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Upcoming Events

Upcoming Talks:

Brian will be giving a talk and charing a session entitled "Astrocytes in Neuroinflammation" at the 2024 FASEB Translational Neuroimmunology Meeting in Niagra, NY!

News and Happenings
(To see news before May 2020, check out the archive.) 




Evan joins the lab

Evan has officially joined the lab as our newest PhD student. He is currently a rising second year student in the Neuroscience Program. Welcome Evan!

May 1, 2023

Summer Fellowships

Congrats to Ben and Diego for receiving summer fellowships to support their research! Ben received the DLS-SURF Award, while Diego received a fellowship from the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Program. 

Apr 2023

Nick and Juan accept PhD program offers

After receiving nearly 20 interviews combined, Nick and Juan have officially accepted offers! Nick will be joining the PhD program in Immunology at the University of Washington, while Juan has chosen to stick with us at Rutgers and pursue a PhD in Neuroscience. We are incredibly proud of both!

Mar 29, 2023

Juan receives NSF GRFP Fellowship

We were thrilled to learn that Juan was selected for the NSF GRFP Fellowship! Congrats to Juan!

Dec 2022

Juan's Literature Review Published

Juan's review paper, "Paradoxical roles for programmed cell death signaling during viral infection of the central nervous system", is published in Current Opinion in Neurobiology. Congratulations Juan!

Oct 18, 2022

Diego Alzate joins the Daniels Lab

Diego joins the team and is excited to get started working with Juan! Diego is a sophomore in Cell Biology & Neuroscience looking to pursue a PhD and/or MD. Welcome Diego!

Sept 28, 2022

Irving advances to PhD candidacy

Irving passes his thesis proposal and advances to PhD candidacy. Congrats to Irving!

Aug 29, 2022

Brian, Nydia, and Marissa give presentations at FASEB

Brian gave a talk at the 2022 FASEB Translational Neuroimmunology Conference. In addition, Nydia gave an oral presentation on her work and Marissa gave a poster presentation. 

July 16-20, 2022

Irving, Tracy, and Juan give presentations at ASV

The lab embarked on a journey to the American Society of Virology in Madison, Wisconsin. Irving earned a travel award and gave an oral presentation on his work. Tracy and Juan gave poster presentations on their work as well. A great lab trip!

July 5, 2022

Nydia receives F31 Grant

Nydia received an F31 grant which will support her for two years. Congratulations Nydia!

June 2,


Mickey joins the Daniels Lab

Micheal (Mickey) McCourt joins us this summer. He is excited to get started with his work with Tracy and to undertake his own research in schizophrenia. Mickey is a junior in Cell Biology and Neuroscience and plans on attaining a PhD in neuroscience to further his work in schizophrenia research. Welcome Mickey!

June 1,


Nydia, Tracy, and Marissa receive Leathem Fellowships

Nydia, Tracy, and Marissa all received summer fellowships to supplement their research this year. Congrats!

April 26, 2022

Nick and Ben receive SURF Grants

Nick and Ben were both awarded the DLS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship for 2022. Congratulations to both!

April 24, 2022

Po's Paper is Published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation!

Po's paper, "Zika virus-induced TNF-α signaling dysregulates expression of neurologic genes associated with psychiatric disorders", is officially published in the Journal of Neuroinflammation. This is Po's first first-author publication and a huge achievement in his early academic career. Congratulations Po!

April 10, 2022

Tracy, Irving, and Juan give presentations at ASN

Irving and Tracy gave oral presentations at the American Society for Neurochemistry meeting in Roanoke, Virginia. Juan also gave a poster presentation. Tracy was also awarded the Young Investigator Educational Enhancement Travel Award!. 

April 4, 2022

Marissa awarded the Trainee Abstract Travel Award for AAI

Marissa is awarded the Trainee Abstract Travel Award for the American Association of Immunologists conference in Washington, DC. Congratulations Marissa!

March 25, 2022

Irving gives oral presentation at Rutgers MBGSO Symposium

Irving is selected to give an oral presentation at Rutgers Molecular Biosciences Graduate Student Organization (MBGSO) Symposium. He earned a top three spot for his presentation! Congratulations Irving!

Dec 20, 2021

Irving receives NINDS Diversity Supplement

Irving was awarded a 3-year grant to support his thesis work studying interactions between innate immunity and neurotransmission. Congrats to Irving!

