Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

NEWS

Congratulations to Hilda Ghadieh (Najjar Lab) who successfully defended her dissertation, July 13, 2018!


Congratulations to Dr. Cheng, who is a co-author on a manuscript that was accepted for publication in  American Journal of Physiology. The manuscript is entitled, "Salt-sensitive (Rapp) Rats from Envigo Spontaneously Develop Accelerated Hypertension Independent of Ovariectomy on a Low Sodium Diet" and contributing authors are: Amrita Pai, Crystal West, Aline Maria Arlindo de Souza, Xi Cheng, David West, Hong Ji, Xie Wu, Chris Baylis, and Kathryn Sandberg.


The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute awarded Dr. Bina Joe, Distinguished University Professor and Chair of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and Director of the Center for Hypertension and Precision Medicine, a major, $2.64 million, grant to study the role of gut microbiota in hypertension.  Dr. Joe pioneered the discovery of the link between gut microbiota and inherited hypertension.  The new grant titled ‘Genetic, Epigenetic and Dietary Salt effects on Microbiota and Hypertension’ aims to follow up on this pioneering discovery to study the various mechanisms by which gut microbiota contribute to the inheritance and progression of salt-sensitive forms of inherited hypertension.  Other faculty collaborators on this grant from the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology are Dr. Matam Vijay-Kumar, Associate Professor & Director of the UT Microbiome Consortium and Dr. Ritu Chakravarti, Assistant Professor.


 

Congratulations to Dr. Terry Hinds! He was a finalist for the Medical Research Society research award and during the selection process of June 21st, he was chosen as the winner. Well done, Dr. Hinds!
Congratulations to Iyad Manaserh, (Hill Lab) who successfully defended his dissertation June 8, 2018.  Well done Iyad – we’re proud of you!

Congratulations to Saroj Chakraborty, a PhD student in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology working in Dr. Bina Joe’s laboratory, who won the second best poster award at the 45th Midwest Pharmacology Colloquium held at Michigan State University on June 1, 2018. This long-standing Pharmacology Colloquium of the Midwest Pharmacology Departments is jointly organized and comprised of students and faculty of the Departments of Pharmacology in The University of Michigan, The Michigan State University, Wayne State University and The University of Toledo College of Medicine.


Congratulations to Iyad Manaserh (Hill Lab)! He was one among several recipients honored for their achievements in a ceremony held May 24th in the Grand Ballroom at The Radisson. He was awarded the Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences Program Outstanding Student. Well done!


Congratulations to Dr. Vijay Kumar who has been invited (and has accepted) to serve as Associate Editor to ‘Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology’.


Dr. Bina Joe, from the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and the Center for Hypertension and Personalized Medicine, delivered the Keynote Address titled ‘Manipulating Microbiota for the treatment of Hypertension: Hype?” at the 2018 Michigan Hypertension Meeting, held May 3-4, 2018 in Gull Lake, MI. Also invited for oral presentations were faculty and fellows from the Center for Hypertension and Personalized Medicine, Dr. Lauren Koch, Dr. Xi Cheng, Mr. Saroj Chakraborty and Ms. Sarah Galla. 


Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Hill whose manuscript, “Neuroanatomical Framework of Metabolic Control of Reproduction", has been accepted for publication in the next available issue of Physiological Reviews! (Contributing authors are: Jennifer Hill and Carol Elias)


Congratulations to Dr. Vijay Kumar! He has been invited to serve on the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Physiology: Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology. The appointment would begin immediately upon acceptance and Editorial Board members initially serve a one-year term, which can be renewed for a further two years by mutual agreement based on their level of involvement in the journal.


Congratulations to Drs. Joe, Hinds and Lecka-Czernik! They were all recommended as 3 of 25 faculty members to be recognized for outstanding contributions to University scholarship and creative activity over the past three years.


Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Hill and Emma Wang, whose manuscript, "PI3Kα inactivation in leptin receptor cells increases leptin sensitivity but disrupts growth and reproduction" was published in JCI Insight.


Congratulations to Dr. Ritu Chakravarti, joint faculty member of Physiology and Pharmacology and CHPM member, who received funding from the University of Toledo Rocket Fuel Fund for a collaborative project to build a composite sensor that can measure real-time reactive oxygen species in tissues and liquids. This exemplary collaboration is with Dr. Kim, College of Engineering faculty member, who has an interest in developing electrochemical sensors, while Dr. Chakravarti is an expert on reactive oxygen species. The title of the project is “Time Electrochemical Sensor for Detecting Free Radicals” and the funding is for one year.


