BIMS Graduates: Congratulations Salome Boroda!

The Pharmacology Department would like to congratulate all of the 2017 BIMS Graduates! We would like to give a special congrats to one of our very own, Salome Baroda as she takes the walk of pride and achievement in celebration of all of her hard work and perseverance to see this very special moment come to fruition…..go Dr. Boroda! Everyone that can, please go out and support Salome on her special day at the:

                  BIMS Graduation 🎓 

                               This Saturday, May 20th at Noon

                                         Pinn Hall Auditorium

                              Reception to follow in Pinn 2ABC

                                            Salome, Pharm is very proud of you!



Congratulations Jeremy Shaw and Ellen Mintz!

 The Pharmacology Department would like to congratulate the new GBS Officers for 2017-2018 academic year:

President: Victoria Osinski (rising 4th Year | McNamara Lab)

Vice President: Jeremy Shaw (rising 4th Year | Kester Lab)

Secretary: Ellen Mintz (rising 4th Year | Christ Lab)

                                                     Treasurer: Cassie Robertson (rising 2nd Year | Rich Lab)

Jeremy Shaw is a Pathology student in Mark Kester’s Lab and Ellen Mintz is a Pathology student and PSTG trainee in George Christ’s Lab. Please help us acknowledge Jeremy and Ellen for this great accomplishment when you see them roaming about in Pinn Hall!



Julius Zhu in UVA Today and other News Outlets for his Lead in Research Into Cancer, Genetic Diseases

Julius Zhu, Associate Professor of Pharmacology lead the team at the UVA School of Medicine that created a new technique that will let a single cancer research lab do the work of dozens, dramatically accelerating the search for new treatments and cures. In addition to benefiting cancer research, the technique will also benefit research into every disease driven by gene mutations that will enable customized treatments for patients in a way never before. Congratulations, Dr. Zhu for this ground breaking achievement in research! Click here to read the full article.

For other news media that captured this story please visit:

NBC29 Night News (

CBS news (

HealthIT Analytics News (

UPI News (

Medical Press (

Science News (

UVA Today (


Congratulations Leon DeLalio!

CVTG alumni and Pharmacology graduate student in Brant Isakson’s Lab, Leon DeLalio, received the Notice of Award  for his F31,(“Alpha1-adrenergic Pannexin1 activation is mediated by SRC family kinases),” today. In addition to receiving the NOA, Leon just returned from Orlando where the National Kidney Foundation flew him down to present his work on pannexins in the kidney. There he received 4th place on his presentation at the National Kidney Foundation Annual Meeting among all other fellows, graduate students and post docs. Excellent job Leon! Please be sure to congratulate Leon when you see him for his outstanding accomplishments!

March for Science in DC this weekend!

If you haven’t made plans to attend the March for Science in Washington, DC, now’s the time! In addition to the local march, the Cville March for Science will be taking three buses to Washington, DC this Saturday, April 22, 2017. Buses will leave from Scott Stadium at 6AM and return in the evening. Seats are $20 for students and postdocs and $50 for everyone else.  For students and postdocs that need financial assistance in paying the fee, please contact Dan Engel @

For more info on the march and to purchase tickets please visit the following links:

The National March for Science:

C’ville March for Science Facebook page:

Purchase Bus Tickets:





VirginiaCancerRx Symposium-Registration Deadline May 1st

The VirginiaCancerRx  Symposium will be held May 30, 2017 – May 31, 2017. The Symposium follows the VaDDC’s successful VirginiaBrainRX meeting in Richmond, and will focus on current challenges and opportunities in drug discovery and development in cancer. The meeting will include keynote addresses from national leaders in the academy, industry and foundations. Researchers from within the Commonwealth will also present their work in oral and poster sessions.  The registration deadline for this event is May 1, 2017.

For more information please visit the Academic Drug Discovery Consortium website or contact John Lazo at

Don’t miss out: UVA PSC Listening Session Thursday, March 30

Please see following message from David S. Wilkes, Dean of UVA School of Medicine:

If you have ideas, concerns and/or a vision for UVA during the decade ahead, please plan to attend a special listening session and share your thoughts and perspective on Thursday (March 30) from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. in Leonard Sandridge Auditorium, McKim Hall.


Open to all Health System team members, the listening session will be facilitated by members of the University’s Presidential Search Committee. During the session, you will be encouraged to share your ideas and to identify the factors and personal attributes you think are important in selecting the next UVA president.


If you cannot attend the listening session and would like to contribute your ideas or participate in another outreach event, below is a list of other ways you can participate in the Presidential Search.



Date: Thursday, March 30

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Leonard Sandridge Auditorium (McKim Hall)



L.D. Britt, MD, MPH, member of the UVA Board of Visitors and chair of the Medical Center Operating Board

Margaret “Mimi” Foster Riley, chair of the Faculty Senate and Professor of Law, Public Health Sciences and Public Policy


Other participation options:

Visit the presidential search website

See when and where additional outreach events are scheduled here.

Share your thoughts by accessing a brief survey here.

Send an email with any input that you might have to

Nominate someone for the position by forwarding that nomination to the recruiting firm of Isaacson, Miller at



GBS Symposium: Call for Posters

The GBS Symposium will take place this year on Thursday, April 20th. Each year, GBS will showcase the research of graduate students in BIMS, Biology, and Chemistry in a lunchtime poster session. This year, in addition to research being done in UVA labs, they are also including presentations describing various experiences or cool projects you are working on (ex: internships, consulting projects with companies outside of UVA, etc). Are you interested in presenting your research? GBS is currently accepting poster submissions for this poster session! The poster session will run from 12-1:30, with lunch provided. Faculty judges will adjudicate the posters, and awards will be given to the top three presentations. Posters may be full sized (no wider than 48 inches) or printed panels. We highly encourage everyone to consider signing up. Click here to access the form.

Please send in your poster submission by Thursday, April 6th.

Support Sarah Gray at GBS Symposium on April 20th

The Pharmacology Department would like to congratulate Sarah Gray(Eugene Barrett’s Lab) for receiving the 2017 Pharmacology Outstanding Graduate Student and Robert Haynes Award!  This award recognizes a graduate student who shows exemplary scientific merit and productivity. The winner of this award is nominated for the Michael J. Peach Award and the Jill Hungerford Prize, both of which are presented at the annual GBS Symposium.

Please go out and support Ms. Gray at the GBS Symposium on Thursday, April 20, 2017.

New discovery of “Type 2 innate lymphocytes” in the Meninges

Jony Kipnis, Chair of Neuroscience and PSTG preceptor and researcher Sachin Gadini was featured in the article “Unknown Solders: UVA Discovers Powerful Defenders of the Brain,” of UVA Today for his lab’s discovery last year that the brain and immune system are directly connected via vessels long thought not to exist.

The Pharmacology Department would like to congratulate Dr. Kipnis and his lab for the discovery of this unexpected link and, as UVA Today put it “game-changing” accomplishment!