Epithelial Transport Interest Group


The Epithelial Transport Group (ETG) advances the science of epithelial transport physiology and cell biology. ETG cuts across the boundaries of traditional organ system physiology to promote communication, training, and collaboration amongst diverse epithelial scientists at all stages of career development. At its core, ETG fosters innovation and research excellence by showcasing the latest advances in the field. Since the group was formally organized in 1992, it has grown to nearly 700 members from a cross-section of the traditional APS sections.

Featured Topic Award Lectures

Each year, the Epithelial Transport Group selects two outstanding researchers in the field to deliver a lecture on their state-of-the-art research at the annual Experimental Biology Meeting.

One lecture honors the epithelial transport pioneer, Hans Ussing. The other lecture honors Steve Hebert, who pioneered efforts into the molecular physiology of renal epithelial transport.

In addition to the featured lectures, Trainees and early-career investigators are selected from top-scoring abstracts submitted the ETG abstract categories to give short talks. Members of the ETG steering committee grade the abstracts, and select the top scoring abstracts for oral sessions. The two highest scoring abstracts are invited to co-chair the Featured Topic session, providing an additional opportunity for trainees and junior investigators. ETG also fosters interactions between the trainees, junior faculty and the Ussing and Hebert Lectures at gatherings after the Featured Topic sessions.

Poster Sessions

The Epithelial Transport Group also has poster sessions, and recognizes the highest scoring trainee poster with an award at the annual Experimental Biology Meeting.


The ETG has organized and run a highly lauded meeting before the EB Meeting since 1999. This annual Saturday ETG Pre- EB meeting is devoted to talks from trainees and junior investigators. It is also designed to serve as a venue for trainees and established investigators to network.

Grant Support

To support the attendance of trainees, ETG has been very fortunate with its aggressive grant application campaign. For the last 5 years ETG has received support from the National Institutes of Health (R13 mechanism) to provide travel awards for trainees in order to attend the EB meeting and the pre-EB meetings.


The ETG is governed by a 10-15 member steering committee. Each member has a three-year term. The Chair and Chair elect have three year terms and lead the group. They are also representatives on the Joint Program Committee. They plan symposia and conduct an annual business meeting for the election of Lectures and steering committee members.

Call for Nominees

Members of the steering committee are responsible for selecting the Ussing and Hebert Lecturers as well as to select the top abstracts for presentation at the Featured Topic Sessions and for the poster award. Please contact Dr. Timo Rieg, Chair-elect (trieg@health.usf.edu) with your nominees.

To become a member of the ETG, please log into the APS member-only site, add the ETG to your section/group affiliation, and subscribe to the Listserv. You do not have to change your affiliation with any other sections or groups. 

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Resources for Epithelial Transport Interest Group

Steering Committee

Epithelial Transport Interest Group Steering Committee

Ussing Lecture Awardees

Under the leadership of Moshe Levi, the ETG instituted the Ussing Lecture in 2008 to recognize scientists who have made fundamental contributions to our understanding of epithelia transport and diseases of epithelial transport.

Hebert Lecture Awardees

Past Hebert Lecture Awardees