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Profile: Maria (MariVi) Tejada-Simon News Archives

Maria Tejada-Simon
Maria Victoria (MariVi) Tejada-Simon
Assistant Professor of Pharmacology
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology
Department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences
UH College of Pharmacy
521 Science & Research Bldg. 2
Houston, TX 77204
Voice: 713-743-7835
Lab: 713-743-1772
Fax: 713-743-1884
mvtejada@mail.uh.edu

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2014 News Archives

January 2014

Dr. Tejada-Simon was awarded a grant from the SGP at UH to study “Pathways to schizophrenia: Maternal physiological and environmental disruptions as a risk for psychosis in the offspring.”

February 2014

Dr. Tejada-Simon was invited to the Inaugural Tier One Scholars Invitational, as faculty Pharmacy representative (UH).

Dr. Tejada-Simon served as Judge for the 55th Science Engineering Fair of Houston (George R. Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX).

Graduate student Luis Martinez was given the FASEB-MARC award to attend Experimental Biology in San Diego, CA.

Undergraduate student Tenee Lopez was honored with the FASEB-MARC award to attend Experimental Biology in San Diego, CA, and participate in the ASPET for undergraduate presentation competition.

March 2014

Dr. Tejada-Simon participated in the workshop “Designing Scientific Teaching Tools for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education” held at Texas State University, San Marcos, TX.

April 2014

Graduate student Luis Martinez presented “Targeting hyperactive Rho GTPase regulatory proteins in autism” at Experimental Biology in San Diego, CA.

Undergraduate student Tenee Lopez presented “Generation of neurodevelopmental changes in the offspring after maternal stress and prenatal NMDA receptor hypofunction” at Experimental Biology in San Diego, CA.

May 2014

Graduate student Luis Martinez successfully defended his proposal “Regulating hyperactive Rac1 in a mouse model of Fragile X syndrome.”

Dr. Tejada-Simon was invited to visit CIEMAT, Oncology Unit in Madrid (Spain).

September 2014

Dr. Tejada-Simon was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure.                       

Dr. Tejada-Simon was invited to present “Searching for new possibilities to target neurodevelopmental disorders associated with cognitive disabilities” in the 3rd International Conference on Neurology and Therapeutics, in Philadelphia, PA. 

2010 News Archives

January 2010
Dr. Tejada-Simon was awarded a FASEB-MARC faculty-student award.
Xiaoxiao Ge is rotating in the lab as part of the Graduate program.
February 2010
Dr. Tejada-Simon, Odelia Bongmba, Luis Martinez, Mary Elhardt and Karlis Butler obtained funds from SACNAS to attend the Regional meeting in Lubbock, Texas, representing the University of Houston Main Campus.
Our laboratory attended the Southwestern Regional – SACNAS meeting in Lubbock.
Odelia Bongmba presented her research “Inactivation of the rac1 gene affects the formation of dendritic spines”. She was awarded third prize on Graduate Student research presentation.
Luis Martinez presented his on-going research “Inactivation of the small GTPase Rac leads to alterations in synaptic plasticity: a role for Rac in LTP”
Mary Elhardt presented the results of her publication “Parallels among molecular, behavioral and architectural effects in the schizophrenia mouse model of NMDA receptor hypofunction”.
Karlis Butler presented his research regarding “Effects of promyelocytic leukemia (PML) protein in rodent brain function.
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April 2010
Dr. Tejada-Simon, Emmanuel Oni and Karlis Butler attended Experimental Biology in Anaheim, CA. Dr. Tejada-Simon presented the on-going work on “Promyelocytic Leukemia Tumor Suppressor Factor (PML) as a Biochemical Signal for Integration of Synaptic Plasticity.”
May 2010
Dr. Tejada-Simon was invited to the FRAXA Investigators Conference in Durham, NH, to present “Rac-dependent regulation of neuronal morphology in Fragile X syndrome.”
Karlis Butler graduated! He majored in Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Emmanuel Oni graduated! He majored in Biology and Psychology.
June 2010
Dr. Tejada-Simon was invited by the AGEP Summer Rice-UH Program to talk about Parallels among molecular, behavioral and architectural effects in the schizophrenia mouse model of NMDA receptor hypofunction”
August 2010
Dr. Tejada-Simon was invited to present her work on Fragile X syndrome at the University of Frankfurt (Germany). The title of her presentation was “Modifying behavioral responses in Fmr1 mice using pharmacological and genetic strategies”.
Graduate student Vaidehi Thanawala is rotating in the lab as part of her Graduate program.
September 2010
Dr. Tejada-Simon was invited to present her work on rodent behavior at the Center for Nuclear Receptors and Cell Signaling (CNRCS) at University of Houston. The title of her presentation was “A role for promyelocytic leukemia tumor suppressor protein (PML) in cognition and anxiety”.
Graduate student Odelia Bongmba was selected to receive a FASEB-MARC travel award to attend the SACNAS National conference, September 30-October 3, Anaheim, CA. Additionally, the committee selected her to deliver an oral presentation about her research “Inactivation of the rac1 Gene Affects the Formation of Dendritic Spines”.
October 2010
Odelia Bongmba attended the Society for Neuroscience meeting, November 13-17, in San Diego, CA. Odelia Bongmba presented her research work entitled "Evidence of impaired neuronal plasticity in response to inactivation of the small GTPase Rac1”.
Dr. Tejada-Simon represented UH in the Special Olympics Texas, Fall Classic 2010. She volunteered in the Aquatics events as a chaperone and timer.
November 2010
Dr. Tejada-Simon was awarded a three years grant from the Jèrôme LeJeune Foundation to continue the studies in mental retardation syndromes.
December 2010
Graduate student Odelia Bongmba attended the Graduate Student Symposium organized by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at the University of Houston, presenting her work “Evidence of impaired neuronal plasticity in response to inactivation of the small GTPase Rac1”.

