Department

Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Melodi Bowman

Graduate Student

Personal Statement:

Program:
IBMS Neuroscience Discipline

Lab Association:
Lynette Daws, Ph.D.

Hobbies and Interests:
Going to the beach, hiking and listening to music


Education

BA, Psychology
San Francisco State University - San Francisco, California

MA, Psychological Research
California State University - Long Beach, California

Research

Depression is a major public health problem, especially in young people, because the few antidepressants that are available to treat children and adolescents are less effective than in adults. These antidepressants block uptake of serotonin in brain by the serotonin transporter. Melodi’s research implements an array of neurochemical and behavioral approaches to investigate the emerging role of other, “non-traditional” transporters for serotonin in limiting the therapeutic effects of antidepressants, especially in children and adolescents, with the goal to guide development of more effective antidepressants to treat young people.

Awards & Accomplishments

Outstanding Graduate Student Poster – UTHealth San Antonio Pharmacology Annual Graduate Student Symposium – 2017

American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics/Experimental Biology (ASPET/EB) – Neuropharmacology Division – 1st Place Best Presentation Award – Graduate Student Category – 2017

Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Council for Excellence in Women’s Health Scholarship – UTHSCSA – 2016

Honorable Mention for Outstanding Research in Health, Nutrition, and Clinical – 27th Annual Student Research Competition – California State University, Long Beach – 2015

Don Eden Graduate Research Award Competition Finalist – California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology – 2015

Student Summer Research Award Recipient – California State University, Long Beach – 2014

Behavior, Biology, and Chemistry: Translational Research in Addiction 2014 Conference Travel Award – San Antonio, Texas – 2015

Publications

The California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology Biotechnology Symposium, San Jose, CA. – 2015
Bowman, M., Hernandez, K., Schuessler, B., Vincent, M., Iñiguez, S. D., & Zavala, A. R. : Early-life ketamine treatment enhances the rewarding effects of nicotine in an animal model of addiction (Poster)

Society for Neuroscience Annual Conference – Washington, D.C. – 2015
Bowman, M. A., Vincent, M., Hernandez, K., Iñiguez, S. D., & Zavala, A. R. : The effects of ketamine exposure during periadolescence on the rewarding effects of nicotine in male and female adolescent rats (Poster)

College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Student Research Symposium at California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA. – 2015
Bowman, M., Hernandez, K., Vincent, M., Schuessler, B., Riggs, L. M., Iñiguez, S. D., & Zavala, A. R. : Exposure to ketamine prior to adolescence modulates the rewarding effects of nicotine in adolescent rats (Poster)

Behavior, Biology, and Chemistry: Translational Research in Addiction, San Antonio, TX. – 2015
Bowman, M., Seng, S., Giang, J., Crawford, C., & Zavala, A. R. – The effect of a high fat diet on the sensitizing response to methamphetamine during adolescence in male and female rats (Poster)

California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology Biotechnology Symposium, San Jose, CA. – 2014
Bowman, M., Giang, J., Seng, S., Crawford, C., & Zavala, A. R. : The functional consequences of a high fat diet on methamphetamine behavioral sensitization in male and female adolescent rats (Poster)

Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA. – 2013
Tschumi, C., Bowman, M., Sanford, E., Sanabria, F., Privitera, G. J., Crawford, C. A., & Zavala, A. R. : Behavioral effects of a high fat diet on the sensitizing response to nicotine in adolescent rats