Dr. Kevin Jones from the Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Neuropharmacology in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Michigan Medical School is this year’s lucky winner.
(From L): Nichelle Jackson, Mirella Hernandez, Taylor Craig, Dr. Kevin Jones, Jean-Carlos Rodriguez, Janvi Patel, Dillon McCallum, Dr. Heidi Matos. Not pictured: Dr. Monica Bame, Humza Shakut.
“The goal of our lab is to identify new drug targets and develop novel medicines for the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Current projects in the lab include: (1) elucidating the mechanism of ketamine-induced rapid antidepression; (2) developing lead compounds for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder; and (3) characterizing the hypoglutamatergic model of schizophrenia. We utilize several models to address these questions including human cells, transgenic mice and zebrafish. Commonly used techniques in our lab include whole-animal behavioral studies, patch-clamp and multi-electrode array electrophysiology; calcium imaging and advanced microscopy.”