Meharvan “Sonny” Singh, PhD
Pharmacology and Neuroscience
How long have you worked at UNTHSC?
I have been at UNTHSC for about 7 ½ years.
What does your position at UNTHSC entail?
In my current position here at UNTHSC, I conduct and provide oversight to a research program dedicated to increasing our understanding of how hormones influence the brain, particularly within the context of neuroprotection, aging and Alzheimer’s disease.
In addition, I provide didactic instruction to both professional (i.e., medical students and PA students) as well as graduate students (MS and PhD students in the Graduate School of Biomedical Science). I am also heavily invested in training/mentoring graduate students in biomedical research.
I am also the graduate advisor/coordinator for the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, director for translational research and education for the Institute on Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease Research (IAADR), and director of research for the Center FOR HER, and in addition, have the privilege of serving on various other institutional committees.
Like my fellow colleagues here at UNTHSC, I also represent our institution through service on external committees and organizations. These include serving on the Board of Directors for the North Central Texas Alzheimer’s Association and serving as a peer reviewer for various scientific journals, and for both federal and non-federal granting agencies (such as the NIH and the Alzheimer’s Association).
Is there anything about your department that your fellow faculty, staff and students may not know?
Our department has the distinction of having three funded NIH Program Project Grants. Very few programs across the country can say the same.
The Health Science Center’s values are compassion, integrity, excellence, pride, innovation and teamwork. Can you give an example of how your department or your coworkers demonstrate one of these values?
Our department is very collaborative. In fact, it is one of the major factors that drew me to UNTHSC. The unselfish teamwork that our extraordinarily talented faculty exhibits on a day-to-day basis is precisely what underlies much of our program’s success. I have personally benefited from having such talented faculty around me, evidenced by our collaborative publications and funded grants.
What's the best thing about working at the Health Science Center?
For me, the best thing about working at UNTHSC is the faculty here that I have the privilege of calling my colleagues. We have faculty that are truly leaders in their field and who have genuine interests in collaboration. I thoroughly enjoy having the ability to walk into my colleague’s office to “bounce” an idea off of them to gauge its merit. It is such interactions that make the hard work we put in worthwhile.
What do you like to do when you aren't at the Health Science Center?
I love the game of golf. It is such an important part of my life that I managed to find a way to partner my love for golf with UNTHSC. I’m proud to say that a golf tournament that my wife and I initiated, “The Sonny Singh Open,” intended originally to get friends together for some fun/frustration out on the course, is in its sixth year. Through this event, we are pleased to be able to support the Rachel Dauphin Memorial Scholarship fund at UNTHSC.
Is there anything else you would like to share?
Professionally, I am proud to be associated with UNTHSC and look forward to contributing towards its future successes. Personally, I am overjoyed to share with you that as of five weeks ago, my wife and I became the proud parents of our first child, Jaania K. Singh.
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