Irma I. Torres Vázquez, M.S.

Mentor: Eduardo Rosa-Molinar, Ph.D. - Mentor’s Academic Department: Pharmacology and Toxicology, KU-Lawrence
Primary office:


My project focuses on axo-somatic mixed synapses (conjoined electrical [i.e. gap junctions] and chemical synapses) between spinal inhibitory interneurons (i.e., VIa) and spinal motor neurons.

Memberships

Mentor: Eduardo Rosa-Molinar, Ph.D.

Mentor’s Academic Department: Pharmacology and Toxicology, KU-Lawrence

Academic year joined the NS program: 2016

Selected Publications

Serrano-Vélez J.L., Rodríguez-Alvarado M., Torres-Vázquez I.I., Fraser S.E., Yasumura T., Vanderpool K.G., Rash J.E., and Rosa-Molinar E. 2014. Abundance of Gap Junctions at Glutamatergic Mixed Synapses in Adult Mosquitofish Spinal Cord Neurons. Front. Neural Circuit 8: 66 1-16.

Toledo-Hernández C., Torres-Vázquez I.I., and Serrano-Vélez J.L. 2014. Microwave-Accelerated Processing of Coral Tissue Histology. Histol. Histopathol. 1: 1-7.

Torres-Vázquez I.I., Serrano-Velez J.L., Rosa-Molinar E., Orange F., Guinel M.J., Koutis I., Wolf J., Laimer C., Joshi V., and Powell R.D. 2012.  EnzMet™: An Enzymatic Metallography Reagent for Accurately Delineating Neuronal Boundaries for Segmenting Gap Junction-Coupled Neurons in their Three-dimensional Space.  Microsc.  Microanal. 18: 660-661. Extended abstract.

Liu W., Mitra D., Joshi V., Powell R., Hainfeld J., Serrano-Velez J., Rosa-Molinar E., Torres- Vázquez I., and Takvorian P. 2011. EnzMet for Versatile, Highly Sensitive Light and Electron Microscopy Staining. Micros. and Microanal. 17: 116-117.

Rivera-Rivera N.L., Martínez-Rivera N., Torres-Vázquez I., Serrano-Vélez J.L., Lauder G.V., and Rosa-Molinar, E. 2010. A Male Poecillid’s Sexually Dimorphic Body Plan, Behavior, and Nervous System. Int. Comp. Biol. 50: 1081–1090

Mancuso J., Serrano-Vélez J.L., Torres-Vázquez I.I., and Rosa-Molinar E. 2009. Three-Dimensional Correlated Microscopy of Fluorescence Microscopy and Serial Block-Face SEM. Microsc. Microanal. 15: 38-39.

Rosario-Ortiz L., Rivera-Pabón S., Torres-Vázquez I., Ortiz-Pérez E.G., Díaz-Pérez L., Pesquera-Díaz L., Rivera-Rivera N.L., Colón-Gracia E., Serrano-Vélez J.L., and Rosa-Molinar E. 2008. The Western Mosquitofish (Gambusia affinis affinis): A New Laboratory Animal Resource for the Study of Sexual Dimorphism in Neural Circuits.  Lab Animal 37: 263-269.

Díaz-Balzac C.A., Santacana-Laffitte G., SanMiguel-Ruiz J.E., Tossas K., Valentín-Tirado G., Rives-Sánchez M., Mesleh A., Torres I.I., and García-Arrarás José E. 2007. Identification of Nerve Plexi in Connective Tissues of Sea Cucumber Holothuria glaberrima by Using a Novel Nerve-Specific Antibody. Biol. Bull. 213: 28-42.

Abstracts:

Santiago- Robles C., Habiba K., Torres-Vázquez I. I., Martínez-Rivera N., Serrano- Vélez J., Makarov V. I., Morell G., Weiner B. R., Powell R. D., Joshi V., Thapa P. S., and Rosa-Molinar E. Silver-graphene dots as nanoscale imaging probes for correlative optical and electron microscopy. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL 2015. (poster)

Torres-Vázquez I. I., Torrench-Santos C., Serrano-Vélez J. Rein K., and Rosa-Molinar E. In vivo demonstration of okadaic acid internalization in glutamatergic spinal motor neurons. Experimental Biology, San Diego, CA 2014. (poster)

Negrón-Morales C., Torres-Vázquez I. I., Serrano-Vélez J. L., Powell R. D., and Rosa-Molinar E. New en bloc staining technique improves tissue contrast and electrical conductivity. Experimental Biology 2014, San Diego, CA 2014. (poster)

Torres-Vázquez I. I., Serrano-Vélez J. L., Fraser S., and Rosa-Molinar E. Delineating a Neural Circuit: Characterization of an Inhibitory Spinal Interneuron of the Rapid Copulatory Circuit (RCC). 8th Conference of the Specialized Neuroscience Research Program, San Juan, P.R. 2010. (poster)

Martínez- Rivera N., Torres-Vázquez I. I., and Rosa-Molinar E. Gonadotrophin-Releasing Hormone 1 (GnRH-I) Neurons within the Ventral Spinal Cord of a Male Internal Fertilizing Teleost Fish, Gambusia. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. 2010. (poster)

Torres-Vázquez I. I., Martínez-Rivera N., Serrano- Vélez J. L., and Rosa-Molinar E. Characterization of Inhibitory Spinal Interneurons of a Fast Spinal Neural Circuit. 61st Annual Meeting of the Histochemical Society, Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole, MA. 2010. (poster)

Torres-Vázquez I., Serrano-Vélez J. L., and Rosa-Molinar E. A retrograde labeling, Immunohistochemical, and laser scanning confocal microscopy study of inhibitory spinal interneurons in adult Gambusia. Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. 2009. (poster)

Torres-Vázquez I., Serrano-Vélez J. L., and Rosa-Molinar E.  A retrograde labeling, Immunohistochemical, and laser scanning confocal microscopy study of inhibitory spinal interneurons in adult Gambusia. 17th Annual Puerto Rico Neuroscience Conference, San Juan, P.R. 2008. (poster)

Torres-Vázquez I., Serrano-Vélez José L., Rivera-Rivera Nydia L., and Rosa-Molinar Eduardo. Gap junctions among dendrites of motor neurons and Parvalbumin-containing gabaergic interneurons establish a dense and far-ranging network in the ventral spinal cord. 16th  Annual Puerto Rico Neuroscience Conference, San Juan, P.R. 2007. (poster)

Torres-Vázquez I., Serrano-Vélez José L. and Rosa-Molinar Eduardo. Gap junctions among dendrites of motor neurons and Parvalbumin-containing gabaergic interneurons establish a dense and far-ranging network in the ventral spinal cord. National Society for Histotechnology 33rd Annual Symposium/Convention, Denver, CO. 2007. (poster)

Selected Awards & Honors

MARC Travel Award for Institute of Teaching and Mentoring. Tampa, Florida, October 2012


Contact Information

The University of Kansas
Neuroscience Graduate Program
c/o Dr. Rick Dobrowsky
School of Pharmacy, Ste 2001-D
2010 Becker Drive
Lawrence, KS 66047
Telephone: (785) 864-3531 or (785) 864-3893
E-mail: dobrowsky@ku.edu or psteffan@ku.edu

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