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Alethia Dixon Thesis Defense
Jan. 16, 2024 1 p.m.
School of Medicine E501

Investigation of the interaction between aging, ovarian hormones, and elastin haploinsufficiency on cardiovascular regulation by the kidney

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Recently funded NIDDK R25 grant - PHOL 429 Biophysical modeling and simulation of cellular transport
Dec. 4, 2023

A team of investigators from CWRU (Rossana Occhipinti, PhD and Walter Boron, MD, PhD), UCSD (Maryann Martone, PhD and Jeffrey Grethe, PhD) and University of Auckland (Peter Hunter, PhD, Bernard deBono, MD, PhD, and David Nickerson, PhD) has been recently awarded a five-year Research Education Grant (R25) from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). The grant, “FAIR DOs: Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable Development of Open Simulations”, will support the development of a research education program in computational modeling of the neural regulation of transport processes by digestive and renal epithelia, as we leverage teaching structures at CWRU as well as Stimulating Peripheral Activity to Relieve Conditions (SPARC)-generated resources.

The ultimate goal of the program is to train the next generation of researchers and clinicians in the use and development of FAIR computational models, thereby promoting a spirit of openness and collegiality within the NIDDK-funded research community.

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Congratulations to this year's Recknagel and Grade Point winners
Nov. 2, 2023

Marnie Williams recived the annual Recknagel Award

Katie Dominic and Chelsea Chen received the annual Grade Point Award

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Congratulations to Dr. George Dubyak and doctoral candidate Brandon Miller
Oct. 23, 2023

George R. Dubyak, Ph.D. and Brandon Miller, a doctoral candidate who is advised by and a member of the lab of Dr. Dubyak, have had the paper "NLRP3 selectively drives IL-1β secretion by Pseudomonas aeruginosa infected neutrophils and regulates corneal disease severity" published in Nature Communications (2023) 14:5832.


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Congratulations to Marnie Williams Recipient of T32 Training Award in Molecular Pharmacology
June 23, 2023

Congratulations to Marnie Williams for her T32 training award in Molecular Pharmacolology

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Recknagel Symposium
Oct. 20, 2023 2 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
E-501 Lecture Hall

This Friday October 20th at 2:00 PM, we will have the Recknagel Symposium in the E-501 lecture hall. A reception will follow afterwards for those who attend the symposium.

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DBP 21st Annual Research Retreat
Oct. 23, 2023 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland

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Congratulations to Taylor Benske
Oct. 12, 2023

Congratulations to Taylor Benske for her receipt of the Trainee Professional Development Award from the Society for Neuroscience, 2023

 Taylor is pursuing her PhD in Dr. Mu's Lab.



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The Thunderbirds graciously provided several members of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics with VIP tickets to the Cleveland National Air Show
Sept. 2, 2023 11:26 a.m.

This year’s Cleveland National Air Show at Burke Lakefront Airport was headlined by the USAF Thunderbirds Jet Demonstration Team. These exceptional pilots routinely provide inspiring displays of elite aviation for the American public. The Thunderbirds graciously provided several members of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics with VIP tickets to the Cleveland National Air Show.

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Congratulations to Dr. Xin Qi
Aug. 31, 2023

Xin Qi, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, was nominated by School of Medicine dean Dr. Stan Gerson and selected by a committee of her faculty peers to receive the 2023 Faculty Distinguished Research Award.

The award will be presented during the keynote session of Case Western Reserve University's Innovation Week on September 26, 2023.

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Congratulations to Dr. Pita Segura
July 1, 2023

Pita Segura, Ph.D., a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Nami Tajima, has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship by the American Heart Association for the project, “Activation and Inhibition mechanism of Kainate receptors”, beginning July 1, 2023.


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Congratulations to Dr. Changping Zhou
June 20, 2023

Changping Zhou, Ph.D., a postdoctoral scholar in the lab of Dr. Nami Tajima, has had published the review “Structural Insights into NMDA Receptor Pharmacology” in Biochemical Society Transactions/Portland Press. Changping Zhou and Nami Tajima.

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CAP Summer Intern Receives Outstanding Achievement Prize
Aug. 16, 2023

Tommy Blossom was awarded The Mark Smith Outstanding Research Performance Prize for his time within the Dr. Decker/Dr. Damato laboratory for demonstrating great interest, dedication, initiative and involvement in all research activities.

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Congratulations to Dr. Agustin Gonzalez-Vicente
June 8, 2023

The abstract “Single-cell transcriptional phenotypes linked to anatomical localization of fructose transporters in rat proximal tubule segments” by Ronghao Zhang and Agustin Gonzalez Vicente, Ph.D. was selected as Abstract of Distinction by the APS Epithelial Transport Interest Group at the 2023 American Physiological Society Summit in Long Beach, CA.

Dr. Gonzalez-Vicente also won the Junior Faculty Epithelial Transport Group Poster Presentation Award.

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MSMP Reception and Awards

New Dual Program: Masters in Medical Physiology and Certificate in Aerospace Physiology
May 23, 2023

Students can now earn a masters degree in medical physiology along with a certificate in aerospace physiology.  Students should apply to the Masters In Medical Physiology program and the Certificate in Aerospace Physiology. 

Learn More Here 

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New Aerospace Physiology Certificate Program
May 15, 2023

The Department of Physiology and Biophysics proudly announces a new Aerospace Physiology Graduate Certificate.

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Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Damato, Co-Director of Aerospace Physiology, for receiving the Arnold D. Tuttle Award
May 12, 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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Dr. Decker presents keynote lecture for the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine
April 26, 2023

Dr. Decker presented the Russell M. Wright Memorial Keynote lecture at the 38th Annual Clinical Conference of the American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine.

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