Department of Physiology and Pharmacology

2017 News Archive

Congrats to Emma Wang (Hill Lab)! She was selected for oral presentation at ENDO 2018, March 17-20 in Chicago, Illinois. The abstract title is : Unique Roles For Igf-1r And Insr In Kisspeptin Neurons In The Regulation Of Body Weight, Body Length, Glucose Homeostasis, Puberty And Fertility. Well done, Emma!


Congratulations to Dr. Ritu Chakravarti, joint faculty of the Department of Phys/Pharm, whose manuscript entitled, “Bioinformatic Analysis Reveals New Determinants of Antigenic 14-3-3 Proteins and A Novel Antifungal Strategy” by Jenna McGowan, Jacqueline Kratch, Saurabh Chattopadhyay, Bina Joe, Heather R. Conti, and Ritu Chakravarti was accepted for publication in PLOS ONE!

Congratulations to Emma Wang! She is the recipient of the ENDO early career forum travel award with complimentary registration to ENDO 2018! The meeting will be held March 17-20, 2018 in Chicago, IL. Great job, Emma!!

Congratulations Vazquez's lab!! The manuscript: "Reduced calcification and osteogenic features in advanced atherosclerotic plaques of mice with macrophage-specific loss of Trpc3: Obligatory requirement for Trpc3 in a novel macrophage-associated BMP-2 dependent calcification mechanism" by Prabhatchandra Dube, Chikkamenahalli Lakshmikanth, Lutz Birnbaumer and Guillermo Vazquez, has been accepted for publication in Atherosclerosis, a prestigious journal of the European Atherosclerosis Society.Congratulations to Prabhat Dube (Vazquez Lab) who successfully defended his dissertation.  Well done, Prabhat – you did a great job!

Congratulations to Shermel Sherman, who was one of the MOME students selected from COMLS graduate programs to attend the COBI 2018 leadership academy!

Congratulations to Mengjie (Emma) Wang, from the Hill Lab, whose story is in the Blade today: Early puberty can lead to health problems later in life.  Please view the article here:   Well done, Emma!!

Congratulations to Darren Gordon and Abdul-Rizaq Hamoud who took top awards at the  32nd Annual Ohio Physiological Society Meeting at Northeastern Ohio Medical University on October 27th!  Darren’s award was for his oral presentation and Abdul’s award was for his poster presentation.  Darren is an MD/PhD Student and Abdul is an MSBS Student in Dr. Hinds’ lab. 

Congratulations to Dr. Guillermo Vazquez, who was elected a Fellow of the American Heart Association (FAHA) conferred by the Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (ATVB)!

An article by Dr. Bina Joe and lab on circRNAs was featured by the American Physiological Society. Click the link to view the article.

Congratulations to Darren Gordon (Hinds Lab), who was selected for an oral talk at the Ohio Physiological Society (OPS) on October 27th!

Congratulations to Dr. Jennifer Hill and Lab, whose manuscript entitled, 'Sim1 neurons are sufficient for MC4R-mediated sexual function in male mice', was accepted for publication in Endocrinology!


Welcome Dr. Lauren Koch! She is coming to us from the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. Koch is an accomplished scientist in the field of exercise physiology. She is the PI of an NIH funded research resource for Rat Genetic Models of Aerobic Capacity, the major goal of which is to mechanistically understand the features that divide the Low Capacity Runner (LCR) and High Capacity Runner (HCR) rats for disease risks. She has established collaborations with international colleagues in her field and brings a wide range of expertise related to the studies of these models.  She is also currently an Associate Editor of Physiological Genomics. 

Congratulations to Prabhat Dube (Vazquez Lab), he is the winner of the UTRA Scholarship award! His scientific and community accomplishments confirmed that he was the top choice by a large margin. Congratulations again, on this prestigious award and thank you for all of your hard work and professional career as a doctoral student in the University of Toledo (College of Medicine and Life Sciences) Biomedical Science Program within the Molecular Medicine Track. Well done!!

Congratulations to faculty and students of the department who received awards during the Physiology and Pharmacology annual retreat!  Faculty: Dr. Sivarajan Kumarasamy, Department Service Award; Dr. Edwin Sanchez and Dr. Guillermo Vazquez, Faculty Recognition Awards.  Students: Usman Mohamad Ashraf, Outstanding Incoming Student award (Highest GPA); Prabhat Dube, Outstanding Outgoing Student; Sarah Galla and Prabhat Dube, Good Samaritan Awards; Sarah Galla, Best Publication Award - well done!

Congratulations to MOME Track Student, Iyad Manaserh, (Hill Lab) who is featured in The Blade – see the article here :

Congratulations to the Joe Lab! Their manuscript has been accepted for publication in PLOS Genetics.

