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Our faculty are strongly committed to graduate student training and are major participants in three graduate programs:

Fall Seminar Series

Upcoming Seminar:

Thursday, December 10th

Noon - 3067 HSN

Speaker: Alaeddin Abukabda

Host: Tim Nurkiewicz


Allegheny-Erie Regional Society of Toxicology
Phoebe Stapleton, Ph.D.,  Gordon Gee - WVU President,  Lynn Feather, Admin., Tim Nurkiewicz, Ph.D.

Physiology & Pharmacology department members Dr. Phoebe Stapleton, Lynn Feather, and Dr. Timothy Nurkiewicz were able to meet WVU President Dr. Gordon Gee after his welcome address at the 29th Annual Allegheny-Erie Regional Society of Toxicology meeting held at the Erickson Alumni Center of WVU this past June. President Gee highlighted the group's work and noted recent NIH awards to Drs. Stapleton and Nurkiewicz in nanotoxicology at WVU during his address. For more information about the Allegheny-Erie Regional Society of Toxicology, please follow:  

Julie Brefczynski-Lewis, Ph.D.
Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies
Portable PET helmet captures images of the human brain in motion


          Dr. Brefczynski-Lewis, a research assistant professor in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the WVU Center for Neuroscience, is part of a collaborative team of scientists using a portable brain scanner to study the human brain in motion. She is the lead neuroscientist of the WVU team in the BRAIN Initiative (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies), launched by President Obama in 2013 as a national effort to equip researchers with the fundamental support necessary for treating a wide variety of brain disorders. The WVU-led team was one of the first groups in the country to receive White House recognition and National Institutes of Health support for more than $1.5 million. Read more