Center for Hypertension and Precision Medicine


Congratulations to Dr. Bina Joe! She received the Harriet Dustan Award sponsored by the Council on Hypertension. This award recognizes female investigators who make outstanding contributions in the field of Hypertension. The award was presented to her during the Hypertension Scientific Sessions in September in New Orleans. Read more here:

Several members and trainees also participated in the Council and received awards:

Dr. Bina Joe: recipient of Harriet Dustan award and delivered Harriet Dustan Award Lecture and Poster Moderator of Clinical, Genetic and Epidemiological Mechanisms session
Dr. Matam Vijay-Kumar: Presented data during the Recent Advances: Microbiome session and participated in the Trainee Onsite Poster Competition
Dr.  Lauren Koch: Participated in the Salt and Nutrition poster session and was a Moderator for Vascular Stiffness and Fibrosis session
Dr. Camilla Wenceslau: Participated in the CHAMP Lunch as a mentor and was Poster Moderator for Trainee Onsite Poster Competition
Dr. Sivarajan Kumarasamy: Poster Moderator for Trainee Onsite Poster Competition
Dr. Cameron McCarthy: Recipient of the Council on Hypertension New Investigator Award and presented data in the Vascular Biology and Function session and Poster Moderator for Pharmacology and Non-pharmacological Approaches session
Dr. Tao Yang: Recipient of the Council on Hypertension New Investigator Award and presented data in both the Hypertension in Pregnancy and Offspring session and Regulation of Blood Pressure by the Central Nervous System session
Usman Ashraf:  Presented data in Mechanisms in Chronic Kidney Disease and Fibrosis session and attended the CHAMP Lunch as a mentee
Jonnelle Edwards: Presented data in the Inflammation and Immune Mechanisms session and attended the CHAMP Lunch as a mentee
Shaunak Roy: Recipient of Council on Hypertension Trainee Advocacy Committee New Investigator Award and  presented data in the Vascular Stiffness and Fibrosis session and attended the CHAMP Lunch as a mentee
Jeremy Tomcho: Participated in Trainee Onsite Poster Competition and attended the CHAMP Lunch as a mentee

Dr. Ritu Chakravarti recently presented her study, “Characterizing antigenic functions of 14-3-3z-A Novel autoantigen” at the Annual Meeting of American Association of Immunologists in San Diego, CA. She also received an Early Career Faculty Travel grant from AAI. Congrats!

 May 20th Dr. Joe had the pleasure of speaking at the Toledo Rotary Club, Downtown Toledo. The talk was titled ‘Pressure from the Bugs Within’. It was well attended by about 250 Rotarians and others and was well received in the community.

Dr. Terry Hinds’ lab was one of five groups that were highlighted by the UT President for research at UT. They had an interactive exhibit that discussed their new patent on Pegylated-Bilirubin for obesity, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and cardiovascular disease. There were over 350 donors that attended the reception. Congratulations!

 Congratulations to Drs. Guillermo Vazquez and Matam Vijay Kumar! They have been selected as members of UT Leadership Institute (UTLI).  “Participants were selected to represent a range of colleges, faculty rank, current leadership roles, and overall leadership experiences and will acquire broad perspectives and knowledge of higher education, leadership and careers paths.Discussions will address a range of issues such as the administrative structure of higher education, leadership styles, critical issues facing administrators, funding, diversity and inclusion.

 The Center for Hypertension and Precision Medicine’s annual World Hypertension Day display was a successful day of bringing hypertension awareness to staff and visitors of the Health Science Campus. Many stopped to check their blood pressure and to receive additional information regarding hypertension and high blood pressure. A big thank you to CHPM trainees, Rachel Golonka (Kumar Lab) and Stephanie Clark (Joe Lab) and CHPM secretary, Melody Knotts for making this activity a success!

 Dr. Terry Hinds, Assistant Professor of Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, was the Max Miller Lecture in Diabetes Research Invited Speaker, for the 59th Annual Max Miller Lecture in Diabetes Research. The talk titled, “Bilirubin, from toxic bile substance to metabolic hormone” was given at the Metabolism Club during the 2019 Midwest Clinical & Translational Research Meeting in Chicago, IL.

