News

Publication News: Meena Rao, PhD

Congratulations to Dr. Meena Rao for her publication, entitled Physiology of Electrolyte Transport in the Gut: Implications for Disease. It will appear as the Feature Article in the July 2019 issue of Comprehensive Physiology. Please view the abstract and article online click here.

2019 Departmental Faculty Awards

June 12th, 2019 – Please join me in congratulating Dan Shaye and Chong Wee Liew for being selected for 2019 Departmental Faculty Awards! Dan has been awarded the 2019 Departmental Rising Star. Chong Wee has been awarded the 2019 Departmental Faculty of the Year. Dan and Chong Wee will be among those recognized at the 2019 COM Faculty Recognition Ceremony that will take place this Friday, June 14th at 1:30pm. The event will be at room 227 of the College of Medicine West Tower (CMWT). For more information about the event please click here.

Undergraduate Student News: Theressa Ewa

May 13th, 2019 – Theressa Ewa, an undergraduate student researcher in the Cuervo laboratory, received the Herbert E. Paaren Scholarship from the Department of Chemistry. The award recognizes outstanding UIC chemistry majors (including biochemistry), who want to pursue a career in science. She will use the award to continue her work in the Cuervo laboratory next year. Congratulations, Ewa!

Post-docs in the News: Sonia Shin, Ph.D

May 6th, 2019 – Sonia Shin from the laboratory of Yuwei Jiang presented the lab’s findings at the 14th Annual Diabetes Day at the University of Chicago on May 4, 2019. She was selected as one of the 8 Poster Award winners. Congratulations, Sonia!

P News: Christopher Solis, Ph.D

May 6th, 2019 – We are very pleased to announce that Christopher Solis’ recent publication in the Journal of General Physiology has been assigned to the coverage page of the Journal. You can read the cover page caption and the article here.

Faculty News: Alexandra Naba, Ph.D

April 22nd, 2019 – Alexandra Naba, Assistant Professor in our Department was appointed for a 3-year term together with Dr. Schwarzbauer (Princeton University) to represent the Americas at the council of the International Society for Matrix Biology. Congratulations, Alexandra!

Grant Award: NHLBI T32 Training Grant

April 18th, 2019 – We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded an NHLBI T32 training grant! Dr. Jan Kitajewski and Dr. Kishore Wary (Department of Pharmacology) serve as the Principal Investigators. This grant, is focused on the training of predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers in vascular biology, signaling and therapeutic development (VBST). We plan to utilize multi-disciplinary training to develop the next generation of eminent vascular biologists for careers in academia, research institutions and the biopharmaceutical arena. Stay tuned for more information soon!

Faculty in the News: Brenda Russell, PhD

April 3rd, 2019 – Brenda Russell was elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering with the citation stating this is for her "distinguished contributions in the field of mechanobiology and the exploration of forces in biologic responses of cells and tissues." The award was presented in in Washington, DC on March 25th, 2019.

Publication News: Martin Davis and Alexandra Naba, PhD

March 27th, 2019 – Congratulations to Martin Davis and Dr. Alexandra Naba for their recent article entitled "In-silico characterization of the Caenorhabditis elegans matrisome and proposal of a novel collagen classification" published in Matrix Biology Plus. The article can be read here.

Faculty in the News: Michael and Kate Barany, PhDs

March 26th, 2019 – Commemorating Michael Barany's milestone paper in J Gen Physiology, this paper also recounts the history of Michael and Kate at UIC and the trials and tribulations they went through. As mentioned in the paper, their lives are a tribute to the human spirit. The article can be read here.

Student in the News: Anthony Arena

March 19th, 2019 – Congratulations to Anthony Arena for being selected to the Genetic Society of America (GSA) Early Career Scientist Leadership Program. Participants receive training and mentoring and serve on committees learning about, and addressing, the needs, interests, concerns, and challenges of early career scientist members of the GSA. Anthony will be serving as a member of the Policy Subcommittee, where he will also be the liaison to the Steering Committee. For more information, please click here.

Faculty in the News: Mark Rasenick, PhD

March 5th, 2019 – Mark Rasenick, distinguished professor of physiology & biophysics and psychiatry in the UIC College of Medicine, is quoted in an article on the WTTW Chicago Tonight website on the announcement that the FDA will soon approve the drug ketamine to treat depression. Read the full article here.

Publication News: Christopher Solis, PhD and Brenda Russell, PhD

March 5th, 2019 – Congratulations to Drs. Christopher Solis and Brenda Russell for their recent publication in the Journal of General Physiology! The research article, CapZ integrates several signaling pathways in response to mechanical stiffness, can be read here.

Post-docs in the News: Christopher Solis, PhD

January 15, 2019 – Dr. Christopher Solís, who works in Russell lab at the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, was instrumental in organizing the first Costa Rican Biophysics Symposium. Dr. Solís applied for Biophysical Society mini-grant funding and was awarded $500. Dr. Solís was born in Costa Rica and saw an opportunity to build an international network of scientists whose work is representative of the field of biophysics.