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University of Iowa Health Care Distinguished Scholars Program

Date: Tuesday, February 1, 2022

The Vice President for Medical Affairs announces the new awardees of the Distinguished Scholars Program. The goal of this program is to identify and support outstanding mid-career faculty who are becoming internationally recognized leaders in their respective fields of research. Each Distinguished scholar will be appointed for a 3-year term, receiving $200,000/year to support their expanding and innovative research program. Later this year at a date to be determined, we will convene a celebratory function with short presentations by the Scholars on their current and future research. Please join in congratulating our new cohort of UI Health Care Distinguished Scholars.

Vladimir Badovinac, portrait

Vladimir Badovinac, PhD

Professor of Pathology

Dr. Badovinac studies the molecular and cellular biology of T-cells. In particular he investigates how T-cell function is altered during sepsis and how to generate populations of T-cells capable of combating influenza infection.

Ryan L. Boudreau, portrait

Ryan L. Boudreau, PhD

Associate Professor of Internal Medicine-Cardiovascular Medicine

Dr. Boudreau's research examines the role of RNA binding proteins, microRNAs, and micro proteins in heart and brain function. Some of his current work focuses on the regulation of sodium channels in the heart, new regulatory factors that control mitochondrial function, and ascertaining the targets of particular microRNAs during heart development.

Anil K. Chauhan, portrait

Anil K. Chauhan, MTech, PhD

Professor of Internal Medicine-Hematology, Oncology, and Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Dr. Chauhan investigates how aerobic glycolysis regulates platelet and leukocytes and whether manipulation of glycolysis can modulate thrombosis and inflammation. Dr. Chauhan also investigates how cell surface adhesion molecules play a role in ischemic stroke.

Isabella Grumbach, portrait

Isabella Grumbach, MD, PhD

Professor of Internal Medicine-Cardiovascular Medicine

Dr. Grumbach studies how signaling pathways controlled by calcium and reactive oxygen species control vascular smooth muscle function and how aberrant signaling contributes to hypertension and atherosclerosis.

Julien Sebag, portrait

Julien Sebag, PhD

Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Dr. Sebag studies how G-protein coupled receptors are regulated to control metabolism. His studies focus on how an accessory protein, MRAP2, plays a variety of roles to modulate receptor signaling, trafficking, and function.

Eric B. Taylor, portrait

Eric B. Taylor, PhD

Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Dr. Taylor investigates the role of mitochondria in metabolism, with particular focus on transport mechanisms across mitochondrial membranes. His studies offer insight into normal cellular metabolism as well as how these pathways are altered in cancer and diabetes.