Melva N Avalos
Dr. Melva Avalos is a researcher and Assistant Professor in the College of Education, Department of Kinesiology. She is a graduate of the UT College of Pharmacy and has researched receptor pharmacology in the fields of neuronal plasticity, mental illness, and addiction. Dr. Avalos' dissertation research was ground-breaking work in the area of pharmacological modelling of drug efficacy. It was aimed at ranking partial agonist antipsychotics by relative intrinsic efficacy and mathematical modeling of the kinetics of their interactions with dopamine in order to increase the precision of drug parameter measurement and better predict the clinical and side effect profiles of these novel antipsychotics. Most recently, as a Research Associate at UT's Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research, she was part of a group that isolated a novel peptide acting at BK channels with potential therapeutic use for alcoholism. Dr. Avalos also researches rare neurological disorders at Speragen Inc. in Austin, and in her spare time can be found kayaking or hiking the lake trails with her beloved lab, Coco.