small molecule inhibition of fractalkine:CX3CR1 chemokine signaling in malignant pancreatic ductal cancer," has been selected as an awardee for the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS-IRG).

  • August 2017

    Dr. Meucci Receives Funding

    Congratulations to Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD, on her successful application, "Determine whether stimulation of the chemokine/receptor axis CXCL12/CXCR4 can rescue dendritic spine deficits and neurocognitive dysfunction in animal models of schizophrenia," which has been funded through the Helen S. Vernik Schizophrenia Pilot Research Project Grant.

    Dr. Singh Elected to Research Conference Leadership

    We are excited to announce that Harpreet Singh, PhD, has been elected as vice chair of the Gordon Research Conference for 2019 and chair for 2021.

    Dr. Ajit Receives NIH Grant

    Seena Ajit, PhD, has been awarded an NIH R01 grant for her project entitled "Exosome-mediated signaling in neuropathic pain." Kudos and congratulations to Dr. Ajit!

  • July 201

    Coulter-Drexel Funding

    Our congratulations are extended to the project team of Alessandro Fatatis, MD, PhD, and Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD, who have received funding through the Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Partnership for their project entitled "New small molecule compounds for the therapy of metastatic breast cancer."

    Master's Thesis Defense

    Please join us in congratulating Erica Dalla, a master’s student in the Cancer Biology program, who completed her research with Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD, chair, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology. On Monday, July 17, Erica successfully defended her thesis entitled “Investigating the Role of the Chemokine Receptor CX3CR1 in Metastatic Inflammatory Breast Cancer.”

    Dr. Ponnalagu Receives American Heart Association Award

    Congratulations to Devasena Ponnalagu, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Harpreet Singh’s lab. Dr. Ponnalagu has received the American Heart Association AWRP Winter 2017 Postdoctoral Fellowship Award for her project entitled "Splice variant chloride intracellular channel (CLIC) 5B determines mitochondrial localization and function of CLIC5." This is a two-year award.

    Faculty Promotion

    Congratulations to Harpreet Singh, PhD for his promotion to associate professor. Dr. Singh has been with the Department since May 2013.

    Dr. Ajit Receives Mary DeWitt Pettit Fellowship

    Seena Ajit, PhD, is one of two recipients of the 2017 Mary DeWitt Pettit MD Fellowship. This $10,000 fellowship supports research or other special projects of junior female faculty members at Drexel University College of Medicine. It is intended to provide the recipient with the opportunity to acquire additional credentials necessary to advance in academic rank. Dr. Ajit's project is entitled "The Role of X-Linked Long Non-coding RNA in Chronic Pain Disorders with Female Predominance."

  • May 2017

    Dr. Singh Honored at Graduate School Awards

    Each year, Faculty members of the Graduate School for Biomedical Science and Professional Studies are recognized for their outstanding research accomplishments and contributions to graduate education. Harpreet Singh, PhD, received the Early Investigator Award during this year’s ceremony, held on May 11 at The Logan. Congratulations to Dr. Singh for this recognition!

    Recipients of the Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Professional Studies faculty awards

  • April 2017

    Brody Fellowship

    Shaili Aggarwal, postdoctoral fellow in Ole Mortensen's laboratory, was selected as a recipient of the Brody Family Medical Trust Fund fellowship for medical research in incurable diseases. The prestigious fellowships fund up to two consecutive years for full-time postdoctoral fellows in the early stages of their research into cutting-edge treatments. The fellowships were created to support local research into diseases that have a substantial societal impact and for which no consistently effective cure presently exists.

    Shaili's research focuses on the development of alternative treatments for cocaine addiction by targeting a novel functional site within the dopamine transporter that is distinct from the cocaine binding site.

    Golden Apple Awards

    Class of 2019 Golden Apple nominees, and Michael White, PhD, receiving his Golden Apple Award
    The 2017 Golden Apple Awards: (L) nominees for awards from the Class of 2019, and (R) Michael White, PhD, receiving his Golden Apple from a member of the Class of 2019.

