Quave wins 2021 Crow Scholarship

Cana Quave 2021 Crow Scholarship

Pramod Dash, PhD, presenting the Terry J. Crow, PhD Scholarship in Neuroscience to Cana Quave, GSBS student working on his doctoral thesis in the lab of his mentor, Dr. Fabricio H. Do Monte pictured on his left. (Photo by John Concha)

Cana Quave, PhD, candidate in the laboratory of Fabricio H. Do Monte, PhD, in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy, is the 2021 recipient of the Terry J. Crow, PhD Scholarship in Neuroscience. Quave received the scholarship for his outstanding scholastic achievements.

“I have been told by those who knew Dr. Crow that he was an outstanding teacher of neuroscience,” Quave said. “I am honored to receive this award, and I hope that in the course of my career, I will contribute as much to neuroscience education as Dr. Crow did during his time at McGovern Medical School.”

Quave received his bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Houston. During his undergraduate education, Quave conducted research on the neurobiology of psychiatric disorders. After completing his undergraduate education, Quave joined The University of Texas Md Anderson Cancer Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UTHealth Houston.

In the lab, Quave studies the neurobiological mechanisms whereby environmental factors, including opioid drugs and threatening stimuli, drive decision making. His current projects focus on how cells in the brain’s prefrontal cortex communicate with cells in other brain regions to guide behavior during conflict situations, in which both positive and negative outcomes must be considered. His primary goal in research is to inform the development of new treatments for psychiatric disorders, including depression and addiction.

The Terry J. Crow, PhD Scholarship in Neuroscience was established in honor of the late Terry J. Crow, PhD, professor emeritus in the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at McGovern Medical School. Crow was an outstanding neuroscientist who studied the cellular and molecular mechanisms of learning and memory. He made seminal contributions to the field, for which he received both national and international recognition.

In addition to Crow’s substantial contributions to the research activities of the medical school, he was also a superb educator who, during his 27-year tenure, contributed significantly to the institution’s academic mission. He was recognized as one of the best lecturers by medical students and was the recipient of the Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for 18 years.