 Saroj Chakraborty, trainee of Dr. Bina Joe from the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology, was recently featured in the newest edition of The Science Breaker on his work about the relationship between metabolism and hypertension. The article can be viewed here:

 Dr. Matam Vijay Kumar, Associate Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology and Director of the UT Microbiome Consortium recently traveled to Vienna, Austria as an invited speaker in The European Association for the Study of the Liver (EASL) annual conference, The International Liver Congress. The unique session in which he spoke was on ‘Critical reflection on Landmark papers 2018’. In this session 4 landmark papers were selected by a task force. One of the papers is his Cell paper along with 3 others published in New England Journal of MedicineLancet and Science

The lead author of the publication presents first for 15 minutes and then is challenged by an expert in the field for 15 minutes. Later 10 minutes of questions from the challenger and audience. It was elaborate and very well organized and more than 1,000 audience members were present. 

 May 2-4, 2019 many members and trainees from our Department and the Center for Hypertension and Precision Medicine had the opportunity to attend the 2nd annual Gull Lake Regional Hypertension meeting. It was a valuable experience networking with other researchers in the hypertension field from around the Ohio/Michigan areas. Many of our Department members and trainees presented their research. It was a delight to hear from the organizers from Michigan State University and Faculty members from other Institutions that our student presentations were among the best. This, to me, speaks volumes to the significant improvements in training our students, especially through the TLC. Congratulations to the individual PIs who put their time and effort in conducting cutting-edge research and for being excellent mentors.

 Several members of the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology attended the 2019 Experimental Biology meeting in Orlando, Florida at the beginning of April. While several trainees of the Department delivered poster presentations many of the faculty and trainees received awards in several different categories.

  • Dr. Bina Joe, Distinguished University Professor and Chair, chaired a symposium titled, “Physiological Omics (P-omics) Interest Group” and as recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Lectureship Award, delivered a distinguished lecture during an award ceremony in her honor.
  • Dr. Terry Hinds, Assistant Professor, is the recipient of the American Physiological Society New Investigator Award in Endocrinology and Metabolism.
  • Dr. Cameron McCarthy, Postdoc to Faculty Fellow, placed 3rd in the Cardiovascular Young Investigator competition session.
  • Jonnelle Edwards, trainee of Dr. Camilla Wenceslau, is a recipient of the Martin Frank Diversity Travel Award.
  • Shaunak Roy, MSBS student rotating in Dr. Camilla Wenceslau’s Lab is the recipient of The Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Award for Meritorious Research.

Dr. Matam Vijay-Kumar, Associate Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology and Director of the University of Toledo Microbiome Consortium, has been invited to speak at the upcoming AACR Special Conference on The Microbiome and Viruses. The conference will be held from Friday, February 21, 2020 to Monday, February 24, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando, in Orlando, Florida. The session in which he was invited to speak is titled, “Microbiota and Gastrointestinal Cancers”

Congratulations to  MOME Track MD/PhD candidate Sarah Galla (Joe Lab) for placing 2nd in oral presentation at the 2019 Graduate Research Forum and MOME Track PhD candidate Rachel Golonka (Vijay-Kumar Lab) for placing 3rd poster presentation!

Congratulations to Dr. Vijay Kumar and Beng Yeoh, whose manuscript, “Adaptive Immunity Induces Tolerance to Flagellin by Attenuating TLR5 and NLRC4-mediated Innate Immune Responses” was accepted in Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology! Authors are: Beng San Yeoh, Andrew T Gerwitz and Matam Vijay-Kumar. View the article here:

Congratulations to Dr. Matam Vijay-Kumar and Lab! Their manuscript, "PAD4-dependent NETs generation are indispensable for intestinal clearance of Citrobacter rodentium" was accepted in Mucosal Immunology. Authors: Piu Saha, Beng San Yeoh, Xia Xiao, Rachel M. Golonka, Vishal Singh, Yanming Wang,and Matam Vijay-Kumar

Congratulations to Dr. Bina Joe! She has been nominated and selected by the Physiological Omic Group to be the recipient of the 2019 Distinguished Lectureship Award! The award recognizes a distinguished lecturer in the area of physiological -omics and she will also present the distinguished lecture at the Physiological -Omics Group Symposium at the Experimental Biology 2019 meeting.