    Successful Thesis Defense

    Congratulations to Bradley Nash, PhD, who successfully defended his PhD thesis, “Intracellular Iron Is Involved in Opioid-Induced Changes of the Ferritin Heavy Chain Protein in Cortical Neurons.”

    Success and Honors at SNIP

    Drs. Peter Gaskill and Olimpia Meucci received the Outstanding Service and Support Award from the Society of Neuroimmune Pharmacology (SNIP). The award is given in recognition of extraordinary service in facilitating the operations of society initiatives and was presented during the 23rd SNIP Annual Conference, held in Philadelphia March 29 – April 1, 2017. This year's event was the largest SNIP meeting so far and received extraordinary support from several institutions, including a broad representation from Drexel University.

    Drs. Meucci and Gaskill served, respectively, as chair of the Local Organizing & Scientific Committee and vice-chair of the Meetings Committee. Several other members of the Drexel community contributed to the success of the meeting. The conference featured:

    • An opening presentation by Dr. Ana Nunez, associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion at Drexel University College of Medicine, titled "Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Neuroimmune Pharmacology: A Mentoring Challenge"
    • Poster and oral presentations by Drexel students and faculty (view program for details [PDF])
    • A special symposium on neuroinflammation and CNS disorder
    • A closing event dedicated to academic drug discovery, which was presented by Dr. Paul McGonigle and included as guest speakers Drs. Katherine Jordan (Coulter program director, Drexel University), Sandhya Kortagere (associate professor of microbiology and immunology, DUCOM) and Michael Wood (principal, Neupharm, LLC).

    Outstanding support for the conference came from both Drexel University College of Medicine and Drexel University College of Arts and Science. Special thanks go to Drs. Brian Wigdahl, Elisabeth Van Bockstaele, Itzhak Fisher and John Bethea for supporting training and scientific activities at the SNIP 2017 conference.

    Olimpia Meucci receiving her Outstanding Service and Support Award from the Society of Neuroimmune Pharmacology (SNIP)
    Peter Gaskill receiving his Outstanding Service and Support Award from the Society of Neuroimmune Pharmacology (SNIP)

    Drs. Meucci and Gaskill receive recognition for their service and support of the 23rd SNIP Annual Conference.

  • March 2017

    Drs. Fatatis and Kim to Present at Coulter Forum

    Congratulations to Alessandro Fatatis, MD, PhD, and his team (Kerberos Biopharmaceuticals)* and Felix Kim, PhD, and his team (Context Therapeutics)* whose projects were selected for presentation at the Coulter Investment Forum being held in Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti, Michigan, May 16-17, 2017.  The teams will present their work, which is supported in part by the Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Awards:

    • Fatatis/Kerberos project: “New Small Molecule Compounds for the Therapy of Metastatic Cancer
    • Kim/Context project: “Lead Optimization of Sigma1 Inhibitor for Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer

    *For more information about the Drexel-Coulter program or Kerberos/Context start-ups, please visit:

  • February 2017

    Dr. Kim and Colleagues Publish in Cancer Research

    Congratulations to Felix Kim, PhD, and his group, who recently published a new study in the journal Cancer Research. This work sheds light on a key mechanism of prostate cancer progression and was done in collaboration with Dr. Karen E. Knudsen, director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) and chair of cancer biology at Thomas Jefferson University. The publication is entitled "Sigma1 Targeting to Suppress Aberrant Androgen Receptor Signaling in Prostate Cancer" (Thomas, JD, et al, Cancer Research [9.329] February 24, 2017).

  • January 2017

    Dr. Fatatis Awarded Breast Cancer Grant

    Alessandro Fatatis, MD, PhD, has been awarded a 2017 Breast Cancer Alliance Exceptional Project Grant for his work on metastatic cancer. Congratulations to Dr. Fatatis and his collaborators!

    Dr. Meucci Receives Visiting Fellowship

    Congratulations to Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD, who was awarded a senior visiting fellowship at the Institute of Advanced Studies of the Alma Mater Studiorum, University of Bologna, Italy. The fellowship will enable Dr. Meucci to foster international interdisciplinary collaborations as well as new academic programs.

    Successful Thesis Defense

    Congratulations to Botros Shenoda, MD, PhD, who successfully defended his PhD thesis, “A Role for XIST in the Regulation of Inflammatory Response by Female Cells.”

