Meet Parisa

Parisa Afshari

Name: Parisa Afshari

Home Country: Iran

Year in PhD Program: 5

PhD Degree-granting Program: Neuroscience

PhD Advisor: Dr. Frank Middleton

Description of Research Project:
I am characterizing a deletion in the Glutamate transporter gene, SLC1A1, and how it associates with schizophrenia and psychotic disorders.

Favorite thing about SUNY Upstate:
I like the fact that the Biomedical Science program has a strong collaboration with the medical school and as a result, we have both basic sciences and clinical-oriented research, providing the students with the great opportunity to choose their thesis research based on their interest. Supportive faculty and staff, nice new buildings (including the state of the art Neuroscience Research Building) are also among my favorite things about our school.

Favorite thing about Syracuse or Central New York:
The beautiful nature and many great trails for hiking, gorgeous Finger Lakes surrounding the city, friendly people and probably most important for a student, the low cost of living are some of my favorite things about Syracuse.

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Lei Mi-Mi, PhD

A research project led by Lei Mi-Mi, a PhD student in the College of Graduate Studies, has made the cover of a prestigious scientific journal.

Lei Mi-Mi, a student in the lab of David Pruyne, PhD, assistant professor of Cell & Developmental Biology, is first-author of the cover article in the July 9, 2012 issue of the Journal of Cell Biology. The journal's cover title is "Formins' Muscle Building Routine."

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