Congrats to Vlad Serbulea: 2018 Outstanding Pharm Grad Student Award

The Pharmacology Department would like to send out a huge congrats to Vlad Serbulea, Pharmacology PhD Candidate in Norbert Leitinger’s lab, on receiving the 2018 Outstanding Pharmacology Graduate Student Award! For this honor, Vlad will receive $500, a certificate, and an engraved Jefferson Cup, all of which will be handed out at the GBS Symposium on Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Vlad is recognized for the scientific merit of his doctoral research, his scientific productivity, the ability to obtain intramural and extramural funding, his academic performance, and his leadership qualities.


As recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Pharmacology Graduate Student Award, Vlad will also be the department’s nominee for the Michael J. Peach Outstanding Graduate Student Award and Jill E. Hungerford Prize in Biomedical Sciences. These prestigious awards recognize the accomplishments of our most talented and creative senior students across the School of Medicine, and we are excited to nominate Vlad for these prizes.


Please join us at the GBS Symposium on Tuesday, April 10, 2018, to support and cheer on Vlad.


And don’t forget to check out his dissertation defense seminar coming up on Wednesday, March 28 @ 1 PM in Pinn 5023!

Congrats to Akshaya Meher for his recent publication!

The Pharmacology department would like to congratulate Dr. Akshaya Meher (Norbert Leitinger’s Lab) for his article entitled ” Novel Role of IL(Interleukin)-1B in Neutrophil Extracellular Trap Formation and Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms,” that was recently accepted for publication in the journal, Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology. Dr. Meher was the first and the corresponding author of the article. He was also invited by a senior editor of Nature Reviews Cardiology to write a news story on this article.

The news is currently available online and can be found at the link below:

Great job, Dr. Meher! Please acknowledge Dr. Meher for this major accomplishment when you see him!


Congrats Pharmacology Researchers: Discovery to stop inflammation in Alzheimer’s Disease

The Pharmacology Department would like to congratulate Dr. Bimal Desai and his team(Michael Shappe, Marta Stremska, Philip Seegreen, Eric J. Stipes, Kalina Szteyn, Taylor Downs, Michelle Mahoney, Sumeet Dixit, Julia Krupa, Jason Rogers, Samantha Adamson, and Norbert Leitinger) for their exciting new discovery about the immune system that may allow doctors to treat harmful inflammation that damages the brain in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Click here to read the article:


Please congratulate them when you see them around!

GBS Student Leadership Award Nominations: Deadline is quickly approaching!

The deadline to nominate a student for GBS Student Leadership Award is this Friday, March 2, 2018 by 5:oopm. This award recognizes graduate students in the Biosciences who have made outstanding and notable academic, professional, social, and/or service contributions for the University of Virginia and the local community. Please take the time to recognize someone who is well-deserving of this honor.

For more information about this award, please visit the GBS website. If you have any questions please contact Jeremy Shaw @

UVA Green Labs “Reduce, Reuse and Recycle” Event Series

Researchers in UVA Labs are invited to participate in a Green Labs Event Series that starts March 1 and ends March 29th. Please click here for more info.

GBS Symposium: Call for Posters

The GBS Symposium will take place this year on Tuesday, April 10th. Each year, GBS will showcase the research of graduate students in BIMS, Biology, and Chemistry in a lunchtime poster session. 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. Please email the GBS Academic Chairs, Philip Seegren or Clint Upchurch if you would like to participate and they will add you to the list.

Spring 2018 Journal Club Scheduled Announced!

Its about that time again! We are excited to announce the Spring Journal Club Schedule! Presentations begin on February 13 with Jennifer Pearson in the Loughran Lab presenting. We hope to see you there!

Presentation of the 2018 MLK UVA Health System Award: Friday, Feb. 2

Please join the Office of Diversity Programs for a reception to present the 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. University of Virginia Health System Award to this year’s winner!


Leonard Sandridge Auditorium, McKim Hall

                                            Friday, February 2nd



Established in 2013, Dr. Martin Luther King University of Virginia Health System Award is presented annually to a student, faculty or staff member of the Health System who embodies Dr. Martin Luther King’s values and teachings, in cultural competence, health care disparities, or fostering an environment of inclusiveness, in accordance with the institution’s mission and values.