Aug 25, 2021

Tracy passes her qualifying exam

A huge congratulations to Tracy for passing her qualifying exam and advancing to candidacy. Excellent job!

Aug 1, 2021

Ben and Sarah join the lab

Ben is a sophomore majoring in CBN and philosophy and is joining the lab as an undergraduate intern. Sarah is a sophomore CBN major joining the lab through the Aresty Research Assistants program. Welcome aboard!

July 31, 2021

The lab's first paper is out

We are excited to share the lab's first research article, "Fibrillar α-synuclein induces neurotoxic astrocyte activation via RIP kinase signaling and NF-κB," now out in Cell Death and Disease. Tracy and Nydia led the project, with contributions from almost everyone!

July 21, 2021

Nick, Marissa, and Po present at virtual ASV 2021 conference

Nick, Marissa, and Po were selected to give oral presentations at the virtual American Society of Virology 221 Conference. All three did an outstanding job! Well done!

July 7, 2021

Joanne joins the lab

Joanne joins the lab as a much-needed administrative assistant. She is also working with the Abriara lab. Welcome!

June 11, 2021

Nydia wins the Young Investigator Educational Enhancement Award

Nydia was selected for the prestigious YIEE Award from the American Society for Neurochemistry. Congrats to Nydia!

June 4, 2021

Graduate Summer Fellowship Awards

Congrats to both Tracy and Marissa for being awarded summer fellowship awards from the Rutgers Division of Life Sciences. 

June 1, 2021

New grant from NIMH

We have been awarded an R21 from the National Institute of Mental Health! This grant will fund our efforts to investigate maternal Zika Virus (ZIKV) infection as an environmental risk factor for mental illness, in collaboration with Dr. Alex Kusnecov in the Department of Psychology. 

May 19, 2021

Marissa passes her qualifying exam

A huge congratulations to Marissa for passing her qualifying exam and advancing to candidacy. We are so proud of you!

April 29, 2021

Winnie and Medha successfully defend their senior theses

Winnie and Medha successfully passed their senior thesis defenses and will graduate from the Cell Biology & Neuroscience (CBN) major. Both Winnie and Medha have done an outstanding job and are headed to exciting new ventures (Winnie to dental school at the University at Buffalo, Medha to the NIH IRTA Postbac program). 

April 26, 2021

Undergraduate Fellowship Awards

We've had another great year for UG fellowships! New awards include:

Nick Panzera: DLS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Po-Lun Kung: DLS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

April 16, 2021

Irving joins the lab

Irving has officially joined the lab! Irving is currently a first year student pursuing a PhD in the Neuroscience program. Welcome!

Mar 1, 2021

Nydia passes her qualifying exam

A huge congratulations to Nydia for passing her qualifying exam and advancing to candidacy. Nydia is our first PhD candidate in lab history!

Feb 4, 2021

Notice of Award for R01

The lab has officially received an R01 from NINDS! This grant is a huge milestone for our lab and we are excited to continue our research studying RIPK3 signaling and its roles in inflammatory astrocyte activation.

Jan 14, 2021

Juan joins the lab

Juan is an undergraduate CBN senior who will be working with the lab as a research technician following graduation. Welcome!

Aug 12, 2020

Nick joins the lab

Nick is an undergraduate student joining the lab through the Aresty Research Assistants program. Welcome aboard!

June 22, 2021

Updates coming!

We are working on updating the backend of our news page! Check back soon to catch up on the past year of news (a lot has happened!)

July 1, 2020

Summer Conference Presentations

Both Colm and Marissa were chosen for oral presentations at (virtual) conferences this summer. Colm gave a short talk at an online workshop for the American Society of Virology, while Marissa spoke at the FASEB Translational Neuroimmunology Meeting. Congrats to both! 

May 20, 2020

Aisha Patel named Henry Rutgers Scholar

Aisha successfully defending her honors thesis and was recognized as a Henry Rutgers Scholar, an honor awarded to graduating seniors with the very best thesis work across the entire Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences. Congrats to Aisha!

May 1, 2020

Undergraduate Fellowship Awards

We've had a great year for UG fellowships! New awards include:

Medha Krishnagiri: Parkinson's Foundation Summer Student Fellowship

Po-Lun Kung: DLS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Winnie Wong: DLS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship and Aresty Undergraduate Research Fellowship

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