Pharmacology and Toxicology

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    AHA Council on Hypertension scientific award winners

    • Council on Hypertension Conference New Investigator Award
      • Lorena Amaral, PhD
      • Denise Cornelius, PhD
    • Kidney Council New Investigator Award
      • Fan Fan, MD
    • Top Trainee Oral Abstracts/Hypertension Early Career Award Competition
      • Ellen Gillis, MS

    Trainee awards received at EB2014

    • Kasi McPherson - 1st place in Trainee Highlights in Physiological Genomics Symposium - Initial characterization of leptin receptor knockout Dahl salt-sensitive rats. Kasi McPherson, Tiffani N. White, Ashley Johnson, Aron M. Geurts, Howard J. Jacob, Michael R. Garrett, Jan M. Williams
    • Lorena Amaral - Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section Research Distinction Award - Progesterone supplementation improves blood pressure and uterine artery resistance and hypoxia-stimulated placental cytokines during pregnancy. Lorena M. Amaral, Luissa Kipprono, Kedra Wallace, Krystal Frazier, Janae Moseley, James N. Martin, Babbette LaMarca
    • Denise Cornelius - Steven M. Horvath Professional Opportunity Award - Normal pregnant T regs inhibit pathophysiology associated with hypertension in response to reduced uterine perfusion pressure in pregnant rats .  Denise C. Cornelius, Kedra Wallace, Ashlyn C. Harmon, Adrienne Paige, Janae Moseley, Babbette LaMarca
    • Ashlyn Harmon - Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section Predoctoral Research Recognition Award Finalist- IL-10 supplementation suppressed hypertension and inflammation in response to placental ischemia during pregnancy .  Ashlyn C. Harmon, Adrienne Paige, Denise Cornelius, Kedra Wallace, Alexia Thomas, Jeremy Scott, Janae Moseley, Babbette LaMarca
    • Jessica Faulker - APS Caroline tum Suden / Frances A Hellebrandt Award - Upregulation of GPR50 in a white adipose depot of diet-induced obese mice requires intact leptin signaling.  Jessica Faulkner, Jessica Gomolak, John Hall, Michael Garrett, Sean P. Didion
    • Ellen Gillis - APS Physiologists in Industry Novel Disease Model Award - The Dahl S rat on normal salt diet is a spontaneous model of preeclampsia. Ellen E. Gillis, Jennifer N. Mooney, Jan M. Williams, Michael R. Garrett, Jennifer M. Sasser
    • Denisha Spires - (undergraduate with Jan Williams) - APS Short-Term Research Education Program to Increase Diversity in Health-Related Research (STRIDE) Fellowship -

    Previous student accomplishments

    • Congratulations to Ellen Gillis for being selected to attend the American Physiological Society Professional Skills Training Course, "Professional Integrity: Best Practices for Publishing Your Work." Ms. Gillis will attend this course in January 2014 that is designed to promote a better understanding of how to prepare a manuscript for publication with professional integrity.
    •  Congratulations to Ashlyn C. Harmon (mentor, Dr. Michael R. Garrett) for being awarded the Best Presentation by a pre-doctoral trainee on her talk "Identifying generic variants causative of increased kidney disease in the S.SHR(11) congenic model" at the 2013 Gulf Coast Physiological Society Meeting in Mobile, AL.
    • Fouad Zouein received the Junior Initiative Award from the European Cytokine Society for his review article "LIF and the Heart: Just Another Brick in the Wall?"  Fouad A. Zouein, Mazen Kurdi, and George W. Booz.
    • Presentation winners at Research Day 2012 - School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences
      • Ashlyn Harmon
      • Tiffani Slaughter
    • Fouad Zouein was selected as a recipient of a 2012 Research Mini-Fellowship from the Society for Free Radical Biology and Medicine (SFRBM) for his study entitled Cardiac mitochondrial ROS production.


    Faculty and postdoctoral fellow accomplishments

    Dr. Ying Ge received a Postdoctoral Fellowship  from the American Heart Association for her research entitled, "Deficiency in the formation of 20-HETE in renal vasculature impairs both the myogenic & TGF responses in Dahl S rat.". Dr. Ge is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. 

     Dr. Malikarjuna R. Pabbidi received a Scientist Development Grant in 2012 from the American Heart Association for his research entitled, "Genetic basis of cerebral blood flow (CBF) autoregulation in FHH rats". Dr. Pabbidi is currently an instructor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. 

     Dr. Malikarjuna R. Pabbidi was the 2012 recipient of the Annual High Blood Pressure Research Conference New Investigator Award for his study entitled, “Identification of a Region of Rat Chromosome 1 That Impairs the Myogenic Response and Cerebral Blood Flow Autoregulation in Fawn Hooded Hypertensive Rats.” Dr. Pabbidi is an instructor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

    Dr. Sydney Murphy was the 2012 recipient of the Juan Carlos Romero Memorial Postdoctoral Travel and Research Recognition Award from the Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section of the American Physiological Society. Dr. Murphy received this award for her study entitled, “Upregulation of renal medullary 20-HETE production opposes the development of hypertension in Sleeping Beauty Transposon CYP4A1 transgenic Dahl S rats.” Dr. Murphy is an instructor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

    Dr. Jan Williams received a Scientist Development Grant from the American Heart Association for his project entitled, “Discovering new therapies for the treatment of diabetic nephropathy.” Dr. Williams is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

    Dr. Jennifer Sasser received a Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01) from the NIH NIDDK for her project entitled, “Mechanisms of renoprotection by relaxin in hypertension.” Dr. Sasser is an assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology.