The Marion I Barnhart Graduate Student Award

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 .


Award Recipients
(2015-16 Academic Year)

Ankita Jaykumar
Mentor: Pablo Ortiz, Ph.D.
Research Area: Role of ALMS1 in NKCC2 endocytosis and NaCl
reabsorption in the TAL
Jasdeep Kaur
Mentor: Donal O'Leary, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Muscle Metaboreflex and Arterial Baroreflex: Action, Interaction and Altered Control in Heart Failure

Akshata Naik
Mentor: Bhanu Jena, Ph.D.
Research Area: Molecular Mechanisms of Insulin Secretion by Pancreatic beta-cells

Adrian Vasquez
Mentor: Jeff Ram, Ph.D.
Research Area: Digestive composition and physiology of water mites
Yu Yang
Mentor: Daniel Rappolee, Ph.D.
Dissertation: Hypoxia (0.5% O2) induces trophoblast stem cell differentiation mediated by mechanisms involving mitochondria respiration and AMPK




Graduate Student Achievement Award

Rong Liu
Mentor: J.-P. Jin, M.D., Ph.D. 
Dissertation: H2-calponin in the pathogenesis and prevention of arterial atherosclerosis


Centennial Award


Mohamad El-Chami
Mentor:  Dr. Jason Mateika
Dissertation: Circadian modulation of breathing stability and respiratory plasticity