Sonia Podvin, PhD

2010 Mentored Young Investigator Award Recipient

Kate Finlayson Memorial Research Grant

TITLE: Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine

STUDY TITLE: Augurin is a novel choroid plexus-derived peptide hormone that regulates CSF formation by controlling epithelial cell homeostasis.


Dr. Podvin is a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, San Diego. She received a B.A. from Wellesley College in Biochemistry and a PhD in pharmacology and biomedical neuroscience from Boston University. The study hypothesized that the peptide hormone, augurin, is produced and secreted by the choroid plexus epithelium, is a ligand for an unknown receptor and has a critical function in CSF fluid homeostatsis.  If proven, researchers predict that augurin can be manipulated pharmacologically to treat hydrocephalus.

MENTOR: Andrew Baird, PhD