  • 2016 News

    December 2016

    New Faculty Positions Available

    The Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at Drexel University College of Medicine announces the opening of two tenure-track faculty positions, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2017. Read more [PDF].

    Drs. Meucci and Gaskill Chair SNIP 2017

    Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD, is serving as committee chair for the upcoming Society on NeuroImmune Pharmacology (SNIP) international conference this spring. Peter Gaskill, PhD, is associate chair of the committee. Graduate School Dean Elisabeth Van Bockstaele and Microbiology Chair Brian Wigdahl are also serving on the leadership for the event. Learn more about SNIP 2017.

    November 2016

    Drs. Campbell and Singh Receive W.W. Smith Grants

    Paul Campbell, PhD, and Harpreet Singh, PhD, are recipients of grants from the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust. Dr. Campbell's project is "Targeting a K-Ras-HuR Signaling Loop in Malignant Pancreatic Cancer." Dr. Singh's project is entitled "Regulation of Cardiac BKCaChannels and Their Role in Cardioprotection From Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury." The W.W. Smith Charitable Trust is a foundation that supports medical research primarily in the fields of heart disease, cancer and AIDS.

    October 2016

    Honors and Recognition at Upcoming Meetings

    Second-year PhD student Stacia Lewandowski (Mortensen Lab) was selected from the poster submissions for an oral presentation of her work at the 2016 Mid-Atlantic Pharmacology Society Annual Meeting.

    Shaili Aggarwal, PhD, postdoctoral fellow in the Mortensen Lab, received a 2016 NIDA Diversity Scholar Travel Award to participate in the annual Society for Neuroscience Meeting. Dr. Andreia Mortensen's group was selected to present a Neuroscience 2016 Hot Topic at the same meeting, which will be held November 12–16. Their presentation is entitled "Neuroprotective properties of novel positive allosteric modulators of EAAT2."

    Drs. Harpreet Singh and Patrick Osei-Owusu with their certificates

    Excellence Recognized at AHA Dinner

    Drs. Patrick Osei-Owusu and Harpreet Singh both received Certificates of Research Excellence from the American Heart Association at a dinner held on October 20, 2016.

    Discovery Day Awards

    The department would like to congratulate the following individuals for placing at this year's Discovery Day, the College of Medicine's annual day of research, held this year at the Pennsylvania Convention Center on October 20, 2016:

    Outstanding Medical Student Poster: Honorable Mention
    Aaron Wengrofsky | Mentor: Harpreet Singh

    Outstanding Clinical Resident/Fellow Research Poster: First Place
    Matthew Meleka | Mentor: Patrick Osei-Owusu

    Outstanding Clinical Resident/Fellow Research Poster: Honorable Mention
    Shontreal Cooper | Mentor: Patrick Osei-Owusu

    Outstanding Senior Graduate Student Poster: Third Place
    Lindsay Festa | Mentor: Olimpia Meucci

    Outstanding Postdoctoral Fellow Poster: First Place
    Devasena Ponnalagu | Mentor: Harpreet Singh

    Outstanding Undergraduate Poster: First Place
    Ayush Parikh | Mentor: Seena Ajit

    In addition, Frances Munoz, PhD, postodoctoral fellow in Dr. Huijuan Hu's lab, was commended for her video on how to prepare a poster. Kudos as well to Botros Shenoda, MD, graduate student in Dr. Seena Ajit's lab, who was selected for platform presentation and delivered a very engaging and informative talk.

    Fatatis Recognized by Kimmel Cancer Center

    Alessandro Fatatis, MD, PhD, received the  Director’s Outstanding Investigator Award from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center. This award recognizes Sandro’s unique contribution to the leadership and research mission of the SKCC and his critical role in spearheading a number of fruitful collaborations among members of the Center and other local institutions including, of course, Drexel University College of Medicine.

    Nolan Named Predoctoral Fellow

    Rachel Nolan (a Neuroscience PhD student in the Meucci Lab) was recently appointed as a National Research Service Award (NRSA) predoctoral fellow on Drexel University’s Interdisciplinary and Translational Research Training Grant in NeuroAIDS, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health (National Institute of Mental Health grant T32-MH079785).

