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Latest lab events

Society for Neuroscience symposium, Washington, DC

November 11-15, 2023

Another great showing at the SFN!

Chinmoy, Amir and Sage all presented posters this year.


Summer 2023 interns

June-August 2023

This year's summer interns:

Sophie Gandsas, STEM Fellowship, Bryn Mawr High School, Baltimore, MD

Sarah Griffith, UM Scholars, U Maryland, College Park, MD

Rachel Katz, UM Scholars, U Maryland, College Park, MD


Lipinski Lab in the news

April, 2023

Check out recent UM-SOM features about our lab:

  • Press release about Niv's paper on the role of autophagy in control of inflammation after TBI

  • Youtube video about our current work on influence of autophagy on brain aging and neurodegeneration after TBI.

National Capital Area TBI Research Symposium
College Park, MD

March 8-9, 2023

After a 2-year COVID break we were finally able to attend the annual NCA-TBI Research Symposium. It was great to present our data and get to know colleagues from Maryland, DC, Virginia and Pennsylvania involved in all aspect of preclinical and clinical TBI research. Amir and Chinmoy were both selected for oral presentations; Sage was one of the finalists in student poster competition.

Great job everyone!

NCA-TBI 2023: Amir, Chinmoy, Liv, Sage, Marta & Jess.

Goodbye to Niv

February 28th, 2023

Niv Hegdekar started in the lab as a MS student in 2015 and was accepted to the Biochemistry PhD program in 2016. Her PhD thesis focused on the role of autophagy in regulation of inflammation in brain trauma and resulted in two 1st author and multiple co-author publications. In addition to her MS and PhD Niv completed UMB President’s Entrepreneurial Fellowship and Master of Science in Law (Patent Law) degree at the UMB School of Law. She also served in several student organizations, including 2 years as president of the UMB University Student Government Association (USGA). For her service she was awarded the 2021 UMB Presidential Core Values Award for Leadership and the 2022 Otani Award, which recognized a PhD student with outstanding academic and service record.

Niv is starting a position as a Strategy Consultant at IQVIA, Boston, MA. Good luck in your new venture, Niv. We will miss you!

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A new rotation student

January-March 2023

A MolMed PhD student, Jess Gore, joined our lab as a rotation student.

For her rotation project Jess is using BMDM to assess the role of autophagy in responses to lipid phagocytosis.

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Society for Neuroscience symposium, San Diego, CA


Welcome to the lab

Sage Thapa, a 3rd year Molecular Medicine PhD student joined our lab in June 2022

Liv Pettyjohn-Robin, a recent UM Baltimore County graduate became our new lab assistant in September 2022

November 12-16, 2022

Chinmoy and Amir presented their work at the Society for Neuroscience meeting in San Diego, CA. Great job!

The annual Lipinski lab BBQ

June 12th, 2022

We had many reasons to celebrate this year.

Niv graduated with her PhD and Sabrina's was accepted to DO school. Sabrina will be leaving us in July to start her medical education. We will all miss her!

We were joined by lab alumna Julia Thayer, now a postdoc at NIH, and her husband Evin.


Past & current Lipinski lab members: Sage, Julia, Marta, Niv, Sabrina and Amir.

New funding for interdisciplinary investigation of brain aging mechanisms

Our MPI team: Drs. Lipinski, Kane and Cummings

June 2022

Our new MPI R33 Grant to develop methods enabling cell type and organelle specific lipidomic and proteomic analyses of the aging mouse brain was approved by the NIA. Special thanks to our collaborators Dr. Maureen Kane at he UM School of Pharmacy and Dr. Michael Cummings at UM College Park. We are looking forward to continuing collaboration with this outstanding team.

Niv's graduation

May 19th, 2022

Niv was chosen to speak on behalf of all the UMB students and to introduce this year's commencement speaker, Dr. Anthony Fauci. Needless to say, she did an awesome job!

Congratulations Niv!

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