The Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology Graduate Program and several students have received awards from the Graduate School through its annual award program. The awards will be presented at a ceremony on May 18.
The Pharmacology Graduate Program won the 2016 Dean’s Award for Excellence and Innovation in Graduate Education for its innovative teaching approaches and commitment to maintain and support diversity in the graduate student population.
Pharmacology PhD student Luisa Escobar-Hoyos won the President’s Award to Distinguished Doctoral Students for her outstanding research contributions as well as her service to the University.
Pharmacology MD/PhD student Saul Siller received the Dean’s Alumni Association Leadership Award for his leadership and exemplary service to other graduate students.
Emilie Bouda, Anthony Stapon and Tanya Victor — all first-year PhD students in the Pharmacology Graduate Program — were awarded National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. Bouda is studying how small ligands bind to proteins and modulate their functions; Stapon is researching how transcription factors recognize specific regions of the genome in order to regulate expression of different genes; and Victor is examining the role of a key enzyme in the repair of bone tissue.
Victor also was part of the Pharmacology PhD student team that won at a Jeopardy fundraiser — to benefit the Stony Brook Health Outreach and Medical Education (HOME) and Children’s Miracle Network — held at the Health Sciences Center in March. Stony Brook HOME is a free student-run clinic on Long Island that offers free examinations, healthcare information and social work for adults with no health insurance. The Children’s Miracle Network raises funds and awareness for local children’s hospitals. Competing teams were made up of medical students, doctoral students, and faculty and staff. The winning team from Pharmacology also included Joe Bonica, Jackson Kyle and Jennifer Schrandt.