    Coulter Funding Received

    Drs. Andreia Mortensen, Ole Mortensen and Joseph Salvino who received a $12,000 award from the Coulter program for the in-life, plasma and brain exposure studies (oral and IV) and ADME assays, for GT949 and GT939.

    September 2016

    Mary Hoffman Shaw

    Mary Shaw Memorial Travel Award

    In 2005, the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology established the Mary Shaw Memorial Travel Award in honor of Dr. Mary Hoffman Shaw, assistant professor of pharmacology and physiology, who passed away on May 20, 2004, after a battle with metastatic breast cancer.

    As a faculty member, Dr. Shaw devoted the bulk of her efforts to the education of medical and graduate students, and served as co-director of the first-year Medical Physiology and Graduate Physiology courses. The travel award provides support for up to four graduate students in the department to present their research at a national meeting.

    Congratulations go out to the following individuals who received awards this year:

    • Bradley Nash, PhD student (Dr. Olimpia Meucci, mentor)
    • Jennifer Ross, PhD student (Dr. Elisabeth Van Bockstaele, mentor)

    Please contact Carmen Cruz-Adames,, for more information on the application process.

    Anyone interested in making a contribution to the Mary Shaw Memorial Travel Award Fund should contact Liz Kopen at

    Welcome New Students!

    The department is pleased to welcome the following students to our programs in 2016:

    Pharmacology & Physiology PhD Program
    Yixiao Mei
    Emily Nickoloff
    Gordon Hill (MD/PhD Program)
    Catherine Theilen (MD/PhD Program)

    Pharmacology & Physiology MS Program
    Maggie Johnson
    Xiaonan Liu

    Drug Discovery & Development MS Program
    Mariam Archer
    Tyler Bernadyn
    Guangyou Lu
    Ziyan Ma
    Qianman Peng

    August 2016

    Dr. Meucci Receives NIH R21 Grant

    Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD, received an R21 grant from the NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse for her project "Effects of HIV-1 neurotoxins on lipid rafts-associated proteins."

    Drs. Fatatis and Meucci Receive NIH R01 Grant

    Alessandro Fatatis, MD, PhD, and Olimpia Meucci, MD, PhD, received an R01 grant from the National Cancer Institute of the NIH for a project titled "Role of CX3CR1 in breast cancer metastasis."

    July 2016

    Faculty Promotions

    Congratulations to Ole Mortensen, PhD, and Huijuan Hu, PhD, for their promotions to associate professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at Drexel University College of Medicine! Drs. Mortensen and Hu joined our faculty in 2009 and 2010, respectively, and are highly engaged in the research and educational mission of the department.

    Grants Awarded to Dr. Osei-Owusu

    Patrick Osei-Owusu, PhD, has been awarded an AHA Scientist Development Grant. This is a four-year grant examining the role of RGS2 in myogenic tone regulation. Dr. Osei-Owusu has also been selected to receive the AHA Kidney Council Young Investigator Award, which will be presented to at the AHA annual meeting in September. This award is related to his work on the role of elastin insufficiency in hypertension development and chronic kidney disease.

    June 2016

    Melissa Manners and Seena Ajit Recognized in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN)

    Recent Pharmacology & Physiology PhD program graduate Melissa Manners was quoted in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) about her research into the role of epigenetics in chronic pain. Her thesis advisor and co-author, Seena Ajit, was also quoted in the article. Read the article on the GEN website or the original research paper from the journal Epigenetics & Chromatin.

    Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Funds Received

    The department scored very well in the latest round of funding from the Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Partnership Program, which is dedicated to improving human health care by supporting translational research. 

    Two projects in the Department of Pharmacology & Physiology have been awarded funds:

    • New Small Molecule Compounds for the Therapy of Metastatic Cancer
      PIs/Co-PIs: Fatatis, Meucci, Salvino
    • Lead Optimization Of Sigma1 Inhibitor For Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer
      PIs/Co-PIs: Kim, Salvino

    May 2016

    Dr. Singh Receives Two Grants

    Harpreet Singh, PhD, received an American Heart Association grant for his project, "Role and Mechanism of Mitochondrial Chloride Intracellular Channel 5 in Cardioprotection." He also received a five-year R01 award from NIH for "Chloride Intracellular Channels in Cardiac Mitochondria and Their Direct Role in Cardioprotection."

