The 13th annual School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences' Research Day was held Oct. 31, 2019, in the Norman C. Nelson Student Union at UMMC. The all-day event began with breakfast and selected oral presentations from post-docs. Following the oral presentations, posters filled the Nelson Student Union gymnasium, where the graduate students and postdoctoral fellows showcased their research. During the Distinguished Alumni Luncheon, Dr. Barbara Alexander received the Distinguished Alumni Award.
Barbara T. Alexander, Ph.D., FAHA, FAPS, is a Professor of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Alexander received her undergraduate degree in Zoology from Mississippi State University; she then received her PhD in Biochemistry and postdoctoral training in Physiology from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Dr. Alexander has made major contributions to our understanding of the link between birth weight and blood pressure with a special emphasis on the mechanisms by which insults during fetal life lead to sex and age related differences in the developmental programming of hypertension. The author of over 100 publications, Dr. Alexander’s research has been funded by the NIH and/or American Heart Association for over 20 years. Her research has been recognized by numerous awards throughout her career including the Arthur Guyton New Investigator Award from the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control, the Merck Young Investigator Award of the American Heart Association (AHA), the American Society of Hypertension Young Scholar Award, the New Investigator Award from Water and Electrolyte Section of the American Society of Physiology (APS), the Excellence in Research Award, Gold and Platinum Levels, at UMMC and the prestigious Harriet Dustan Award for Excellence in Hypertension Research from the AHA. She was also recently awarded the Innovation Award from the UMMC Group on Women in Medicine and Science. She is an elected faculty member of the UMMC Alpha Omega Alpha Chapter and is a Fellow of the AHA and the APS.
Dr. Alexander has mentored an extensive list of trainees from the undergraduate to the post-doctoral level. Dr. Alexander also provides extensive service to her department, her institution and professional societies. She is a past member of the UMMC Institutional Animal and Care Committee, the School of Medicine Promotion and Tenure Committee and Medical School Curriculum Committee. She is a current member of the Awards Committee for the American Heart Association and is a past Editor for the Council on High Blood Pressure Research (HBPR) Connections Newsletter, past Chair of the HBPR Membership Committee and past chair of the Cardio Renal Study Section. She has also provided extensive service to the NIH peer review process recently completing a term as a standing member of the National Institute of Heart, Lung, and Blood’s Hypertension and Microcirculatory Study Section. A former elected Councilor to the American Physiology Society (APS), she has held numerous other leadership roles in the APS including Secretary Treasurer of the Water and Electrolyte Homeostasis Section. Dr. Alexander is an Associate Editor for Biology of Sex Differences, a BMC journal for Springer Nature. She is also a member of numerous editorial boards for scientific journals and she serves as Director of Basic Research for the Mississippi Center for Excellence in Perinatal Research funded NIH COBRE.