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2013

Louis De Felice to receive national honor for biophysics education

Louis J. De Felice, Ph.D.

Louis J. De Felice, Ph.D.

Louis J. De Felice, Ph.D., professor and vice chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, will be honored by the Biophysical Society with its Emily M. Gray Award on Feb. 4 in Philadelphia at the Society’s annual meeting.

The Emily M. Gray Award is given for significant contributions to education in biophysics. De Felice was selected for his enduring and multifaceted efforts to encourage the development and dissemination of knowledge in biophysics through outreach and education. As this year’s awardee, he will present the keynote Emily M. Gray Lecture at the Student Symposium at the annual meeting.

De Felice, who also serves as assistant dean of graduate education in the medical school, was honored in 2012 by the School of Medicine with its Distinguished Mentor Award. Throughout his career, De Felice has been dedicated to advocating for students who come from disadvantaged or non-traditional backgrounds, and encouraging students who are uncertain they can achieve their dreams.

Krasnodara Cameron was a mother of two and several years out of the classroom when she first met De Felice in 2009. She was interested in pursuing a research career but unsure of her ability to re-enter school and balance her home life. She enrolled as a Ph.D. student and joined De Felice’s lab in 2011, and can now report that “because of his encouragement and amazing mentorship, I am already a co-author to a manuscript published in the British Journal of Pharmacology, a first author to a manuscript submitted for publication and I have presented our work in six regional and national meetings.”

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2013

Arun Sanyal receives international honor for clinical research

Arun Sanyal, M.D.

Arun Sanyal, M.D.

Arun Sanyal, M.D., professor and chair of the Division of Gastroenterology, will receive the Ranbaxy Research Award in the field of Medical Sciences – Clinical Research at a ceremony in New Delhi on Feb. 4.

Sanyal, who holds the Charles M. Caravati Distinguished Professorship in Gastroenterology, is well-known nationally and internationally for his highly productive and well-funded work in non-alcoholic liver disease. S. K. Sarin, M.D., director of New Delhi’s Indian Liver and Biliary Institute nominated Sanyal for the award to recognize Sanyal’s progress in understanding the disease’s pathogenesis and treatment.

Sanyal is also a highly accomplished mentor and teacher, currently guiding the careers of several junior faculty members as well as serving as principal investigator on an NIH-funded training grant in digestive disorders at the medical school.

Ranbaxy Science Foundation is funded by Ranbaxy Corporation and works with the Indian government to promote research and science in India. This year’s four honorees will be presented with their awards by the vice president of India.