2009 News Archives

January 2009
Dr. Tejada-Simon was awarded a Small Grant by the University of Houston (2009-2011)
Dr. Tejada-Simon received the Carl Storm Fellowship (GRC).
February 2009
Dr. Tejada-Simon was awarded a scholarship from the National Fragile X Foundation.
April 2009
Dr. Tejada-Simon presented “Establishing a link between small GTPases and mental health” at the Experimental Biology conference in New Orleans, LA.
Dr. Samina Salim presented the results of our ongoing collaboration at the Experimental Biology conference in New Orleans, LA. (A potential protective role of RGS2 in oxidative-stress mediated anxious behavior in rats.)
Dr. Tejada-Simon was invited to present the research regarding small GTPases and Fragile X syndrome at the 2009 NFXF Young Investigators Conference: From Mechanisms to Medicine, held at West Palm Beach, Florida, and organized by the National Fragile X Foundation and the Scripps Laboratories.
Our College participated in the 2009 March for Babies, organized by the March of Dimes - UH. Dr. Tejada-Simon represented the College of Pharmacy by serving as the team captain for this event.
Dr. Tejada-Simon was invited to serve as a judge on the 50th annual National Student Research Forum (NSRF) at the University of Texas, Medical Branch in Galveston, TX.
Odelia Bongmba was awarded the 2009 Minority Fellowship from the Biotechnology Institute.
Mary Elhardt successfully defended her Honor’s thesis.

May 2009
Jermeece Augustine graduated! She majored in Biology.
Mary Elhardt graduated with honors! She double majored in Biology and Political Sciences.
Mary Elhardt was honored with the Areté award and the Outstanding Honors Thesis award by the Honors College in a special ceremony celebrated at the Houstonian Hotel Resort and Spa on May 15th.
Odelia Bongmba attended the BIO conference in Atlanta, GA.
Dr. Tejada-Simon attended the Gordon Research Conference “Dendrites: Molecules, Structure and Function” in Lucca (Barga), Italy.
June 2009
Karlis Butler joined the lab. He will be doing a Senior research project in pharmacology.
Emmanuel Oni has joined the lab. He is a Junior with a dual major in Biology and Psychology, and double minor in Art/Chemistry.
Kevin Nguyen has joined the lab. He is a sophomore majoring in Biology.
After her graduation, Mary Elhardt has joined the lab as a Research Technician.
September 2009
Karlis Butler was granted a FASEB MARC travel award to the upcoming Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Phoenix, AZ next November. Congratulations!
Karlis Butler and Emmanuel Oni’s abstract were selected for presentation at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Phoenix, AZ next November.
October 2009
Karlis Butler presented his research “Behavioral characterization of a Promyelocytic leukemia tumor suppressor factor (PML)-null mouse: Does PML have a role in cognition? “at the Annual Undergraduate Research Day, organized by the University of Houston, on October 1, 2009.
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Emmanuel Oni presented his research “Deletion of Promyelocytic leukemia tumor suppressor factor (PML) affects brain plasticity and synapse connections. “at the Annual Undergraduate Research Day, organized by the University of Houston, on October 1, 2009
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Emmanuel Oni received a START-Scholar award from the University of Houston. His scholarship is link to Dr. Tejada-Simon’s mentorship until Spring 2010. During this award period he will continue unraveling the mysteries of PML in cognition. Congratulations!
Dr. Tejada-Simon, Dr. Gutala, and Odelia Bongmba attended the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago, IL. Dr. Gutala presented his research work entitled “A possible role for Rac in Fragile X syndrome” and Odelia Bongmba presented her research work entitled "Generation of a conditional disruption of the rac gene”.
Dr. Samina Salim presented the results of our ongoing collaboration at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in Chicago, IL, “Exercise increases antioxidant homeostasis and decreases oxidative stress-induced anxiety in rats”.
Odelia Bongmba successfully defended her dissertation proposal.
November 2009
Dr. Tejada-Simon attended and served as a judge at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Tejada-Simon also represented the department of Pharmacology and the University on recruitment of graduate students, together with Dr. Christina Chan, UH program director of the Rice-Houston Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate.
Karlis Butler presented his research “Ablation of promyelocytic leukemia tumor suppressor factor (PML) impairs hippocampal-dependent learning“ at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Phoenix, AZ.
Emmanuel Oni presented his research “PML involvement in brain plasticity: possible association to protein translation and actin cytoskeleton signaling pathways“ at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Phoenix, AZ.

