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Recent CBN Grants

Dr. Ari Berkowitz was awarded a new grant from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, entitled, "Flexion reflex-selective spinal cord interneurons" (2013-2016).

Dr. Michael Markham was awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation, entitled, "Cellular mechanisms of rapid hormonal modulation in vertebrate communication signals" (2013-2016).

Dr. David Durica and colleagues were awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation, entitled, "Signaling mechanisms in the crustacean molting gland" (2013-2017).

Dr. Ann West was awarded a new grant from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, entitled "Stress response proteins as targets for antifungal drug design" (2012-2015).

Dr. Ann West was awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation, entitled "Molecular interactions in fungal multistep phosphorelay signaling pathways" (2012-2015).

Dr. Ann West was awarded a new center grant from the National Institutes of Health, entitled "Oklahoma COBRE in structural biology " (2012-2017).

Drs. Bing Zhang (PI), Randy Hewes, Ben Holt, David McCauley, and Mark Nanny were awarded a new Major Research Instrumentation grant from the National Science Foundation, entitled, "Acquisition of a multi-photon laser scanning confocal microscope to establish a fluorescence imaging core facility" (2011-2014).

Dr. Christian Lemon was awarded a new RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health, entitled, "Taste and oral sensory processing in the brain" (2011-2016).

Dr. Robert Cichewicz was awarded a new RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health, entitled, "Chemically diverse antimicrobials from silent natural product encoding pathways" (2010-2014).

Recent CBN Awards/Honors

Dr. Michael Markham won the 2014 Irene Rothbaum award for best Assistant Professor in the College of Arts & Sciences.

Dr. Ari Berkowitz was elected a Councilor of the International Society for Neuroethology in 2012.

Elise Knowlton, a student in Dr. Douglas Gaffin’s lab, had her 2010 International Congress of Neuroethology poster chosen as one of the two best (among more than 400).

Elise Knowlton, a student in Dr. Douglas Gaffin’s lab, won a Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship for 2010-2011.

The Neuroethology course (taught by Dr. Ari Berkowitz) was selected as a Presidential Dream Course for Fall 2010, making available special funding to bring in world experts, each of whom met with the class and gave a general lecture to the public.

Sunetra Das, a student in Dr. David Durica's lab, won the best student poster presentation award for the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology during the 2010 annual meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology in Seattle. 

In 2010, Dr. Douglas Gaffin was named a David Ross Boyd Professor for outstanding teaching.

Dr. Rosemary Knapp was appointed to the editorial board of Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B Biological Sciences in 2010.

Dr. Rong Gan was awarded a new U.S. patent, “Totally implantable hearing system,” in 2010.

Selected Recent CBN Publications

Knapp, R., Marsh-Matthews, E., Vo, L., and Rosencrans, S. (2011) Stress hormone masculinizes female morphology and behaviour. Biol. Lett. 7: 150-152. (doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.0514)

Shakiryanova, D., Zettel, G. M., Gu, T., Hewes, R. S., and Levitan, E. S. (2011) Synaptic neuropeptide release induced by octopamine without Ca2+ entry into the nerve terminal. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA 108: 4477-81.

Berkowitz, A. and Hao, Z.-Z. (2011) Partly shared spinal cord networks for locomotion and scratching. Integrative & Comparative Biology 51: 890-902.