News and Events

April 2019

Award:  Congratulations to Dr. Robert Yu.  

Dr. Yu is the recipient of the 2019 Graduate School Faculty Awards - Distinguished Research Award.  This award is presented to a member of the Graduate Faculty who has brought recognition and honor to Augusta University for quality and quantity of his/her research. Yu Award 2019


August 1, 2018

Award:  Congratulations to Dr. Quanguang Zhang on his recent RO1 award from NIH and his Innovative Project Award from the American Heart Association.

July 15, 2018

Award:  Congratulations to Dr. Sergei Kirov for his recent R56 Bridge Funding Award from NIH.

May 5th, 2016

Award: Congratulations to Dr. Brann on his Distinguished Research Award from the Graduate School! The Distinguished Research Award is presented to a member of the graduate faculty who has brought recognition and honor to Augusta University for quality and quantity of his/her research. Dr. Brann is no stranger to TGS Faculty Awards, having won the Distinguished Research Award once before in 1997 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2015.


Feb 22th, 2016

Award: Congratulations to Dr. Nilkantha Sen on his recent R01 awards from NEI and NINDS! [Sen Lab]

Feb 22th, 2016

Award: Congratulations to the MCG Faculty Awards honorees, particularly our own Drs. Wen-Cheng Xiong (Distinguished Faculty Award), Nilkantha Sen (Outstanding Young Basic Science Faculty Award), and Carlos Isales (MCG Outstanding Faculty Award).

Dec 22nd, 2015

In the News: Deadly brain inflammation tied to not enough YAP [Xiong lab] [article link].

Dr. Wen-Cheng Xiong

Dec 9th, 2015

In the News: Novel peptide helps protect brain cells following cardiac arrest [Brann lab] [article link].


Dec 1st, 2015

In the News: How A High Fat Diet Could Damage Your Brain [Stranahan lab] [article link].


Nov 11th, 2015

In the News: Lipid helps keep algae and brain fluid moving [Bieberich lab] [article link].

Ji Na Kong (left) and Corresponding Author Dr. Erhard Bieberich

July 30th, 2015

Award: Neuroscience PhD student Jonathan Bean's paper was the most read paper at Journal of Neuroscience for the month of June, 2015. Great job, Jonathan! [Mei lab].

May 15th, 2015

Award: Congratulations to Dr. Quanguang Zhang for winning the 2015 MCG Outstanding Young Basic Science Faculty Award! [link]

May 7th, 2015

In the News: Enzyme that converts testosterone to estrogen has big role in the healthy, injured brain [Brann lab] [article link].

Dr. Darrell Brann

May 7th, 2015

Publication: Models and mechanisms for hippocampal dysfunction in obesity and diabetes. Neuroscience. 2015 [Stranahan lab] [article link].

April 23rd, 2015

Publication: Cholesterol Regulates Multiple Forms of Vesicle Endocytosis at a Mammalian Central Synapse. J Neurochem. 2015 [Xu lab] [article link].

April. 22nd, 2015

Award: Congratulations to Graduate Research Day Excellence in Research awardees! [link]

Fisher Award for Scientific Excellence in Biomedical Research

Connie Chung

Graduate Faculty Assembly Award

Thiri Lin

Molecular Medicine Award

Joanna Erion

Neuroscience Award

Amanda Crider

April. 13th, 2015

Award: Congratulations to Dr. Darrell Brann on receiving the Distinguished Service Award!

April. 13th, 2015

Award: Congratulations to Dr. Lynnette McCluskey on receiving the Outstanding Teacher Award for The Graduate School!

April. 8th, 2015

Publication: Guggulsterone and bexarotene induce secretion of exosome-associated breast cancer resistance protein and reduce doxorubicin resistance in MDA-MB-231 cells. Int J Cancer. 2015 [Bieberich lab] [article link].

Mar. 25th, 2015

Award: Congratulations to Dr. Larry Layman on receiving the Outstanding Faculty Award for The Graduate School!


Mar. 12th, 2015

In the news: Surprising finding provides more support for Alzheimer’s being an autoimmune disease. [Bieberich lab] [article link]

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Mar. 5th, 2015

Publication: Lrp4 in osteoblasts suppresses bone formation and promotes osteoclastogenesis and bone resorption. [Xiong lab] [article link].


Feb. 5th, 2015

Publication: Brainbow: New Resources and Emerging Biological Applications for Multicolor Genetic Labeling and Analysis (cover article) [Pan lab] [article link].

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Jan. 16th, 2015

Press coverage of study from the Sen lab: memory loss linked to gas in brain [article link]. Yahoo news.


Dec. 5th, 2014

Publication: Maintenance of GABAergic Activity by Neuregulin 1-ErbB4 in Amygdala for Fear Memory [Mei Lab].


Dec. 5th, 2014

Publication: Cytokine-Induced GAPDH Sulfhydration Affects PSD95 Degradation and Memory [Sen Lab]

Cover image Molecular Cell

Oct. 15th, 2014

Publication: Congrats to Dr. Arnab Braik and the Xiong and Mei Labs on their cover article in the Journal of Neuroscience!

Oct. 14th, 2014


Dr. Lin Mei (left) and MCG postdoctoral fellow Dr. Chengyong Shen

Coverage in the GReport. Research report in PNAS.

Oct. 2nd, 2014

Highlights from the Medical Scholars Research Day

Coverage in the Augusta Chronicle

Sep. 29th, 2014


Jonathan Bean has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Darrell W. Brann Scholarship. Congratulations to Jonathan and his mentor, Dr. Lin Mei, on their achievement!

Sep. 12th, 2014

The GILZ protein may protect against bone loss in arthritis

Drs. Xingming Shi (left) and Nianlan Yang

Coverage in GReport (Link).

Aug. 15th, 2014

Zebrafish at DNRM: how a tiny fish can help us understand the human brain 

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Coverage in The Augusta Chronicle (Linkand GReport (Link).

May 4th, 2014
Congratulations to Dr. Darrell Brann, on receiving the Augusta University Research Institute’s 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award (Link)


Apr. 4th, 2014
MCG establishes Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine 

New department

A Department of Neuroscience and Regenerative Medicine that further strengthens research and educational endeavors in neurological and psychiatric disease has been established at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University.

Dr. Lin Mei, a neuroscientist and expert in brain cell communication who has directed MCG’s Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics for six years, is the inaugural Chairman of the department that also will pursue the restorative potential of stem cells. More on GReport (Link).