Marshall Doctoral Candidate Earns Research Fellowship

A Marshall graduate student has received funding to further her research into addiction.

The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers Association Foundation  recently awarded a pharmacology/toxicology pre-doctoral research fellowship to Skylar Cooper. The fellowship will provide $25,000 a year for two years to support Cooper’s thesis research, focused on investigating the effects of electronic cigarette flavors on nicotine addiction.

Under the mentorship of Brandon Henderson, Ph.D., an assistant professor of biomedical sciences at Marshall's Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine , Cooper will investigate various flavoring chemicals in e-cigarette devices in order to better understand how these flavors impact the addictive properties of nicotine, and determine how flavors alone may affect the brain.

"Given the rise in electronic cigarette use among adolescents, this research is timely and of importance in order to reduce the growing e-cigarette use epidemic, especially among American adolescents," Cooper said.

A Michigan native, Cooper earned her Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of Findlay in Findlay, Ohio. Cooper is on track to complete her Ph.D. in biomedical research with an emphasis in neuroscience of addiction from Marshall by 2022.

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