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Congratulations to Dr. Malgorzata Dukat

Dr. Dukat is part of the team headed by Dr. Gonzalez-Maeso (Physiology and Biophysics) that was awarded the VCU Breakthroughs Award today for their project titled ‘Rational Structure-based design of novel psychoplastogen’. The project starts 1 July 2022 and ends 30 Jun 2024 and provides $200,000 to carry out the breakthrough work.

Congratulations to Dr. Yan Zhang

Dr. Yan Zhang was awarded the VCU Breakthroughs Award today for his project titled ‘Novel MOR antagonists to treat fentanyl overdose’. The project starts 1 July 2022 and ends 31 Dec 2023 and provides $200,000 to carry out the breakthrough work.

Congratulations to Dr. Shijun Zhang

Prof. Shijun Zhang has been awarded a new U01 award titled ‘Development of NLRP3 inflammasome inhibitors for intervening in Alzheimer’s disease’ by the National Institutes of Aging (NIA). Please join me in congratulating him for this success. This is a 5-year award with a total project cost of $1,426,573. Once again congratulations, many best wishes […]

Congratulations to Dr. Yana Cen

Dr. Yana Cen, awarded an R01 grant by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, part of the NIH, “Small Molecular Approach to Activate Human SIRT5 ” totaling $1.5 million over five years. Co-PIs are Martin Safo and Brian Fuglestad.

Thank you to MEDC Faculty

Umesh and Shijun, I would like to acknowledge MEDC’s longstanding excellence in graduate education. MEDC students consistently excel in research and scholarship as indicated by their impactful peer-review publications. MEDC has the most students in the SOP who have submitted F31 applications and now are the first department in the SOP to have a student be awarded an […]

Congratulations to Weihua Qui

Dr. Weihua Qiu, scientist in the laboratory of Youzhong, has been awarded a two-year R21 grant by NIH. The title of her grant is Structural Basis of the Gating Mechanism of Connexin 26 and Related Hearing Loss. Please join me in congratulating her for this early success and in wishing her the very best in terms […]

Congratulations to Rawan Fayyad

Rawan Fayyad’s thesis has been judged the best in the University for the 2021-2022 year by the VCU Graduate School!! She receives the 2021 – 2022 VCU Graduate School Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award!! CONGRATULATIONS!! Previously, the School of Pharmacy judged her work as the best. Her thesis will now compete at the Conference of Southern […]

Congratulations to Dr. Shijun Zhang

Dr Shijun Zhang has been awarded a new grant by the Virginia Center for Aging. The title of hisaward is “Development of NLRP3 PET Radiotracers for AD”. Please join me congratulating him.

Congratulations to Celsey Stahlman

Celsey Stahlman has been awarded an F31 grant. Congratulations!! This is the first F31 for our Department to the best of my knowledge. Congrats to her advisor Dr. Zhang too! I hope this is the first of the many to follow. The title of her grant is Development of a Potential Treatment for Polysubstance Use […]