GSBSE Graduate Wins Prestigious NIH Award

Former GSBSE student Ryan W. Logan has been awarded a prestigious five-year NIH K01 Career Development Award from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) for a project entitled The Role of the Circadian Transcription Factor NPAS2 in the Nucleus Accumbens to Regulate Cocaine Reward.  This project will investigate the role of circadian clock genes in drug reward and addiction.   The K01 award mechanism supports intensive, mentored career development training in biomedical sciences leading to an independent research career. The award is accompanied by a promotion to Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where Dr. Logan is currently a post-doctoral scientist.   Dr. Logan did his Ph.D. work on mouse models of alcohol withdrawal in Alan Rosenwasser’s laboratory in the Psychology Department at UMaine.