Congratulations to Shaunak Roy, MSBS student of Dr. Camilla Wenceslau’s lab!

Shaun was selected by the APS Women in Physiology Committee as one of the recipients of the 2019 Caroline tum Suden/Frances Hellebrandt Professional Opportunity Awards.

As a tum Suden/Hellebrandt Awardee, he will receive a certificate of recognition, early-rate meeting registration reimbursement, and a cash prize upon presentation of his poster at the Experimental Biology (EB) 2019 meeting.

Congratulations to Dr. Matam Vijay-Kumar! He has been invited to speak at the 2019 NCI CCR Liver Cancer Program (LCP) Special Conference on Tumor Metabolism at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which will be held October 28-29, 2019 at the Masur Auditorium of the NIH Clinical Center, on the NIH Bethesda campus. The conference is organized by the NCI’s Center for Cancer Research (CCR) Liver Cancer Program.

Congratulations to Dr. Terry Hinds! He was selected to receive the 2019 Endocrinology & Metabolism Section New Investigator Award

He will receive his award during the Endocrinology & Metabolism Awards Reception at the Experimental Biology meeting in Orlando in April.

Congratulations to Drs. Kumar and Cheng! They are co-authors in a new publication in Nature Communications titled, " Enhancement of the gut barrier integrity by a microbial metabolite through the Nrf2 pathway". 

Congratulations to Drs. Wenceslau and McCarthy! Their manuscript, "Formyl peptide receptor-1 activation exerts a critical role for the dynamic plasticity of arteries via actin polymerization" was accepted for publication in Pharmacological Research.

Congratulations to Dr. Vijay Kumar’s Lab! Their manuscript, “Deoxyribonuclease I activity, cell-free DNA and risk of liver cancer in a prospective cohort”  was recently accepted for publication by the Journal of National Cancer Institute – Cancer Spectrum (JNCICS). The authors are: Rachel M. Golonka, Beng San Yeoh, Jessica L. Petrick, Stephanie J. Weinstein, Demetrius Albanes, Andrew T. Gewirtz, Katherine A. McGlynn, Matam Vijay-Kumar.

Congratulations to Sarah Galla from the Joe Lab! Her research story , "Researchers study link between bacteria, blood pressure", was published in the Toledo Blade, January 7, 2019.

Congratulations to Dr. Vishal Singh from the Kumar Lab! He was awarded a Career Development grant from the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation and funding is effective January 1, 2019. The title of the grant is, “Metabolite-sensing receptors mediated regulation of immune response in inflammatory bowel disease”.  The duration of the award is three years.

 Well done!

Congratulations to Dr. Cameron McCarthy! He was selected by the American Physiological Society-Cardiovascular Section awards committee as a finalist for the 2019 APS-Cardiovascular Section Outstanding Postdoctoral Trainee Award. His application associated with abstract, “BetaHOB Increases Nitric Oxide Synthase Activity in Resistance Arteries from Dahl Salt Sensitive Rats”, was amongst the most highly rated applications submitted to the committee. 

He will orally present his research as part of the Featured Topic Session, “Cardiovascular Section Young Investigator Competition" which will occur on Monday, April 8, 2019. 

Well done!

Congratulations to Dr. Vijay Kumar’s Lab, whose manuscript titled, Microbiota Fermentation-NLRP3 Axis Shapes the Impact of Dietary Fibers on Intestinal Inflammation” was accepted in Gut which is the second ranked leading international journal (impact factor 17) in gastroenterology and hepatology.

List of Authors: Vishal Singh, Beng San Yeoh, Rachel E. Walker, Xia Xiao, Piu Saha, Rachel M. Golonka, Jingwei Cai, Alexis Charles Andre Bretin,Xi Cheng, Qing Liu, Michael D. Flythe,Benoit Chassaing, Gregory C. Shearer, Andrew D. Patterson, Andrew T. Gewirtz, and Matam Vijay-Kumar. 

Well done!



Last Updated: 10/7/19