Contact

Department

MD/PhD – Neuroscience

Gabrielle Zuniga

Graduate Student

Personal Statement:

Hometown
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Lab Association
Bess Frost, Ph.D.
Hobbies and Interests
Running and playing sports, puppies, Harry Potter, and Tar Heel Basketball.


Education

BS, Biology (w/Honors)
University of Texas - Austin, Texas

Awards & Accomplishments

2017-2018 – T32 Training Grant – UTHealth San Antonio – San Antonio, TX.
2016-2017 – George Brackenridge MD/PhD Scholar – UTHSA – San Antonio, TX.
2015 – Dean’s Honored Graduate – UT – Austin, TX. 2015 – Plenary Speaker Award and Travel Scholarship – NCRC Harvard University – Cambridge, MA.
2014-2015 – Sembradores de Amistad Club Endowed Presidential Scholar – UT – Austin, TX. 2013-2014 – College of Natural Science Book Award – UT – Austin, TX.
2014 – Nomination for Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship – UT – Austin, TX.
2013-2014 – Carl & Agnes Stockard Memorial Endowment Scholar – UT – Austin, TX.
2013 – Outstanding Cell & Developmental Biology Oral Presentation – Rice University – Houston, TX.
2013 – Travel Scholarship – Purdue University – Lafayette, IN.
2013 – Distinguished College Scholar – UT – Austin, TX.
2012 Illinois Summer Neuroscience Institute – UIUC – Urbana, IL.
2011-2015 – University Honors – UT – Austin, TX.
2011-2015 – Polymathic Scholars Honor’s Program – UT – Austin, TX.
2011-2015 – Dean’s Scholars Honor’s Program – UT – Austin, TX.
Certifications and Training
2013-2014 – NSC 321: Introduction to Peer Mentoring and Leadership – Level 1 CRLA Mentor Certification
2013 – Certificate of Completion: General Topics in Genetics – University of Texas Southwestern

Affiliations

2015-Present – MD/PhD Student, Neuroscience, UTHSA – San Antonio, TX.
2014 – Research Assistant, Max Planck Institute Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany – Dr. Manfred Gahr
2013 – Undergraduate Research Fellowship, UTSW, Dallas, TX – Dr. Helmut Kramer
2012-2015 – Undergraduate Research, Neuroscience, UT, Austin, TX – Dr. Jon Pierce-Shimomura
2012-2013 – Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, UT, Austin, TX – Dr. Mary Poteet
2011-2012 – Undergraduate Research, Biochemistry, UT, Austin, TX – Dr. Andrew Ellington

News

2017-2018 – T32 Training Grant, UTHSA – San Antonio, TX.
UTHSCSA Graduate School Symposium – San Antonio, TX. – October 2017 Barshop Symposium on Aging – Bandera, TX. – October 2017 Gabrielle Zuniga, Maria Gamez, Wenyan Sun, and Bess Frost – The role of Small RNAs in a Drosophila model of Tauopathy (Poster)
Undergraduate Research Forum – University of Texas at Austin – April 2015 (Poster)
National Collegiate Research Conference – Harvard University, Cambridge, MA – January 21-25, 2015 (Oral Presentation)
Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium – Rice University, Houston, TX – October 2013 (Oral Presentation)
Section of Neurobiology, Cell & Molecular Biology Undergraduate Research Presentation – UT Austin, Austin, TX – December 2013 (Presentation) Zuniga, G.The Sigma-2 Receptor is a Potential Therapeutic Target for Alzheimer’s Disease
55th Annual Drosophila Research Conference – San Diego, CA – March 2013 L. K. Tyra, N. Nandi, G. Zuniga, C.Esquivel, and H. Kramer. – Drosophila Acinus: A Genetic Link Between Autophagy and Hippo Signaling (Poster)
First Annual University of Texas Systems MD/PhD Retreat – Austin, TX – August 2013 University of Texas Southwestern Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program – Dallas, TX – August 2013
Zuniga, G.A Genetic Screen for Dominant Suppressors of Drosophila Acinus (Poster)

Publications

Yi, B., Sahn, J. J., Ardestani, P. M., Evans, A. K., Scott, L., Chan, J. Z., Iyer, S., Crisp, A., Zuniga, G., Pierce-Shimomura, J., Martin, S.F., and Shamloo, M. (2017) Small molecule modulator of sigma 2 receptor is neuroprotective and reduces cognitive deficits and neuro-inflammation in experimental models of Alzheimer’s disease J Neurochem Feb;140(4):561–575. http://doi.org/10.1111/jnc.13917