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March 2020: Due to having excess time on our hands, we have moved all lab updates to our new Twitter account. Please follow us @BuczynskiGregus to get more exciting lab updates!

June 2019: Congratulations to Ann Gregus for getting her first NIH R01 grant [link], which will evaluate new therapeutic mechanisms for pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis. She has all the support of the Buczynski lab as she applies for a faculty position!

May 2019: Congratulations for graduating to Malissa, Megan, and Reilly. We're sad that they are leaving the lab, but we're really excited for their future prospects and wish them all well!

May 2019: We were very excited to host our friend and collaborator Dr. Hugo Tejera (NIMH) for an excellent talk as part of the Fralin Life Science Seminars [link].  He gave an excellent talk on the role of the Kappa Opioid Receptor in reward signaling, and we're looking forward to having him back soon!

April 2019: Congratulations to Megan Anderson for being offered as position as a research fellow at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She'll be working for Dr. Yeka Aponte (NIDA) to elucidate the neuronal mechanisms regulating the rewarding nature of food intake and drug abuse. Very cool stuff!

April 2019: Congratulations to Christine Faunce for winning the Clare Booth Luce Undergraduate Research Award! This award will support her research efforts during the summer as well as the following academic year.

April 2019: The Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience was officially granted a Chapter of the Nu Rho Psi, the National Honor Society for Neuroscience [link]. This success was due in large part to the efforts of Ian Levine (founding President) and Christine Faunce (founding Secretary), undergraduates in the Buczynski Lab. Great job to both of you!

January 2019: Welcome our new undergraduate students Analee Huber, Natalie Martin, and Lauren Sears!

January 2019: Welcome our new visiting scholar Eleonora Pes!


December 2018: New paper in Pain demonstrates 15-LOX-1 faciliates pain in preclinical models that are insensitive the traditional NSAID therapeutics [link]. Ann was featured in the Virginia Tech News [link] and interviewed on National Public Radio [link] for this project. The goal of this project is to develop alternative treatments for pain in an effort to reduce the use of opioids. Great job Ann!

November 2018: Congratulations to Reilly Scott for being accepted to medical school at Thomas Jefferson University. In just four years, she'll be Dr. Scott!

November 2018: Congratulations to Ian Levine for winning the Cayman Biomedical Research Institute (CABRI) Undergraduate Scholarship!

October 2018: The Adaptive Brain and Behavior Area [linkat Virginia Tech selected our proposal to evaluate the health effects of e-cigarette exposure in preclinical models, in collaboration with Dr. Liwu Li and Dr. Susan Campbell. We really appreciate all their support for this work!

July 2018: Congratulations to Ann for being an invited speaker at the 20th International Conference of the Inflammation Research Association!

May 2018: Congratulations to Brittney and Andrew for graduating, we wish them well!

April 2018: Congratulations to Malissa and Megan for winning a SoN Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship!


October 2017: Welcome our new visiting scholar Nicholas Pintori!

September 2017: Welcome our new postdoc Cristina Miliano!

September 2017: Welcome our new graduate student Zahra Mansouri!

August 2017: Lab has moved to our permanent home in Life Sciences 1 Building. 

August 2017: Lab photos from a fun and successful summer [link].

May 2017: Congratulations to Brittney for being awarded a summer research position with Dr. Leila Lo Leggio at the University of Copenhagen. See you back here in the fall!

April 2017: Congratulations to Ian for winning an EngelNovitt Undergraduate Research Fellowship!

March 2017: Congratulations to Sid for winning a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) from the Fralin Institute!

February 2017: New paper in the Journal of Neuroscience identifies novel glycine mechanism that drives impulsivity during protracted alcohol abstinence [link] and was selected as a featured article [link].

January 2017: New paper in Biological Psychiatry links CRF and FAAH with anxiety phenotype [link].


August 2016: The Buczynski Lab has officially launched! Lots of boxes to open.

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