Renée Harwick Advanced Graduate Student Award
Purpose and Criteria: This award is funded from an endowed gift given to the CNLM by our long-time supporter, Dr. Renee Harwick. The award will be given to a graduate student who shows outstanding scientific promise, as evidenced by research accomplishments as well as the quality of his/her advancement document. The purpose of the award is to provide funds to support the completion of the student’s Ph.D. thesis.
Eligibility: Must be a graduate student who is in the laboratory of a CNLM Fellow on the UCI campus and who has advanced to candidacy within the last two years.
Awards available: 1 or more $1,000 awards
Requirements: CV/resume (max 2 pages), unofficial transcript, personal statement addressing research accomplishments, experience, and future dissertation plans (500 words), as well as a copy of the PhD advancement document.
The 2016 Harwick Award winner is Alberto Lopez (second from left), Graduate student in Dr. Marcelo Wood's Laboratory.
Harwick award winner Matthew Korn with advisor Dr. Karina Cramer (left) and Dr. Harwick (right)
Harwick award winner Melissa Malvaez with Dr. Craig Stark (left), Dr. Harwick, and advisor Dr. Marcelo Wood (right).
(Advisor: Dr. Kei Igarashi)
"Dopamine and the associative memory map"
(Advisor: Dr. Jorge Busciglio)
"Developing microglia as therapeutic targets for Down syndrome"
(Advisor: Dr. Christie Fowler)
"A missing piece in understanding nicotine addiction: Purinergic signaling in the medial habenula"
(Advisor: Dr. Sara Mednick)
"Trust your heart in sleep to fight against cognitive aging"
(Advisor: Dr. Karina Cramer)
"Listening to microglia"
(Advisor: Dr. Michael Yassa)
"Memory bias in psychiatric illness"
(Advisor: Dr. Mathew Blurton-Jones)
"Letting the immune system fight back against Alzheimer's disease"
(Advisor: Dr. Christie Fowler)
"Nicotine addiction: the missing lynx"
(Advisor: Dr. Stephen Mahler)
"Rewiring the opioid addicted brain"
Her research is focused on epigenetic mechanisms of cocaine-induced neuroplasticity.
Her research is focused on how we remember when events occurred.
Her research is focused on the choroid plexus and CSF secretion in Huntington's disease.
Her research focused on the disruption of protein homeostasis, leading to accumulation of insoluble high molecular weight protein complexes containing the Huntingtin (HTT) protein and SUMOylated proteins, and transcriptional dysregulation are key features in Huntington’s disease (HD).
While in the Busciglio lab, Matthew's research focused on hyperexcitabilty preceding cognitive impairment in the ZnT3KO mouse model of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Megan's research focused on age-related changes in tissue Signal properties within cortical areas important for word understanding in 12- to 19-month-old infants.
While at UCI, Alberto's research focused on the role of particular gene expression in the consolidation of cocaine-paired contextual associated memory.
Annie Vogel Ciernia
Her research focuses on studying epigenomic regulation in neurodevelopment and neurodevelopmental disorders.