Augsburg URGO and McNair Alums Enrico Barrozo and David Fowler along with their mentor, Asst. Prof. Matt Beckman (Biology) had their paper accepted for publication in Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Behavior. The paper, entitled “Exposure to D2-like Dopamine Receptor Agonists Inhibits Swimming in Daphnia magna” was the product of two summers of research and work during the academic year by Enrico, David and Dr. Beckman with support from both the Augsburg URGO and McNair programs. This is the first study that definitively identified a neurotransmitter receptor signaling pathway involved in Daphnia swimming and will help to establish Daphnia as a model organism in which to study movement disorders such as Parkinson’s Disease.
Enrico is currently enrolled in the Genetics Ph.D. program at the University of Florida and David works a medical scribe in the Twin Cities and is applying for medical school admission.