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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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Congratulations to Dr. Qiuye Li
Sept. 9, 2022

Dr. Li has had the paper, "Cryo-EM structure of disease-related prion fibrils provides insights into seeding barriers“, accepted for publication.

Nature Structural and Molecular Biology, DOI: 10.1038/s41594-022-00833-4; publication date: September 12, 2022

Qiuye Li1, Christopher P. Jaroniec2, Witold K. Surewicz1

Dr. Li is a postdoc in the lab of Dr. Wïtold Surewicz.

1Department of Physiology and Biophysics, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
2Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA


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Congratulations to doctoral candidate Yutong Shang
Sept. 9, 2022

Yutong Shang, a senior Ph.D.student mentored by and in the lab of Dr. Xin Qi has had the paper "A CHCHD6-APP axis connects amyloid and mitochondrial pathology in Alzheimer’s disease" accepted for publication by Acta Neuropathologaic, as first author.

Shang YT, Sun XY, Chen XQ, Wang QQ, Wang EJ, Miller E, Xu R, Pieper AA, Qi X

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2022 Department Baseball Outing
Sept. 2, 2022 7:10 p.m.

The Department hosted its annual Cleveland Guardians summer baseball outing on Friday, September 2, 2022 at 7:10 p.m. at Progressive Field in downtown Cleveland. The Seattle Mariners won the game, 6 - 1.

The Department hosts the baseball outing at the beginning of each new academic year to welcome our new graduate students and to provide an enjoyable evening for returning students, faculty, and staff. Tickets are complimentary for our students and department associates, and the Terrace Club is reserved for our attendees.

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Welcome to the 2022 entering MSMP class
Aug. 25, 2022

The Department welcomed its Master of Science in Medical Physiology program 2022 entering class.

Orientation was held on Thursday and Friday, August 25 and 26, and classes began on Monday, August 29.

Best wishes to our newest students!

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Summer Picnic
Aug. 15, 2022

Thanks everyone for coming to the DBP Summer Picnic.  The food was great and the softball and other games were so much fun.

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Post-Bacc Application Deadline
Aug. 14, 2022

August 14, 2022 is the deadline for submitting applications for the MS in Medical Physiology Program (Post-Bacc Program).  The admissions committee will review your application once it is complete and all application materials are received.  If you have any questions, please contact the program at Contact us if you need assistance.

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Aerospace Physiology Area of Concentration Announcement
Aug. 10, 2022

The MS in Medical Physiology Program announces the creation of an Area of Concentration (AOC) in Aerospace Physiology.  Students can apply to participate in this new field in Spring 2023.

Description of the AOC

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