Research Development Core – 2014-2015 Pilot Grant Awardees

The Research Development Core would like to congratulate our 2014-2015 Pilot Grant Awardees! Martin Paukert, M.D. and Pei Wang, Ph.D. have been selected to receive Pilot Grants from the San Antonio Nathan Shock Center Research Development Core.


Dr. Martin Paukert‘s research interests include studying the role of neuron-astroglia interaction in neuromodulation. A particular focus of his work lies on understanding molecular events and behavioral context leading to CA2+ dynamics in awake mice, consequences for neuronal signaling and alterations of these signals in transgenic mouse models of neurodegenerative and neurobehavioral disease.



Dr.  Pei Wang focuses her work on diabetes which involves the endocrine tissue and PDAC (pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma), a cancer of the exocrine pancreas that is notorious for its dismal prognosis as well generating insulin producing cells (IPCs) from pluripotent stem cells for modeling disease and for cell replacement therapies for diabetes.

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