Congratulations Maddie Failor and Caitlin Pavelec on receiving the Double Hoo award!

March 7, 2023 by

Two students and a faculty member stand in front of a painting and smile for the picture

L-R, Grad Student Maddie Failor, Dr. Edward Perez-Reyes, and Undergrad Jennifer San Pietro

Congratulations to both Maddie Failor and Katie Pavelec on receiving the Double Hoo award!!! They each paired with an Undergraduate student to pursue a research topic, and will receive funding for some of this research.

They each describe their projects:

Our project will focus on studying a newly discovered population of astrocytes that express cFos. These cFos+ astrocytes have never been studied in epilepsy. We will examine if these cFos+ astrocytes contribute to seizure outcome measures and neuronal death, and if they could be targeted by genetic therapies for epilepsy treatment.

— Maddie Failor and Jennifer San Pietro

Our project will explore the role of Pannexin 1 released metabolites in neutrophil recruitment and activation. We will explore how Pannexin 1 in cardiomyocytes releases metabolites in response to beta-adrenergic stimulation and what effect that has on the number and type of neutrophils recruited both in vivo and in vitro.

— Katie Pavelec and Hannah Luviano

Find out more about the Double Hoos award here