Sarah Ocanas will be representing the OKC Geroscience community nationally through her election as Vice Chair/Secretary of the Trainee Chapter. This chapter represents all trainees in the society from across the US.
At the 2021 OUHSC Graduate Research Education And Technology (GREAT) Symposium students in the Freeman Lab won a number of awards: Hunter Porter – GREAT Debate Winner Sarah Ocanas – Paper of the Year Award and Dean’s Award for Outstanding Research Kyla Tooley – Vice President’s for Research Award for Outstanding Research. Congratulation to Hunter, Sarah, and Kyla for their achievements and to all the trainees in the Geroscience program who won nearly half of all the awards.
Hunter Porter, neuroscience graduate student, has received an NIH Fellowship entitled “Mathematical Models of Vulnerability and Cell-Type Specific Analysis of DNA Modifications in Aging” to support his research and training. Hunter’s work applies advanced bioinformatic approaches to DNA methylation patterns to understand aging, disease, cellular senescence, and genomic regulation. Hunter continues a trend of students receiving individual NIH predoctoral fellowships with 1/2 of the F31 awardees in Oklahoma over the past three years being in the Freeman Lab.