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Dr. Elizabeth Damato recipient of Arnold D. Tuttle Award
March 14, 2023

The Aerospace Medical Association (AsMA) has awarded Dr. Elizabeth Damato the Arnold D. Tuttle Award for her recent publication “Characterizing the Dose Response of Hyperoxia with Brain Perfusion.” Her co-authors include Seth J. Fillioe; Ian S. Vannix; Lily K. Norton; Seunghee P. Margevicius; Jessica L. Beebe; and Michael J. Decker.

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Congratulations to Dr. Walter Boron and Dr. Rossana Occhipinti
March 8, 2023

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Recent News

7th Annual Matthew N. Levy Lecture
Nov. 17, 2022 4 p.m.

The Department hosted Dr. Michael Joyner of the Mayo Clinic as the guest lecturer for the 7th Annual Matthew N. Levy lecture on Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. in SOM E-501.

The title of Dr. Joyner's lecture was "Exercise & Experiments of Nature".

A pre-lecture reception for Dr. Joyner was held in the Department 5th floor lobby at 3:20 p.m.

Dr. Joyner also met with faculty members, doctoral students, and postdocs.

The late Dr. Matthew Levy was a gifted, dedicated teacher and scientist who influenced countless students, conducted groundbreaking research on heart function and its relationship to the autonomic nervous system, and who co-authored one of the most influential texts on physiology. Each autumn, beginning with a daylong symposium in 2014, the Department honors the memory of Dr. Levy and his accomplishments.

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Department Annual Retreat
Oct. 27, 2022 - Oct. 28, 2022

The Department held its annual retreat on Thursday and Friday, October 27 and 28, 2022 at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, OH.

Facutly, postdocs, doctoral students, M.S. students on a research track, and research staff attended.

The retreat included the annual Recknagel Symposium, a poster session, and a data blitz.

Retreat poster session winners in the doctoral student competition for first, second, and third place, respectively, were Natalie Taylor, Koyal Ansingkar, and Morgan Jamal. In the postdoctoral poster competition winners were Amita Sahoo, Ph.D., Bo Sun, Ph.D., and Di Hu, Ph.D. for first, second, and third place, respectively.



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Annual Recknagel Syposium
Oct. 27, 2022 11 a.m. - noon

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics annual Recknagel Symposium took place at the annual department retreat on Thursday, October 27, 2022.

Four of the Department’s second year doctoral students, Cassandra Barone, Tristan Carmeci, Joshua Holmes, and Beverlee Wood presented from their first year research laboratory rotations. Cassandra Barone was the winner of the Recknagel presentation competition and Joshua Holmes received the Ph.D. Student Academic Award.

The department established the annual Recknagel Symposium in memory of Professor Richard Recknagel, who was Chair of the Department of Physiology from 1976 until 1986 and an admired thinker and investigator who took a keen interest in mentoring young students and faculty.


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Congratulations to Alethia Dixon
Sept. 30, 2022

Alethia Dixon, a doctoral student in the lab of Dr. Patrick Osei-Owusu, has had two papers accepted for publication:

“The susceptibility of cardiac arrhythmias after spinal cord crush injury in rats”. Exp Neurol. 2022 Nov; 357:114200. Fernandes S, Oatman E, Weinberger J, Dixon A, Osei-Owusu P, Hou S. doi:10.1016/j.expneurol.2022.114200. Epub 2022 Aug 8. PubMed PMID: 35952765.

“Enhanced membrane binding of oncogenic G protein αqQ209L confers resistance to inhibitor YM-254890”. J Biol Chem. 2022 Sep 26;:102538. Randolph CE, Dwyer MB, Aumiller JL, Dixon AJ, Inoue A, Osei-Owusu P, Wedegaertner PB. doi: 10.1016/j.jbc.2022.102538. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 36174676.

Alethia also won a poster award at the American Heart Association Hypertension Scientific Sessions held in San Diego, September 7-10, 2022.

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