Excellence in Research Awards Program has recognized investigators who have attracted significant extramural funding and who have advanced science through their distinctive research programs. Medallion Awards are based on the total amount of qualifying extramural funding received by the investigator.
Read more about UMMC's 2021 research awards.
Dr. Robert Hester, Billy S. Guyton Distinguished Professor and professor of physiology and biophysics, will be the 2022 recipient of the American Physiological Society’s Claude Bernard Distinguished Lectureship Award. Hester, a member of the UMMC faculty since 1985, is the primary architect of HumMod, a computer and mathematics-based tool for modeling human physiology. In addition to its expansive research utility, Hester uses the simulation to teach students how to apply physiologic principles and enhance their understanding of acute and chronic conditions throughout the body. Hester also developed a related education package, “Just Physiology,” based on HumMod.
2022 Claude Bernard Distinguished Lectureship Award-American Physiology Society
Laura Coats, PhD, postdoctoral fellow
2021 Regions Outstanding Graduate Research Awards
Osvaldo Rivera-Gonzalez, PhD student
Abstract Award, Endocrinology 2021
Endocrinology & Metabolism Section Steven B Horvath Professional Opportunity Award, American Physiological Society, Experimental Biology
F31 Predoctoral Fellowship Award, National Institutes of Health
On October 1, at the 2021 PhD Welcome and Lab Coat Ceremony, our first and second year Physiology PhD students received their lab coats. Congratulations to all of you!Pictured L to R: Jordan Hart (G1), Jordan Mallette (G1), Dr. Barbara Alexander-Physiology Director of Graduate Studies, Casie O'Quinn (G1), and Breland Crudup (G2)
Dr. Josh Speed, assistant professor
One of those researchers is Dr. Joshua Speed, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics, who received an R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study the role of endothelin-1 in obesity and insulin resistance.
Endothelin-1 is a “small peptide produced in blood vessels,” Speed said. “Its production is increased in obesity, and this increase leads to insulin resistance and dyslipidemia” but researchers are not certain why.
With the new grant, his laboratory will study how changes that happen in obesity “disrupt the cellular crosstalk, especially in liver tissue, where we also see an increase in fatty acids in obesity.”
Speed is also interested in the effects on muscle, where cell-signaling molecules called adipokines help manage sugar and fat metabolism.
UMMC research breaks funding record
Dr. Barbara Alexander, professor
A driving force behind the Medical Center’s reputation in women’s health research, AlexanderShe developed an animal model now used by researchers around the world to study pre-eclampsia, a pregnancy complication indicated by high blood pressure and signs of damage to organs, such as the liver and kidneys. pressure. hasade major contributions to the understanding of the link between birth weight and blood
Alexander is also director of basic research for the Mississippi Center for Excellence in Perinatal Research, and director of the UMMC Analytical and Assay Research Core.
Dr. Hester’s research has led to a greater understanding of human physiology.
He “has made outstanding contributions to the field of microcirculatory physiology,” said Dr. Joey Granger, dean of the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences, professor of physiology, and director of the Cardiovascular-Renal Research Center.
Billy S. Guyton Distinguised Professors
Dr. Thomas G. Coleman, UMMC professor emeritus of physiology and biophysics who Dr. Richard L. Summers, UMMC associate vice chancellor for research, described as a “revolutionary thinker” in biomedical research, died Feb. 27. He was 80.
Summers said Coleman, who spent his entire career working and teaching at UMMC, was one of the first in the world to use computer models and simulations to perform physiologic systems analyses.
In Memoriam: Dr. Thomas G. Coleman
John Clemmer, PhD, instructor
Received funding for a new NIH K99 grant
Dr. Thales C. Barbosa, recently a postdoctoral fellow in the Human Neural Cardiovascular Control Laboratory, Department of Kinesiology, at the University of Texas at Arlington, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an instructor in physiology and biophysics.
Barbosa received his B.B.S. in scientific research in physiology and pharmacology in 2010, his M.S. in cardiovascular sciences in 2013 and his Ph.D. in cardiovascular sciences in 2016 from Fluminense Federal University, Brazil. He then had his postdoctoral fellowship from 2016-20.
New Instructor Joins Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Read more about UMMC's 2020 research awards.
Dr. John Hall, chair of physiology and biophysicsDr. Michael Hall, associate professor of cardiology
The book that has attracted rave reviews for decades, drummed up crowds of autograph seekers, been translated into about two dozen languages, and remained in demand in this country and several others around the world since its first printing in 1956, is now in its 14th edition.
Father-son duo update world's most important physiology book
Dr. Barbara Alexander, professor
Dr. Barbara Alexander says “It takes a village to raise a scientist,” and she certainly has found her village at the University of Mississippi Medical Center.
Alexander, a professor of physiology and biophysics, is the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences’ 2019 Distinguished Alumna.
Distinguished alumna recounts mentors' roles at SGSHS Research Day
Dr. Robert Hester, professor
Dr. Robert Hester, professor of physiology and biophysics and interim chair of data science, has been inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.
Comprised of the top two percent of medical and biological engineers, the AIMBE College of Fellows honors society members who have made outstanding contributions to engineering and medicine-related research, practice or education; are pioneers in new and developing fields of technology; or who have advanced traditional areas of biological engineering.
Hester was nominated and elected by his peers for his “significant contributions in renal and cardiovascular research, professional society leadership and physiological modeling environment development.”
Physiology professor gains fellow status