Dr. Sandra Sanchez-Roige was recently promoted from post-doctoral scholar to Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD. Funded by the TRDRP New Investigator Award, Sandra will derive psychiatric phenotypes from electronic health records from one of the largest biobanks in the US, BioVU, to perform genetic studies of substance use disorders. Sandra is also receiving funds from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD Young Investigator Award) to validate some of the human genetic findings using animal models.
Dr. Abraham Palmer recently organized a visit for Sweetwater High School students to visit UCSD and attend the annual Judd Symposium.
Dr. Sandra Sanchez-Roige was awarded the Harry June Award. This special award is given to early career researchers in substance abuse and was established in honor of ACNP Member, Harry June, Ph.D. and is funded by the National Institute for Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse. Dr. June was a renowned research scientist in the field of substance abuse and was a devoted mentor to students and young faculty. Dr. Sandra Sanchez-Roige was acknowledged for this special award by Dr. Steve Hyman during the President’s Plenary Session: From Genetics to the Neurobiology
On November 1, Alex Gileta defended his thesis at the University of Chicago. The title of his thesis was “Genetic analyses of Pavlovian conditioning in outbred models,” and it was approved by his committee.
Congratulations, Dr. Gileta!
Ariana Page has joined the Palmer Lab as a new lab assistant. She completed her undergrad at UC Santa Barbara where she studied behavioral neuroscience, and ultimately obtained a B.A. in Psychology. While at UCSB, she worked as a research assistant in the lab of Dr. Karen Szumlinski, assisting research which focused on bio-behavioral mechanisms underlying methamphetamine addiction in mouse models. More specifically, she conducted oral methamphetamine self-administration and place-conditioning studies in mice.