Lab news

June 2022

Our Summer Neuroscience Internship program (SNIP) 2022 starts again! We have two students joining, our own Sophia Moret (UF undergrad, left) and a new lab member Jill Murray (right) from The College of Wooster (OH)

March 2022


The second PhD student of the lab graduates!!! CONGRATULATIONS DR Kazi Farhana Afroz!!!

June 2021


Mohammad Jodeiri Farshbaf graduates and becomes the 1st PhD student to defend. CONGRATULATIONS DR JODEIRI FARSHBAF

Welcome Malika Allen, our Summer Neuroscience Internship Program (SNIP) student! Malika will be with us for the whole summer working on chronic stress and hippocampal function

April 2021

Congratulations to Farhana and Mohammad on getting two new publications accepted!!!

The first is a review in Frontiers of Aging Neuroscience, written by Mohammad Jodeiri Farshbaf and Karina Alviña and titled “Multiple roles in neuroprotection by the exercise derived myokine Irisin“.

Read it here

The second paper is Farhana’s first research manuscript with the help of a fantastic team of undergraduate researchers, The title is “Altered gut microbiome and autism like behavior are associated with parental high salt diet in male mice“, and will be coming out in Scientific Reports.

Read it here!

Again, congratulations Farhana and Mohammad!!!!

March 2021

It is official!! Rachel Gunraj and Rodrigo Tomas, graduate students from the Biomedical Sciences PhD program at UF, join the Alviña lab!!!!

Welcome to the lab Rachel and Rodrigo!!!

January 2021

Happy new year and happy new grant!!!!

We received a Pilot Grant from the Department of Health of the state of Florida. Lots of exciting data will be coming out soon.

November 2020

Congratulations to Mohammad for winning 1st place in the 3MT (3minute thesis) competition at Texas Tech.

Mohammad Jodeiri Farshbaf M.S. (Ph.D. candidate)

Read about it here

June 2020

Congratulations to our grad students Farhana, Mohammad and Hunter who successfully passed their qualifying exams and got approval for their thesis projects this spring 2020. Great job! you guys are truly amazing!

Lab meeting via zoom, the new normal

March 2020

Our first research paper from the lab has been accepted for publication!!! Congratulations to Mohammad and his team of undergrads Sagufta, Dominica, Amit (MS student), Danny and Nabeela, for this major accomplishment. We are beyond proud!!!

Hippocampal injection of the exercise-induced myokine irisin suppresses acute stress-induced neurobehavioral impairment in a sex-dependent manner.

Jodeiri Farshbaf, M., Garasia, S., Moussoki, D. P. K., Mondal, A. K., Cherkowsky, D., Manal, N., & Alviña, K.

Read it here

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May 2019:

The lab says good bye to several undergraduate students that graduated or moved on to other endeavors!  Thank you for your time and dedication Varsha Misra and Kajal Parikh (graduates) and Bridgette Kerr.

Lab outing to celebrate

Lab photo May 2019

Congratulations Mohammad for your 1st place award at the TTU Obesity Cluster Research Annual meeting.

Mohammad Jodeiri Farshbaf M.S.

April 2019: TTU Undergraduate Research Conference

Great lab representation, congratulations (top to bottom) Varsha, Kajal, Noah, Alyssa, Sagufta, Fabiola, and Dominica for successfully presenting your posters.

URC 2019 ALL

March 2019: Farhana presented at the TTU Annual Graduate student poster competition

Farhana poster competition TTU

January 2019: New year, new lab member! Welcome new PhD student Amit Kumar Mondal

Amit March 2019
Amit Kumar Mondal – Ph.D. student

August 2018: Clark Scholars symposium, Jack Christian presented his summer project. He totally nailed it!

Some snapshots of Jack at work:

July 2018: lab summer gathering!

summer 2018
Summer gathering to celebrate our hard work!

June 2018: lots of new peeps join the lab!

  • Kevin Cruz Colon (undergrad from the University of Puerto Rico) and Jack Christian (Clark Scholar, High School senior from Sacramento, CA) will be spending most of the summer with us!
  • Kajal Parikh, Varsha Misra, Bridgette Kerr, Fabiola Arzate, Noel Estrada and Alex Soto (all undergrads from TTU) will start working with us and will stay for the coming semesters!
  • Danton Shoemaker leaves and will be continuing his Ph.D. work with Dr. Jim Carr

February 2018 : New grad students join the lab!

Welcome Farhana, Mohammad, Hunter and Danton! (see People page for photos!), more details soon 🙂

Baby steps!

Our lab is starting to take form  🙂  lots of boxes being delivered and the first electrophysiology rig is almost completed.