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Recent CBN Grants

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).

Drs. Han Yuan, Lei Ding, and Michael Wenger were awarded a new grant from the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, entitled, "Multi-modal imaging of brain networks in middle-aged and older adults" (2016-2017).

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. Chuanbin Mao was awarded a new grant from the Oklahoma Center for Adult Stem Cell Research, entitled, "Osteoblastic differentiation of iPSCs directed by phage assemblies" (2014-2015).

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" (2014-2018).

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).

Recent CBN Awards/Honors

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

Elson, M. S. and Berkowitz, A. (2016) Flexion reflex can interrupt and reset the swimming rhythm. J. Neurosci. 36: 2819 –2826.

Bulgari, D., Zhou, C., Hewes, R. S., Deitcher, D. L., and Levitan, E. S. (2014). Vesicle capture, not delivery, scales up neuropeptide storage in neuroendocrine terminals. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 111: 3597-3601.

Markham, M. R. and Zakon H. H. (2014) Ionic mechanisms of microsecond-scale spike timing in single cells. J. Neurosci. 34: 6668-6678.

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.