OHSU PREP News

Joselinne Medrano Presents Poster at 45thAnnual Research Society on Alcoholism Conference

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Joselinne Medrano presented a poster of her postbaccalaureate work at a national meeting this past June. The 45thAnnual Research Society on Alcoholism conference took place in Orlando, Florida. Her PI is Dr. Angela Ozburn. Joselinne is soon to begin her first year in the OHSU Neuroscience Graduate Program.

OHSU PREP Mentor Dr. Marc Freeman Receives Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship

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OHSU PREP mentor, Marc Freeman, director and senior scientist in the OHSU Vollum Institute, is one of six award winners of the Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship across the country in 2022. 

The Landis Award for Outstanding Mentorship from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is a trainee-nominated award that comes with $100,000 to support continuing efforts to foster the career advancement of early-career scientists.

Read the press release at OHSU News.

Rachel De La Torre Receives the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA)!

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PREP Alumnus, Rachel De La Torre, received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Rachel is in her third year of the Neuroscience Graduate Program. The NRSA will fund her dissertation work. Congratulations, Rachel!

Yessica Santana Agreda Receives Honorable Mention for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship!

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Congratulations to Yessica Santana Agreda for receiving an Honorable Mention for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship! Yessica is a second-year doctoral student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program, and was part of the second cohort of OHSU's Neuroscience Post-Baccalaureate Initiative (NPBI). Read the full announcement at OHSU Now.

Tony Munoz Presents at Saturday Academy's Discovery Event

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Current PREP Scholar, Tony Munoz, presented at Satuday Academy's Spring Discovery Event on April 7th, 2022. He spoke about his journey as a postbacc and getting into multiple Ph.D. programs. Thanks for inspiring future STEAM leaders, Tony!

OHSU PREP Graduate School Interviews!

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Congratulations to all of our 2021 OHSU PREP scholars who applied to graduate school and received interviews! Our scholars received interviews at the following institutions: Oregon Health & Science University, University of California Irvine, University of Pittsburg, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, University of Texas Health Science Center, University of Maryland, University of Colorado Denver (Anschutz Medical Campus), and University of Texas (Austin)

Dennisha King Publishes Postbac Research!

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Congratulations to Dennisha P. King for publishing her worked completed when she was an OHSU PREP (formally NPBI) scholar! Dennisha was part of the 2019 postbac cohort. Her research article is entitled "Phosphorylation of the aggregate-forming protein alpha-synuclein on serine-129 inhibits its DNA-bending properties". You can read her article on the Journal of Biological Chemistry website.  

Dr. Fikadu Tafesse Earns Award for Innovative, Promising Research!

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Congratulations to Assistant professor of molecular microbiology and immunology and OHSU PREP Faculty mentor, Fikadu Tafesse, Ph.D., on receiving the Faculty Excellence and Innovation Award! This award is for researchers who have been recognized for exceptionally innovative research that promises to make significant contributions to their fields. Read the press release at OHSU News

Dr. Swetha Murthy Earns Prestigious New Innovator Award!

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Congratulations to Vollum Institute assistant scientist and OHSU PREP Faculty mentor, Swetha Murthy, Ph.D., on receiving an NIH Director's New Innovator Award! The award supports exceptionally creative early career investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects in the biomedical, behavioral or social sciences within the National Institutes of Health mission. Read the press release at OHSU News

Yessica Santana Agreda Named SfN Neuroscience Scholars Program Fellow!

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Congratulations to Yessica Santana Agreda on being named as one of the SfN Neuroscience Scholars Program Fellows for 2021–23. Yessica is a doctoral student in the Neuroscience Graduate Program at OHSU and OHSU PREP (formally NPBI) 2019 scholar alum! Read more about the Neuroscience Scholars Program!