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Recent CBN Grants

Dr. Michael Wenger was awarded a new R21 grant from the National Institutes of Health, entitled, "Iron deficiency at perimenopause: Effects on brain and behavior" (2018-2020).

Dr. Ann West and colleagues were awarded an Institutional Development Award Center of Biomedical Research Excellence grant from the National Institutes of Health, entitled, "Oklahoma COBRE in Structural Biology" (2017-2022).

Dr. Michael Markham and colleagues were awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation, entitled, "Enabling genotype-phenotype studies in weakly electric fish" (2017-2020).

Dr. Christian Lemon was awarded a new RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health, entitled, "Taste and oral sensory processing in the brain" (2017-2022).

Dr. Christian Lemon was awarded a new grant from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, entitled, "Taste and oral sensory processing in the brain" (2016-2019).

Dr. Indrajeet Sharma was awarded a new grant from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, entitled, "Design and synthesis of collybolide analogues as probes in kappa-opioid pharmacology" (2016-2019).

Dr. J. P. Masly was awarded a new CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, entitled, "Genetic and developmental dissection of rapidly evolving morphology" (2015-2020).

Dr. Michael Markham was awarded a new CAREER award from the National Science Foundation, entitled, "The energetic costs of active sensory and communication signals: Integrating research and education through organismal, cellular, and molecular approaches" (2014-2019).

Dr. Ari Berkowitz was awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation, entitled, "Selection and generation of limb movements by a combination of multifunctional and specialized spinal interneurons" (2014-2019).

Recent CBN Awards/Honors

A 2018 paper co-authored by Dr. Michael Wenger was featured on the International Food Policy Research Institute website.

CBN student Yue Ban was awarded a Nancy L. Mergler Dissertation Completion Fellowship for 2017-18.

CBN student Yue Ban won the 2016 Department of Biology Research Award for best paper published by a graduate student in the previous year.

Dr. Ann West was named the Grayce B. Kerr Centennial Chair (endowed position) in August 2015.

CBN student Yue Ban was accepted into the highly competitive Neural Systems & Behavior course at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA for summer 2015.

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

Dr. Ann West was named Director of the new Institute of Structural Biology, which was created by a gift from the Price Family Foundation to the University of Oklahoma and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University.

The Neuroethology course was selected as a Presidential Dream Course for 2010, bringing in world experts to give public lectures.

Selected Recent CBN Publications

York, J. R., Yuan, T., Lakiza, O., and McCauley, D. W. (2018) An ancestral role for Semaphorin3F-Neuropilin signalling in patterning neural crest within the new vertebrate head. Development 145(14) pii: dev164780. doi: 10.1242/dev.164780.

Shyamal, S., Das, S., Guruacharya, A., Mykles, D. L., and Durica, D. S. (2018) A transcriptomic approach examining crustacean Y Organ molt cycle regulation via the mTOR signaling pathway. Scientific Reports 8: 7307. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-25368-x.

Berkowitz, A. (2018) You can observe a lot by watching: Hughlings Jackson’s underappreciated and prescient ideas about brain control of movement. The Neuroscientist 24: 448-455. (Cover article) doi: 10.1177/1073858418781819.

Swapna, I., Ghezzi, A., York, J. M., Markham, M. R., Halling, D. B., Lu, Y., Gallant, J. R., and Zakon, H. H. (2018) Electrostatic tuning of a potassium channel in electric fish. Current Biology 28: 2094–2102.

Elshahawi, S. I., Cao, H., Shaaban, K. A., Ponomareva, L. V., Subramanian, T., Farman, M. L., Spielmann, H. P., Phillips, G. N., Jr., Thorson, J. S., and Singh, S. (2017) Structure and specificity of a permissive bacterial C-prenyltransferase. Nat. Chem. Biol. 13: 366-368.