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NGP White Coat Ceremony

White Coats 2018

October 12, 2018

On Friday, October 12th NGP held our annual Lab Coat Ceremony and Reception in honor of the 2nd year NGP students choosing a lab. Each student was cloaked by their new advisor or lab-mate at Waterman Manor with celebrations afterwards.

Erin Cullen will be joining Matthew Weston's Lab in Neurological Sciences. Harrison Hsiang will be joining Margaret Vizzard's Lab also in the department of Neurological Sciences. Theresa Legan will be in that department as well in Gary Mawe's Lab. Callum Thomas has joined the laboratory of John Green in the Department of Psychological Science.

Welcome to your labs, students!

NGP and CMB Host Out-of-This-World Retreat

Kate Rubins

August 22, 2018

NASA Astronaut, Dr. Kate Rubins, joined us at our annual Retreat this year as our keynote speaker to show that a PhD can get you to the stars and beyond. 

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Nicholas D'Alberto Successfully Defends Dissertation

Nicholas DAlberto

August 3, 2018

Congratulations to Nicholas D'Alberto in the Garavan lab for successfully defending his dissertation, “Examining inter- and intra-individual differences in the neurobiological mechanisms associated with inhibitory control”. Way to go, Nick!

Roman Popov Successfully Defends Thesis

Roman Popov

August 1, 2018

Roman Popov, an NGP student in Dr. Jesse Jacobs and Dr. Joshua Bongard's lab, successfully defended his thesis entitled “NEURAL PREPARATION FOR STEP INITIATION IN UNPREDICTABLE CONDITIONS WITH AGE AND PARKINSON'S DISEASE” on August 1, 2018. Congratulations, Roman!

NGP Students Run for Wellness


April 20, 2018

NGP Students participated in the UVM WE 5k run on 4/20 to celebrate health and wellness!

Rehan Ali Successfully Defends Thesis

Rehan Ali

March 29, 2018

Rehan Ali, an NGP student in Dr. Anthony Morielli's lab, successfully defended his thesis entitled “AN AUTOMATED ANALYSIS OF SINGLE PARTICLE TRACKING DATA FOR PROTIENS THAT EXHIBIT MULTI COMPONENT MOTION” on March 29, 2018. Congratulations, Rehan!

Alisha Anne Linton Successfully Defends Thesis

Alisha Linton

March 15, 2018

Alisha Anne Linton, an NGP student in Dr. Gary M. Mawe's lab, successfully defended her thesis entitled “Protective Actions of Luminally Restricted 5-HT4 Receptor Agonists in Dextran Sodium Sulfate Induced Colitis” on March 15, 2018. Congratulations, Alisha!

NGP Office has Moved

We have moved

March 9, 2018

The NGP Office and Student Study Lounge has moved to the third floor of Given. You can now find our new space at Given Courtyard Level 3 South!


Riley St. Clair Named Recipient of Parsons Award

Riley St Clair

January 30, 2018

The University of Vermont Graduate College announced on January 30, 2018 that the recipient of the 2017-18 Rodney L. Parsons Anatomy and Neurobiology Award is NGP's own Riley St. Clair, a PhD candidate in Dr. Bryan Ballif's lab.

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NGP White Coat Ceremony

White Coats

October 20, 2017

On Friday, October 20th NGP held our annual Lab Coat Ceremony and Reception in honor of the 2nd year NGP students choosing a lab. Each student was cloaked by their new advisor at Waterman Manor with celebrations afterwards.

Katharine Tooke will be joining Margaret Vizzard's Lab. Yu Han will be joining Patty Prelock's Lab in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Zhaojin Li is joining Marilyn Cipolla's Lab in the department of Neurological Sciences. Nicholas Toker has joined the laboratory of Jeffrey Spees in the Department of Medicine. Mahafuza Aktar is being co-mentored by Dr. Victor May and Dr. Sayamwong Hammack.

Welcome to your labs, students!

Estelle Trego Spear Successfully Defends Dissertation

Estelle Spear

October 13, 2017

Estelle Spear, an NGP student in Dr. Mawe's lab, successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Altered Gastrointestinal Motility in Multiple Sclerosis" on October 13, 2017. Her new appointment will be as a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University, working in the lab of Aida Habtezion, where she will continue studies of neuro-immune interactions of the gut.

Congratulations, Estelle!

Dr. Mark Bouton Publishes in Psychological Science

Mark Bouton

September 28, 2017

Assistant Director of the NGP, Mark Bouton, co-authored the study with his Ph.D student Scott Schepers, which was published in the Journal Psychological Science.


James Hart Bishop Successfully Defends Dissertation

James Bishop

August 4, 2017

James Hart Bishop, Dr. Naylor's lab, successfully defended his dissertation entitled "Imaging Pain and Brain Plasticity: A Longitudinal Structural Imaging Study" on August 4, 2017. He is moving on to Standford University to be a part of the Brain Stimulation Lab in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences under Mentors Nolan Williams, M.D. and David Spiegel, M.D. investigating the effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on hypnotic analgesia. Congratulations, James!

Dr. Benedek Erdos Receives Inaugural Bloomfield Investiture

Benedek Erdos

July 31, 2017

NGP faculty, Dr. Benedek Erdos, was invested in a formal ceremony as the inaugural Martin E. Bloomfield ’56 M.D.’60 and Judith S. Bloomfield ’59 Early Career Professor in Cardiovascular Research. It is the first time ever at the University of Vermont that an early-career professorship has been endowed.

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Alumnus Receives a K99/R00 Career Development Award

Michael Williams

July 26, 2017

Michael Williams, a previous UVM Summer Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Fellow and an alum of the UVM Neuroscience Graduate Program (Morielli Lab), was recently awarded a competitive K99/R00 career development award from the National Institute of Mental Health. The scientific focus of his project will be to determine the role of a receptor tyrosine kinase implicated in neurodevelopmental disorders using viral and transgenic strategies in a murine model. This two-phase five-year award will provide support for Dr. Williams' to complete advanced technical training under his Dartmouth College advisors (Dr. Hermes Yeh and Dr. Bryan Luikart) and will facilitate and fund his transition to an independent principal investigator.

"I am very grateful for the training and ongoing support I have received from my Dartmouth and UVM mentors, without which this grant would not have been possible. With the generous support of the NIMH, I believe this project will give us new insights into the molecular biology underlying the developmental specification of synaptic connectivity. Our hope is that these types of studies will not only inform the basis of normal brain development, but will also inform the etiology of developmental disorders and highlight potential therapeutic targets, as well."

Mahafuza Aktar Awarded the PEO International Peace Scholarship

Mahafuza Aktar

June 29, 2017

Congratulations to 2nd year student, Mahafuza Aktar, for being awarded the PEO International Peace Scholarship! Established in 1949, the program provides scholarships for selected women from other countries for graduate study in the United States and Canada.

Nicholas D'Alberto Awarded the 2016-17 GTA of the Year Award

Nicholas DAlberto

April 24, 2017

The Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) of the Year Award recognizes annually the accomplishments of GTAs who have demonstrated unusual excellence and creativity in their teaching and commitment to student learning. Beginning in 2013, two awards are given each year, one for GTAs who have served as the primary instructor in a lecture based course, one for teaching assistants who have served as laboratory instructors. While only two GTAs are chosen to receive the Graduate Teaching Assistant of the Year Award, the department and program nominees for the award are also recognized and honored. NGP student, Nicholas D'Alberto has receieved this year's award for laboratory instruction. Read more on the Graduate College Student Awards page. Congratulations, Nick!

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