Congratulations to Iyad Manaserh (Dr. Jennifer Hill's Lab), who placed first in Oral Presentation during GRF 2018!


Congratulations to Dr. Siva Kumarasamy! His manuscript, "TARGETED DISRUPTION OF REGULATED ENDOCRINE SPECIFIC PROTEIN (RESP18) IN DAHL SS/MCW RATS AGGRAVATES SALT INDUCED HYPERTENSION AND RENAL INJURY"  was accepted for publication in Physiological Genomics.


Congratulations to Dr. Vishal Singh! He received a 2018 AAI Trainee Abstract Award and his abstract is accepted for an oral talk in a Block symposium in the upcoming  Immunology 2018 meeting (May 4-8, Austin Texas). Well done, Vishal!


Congratulations to Dr. Sivarajan Kumarasamy! He was nominated and selected to receive one of the two New Investigator Award given by the American Physiology Society (APS) Physiologic Genomic Group (PGG) this year at the Experimental Biology Meeting (EB2018). He will accept this award and give a short oral presentation talk at the Annual PG group symposium on Saturday (April 21) preceding the EB2018 meeting in San Diego, CA.  The award includes $500 honorarium and also EB2018 meeting registration.  Well done, Siva!

Congratulations to Dr. Xi Cheng! He was nominated and selected to receive one of the two New Investigator Award given by the American Physiology Society (APS) Physiologic Genomic Group (PGG) this year at the Experimental Biology Meeting (EB2018). He will accept this award and give a short oral presentation talk at the Annual PG group symposium on Saturday (April 21) preceding the EB2018 meeting in San Diego, CA.  The award includes $500 honorarium and also EB2018 meeting registration. Well done, Xi!


Congratulations to Dr. Bina Joe and lab! Their manuscript, “Fine mapping of epistatic genetic determinants of blood pressure on rat chromosome 5”, was accepted for publication in the Journal of Hypertension. The authors are: Harshal Waghulde, Resmi Pillai, Xi Cheng, Ying Nie, Blair Mell, Bina Joe


Congrats to Dr. Hinds & Lab! Their manuscript, Bilirubin in the Liver-Gut Signaling Axis, was accepted in the Cell Press Journal, Trends & Endocrinology and Metabolism. The authors are: Abdul-Rizaq Hamoud, Lauren Weaver, David E. Stec, Terry D. Hinds, Jr. 


Congratulations to Dr. Hill and Lab! Their manuscript, "Prenatal Androgen Exposure Causes Hypertension and Gut Microbiota Dysbiosis," has been accepted for publication in Gut Microbes. The authors are: Shermel Sherman, Nadeen Sarsour, Marziyeh Salehi, Allen Schroering, Blair Mell, Bina Joe, Jennifer W. Hill


Congratulations to Hilda Ghadieh, a UT Graduate Student in the MOME Track (Dr. Najjar’s Lab at OU), whose article regarding liver disease was published in the Toledo Blade on February 4th. Read the story here. 


Congratulations to Emma Wang from Dr. Jennifer Hill’s lab! Her abstract was not only selected for presentation at ENDO 2018, the Endocrine Society also identified it as “particularly newsworthy”. Hearty congratulations, Emma!!


Congratulations to Dr. Hinds and Lab, whose manuscript, Bilirubin in the Liver–Gut Signaling Axis was accepted in the Cell Press Journal, Trends & Endocrinology and Metabolism. The authors are: Abdul-Rizaq Hamoud, Lauren Weaver, David E. Stec, Terry D. Hinds Jr. Well done!


Congratulations to Dr. Vijay-Kumar! He has been selected to receive an award from the American Society for Nutrition/ASN Foundation. This year, there were more than 160 nominations for various awards that recognize scientists, clinicians and scholars for outstanding contributions to nutrition research, education and practice.  He will be recognized at Nutrition 2018, ASN’s inaugural flagship meeting, which will be held June 9-12, 2018 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, MA.


Dr. Matam VijayKumar has joined the University of Toledo College of Medicine as the founding Director of The University of Toledo-Microbiome Consortium (UT-MiCo). http://www.utoledo.edu/med/depts/physpharm/hypertension_center/mico/

Dr. VijayKumar is an NIH funded investigator and comes to us from Penn State University. He holds a primary appointment in the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology and a joint appointment in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology.

His team currently consists of two excellent postdoctoral fellows, Dr. Vishal Singh and Dr. Piu Saha,  who both have independent training grants; and two graduate students, Xia Xiao and Beng San Yeoh.

Please welcome Dr. VijayKumar and his team to our Institution!


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Last Updated: 7/13/18