Graduate Student Awards


Marion Barnhart, Ph.D. (1921-1985)

Dr. Marion Barnhart, who was the first full time female staff person at Wayne State University, School of Medicine (1951) and the first women to become a Professor (1967), completed her B.S. at the University of Missouri, her M.S. in Anatomy from Northwestern University, and her Ph.D. in Cellular Physiology from the University of Missouri. Dr. Barnhart's area of research was Hematology and at the time of her passing, she was the Director of the Academic Program in Transfusion Medicine, Director of the Bargman Laboratory for Cell and Molecular Research, Chairperson of NIH's Blood Diseases and Resources/Hemostasis Advisory Committee, and a charter member of Wayne State University's Academy of Scholars.

In honor of Dr. Barthart's commitment to excellence in academics and research, the Marion I. Barnhart Graduate Student Award was created to recognize Physiology graduate students for academic distinction, research accomplishment, and career development .

Marion I. Barnhart Graduate Student Award Recipients
(2016-17 Academic Year)

Eric Kuhn
Mentor: Bhanu Jena, Ph.D.
Research Area: Mechanisms of cancer & muscular diseases detection
Joseph Mannozzi
Mentor: Donal O'Leary, Ph.D.
Research Area: Cardiovascular Physiology

Ali Al-Housseini
Mentor: Kevin Theis, Ph.D. & Nardhy Gomez-Lopez
Research Area: Maternal-Fetal Medicine and High risk pregnancies

Judy Ingles
Mentor: Jennifer Condon, Ph.D.
Research Area: Potential tocolytic effects of preconditioning the myometrial endoplasmic reticulum stress response

       Ken Lewis
Mentor: Bhanu Jena, Ph.D.
Research Area: Understanding the Molecular Structure and Composition of the Neuronal Porosome

MIchael Wider Physiology Graduate Student Achievement Award

Rong Liu, Ph.D.
Mentor: J.-P. Jin, M.D., Ph.D. 
Dissertation: H2-calponin in the pathogenesis and prevention of arterial atherosclerosis
Adrian Vasquez, Ph.D.
Mentor: Jeff Ram, Ph.D.
Dissertation:  Digestive composition and physiology of water mites