Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows - Pharmacology and Toxicology

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The University of Texas at Austin’s Division of Pharmacology and Toxicology attracts top students and postdoctoral fellows from all over the world. We are proud to build a culture where everyone has opportunities and a sense of belonging.

Current Postdoctoral Fellows

Narayan Acharya

Narayan Acharya, Ph.D.

Lab: Richburg Lab
EducationPh.D., Texas Tech University
Contact: Email Narayan | Narayans' LinkedIn

Research Interests:
Mechanistic toxicology/Reproductive toxicology, Cancer biology

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Alexis (Lexi) Campanile, Ph.D.

Lab: Fonken Lab
EducationPh.D., Florida State University
Contact: Email Alexis | Alexis' LinkedIn

Research Interests:
As a postdoc in the Fonken lab, I'm interested in how immune function can become altered due to aging, and how this can lead to changes from the cellular to behavioral level.

Emily Hilz

Emily N. Hilz, Ph.D.

Lab: Gore Lab
Contact: Email Emily 

Research Interests:
Endocrine disrupting chemicals, brain development, intergenerational inheritance of cognitive-behavioral disruption

Natalie Nawarawong smiling and wearing a black outfit

Natalie Narawawong, Ph.D.

Lab: Nixon Lab
EducationPh.D., The Medical College of Wisconsin; BA, Vassar College
Contact: Email Natalie

Research Interests:
My research focuses on investigating the role of neurons born during reactive neurogenesis on hippocampal structure and function.

Christy Lite

Christy Lite Samuel, Ph.D.

Lab: Richburg Lab
Education: Ph.D., SRM University
Contact: Email Christy | Christy's LinkedIn

Research Interests:
Male Reproductive Biology and Immunology

Nishant Sharma

Nishant Sharma, Ph.D.

Lab: Mukhopadhyay Lab
EducationPh.D., National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research-Ahmedabad, India
Contact: Email Nishant | Nishant's LinkedIn

Research Interests:
I am interested in exploring the pathobiology of Manganese-induced motor disease, and how SLC30A10 is expressed and functions in neuron-specific subtypes to develop a tailored medicine approach.

kevin uribe

Kevin Uribe, Ph.D.

Lab: Marinelli Lab
EducationPh.D., The University of Texas at El Paso
Contact: Email Kevin | Kevin's LinkedIn

Research Interests:
My research interests are exploring how the endocrine system regulates the progression of drug dependency. Specifically, I am interested in how a previously ignored brain structure, the lateral preoptic area (LPO), incorporates glucose and hormonal signaling to modulate motivated behavior. My current research focuses on the mechanisms through which activation of the LPO reinstates cocaine-seeking behavior. Additionally, I am looking at how the glucose system in the LPO mediates the acquisition and escalation of alcohol consumption. 

Jessica Wooden smiling in an outdoor setting

Jessica Wooden, Ph.D.

Lab: Nixon Lab
EducationPh.D., University of Houston

Research Interests:
My interests lie within the field of behavioral neuroscience, and specifically, exploring changes to brain and behavior related to use and abuse of drugs and alcohol. My current research focuses on the role microglia play in mediating an adolescent’s susceptibility to developing an alcohol use disorder.