Zofia Zukowska

Zofia Zukowska

It is with tremendous sadness to inform you of the untimely death of our colleague, Professor Zofia Zukowska, M.D., Ph.D., who passed away at her home on April 25, 2012, surrounded by her loving family. Words cannot begin to express our sorrow at her passing.  I know that I speak on behalf of the entire APS community in extending our deepest sympathy and condolences to her family.

Zofia obtained her both her MD and PhD from the Medical Academy in Warsaw, Poland, and came to the US in 1980 to train as a Fellow and Associate with Dr. Irv Kopin in the Laboratory of Clinical Science, NIHM.  In 1985 she took a faculty position in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at Georgetown University, where she was promoted to full professor in 1995, and went on to become department chair in 2006.  Zofia also founded the Stress Physiology Center at Georgetown in 2006 where she served as its director until 2010.  

Zofia was a highly valued member of the American Physiological Society. As chair of the physiology department at Georgetown she was a strong and effective advocate for the physiological-centric pursuit of new knowledge discovery in biomedical research. Zofia’s work centered on neuropeptide Y function in obesity and cardiovascular disease.  Her studies were well known and highly regarded for their unique insights and advances in stress physiology.  Her work was published in the most rigorous peer-reviewed journals and her dynamic laboratory was funded by numerous NIH and foundation grants, including the NIH MERIT award. She received many notable awards for her work including the prestigious Copernicus Award for Excellence in Neuropeptide Research. 

We were thrilled to recruit Zofia to our new Integrative Biology and Physiology department in 2010. She came to the University of Minnesota with her vision to direct a world-class center in "Stress Physiology."  Her passion and drive put her well on the way toward placing this initiative on the map as a leader in this highly competitive and vibrant area of research. 

Zofia's warm smile and generous spirit, together with her legacy of scholarship and discovery, touched all who met her. She will be deeply missed by all of us.

May she rest in peace,

Joe Metzger, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology