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ADD Alumni


Jaycie Loewen, 2018

Dissertation title: “Astrocyte mechanisms of glutamate homeostasis in temporal lobe epilepsy” 

Anthony Umpierre, 2018

Dissertation title: “The functional re-emergence of mGluR5 promotes enhanced glutamate transport kinetics in the reactive astrocyte during epileptogenesis”

Meredith Gibbons Hasenoehrl, 2018

Dissertation title: “A Novel Optogenetic Tool to Image Calcium at the Tripartite Synapse during Epileptogenesis”

Gregory Remigio, 2017

Dissertation title: "The Neurophysiology and Behavioral Pharmacology of Memory Enhancement and Memory Deficits in the Dentate Gyrus"

Dipan Patel, 2016

Dissertation Title: "Inflammation and oxidative stress in an animal model of infection-induced limbic epilepsy"

Kyle Thompson, 2014

Dissertation Title: "Creation, Validation, and Analysis of a Novel Model for the Study of Nonadherence in Newly Diagnosed Epileptic Rats"

Kyle is currently a Staff Scientist with the ADD Program at the University of Utah.

Sean Flynn, 2012

Dissertation Title: "Properties of NAX-5055: A Novel Systemically Available Galanin-Based Neuropeptide."
Sean is currently a Post Doctoral Research Associate at Dartmouth College.

Cola Rowley, 2010

Dissertation Title: "The role of betaine/GABA transporter in epilepsy, seizure susceptibility, and behavior."
Cola is currently a Health and Nutrition Manager for Cavalli County, Early Head Start.

Kerry-Ann Stewart, 2008

Dissertation Title: "Theiler's Virus Encephalopathy: A Novel Model of Epilepsy."
Kerry-Ann is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Legacy RS Dow Neurobiology Labs. She is currently working on "Adenosine-based gene therapies and stem cell strategies for the treatment of epilepsy."

Laura Biggs, 2008

Dissertation Title: "Assessment of Long-Term Morphological and Behavioral Alterations and Drug Interventions Post Hypozia-Ischemia."

Liang Qiao, 2007

Dissertation Title: "The Effect of Methamphetamine on Seizure Thresholdand Epileptogenesis."

Brian Klein, 2003

Dissertation Title: "Pathophysiology Associated with a Single Gene (MASS1) Mutation Underlying the Robust Aduiogenic Seizure Phenotype in Frings Mice."
Brian is currently the Director of Pharmacology for the NeuroAdjuvants Program in Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Timothy Simeone, Jr., 2002

Dissertation Title: "Regulation of Allosteric Modulation of Gaba A Receptor Funcion: Interaction Between Recombinant Gaba A Receptors and the Novel Anticonvulsant Drug Topiramate."

Matthew Barton, 2003

Dissertation Title: "Characterization of the NR2B Subunit-Selective Antagonists, CGX-1007 and CI-1041.
Matthew Barton is currently a Clinical Program Leader for Clinical Pharmacology at GlaxoSmithKline.

Shana Skradski, 2000

Dissertation Title: "Mapping, Cloning and Characterization of the MASS1 Gene in Frings Audiogenic Seizure-Susceptible Mice."
Shana Skradski is currently a Clinical Pharmacist at the Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.

Gwendolyn Skeen-McMillin, 1994

Dissertation Title: "The Role of Dihydropyridine Voltage-Sensitive Calcium Channel Antagonists as N-Methy;-D-Aspartate Antagonists."
Gwen is currently Medical Director of Toxicology and Co-Medical Director of Pharmacogenetics at ARUP Laboratories.

James Allen Edward, 1994

Disseration Title: "Characterization of Potassium Evoked Calcium Transients in Mouse Cortical Astrocytes."

Ph.D. Disseration Students who have worked with Dr. Wilcox

Jay Vargas, 2011

Dissertation Title: "Morphological and Functional Alterations of Astrocytes Following Experimentally Induced Epilepsy"
Jay Vargas is currently Assistant Professor at California State University, in Los Angeles, California.

Koji Takahashi, 2009

Dissertation Title: “Functional Properties of Reactive Astrocytes in an Animal Model of Epilepsy.”

David Chapman

Graduate Rotation and Thesis Research, Dept. Pharmacology & Toxicology

Dissertation Title: "Electrophysiologic Evidence for Functionally Distinct NMDA Receptors in Medial versus Lateral Striatum." And "The Effect of Methamphetamine-Induced Neurotoxicity on NMDA Receptor Function in the Striatum."

James Otto

Graduate Rotation and Thesis Research, Dept. Pharmacology & Toxicology

Dissertation Title: "Effects of the Anticonvulsant Retigabine on Cultured Cortical Neurons: Changes in Electroresponsive Properties and Synaptic Transmission." and "M-current Function and Pharmacology in Animal Models of Benign Familial Neonatal Convulsions."

Post-Doctoral Fellows who have worked with Dr. Wilcox

Amy Adams, Ph.D.

"The Effect of Systemic Kainic Acid Administration on Temporal Lobe Structures: Morphologic Changes and Hyperexcitability."

Misty D. Smith, Ph.D

“Effects of Kainic Acid Model of Temporal Lobe Epilepsy (TLE) on GABA-A Receptor Mediated Inhibition In the Medial Entorhinal Cortex.”

Rotation Students who have worked with Dr. Wilcox

David Daberkow

Graduate Rotation, Neuroscience

Peng Chang Han

Jaya Kartha

Graduate Rotation, Pharmacology & Toxicology

ASPET Summer Undergraduate Research Fellows (SURF)

James Otto

GABA Receptor Subunit Expression in Cultured Cortical Neurons.

Matthew Kimball

Effects of the Anticonvulsant Retigabine on Cultured Cortical Neurons: Changes in Electroresponsive Properties and Synaptic Transmission."

Allison Campbell

Targeted Expression of NMDA Receptors