May 2018: Riley Demos presented her research at the 2018 Undergraduate Research Colloquium: Serotonin-releasing Fibers May Perform Random Walks in the Brain.
May 2018: Keon Youssefzadeh and Norma Brown presented their research at the 2018 Undergraduate Research Colloquium: Transmigration at the Circumventricular Organs and the Microglia-Serotonin Matrix.
December 2017: The laboratory has been awarded a Challenge Grant by the California NanoSystems Institute (Brain Serotonergic Fibers: From a Single-cell Stochastic Process to Cognition in a Matrix).
December 2017: Riley Demos has been awarded an URCA grant.
December 2017: Norma Brown and Keon Youssefzadeh have been awarded an URCA grant.
June 2017: Elizabeth Sopira, Kayla Riparetti, and Savannah Starr have received Distinction in the Major (Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology).
May 2017: Marcus Vicari has received the Morgan Award for Academic Excellence in Psychological and Brain Sciences. The award for academic excellence is given to a graduating student at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences in recognition of outstanding scholarship, as selected by the faculty.
May 2017: Marcus Vicari has received the 2016-2017 College of Letters and Science Frances Colville and Terry Dearborn Memorial Award. The award recognizes outstanding scholarship and contributions to the campus community by a graduating senior with a major in the Division of Mathematics, Life & Physical Sciences.
May 2017: Samuel Phillips and Nicki Nikkhoy presented their research at the 2017 Undergraduate Research Colloquium: Brain Regional Dependence on Blood Platelets.
May 2017: Keon Youssefzadeh and Norma Brown presented their research at the 2017 Undergraduate Research Colloquium: The Microglia-Serotonin Matrix and Blood Platelets.
April 2017: Melissa Hingorani (a Ph.D. student) has joined the laboratory.
February 2017: Kasie Mays (a Ph.D. student) has joined the laboratory.
December 2016: Norma Brown and Keon Youssefzadeh have been awarded an URCA grant.
December 2016: Nicki Nikkhoy and Samuel Phillips have been awarded an URCA grant.
November 2016: Dr. Skirmantas Janusonis's book review in Visual Neuroscience is cited by the MIT Press 2017 catalog. The full review is available here.
November 2016: Savannah Starr, Marcus Vicari, Kayla Riparetti, and Scott Lunell presented a poster (The Brain Serotonin Matrix: Platelet and Microglial Elements) at the 46th Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in San Diego, California.
November 2016: One focus of our research has been featured in The Bottom Line.
September 2016: Dr. Skirmantas Janusonis commented on new research findings for VICE.
June 2016: Keon Youssefzadeh, Nicki Nikkhoy, and Norma Brown have joined the laboratory.
May 2016: We organized and hosted the first Neuropathology Night for UCSB pre-med students. The discussions were led by Dr. Stewart Comer, a neuropathologist at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. Presenting students: Gold Okafor, Scott Lunell, Courtney Uselton, Brian James, Kyle Cartier, Marcus Vicari, Alexander Smolentsev, Emily Lara, Megan Wong, Gabriella Torres, Mali Suzuki, Elizabeth Sarkis, Urvashi Singh, George Hernandez, Anne Brow, and Kiana Lee. More...
May 2016: Kayla Riparetti and Elizabeth Sopira's Undergraduate Research Colloquium poster has been awarded an Honorable Mention by the UCSB Emeriti Association.
May 2016: Kayla Riparetti and Elizabeth Sopira presented their research at the 2016 Undergraduate Research Colloquium: Blood Serotonin in Brain Signaling.
May 2016: Marcus Vicari and Savannah Starr presented their research at the 2016 Undergraduate Research Colloquium: Microglial Control of the Brain Serotonin System.
March 2016: Skirmantas Janusonis presented our research at the UCSB-Cottage Hospital Research Symposium.
December 2015: Kayla Riparetti and Elizabeth Sopira have been awarded an URCA grant.
December 2015: Marcus Vicari and Savannah Starr have been awarded an URCA grant.