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Three students in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences were honored for outstanding achievements at the University at Buffalo’s 2016 Celebration of Student Academic Excellence.


Twenty-five doctoral, 22 master’s and 178 baccalaureate candidates were eligible to receive degrees in biomedical science fields during the May commencement ceremony.

Jun-Xu Li, MD, PhD

Jun-Xu Li, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, has received the Joseph Cochin Young Investigator Award from the College of Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) for his research on pharmacotherapy for stimulant abuse.


Graduate-level researchers and faculty in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology presented in-depth studies and lectures at the 2016 Experimental Biology meeting and related forums.

Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD

Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD, and Mark R. O’Brian, PhD, are recipients of the 2015-16 Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award.

Jun-Xu Li, MD, PhD and pharmacology graduate students and trainees.

Graduate student and trainee researchers and their mentors in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology received positive feedback on in-depth studies they presented at the 2016 Behavior, Biology and Chemistry: Translational Research in Addiction meeting.

Richard M. Gronostajski, PhD

Richard M. Gronostajski, PhD, professor of biochemistry, has been awarded a three-year, $1 million grant to study neural stem cell (NSCs) therapies for a variety of brain insults and injuries.

Aspiring physician-scientists showcased 38 original research projects at the 2016 Medical Student Research Forum. The displays showed work they conducted at the University at Buffalo, its partner health care agencies and institutions nationwide.
John M. Canty Jr, MD

Nine faculty members from the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences were among those honored for notable achievement and service at the 12th annual University at Buffalo Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence.

James R. Olson, PhD, and Diana S. Aga, PhD

A new “one-shot” method, developed by James R. Olson, PhD, UB Distinguished Professor of pharmacology and toxicology, with other UB scientists, allows researchers to analyze flame retardants and their breakdown products at the same time.