3 Student Scientists Showcase Research at National Meeting

Published June 6, 2014

Graduate-level researchers and their mentors in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology received accolades for their in-depth studies presented at the 2014 Experimental Biology meeting and related forums.


The April meetings, a series of scientific research events involving more than 14,000 multidisciplinary participants, were held in San Diego.

Master’s Student Wins First Place for Best Abstract

Marina Popovska-Gorevski won first place in the Division of Toxicology's Best Abstract Competition at the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics’ (ASPET) annual meeting, held in conjunction with the Experimental Biology meeting. 

Popovska-Gorevski, a student in the master’s program, presented her poster about the insecticides carbaryl and carbofuran and their high affinity for hMT2 melatonin receptors. 

Popovska-Gorevski is mentored by Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor and chair of pharmacology and toxicology, who attended the event.

Doctoral Candidate Receives ASPET Travel Award

David Thorn, a candidate in the PhD program, received both an ASPET Graduate Student Travel Award and the department’s 2013 Allen Barnett Graduate Student Award to participate in the event.

Thorn had the distinction of being the only student selected to present at the Behavioral Pharmacology Society’s (BPS) annual meeting, which preceded the Experimental Biology meeting.

He presented “Anti-Hyperalgesic Effects of Imidazoline I2 Receptor Agonists and Their Interactions With Opioids in a Rat Model of Inflammatory Pain.”

At the ASPET meeting, he presented the poster “Antinociceptive Effects of Imidazoline I2 Receptor Agonists in the Formalin Test in Rats.”

Thorn is mentored by Jun-Xu Li, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, who presented “Intravenous Self-Administration of the Imidazoline I2 Receptor Ligand 2-BFI in Rats With or Without Chronic Pain” at the BPS meeting.

Li also presented the poster “Behavioral Effects of the Cannabinoid CB1 Receptor Negative Modulator ORG27569 in Rats” at the ASPET meeting.

BS/MS Student Presents on Urotensin II Receptor

Taylor Warren, a student in the BS/MS dual degree program, presented the poster “Pre-Exposure of the Urotensin II Receptor to Urotensin II or Urotensin II-Related Peptide Differentially Reduces the Response to Subsequent Additions.”

Warren is mentored by Stewart Clark, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology. Clark chaired a panel on emerging technologies in neuropeptide research and gave a talk titled “Fusions of Diphtheria Toxin and Neuropeptides to Selectively Remove Neurons.”