News and Awards

Below are links to news releases about the CLIMB Program and awards won by CLIMB-UP and CLIMB-HI scholars.

News and Press Releases


Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor of pharmacology and toxicology and senior associate dean for diversity and inclusion, has been awarded the inaugural Dolores Shockley Minority Mentoring Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP).


Seventy-six student-scientists presented projects during the 2017 Buffalo Summer Research Day, an interdisciplinary forum marking the culmination of their summer research in Buffalo.


Three residents provided presentations concentrating on retinal diseases and treatment at a symposium sponsored by the Department of Ophthalmology and the Ross Eye Institute.


The Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences celebrated scientific achievements, outstanding service and significant teaching contributions during its 2017 Faculty and Staff Recognition Awards event May 18.


Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD, senior associate dean for diversity and inclusion and SUNY Distinguished Professor of pharmacology and toxicology, has been awarded the UB President’s Medal, given in recognition of extraordinary service to the university.


Anthony J. Jones, a doctoral student in the neuroscience program, has received a two-year fellowship award in pharmacology/toxicology from the PhRMA Foundation.


The inaugural Jacobs Arts Festival showcased works by Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences students and faculty alike in celebration of where art and medicine meet.


Jun-Xu Li, MD, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, has received the Joseph Cochin Young Investigator Award from the College of Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD) for his research on pharmacotherapy for stimulant abuse.


Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD, and Mark R. O’Brian, PhD, are recipients of the 2015-16 Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award.


Graduate student and trainee researchers and their mentors in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology received positive feedback on in-depth studies they presented at the 2016 Behavior, Biology and Chemistry: Translational Research in Addiction meeting.


Medical school faculty members Margarita Dubocovich and Mark O’Brian are the recipients of the 2015-16 Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award.


Ninety-five student-scientists presented projects during the 2015 Buffalo Summer Research Day, an interdisciplinary forum marking the culmination of their summer research in Buffalo.


Chemistry professor Luis Colón will head to the White House to receive a national award for excellence in mentoring.


Rajendram Rajnarayanan, PhD, assistant professor of pharmacology and toxicology, has been honored with a 2014 President Emeritus and Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring.


The one woman Kerri Pryce dedicates his research to can hardly remember his name.

Biologist and national science diversity advocate Clifton A. Poodry, PhD, shared his inspirational success stories through two University at Buffalo forums on June 24.

UB has received $1.9 million from the NIH to fund the education of 20 UB biomedical and behavioral scientists from underrepresented groups.


Jason Ma, a pharmacology and toxicology major, was one of four UB undergraduates selected to present original research findings to SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and state elected officials.


Undergraduates from across the country have come to UB this summer to participate in a mentoring research program launched by Margarita Dubocovich, PhD.

From the UB Reporter


Aylin Flores

Aylin Flores recently presented at 2017 SACNAS: The National Diversity in STEM Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. At the conference,  judges recognized Aylin Flores's work, titled "Distinguishing Whether Rif2 and Orc4 Subfunctionalized or Neofunctionalized after Duplication," as a standout among the student presentations in the Cell/Molecular Biology category, and selected her to receive one of the 2017 SACNAS Student Presentation Awards.

2017 ABRCMS poster award winners

Jaleel Shepherd, a junior at Medgar Evers College and CLIMB UP 2017 participant, won Best Poster in the Cancer Biology category at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. He conducted summer research in the lab of Dr. Raj Rajnarayanan. 

Kirstie A. Cummings, a PhD student studying in the lab of Gabriela K. Popescu, PhD, associate professor of biochemistry, has been awarded a highly competitive, three-year fellowship from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Ekue B. Adamah-Biassi and Anthony J. Hutchinson have received Maximizing Access to Research Careers Travel Awards for this year’s Experimental Biology meeting.


David Thorn, a PhD student in pharmacology and toxicology, received a travel award to attend the Behavior, Biology and Chemistry Annual Meeting.


The two-year award supports MD/PhD candidate Alice Crane’s research on how genetic variability impacts human susceptibility to the pesticide chlorpyrifos.


Three PhD students and a recent postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Ji Li, PhD, presented their research at the world’s largest and most prestigious heart research meeting.


PhD candidate Shannon Clough and postdoctoral associate Anthony Hutchinson, PhD, received travel awards to attend a prestigious conference on translational research in addiction.


Jason Ma has received a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow Travel Award from the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.


PhD candidate Bethany Rankin has received a Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award from the American Association for Cancer Research.

CLIMB-HI and CLIMB-UP alumnae received awards for research in Pharmacology and Toxicology