Can pigs solve the organ shortage crisis?

As of October 2021, there are 106,662 patients on the national transplant waiting list in the United States. Due to the shortage of organs available for transplant, 17 people die each day while on this waitlist. For years, scientists have been searching for new methods to address the organ shortage. Recently, they’ve accomplished what was once thought to be impossible: using animal organs for human … Continue reading Can pigs solve the organ shortage crisis?

Perspectives from an International PhD Student in the SBU Pharmacology Program

Hi! This is Jamie today, and I am going to talk about my life as an international student in the Pharmacology PhD Program. There are various expectations and challenges that international students have when pursuing their PhD in a foreign country, and I’m here to share some of my experiences so far. I am originally from Taiwan, and when considering pursuing a PhD at Stony … Continue reading Perspectives from an International PhD Student in the SBU Pharmacology Program

Pandemic Ponderations: Reflections on 2021 and Hopes for 2022

Just like that, another year has come and gone, and we are yet again at a fresh start. While every day is a new beginning, there is something more emphatic about the year turning anew that inspires us to reflect and hope. There are many of us who have suffered loss in some form this year. Since the start of the pandemic, there has been … Continue reading Pandemic Ponderations: Reflections on 2021 and Hopes for 2022

Congratulations to our MCP graduates of Fall 2021!

The end of the year is a time of reflection, as well as a time to celebrate all of our accomplishments. In this week’s post, we’d like to celebrate and acknowledge our MCP graduates of Fall 2021, whose hard work and dedication culminated in their dissertation defenses this semester: huge congratulations to Dr. Christian Salazar, Dr. Tanya Victor, and Dr. Emilie Bouda! I asked our … Continue reading Congratulations to our MCP graduates of Fall 2021!

Dr. Bruce Demple: Adventurous Life of Our MS Program Director

I was delighted to chat with Dr. Bruce Demple, our new Masters Program Director, about his experience over more than 45 years in biomedical research. Bruce was born in Wyoming and attended Wesleyan University, where he majored in biology. Dr. Demple was a biology major at Wesleyan University. He learned that persistence can lead to success through his undergraduate research on the biophysics of ribosomal subunits … Continue reading Dr. Bruce Demple: Adventurous Life of Our MS Program Director

A TIMELESS Tale: Meet Jen Park

Today’s post features Jennifer (Jen) Park, awardee of the 2021 Van der Kloot Award for Excellence in Research. The Van der Kloot award is given in recognition of the significant contributions of Dr. William Van der Kloot to the development of the Department of Pharmacological Sciences at Stony Brook. This achievement is a testament to Jen’s strong work ethic and dedication to research.  Jen is … Continue reading A TIMELESS Tale: Meet Jen Park

The Best Advice I’ve Gotten in Graduate School

Hi there! I’m Nina, a second-year PhD student at Stony Brook University. During the past few semesters I’ve received many helpful pieces of advice that have helped me to succeed in graduate school. Here are some of the best ones that have helped me survive graduate school so far (during a pandemic!), and will no doubt remain useful as I move forward. Have many mentors … Continue reading The Best Advice I’ve Gotten in Graduate School

Introduction to the Pharm SciComm Society

We are the Pharm SciComm Society, a group of students from the Molecular & Cellular Pharmacology program at Stony Brook University committed to expanding the reach of our talented graduate students. To introduce ourselves and get an idea of what our goals are with this group and blog, I asked our President, Yasharah Raza, a few questions about science communication, what it means to her, … Continue reading Introduction to the Pharm SciComm Society