    Department Retreat Poster

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    Department Retreat

    The Department of Pharmacology & Physiology held a two-day retreat where faculty had an opportunity to share their research, present educational initiatives and lead student-focused activities.

    The retreat was held on May 9 and 10 at The Hub Commerce Square on Market Street in downtown Philadelphia.

    Faculty Honored with Graduate School Awards

    Attendees of the 2016 Graduate School Awards

    Three Pharmacology & Physiology faculty members received Graduate School Faculty Awards:

    • Alessandro Fatatis, MD, PhD: ICO - Mentoring Award, MS Career-Oriented Programs
    • Seena Ajit, PhD: DBS - Mentoring Award, PhD Programs
    • Ole Valente Mortensen, PhD: Outstanding Researcher Awards - New and Early Stage Investigator(s)

    Dr. Mathiasen Awarded PEG Grant

    Joanne Mathiasen, PhD, received a 2016-2017 Professional Enrichment and Growth (PEG) Grant from Drexel. Her award will be used to attend online training, workshops and conferences to learn about emerging techniques in online instruction.

    Botros Shenoda Receives Dean's Fellowship

    Pharmacology & Physiology PhD student Botros Shenoda was awarded a Dean's Fellowship for Excellence in Collaborative or Themed Research. This fellowship is designed to support PhD-track students with innovative research projects to further develop their research experience. Botros will receive financial support for one year in the form of a scholarship, in addition to funds for supplies and/or travel.

    Dr. Campbell Receives PhRMA Foundation Award, April 2016

    Paul Campbell, PhD, was chosen by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) Foundation as a recipient of a Research Starter Grant in Translational Medicine and Therapeutics. The award provides $100,000 for a one-year period.

    April 2016

    8th Annual Julius Axelrod Symposium

    Dr. Mortensen Gives Invited Talk

    Ole Mortensen, PhD, was invited to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) to present a talk at the 8th Annual Julius Axelrod Symposium. Dr. Mortensen's talk was "Novel ways of modulating monoamine transporter function."

    Golden Apple Award winners Joel Horwitz and Michael White

    Golden Apple Awards

    Congratulations to the following members of our teaching faculty who were recipients of 2016 Golden Apple Awards:

    March 2016

    Successful Thesis Defenses

    We would like to congratulate the following department graduate students for successfully defending their thesis:

    • Hillevi Ets, PhD – defended March 17, 2016
    • Melissa Manners, PhD – defended March 18, 2016
    • Fei Shen, PhD – defended March 31, 2016

    CURE Grant Awardees

    Congratulations to the following faculty members, who received CURE Tobacco Formula Funds:

    February 2016

    Career Development Grant Winner

    Peter Gaskill, PhD, was awarded a Drexel University Career Development Grant. These awards are designed to help faculty increase their exposure to colleagues at other institutions who can be collaborators and role models while introducing outside scholars to faculty at Drexel. The program provides funding for Drexel faculty to develop networks, nationally or internationally, with colleagues whose work complements activities at Drexel.

2017 – 2018 Seminar Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, all seminars take place in the New College Building, 245 N. 15th Street, in the John A. Harvey Conference Room (Room 8312) at 11 a.m.

September 19

Norman J. Haughey, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Stimulus-Dependent Cargo Inclusion of Astrocyte Shed Extracellular Vesicles Regulates the Target's Response

October 10

Pietro P. Sanna, MD, The Scripps Research Institute
Lessons From the Transcriptome: Gene Network Dysregulations in NeuroAIDS and Substance Abuse

October 16

Priscila Sato, PhD, Temple University School of Medicine
Faculty Candidate Seminar: From Ion Channels to Cardiac GPCR-Signaling: In Search of New Therapeutic Targets

Monday, October 30 at 3 p.m.

