Meet Our Donors and Awardees

Meet Our Donors and Awardees

Learn about the enormous impact of APS programs and awards on physiology and biomedical research by reading interviews with APS donors and awardees.


APS Member Sue Barman Establishes New Professional Opportunity Award  

Sue Barman, PhD, FAPS, has held many titles within APS since joining the Society in the 1980s—Central Nervous System (CNS) Section Steering Committee member, Councilor and President to name a few. With her history of service, it’s no surprise that she is continuing her support now and into the future with the new Susan M. Barman Professional Opportunity Award for Research in Central Autonomic Neurophysiology. 

 

APS Member Raul Camacho, PhD, Gives Back to Next Generation of Minority Travel Fellows

APS member Raul Camacho, PhD, is a principal scientist working on obesity and diabetes programs and pre-clinical drug discovery at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson. As a graduate student at Vanderbilt University, Camacho was an APS Minority Travel Fellow (MTF) from 2003–2005 which allowed him to attend the APS annual meeting at Experimental Biology and the International Union of Physiological Sciences Congress. 

  

Finding Meaning, and Motivation, in Researching Cardiovascular Physiology

Growing up, Sarah Lindsey was interested in many things, and she was fairly good at lots of things. When deciding what to study—let alone what career to pursue—she was stumped. As an undergraduate, she stumbled into a pharmacy program, but it was the summer after college when she had her first research experience studying the neurobiology of addiction, and that changed her direction. "To be a scientist, you have to have the ability to do a lot of different things well," she said. "So I started to feel like doing research was a good fit for me."

  
APS Member Virendra Mahesh Promotes Young Scientists’ Careers

Virendra Mahesh, Ph.D., D.Phil., has contributed to APS in many roles since first joining the society in 1975. Although his discoveries in the field of reproductive endocrinology have been the highlight of his career, he’s always been an avid supporter of the careers of young researchers, because he believes his legacy will be carried on through the young scientists in the field. With his ongoing gifts to APS, he hopes to encourage and support young investigators pursuing research in the area of endocrinology. 
  

Declan McCole: Breaking Ground in Gut Physiology

Declan McCole is a physiologist studying the intestinal epithelium, the lining of the gut that separates the outside from the inside of the body. The barrier can become "leaky," leading to inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. McCole is interested in understanding exactly why the epithelium becomes leaky—and how to fix it.

  

An Interview with Katie Wilkinson, PhD: 2017 Macknight Early Career Innovative Educator Award  

Katherine “Katie” A. Wilkinson, PhD, is the winner of the 2017 Macknight Early Career Innovative Educator Award. An assistant professor of biological sciences at San Jose State University, Wilkinson studies proprioception—the sense of the body’s position and movement in space. We recently spoke with her to learn more about her background (and her hometown’s surprising claim to fame), her research recognized by the Macknight Award and why she values her APS membership. 
  

Paying it forward: perspectives of past Porter Fellow, Clintoria Williams, PhD

For 50 years, the APS has encouraged underrepresented minority students to pursue science-related careers, seeking to directly increase the number of minority research physiologists. The Society’s signature diversity program is the Porter Physiology Development Fellowship, which has provided graduate fellowships for underrepresented minorities pursuing a doctorate in physiology since 1967. We spoke with Clintoria Williams, PhD, past Porter Fellow (2005–2006), about her experience as a Fellow and how it impacted her career. 
 



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Sarah Lindsey, PhD

Growing up, Sarah Lindsey was interested in many things, and she was fairly good at lots of things. When deciding what to study—let alone what career to pursue—she was stumped. As an undergraduate, she stumbled into a pharmacy program, but it was the summer after college when she had her first research experience studying the neurobiology of addiction, and that changed her direction. "To be a scientist, you have to have the ability to do a lot of different things well," she said. "So I started to feel like doing research was a good fit for me."

Virendra Mahesh, PhD, DPhil

Virendra Mahesh, PhD, DPhil, has contributed to APS in many roles since first joining the society in 1975. Although his discoveries in the field of reproductive endocrinology have been the highlight of his career, he’s always been an avid supporter of the careers of young researchers, because he believes his legacy will be carried on through the young scientists in the field. With his ongoing gifts to APS, he hopes to encourage and support young investigators pursuing research in the area of endocrinology.

Declan McCole, PhD

Declan McCole is a physiologist studying the intestinal epithelium, the lining of the gut that separates the outside from the inside of the body. The barrier can become "leaky," leading to inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD) such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. McCole is interested in understanding exactly why the epithelium becomes leaky—and how to fix it.

Sue Barman, PhD, FAPS

Sue Barman, PhD, FAPS, has held many titles within APS since joining the Society in the 1980s—Central Nervous System (CNS) Section Steering Committee member, Councilor and President to name a few. With her history of service, it’s no surprise that she is continuing her support now and into the future with the new Susan M. Barman Professional Opportunity Award for Research in Central Autonomic Neurophysiology.

Raul Camacho, PhD

APS member Raul Camacho, PhD, is a principal scientist working on obesity and diabetes programs and pre-clinical drug discovery at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a pharmaceutical company of Johnson & Johnson.

Katie Wilkinson, PhD

Katherine “Katie” A. Wilkinson, PhD, is the winner of the 2017 Macknight Early Career Innovative Educator Award. An assistant professor of biological sciences at San Jose State University, Wilkinson studies proprioception—the sense of the body’s position and movement in space.

Clintoria Williams, PhD

Clintoria Williams is a researcher at Emory University studying diabetic nephropathy and hypertension, with a focus on the roles of calcineurin and NADPH oxidases in the development of the diseases.

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