Nofa’s thesis defense celebration
Congratulations to Nofar!!! She successfully defended her thesis! Congratulations Dr. Engelhard! We will miss you!
Lab Trip To Terhune Farms
Engineering Student Melissa González Receives NIH Funding for Biomedical Research
Pew Charitable Trusts Meeting
Dr. Abraira is excited to be presenting at the Pew meeting in March 2021. The Pew Charitable Trusts is a nonprofit organization driven by the power of knowledge and innovation to solve today's most challenging problems. Here is a preview of Victoria's presentation:
Dr. Abraira recently appeared in articles which were published by Harvard Medicine and the Daily Beast. The picture shown above illustrates two distinct types of interneurons (highlighted in red and green) located in the upper spinal cord. You can learn more about these pieces using the links below:
April 2020: Coronavirus Has Killed the Power of Touch. How Do We Reconnect?
September 2020: The Beauty of Touch
July 2015: The Secret Social Power of Touch
NPR WAMU: “Reaching Out: The Power of Touch in a Socially Distant Tim
Dr. Abraira recently had the opportunity to speak about her work with various radio organizations, including CBC, NPR-WAMU, and BBC. The sense of touch is now more important than ever, especially as physical distancing and quarantines are causing "touch isolation." You can learn more about these appearances using the links below:
April 2020: How to stay in touch with our basic senses in isolation
May 2020: Reaching Out: The Power of Touch In A Socially Distant Time
August 2020: The science of affectionate touch, from the skin to brain
Congratulations to all the hardworking members of the Abraira Lab - recipient of the 2019 Whitehall Foundation Grant! This competitive program assists United States neurobiology animal research - specifically concerning sensory, motor, and other complex neural mechanisms - with respect to behavioral output.
Having applied as a nascent institution, the Abraira Lab is humbled to accept this award - which will aid in our odyssey to explore the body's largest spatial sense.
Pew Scholars Lab
Having applied in its inaugural year, Abraira Lab is honored to announce it has been selected by the National Advisory Committee of The Pew Scholars Program in the Biomedical Sciences to be named 2019 Pew Scholars Lab.
This honor entailed a Pew Charitable Trusts national press release highlighting our lab members' work in exploring the body's largest perceptive sense.
Congratulations to all our hard workers exploring touch and its many constituent neurons!
Founding Abraira Lab member, graduating senior, and outstanding undergraduate researcher Melissa Gandhi was yesterday awarded the Henry Rutgers Scholar Award - the highest institutional honor awarded to an undergraduate thesis. Melissa's treatise - beyond 30-pages - fundamentally characterized the lineage and glycinergic characteristics of Parvalbumin Positive (PV+) Interneurons in the Deep Dorsal Horn: how they process touch and modulate locomotion. As a Henry Rutgers Scholar, Melissa's work will go down in history - marked as a noncirculating publication in the Rutgers Library. Melissa was also accepted in the up-and-coming Rutgers Genetics graduate program. Congratulations, Melissa, for your instrumental work - may it lay down the foundations for your successful career, just as you laid down the foundations for this lab, and exemplary expectations for our other stellar undergraduates. Keep in touch!