Dr. Shubha Gururaja Rao, Drexel University
Role of Mitochondrial Structure and Function in Cell Physiology

December 5

Dr. Kevin Foskett, University of Pennsylvania
Molecular Mechanisms and Physiological Roles of Ca2+ Crosstalk Between ER and Mitochondria

January 9

Dr. Peter Gaskill, Drexel University
Mechanisms of Dopamine Mediated Increase in HIV Infection of Macrophages

January 23

Dr. Heidi Ford, University of Colorado
Tumor Heterogeneity, EMT, and Metastasis

February 20

Dr. Andreia Mortensen, Drexel University
Positive Allosteric Modulation of Glutamate Transporters for CNS Disorders

March 6

Dr. Jon Levine, University of California-San Francisco
Topic TBA

April 3

Dr. Sergi Ferre, National Institute on Drug Abuse
Pre-coupling of Receptor Oligomers and Signaling Molecules: Challenging Classical Pharmacology

May 1

Dr. Qiufu Ma, Harvard University
Topic TBA

May 15

Dr. Patrick Osei-Owusu, Drexel University
Topic TBA

  • Fall 2016 – Spring 2017 Seminar Schedule

    October 18

    Dr. Joan Berman, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Mechanisms of Neuroinflammation and Toxicity: Critical Roles in NeuroAids

    November 8

    Dr. Habibeh Khoshbouei, University of Florida
    Sigma-1 Receptor Regulation of Dopamine Neurotransmission: Beyond the Surface Membrane

    November 29

    Dr. Fadi Akar, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
    Arrhythmia Mechanisms and Therapies in Large Animal Models of Advanced Heart Failure

    January 17

    Dr. Dennis Kolson, University of Pennsylvania
    Brain Heme Oxygenase -1 Deficiency, Oxidative Stress and HIV-Associated Neuro Cognitive Disorders: Potential Therapeutic Targeting

    January 24

    Dr. Daniel Marenda, Drexel University
    Flying in the Face of Disease: Using Drosophila to Identify Drugs for Alzheimer's Disease

    February 7

    Dr. Phil Wedegaertner, Thomas Jefferson University
    Gβγ Regulation of Golgi Function and Structure

    February 9

    Faculty Candidate Seminar: Bradley K. Taylor, PhD, Department of Physiology, University of Kentucky
    Trauma Establishes an Opponent Process of Latent Pain Sensitization and Mu Opioid Receptor Constitutive Activity

    February 21

    Dr. Elizabeth Heller, University of Pennsylvania
    Elucidating the Function of Epigenetic Remodeling in Reward Pathology

    March 21

    Dr. Mohamed Trebak, Penn State University College of Medicine
    STIM-ORAI Mediated Ca2+ Signaling in Disease: Lessons from Smooth Muscle

    March 28

    Dr. Marco Cosentino, University of Insubria, Italy
    Adrenergic and Dopaminergic Pathways in the Nervous and Immune System as Opportunities for Novel Therapeutics

    April 11

    Dr. Yuan-Xiang Tao, Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School
    Epigenetic Mechanisms of Neuropathic Pain

    April 18

    Dr. Ru-Rong Ji, Duke University School of Medicine
    Pain and Autism: Peripheral Regulation

    April 19

    Faculty Candidate Seminar: Jacqueline M. Barker, PhD, postdoctoral fellow, Department of Neuroscience, Medical University of South Carolina
    Arbitration Between Actions and Habits by the Prefrontal Cortex

    May 2

    Dr. Jean-Pierre Vilardaga, University of Pittsburgh
    Endosomal and Mitochondrial GPCR Signaling

    May 9

    Faculty Candidate Seminar: Giulio Agnetti, PhD, FAHA, assistant professor, Department of Medicine/Division of Cardiology; director, Center for Research on Cardiac Intermediate Filaments (CRCIF), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    What Do Intermediate Filaments Really Do? A Lesson from the Heart

    June 6

    Dr. Dionna Williams, Johns Hopkins
    Johns Hopkins

    June 14 (Wednesday)

    Dr. Joseph Baker, The College of New Jersey
    Biomolecules in Motion: Molecular Modeling and Simulation of Biomolecular Systems

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