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News, Achievements, and Upcoming Events

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UA Physiological Sciences GIDP In the News

Dr. Zhiyu Dai was recently chosen as an awardee for the American Health Association Career Development Award for his project titled Role of Endothelial Fatty Acid Binding Proteins in the Pathogenesis of PAH! This project is ranked on 0.21% percentile which means that Dr. Dai surpassed 99.79% of other applicantions received by the AHA. The award is for 3 years and guarantees $231,000 to aid in his research. 

Dr. Jennifer Stern was invited to give a webinar on her lab's research for Mercodia titled Glucagon Signaling in Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes in which over 200 attendees from around the world joined to watch! Click the image to watch the recording of the webinar!

Kyle Smith of the Simpson Lab has been chosen as an awardee of the 2020 NASA Space Physiology Research Grant provided by the American College of Sports Medicine Foundation! More about the award here: 


Dr. Michael Grandner has been mentioned in multiple media and press outlets such as TIME, US News, The New York Times and hundreds of others recently for his work and studies! Find more of his work and mentions at his website:

Dr. Janet Funk, in collaboration with NY Times reporter Dawn MacKeen and her editor, worked on a feature about the Medicinal Effect of Tumeric, which Dr. Funks lab focuses on throughout the year! Find the story here:


Student Awards and Achievements

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Upcoming Recruitment Events

Stop by our virtual booths at these graduate school fairs in the fall!  


UA Graduate School Fair
October 21 | Online via Handshake

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

October 19-24 | Online - Look for UA Graduate College

Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS)

November 9-13 | Online- Look for UA Graduate College

Student Forum Presentation Schedule

PS Fall 2020 Student Forums will be held via zoom from 11:00am-12:00pm. 

Fall 2020

Date Presenter(s)
October 9  Christina Hoyer-Kimura (Konhilas) & Tyler Marx (Stern)
October 23 Susma Ghimire (Renquist) & Brooke Mason (Grandner)
October 30 Ike Chinyere (Goldman)
November 6 Arizona Physiological Society Virtual Meeting
November 13 Joseph Agosttini (Allen/Fuglevand) & Taylor Martinez (Duca)
November 20 Nadia Hossainy (Bao) & Michael Gee (Pires)
December 4 Kelsey Bernard (Falk/Madhavan) & DeHaven McCrary (Langlais)