"Positional cloning of quantitative trait nucleotides for blood pressure and cardiac QT-interval by targeted CRISPR/Cas9 editing of a novel long non-coding RNA" Xi Cheng, Harshal Waghulde, Blair Mell, Eric E. Morgan, Shondra M. Pruett-Miller, Bina Joe

Well done!

Congratulations to Dr. Xi Cheng and Dr. Bina Joe! Their manuscript, "Circular RNAs in Rat Models of Cardiovascular and Renal Diseases" was accepted for publication in Physiological Genomics.

Congratulations Prabhat (Vazquez lab)!  The paper entitled: "Evidence for Constitutive Bone Morphogenetic Protein-2 Secretion  by M1 Macrophages: Constitutive auto/paracrine osteogenic signaling by BMP-2 in M1 macrophages" Prabhatachandra Dube, Lutz Birnbaumer, Guillermo Vazquez has been accepted for publication in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.

Congratulations to Xi Cheng (Joe Lab), who successfully defended his dissertation, May 22nd! Well done, Xi! We are very proud of you!

Congratulations to Oluwatomisin (Tomi) Atolagbe (Dr. Vazquez’s lab)! Her poster: “GENOME-WIDE RNA-SEQ ANALYSIS OF POLARIZED MACROPHAGES DERIVED FROM WILD-TYPE MICE AND FROM MICE WITH MACROPHAGE-SPECIFIC LOSS OF TRPC3 FUNCTION” placed 3rd at the Great Lakes Bioinformatics Conference (GLBIO) held in Chicago on May 15-17, 2017.

Congratulations to Tomi Atolagbe (Vazquez Lab) who has been selected for the 2017 Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences Basic Science Tracks Outstanding Student Award which will be presented at the upcoming Class of 2017 Graduation Awards Ceremony.

Congratulations to Xi Cheng (Joe Lab) who has been selected for the 2017 Doctor of Philosophy in Biomedical Sciences Program Outstanding Student Award which will be presented at the upcoming Class of 2017 Graduation Awards Ceremony.  

Congratulations to Prince (Vazquez Lab) who successfully defended his dissertation, April 13th! Well done, Prince, we are very proud of you!

Congratulations to Dr. Bina Joe! She recently attended an award ceremony hosted by President Sharon Gaber and was presented with the President’s Award for Excellence in Grantsmanship.
Congratulations to Emma Wang (Hill Lab)! She placed 2nd in the poster presentations during the 2017 Graduate Forum. Well done, Emma!

Congratulations to Sumeet Solanki (Vazquez Lab) who successfully defended his dissertation, April 3rd! Well done, Sumeet, we are very proud of you!

Congratulations to Dr. Nitin Puri who has been selected as a recipient of the University of Toledo’s Outstanding Teacher Award! He will be honored at an award ceremony hosted by President Sharon Gaber on April 17th.

Congratulations to Dr. Bina Joe! She has been selected as a Distinguished University Professor at our University.

Congratulations to Dr. Guillermo Vazquez! He has been selected as the recipient of the Dean's Award for Mentoring.

Congratulations to Dr. Terry Hinds! He has been selected as the recipient of the Dean's Award for Research Excellence in the New Investigator category.

Congratulations to Dr. Nitin Puri! He been selected as the recipient of the Dean's Award for Teaching Excellence in the Basic Science category.

Congratulations to Sarah Galla! Her abstract was selected for oral presentation by the American Physiological Society Physiological Genomics (PG) Group's Pre-EB2017 Annual Research Conference to be held in Chicago on Saturday, April 22, 2017.

Congratulations to Oluwatomisin Atolagbe (Tomi) from Dr. Vazquez's lab, for being the first student in the Bioinformatics and Proteomics/Genomics Program to score 100% in the Qualifying Exam!

Congratulations to the Joe Lab! Their review, "Microbiotal-Host Interactions and Hypertension", was accepted for publication in Physiology. Authors are: Sarah Galla, Saroj Chakraborty, Blair Mell, Matam Vijay-Kumar, and Bina Joe.
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Congratulations to Mengjie Wang from the Hill Lab! Her abstract entitled "Roles of Insulin Receptors and IGF-1 Receptors in Leptin-Responsive Neurons in Regulation of Body Weight, Growth, Pubertal Development and Fertility" has been selected for one of the Endocrine Society Outstanding Abstract Awards in conjunction with ENDO 2017 in Orlando, FL. 

Congratulations to Dr. Vazquez and lab! The manuscript "Reduced Necrosis and Content of Apoptotic M1 Macrophages in Advanced Athersclerotic Plaques of Mice with Macrophage-Specific Loss of TRPC3", authored by Sumeet Solanki, Prabhatchandra Dube, Lutz Birnbaumer and Guillermo Vazquez, has been accepted for publication in Scientific Reports.

Last Updated: 7/31/19