2008 News Archives

January 08
Dr. Tejada-Simon and Luis Martinez joined the department of Pharmacological and Pharmaceutical Sciences at the University of Houston.
Odelia Bongmba joined the Tejada-Simon’s laboratory as a PhD candidate.
February 08
Dr. J.W. Culberson from Baylor College of Medicine presented a collaborative work with Dr. Tejada-Simon entitled “A self-taught computer module to improve interdisciplinary team skills in new resident physicians” at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Bureau of Health Professions All Grantee Meeting in Washington, DC.
March 08
Dr. Tejada-Simon presented her research work “Preliminary Characterization of a Newly Developed Rac Deficient Mouse” at the NINDS professional Development Workshop for Diversity Investigators in Washington, DC.
April 08
Dr. Tejada-Simon obtains an Adjunct appointment as Assistant professor in the Department of Psychology, at the University of Houston.
Dr. Tejada-Simon presented her research work “Establishing a link between Rac and Mental Health” at the Corporate Advisory Board, College of Pharmacy, University of Houston.
Dr. Tejada-Simon was awarded a research grant from the FRAXA Research Foundation to study the role of Rac in Fragile X syndrome.
Dr. C.M. Dewey from the Vanderbilt University presented a collaborative work with Dr. Tejada-Simon entitled “Residents as Teachers and Leaders (RATL): A Web-Based Learning Tool” at the Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA) Regional Conference in Nashville, TN.
June 08
Mary Elhardt and Jermeece Augustine joined the Tejada-Simon’s laboratory as undergraduate researchers.
Nadeem Tajuddin joined the Tejada-Simon’s laboratory for a summer research experience.
Mary Elhardt was awarded a summer scholarship from the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Rice-Houston.
Mary Elhardt was awarded a summer fellowship from Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program (SURF) at the University of Houston.
Dr. Tejada-Simon was awarded a research grant from the Jérôme LeJeune Foundation to study the therapeutic potential of Rac inhibitors in mental retardation.
July 08
Dr. Tejada-Simon was awarded the 2008-2009 Provost Faculty Travel Fund by the University of Houston.
August 08
Mary Elhardt presented her research work "The effects of systemic inactivation of NMDA receptor in protein synthesis in the mouse brain” at the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Rice-Houston in Houston, TX.
Mary Elhardt was awarded the Provost Undergraduate Research Scholarship (PURS) from the University of Houston.
Dr. Tejada-Simon attended a workshop on Learning and Memory and Classical Fear Conditioning in the beautiful Saint Albans, VT.
September 08
Dr. Ramana Gutala joined the Tejada-Simon’s laboratory. His research will focus on elucidating the role of small GTPases in Fragile X syndrome.
Dr. Tejada-Simon and Dr. Gutala attended the FRAXA Investigators Conference in Durham, NH.
Jermeece Augustine was granted a student travel award to the upcoming Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Orlando, FL next November. Congratulations!
October 2008
Mary Elhardt presented her research work at the Undergraduate Research day at the University of Houston. She won the undergraduate poster competition award for her poster "The effects of systemic inactivation of NMDA receptor in protein synthesis in the mouse brain”. Good job!
Jermeece Augustine presented her research work "Breeding strategy to obtain a site-specific Rac-deficient mouse to study cognitive impairment” at the Undergraduate Research day at the University of Houston.
Dr. Tejada-Simon received a travel award to serve as a Judge for the Undergraduate oral and poster presentations at the upcoming Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Orlando, FL next November.
November 2008
Mary Elhardt presented her research work "Disruption of Neuronal Plasticity by NMDA Receptor Hypofunction, an animal Model of Schizophrenia” at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Orlando, FL.
Jermeece Augustine presented her research work "Role of Rac in mice cognition” at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) in Orlando, FL.
Odelia Bongmba presented her research work “Initial characterization of a site-specific Rac deficient mouse” at the Society for Neuroscience Annual meeting in Washington, DC.
Dr. Z. Den at the MD Anderson Cancer Center (Dr. K.S. Chang’s laboratory) presented some of the results from our on-going collaboration entitled “A role for PML tumor suppressor in neuron stem cells differentiation” at the Society for Neuroscience Annual meeting in Washington, DC.