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Published in This Week on February 10, 2014

Postdoctoral fellow joins physiology faculty

DeLeon-PennellDr. Kristine Y. DeLeon-Pennell, a postdoctoral fellow at UMMC, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology.

After receiving the B.S. in biochemistry from Baylor University, Waco, Texas, in 2007, DeLeon-Pennell earned the Ph.D. there in 2011. She served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, from 2011-13 and at UMMC since 2013.

The author or coauthor of nine articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, two book chapters and seven abstracts, DeLeon-Pennell serves as a reviewer for a number of professional journals. She is an active member of the American Heart Association, the American Physiological Society and the Association for Women in Science.

DeLeon-Pennell also is actively involved in her community, including volunteering for the American Physiological Society PhUN week, judging science posters at the John Jay High School Science and Engineering Academy Science Fair, and speaking to junior high and high school students about science careers.

DeLeon-Pennell's cardiovascular research interests include developing multidimensional approaches to examine the mechanisms whereby the innate and adaptive immune system influences remodeling of the left ventricle, particularly changes to the extracellularmatrix that cause or effect the pathophysiological process, and developing therapeutic strategies to prevent, slow or reverse the progression to heart failure.

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