Please RSVP by January 26th if you wish to attend the ceremony by emailing Judy Pointer at


Past Award Recipients

2013 – Pamela Ross, MD

2014 – Michael Moxley, MD

2015 – Dorrie Fontaine, PH.D, RN

2016 – Joel G. Anderson, PhD, HTP; Assistant Professor, School of Nursing

2017- Fern Hauck, MD, MS and Charles Lewis



2018 Freezer Challenge: Help Make UVA Research Labs Greener

Greetings, Pharmers!

UVA Green Labs(Office of Sustainability) challenges you to make UVA research labs as green as possible. See the link below to learn more about how to work towards this mission!  You will also find posters around the 5th floor boards – check them out!! Click here  if you would like access to copy to share!

Let’s all do our part to make the world and UVA Greener!

SIGN UP to compete (and WIN!) in 2018’s International Laboratory Freezer Challenge by January 19, 2018!

Competition runs from January to April 2018.

READ MORE about 2017’s competition

Students, you can also reach out to Brittany Martinez(Bland Lab) for more information!

Start the New Year by Practicing Compassion: Attend the seminar Jan. 18, 2018

Please register, BRING YOUR LUNCH, and participate in

Transitions and Changes: Conversations with our Community


The Science and Practice of Compassion

               Thursday, January 18, 2018

12:00 noon – 1:00 p.m. 

Meeting Room B

Education Resource Center


Facilitated by

Anna DeLong, LCSW, CEAP

Faculty and Employee Assistance Program Consultant


Description: Recent research provides good evidence to suggest practicing compassion, (including self- compassion) has an overall positive impact on health and wellbeing, and can serve to diminish negative consequences of stressful situations.  Join us for this seminar to learn how empathy and compassion differ; how to self-monitor for and address compassion fatigue; as well as ways to cultivate the practice of compassion in your own experiences. This hour will feature information sharing as well as several brief opportunities to practice exercises shown to cultivate compassion. (1 CME credit) Register here.


Please note: lunch will not be provided, but you are welcome to bring food with you to eat during the learning activity.


Registration/Information: This program is free of charge but ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED so that we have sufficient materials for all participants.  Please register at:


Questions? Please contact Ashley Ayers, Manager for Faculty Development Programs (phone: 924-8497; email:


Accreditation: The University of Virginia School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Virginia School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. The University of Virginia School of Medicine awards one hour of participation credit per hour of participation to each non-physician participant who successfully completes this educational activity. The University of Virginia School of Medicine maintains a permanent record of participants who have been awarded hours of participation. CME transcripts may be obtained at (click on Transcripts and follow the instructions).


Faculty Disclosure/Conflict of Interest: The workshop facilitator, Ms. Anna DeLong, has identified no financial or professional relationships. The members of the faculty development programs planning committee (Ms. Ashley Ayers, Ms. Kimberley Barker, Dr. Troy Buer, Dr. Maryellen Gusic, Dr. Susan Pollart, and Ms. Mary Sherman) have identified no financial or professional relationships. The University of Virginia School of Medicine, as an ACCME accredited provider, endorses and strives to comply with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards of Commercial Support, Commonwealth of Virginia statutes, University of Virginia policies and procedures, and associated federal and private regulations and guidelines on the need for disclosure and monitoring of proprietary and financial interests that may affect the scientific integrity and balance of content delivered in continuing medical education activities under our auspices. The University of Virginia School of Medicine requires that all CME activities accredited through this institution be developed independently and be scientifically rigorous, balanced and objective in the  presentation/discussion of its content, theories, and practices. All presenters participating in an accredited CME activity are expected to disclose to the participants relevant financial relationships with commercial entities occurring within the past 12 months (such as grants or research support, employee, consultant, stock holder, member of speakers bureau, etc.). The University of Virginia School of Medicine will employ appropriate mechanisms to resolve potential conflicts of interest to maintain the standards of fair and balanced education to the participant. Questions about specific strategies can be directed to the Office of Continuing Medical Education, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, Virginia.