Faculty at the promotion ceremony

Congratulations to the following basic science and clinical faculty at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine! These individuals were honored with promotions and tenure in fiscal year 2023.

Names are organized alphabetically by department.


Sarah Jean Hall, MD, PhD
Associate Professor

air quality index

This week, communities across the Midwest and eastern parts of the U.S. are experiencing the effects of smoke from wildfires in Canada. Parts of Kentucky reached unhealthy levels in the air quality index (AQI).

Flora accepting award

Yueh-Yin (Flora) Chen, a visiting graduate student in the Lee lab, received the “John Widdicombe Award” for the best presentation chosen from 12 selected oral presentations given by clinical fellows, postdoc, and graduate students at the ninth American Cough Conference (Washington DC, June 9-10). 

Costaining of AGT and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) in cultured HepG2 cells transducted with AAV.loop/βsheet-Mut. Scale bar, 10 μm.

Originally Published June 22, 2023: www.ahajournals.org

Ethan Glaser holding a cake that says "Congratulations Dr Glaser!"

On Tuesday, June 6, 2023 Ethan Glaser successfully defended his dissertation and earned his doctoral degree in physiology. Congratulations Dr. Glaser!


Clinical and Biological Factors Determine Spinal Cord Injury Outcomes: Liquor to Lipids


Alan Daugherty in the lab

A University of Kentucky research scientist studying ways to repair damaged major vessels with medication rather than surgery has received the American Heart Association Merit Award.

Kathryn Saatman, PhD, holding her award.

The University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research recently honored four professors for their dedication to mentoring with the Excellent Undergraduate Research Mentor Award during the 17th annual Showcase of Undergraduate Scholars.

Dr. Na'Tasha Evans

Following an extensive national search and interviews with highly qualified individuals, the College of Medicine is excited to welcome Na’Tasha Evans, PhD, MEd, as the new vice dean for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and associate professor in the department of behavioral science.

Dr. John Gensel

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is excited to announce that it has named John Gensel, PhD, the director of the UK Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (SCoBIRC).

Alan Daugherty giving a presentation at a podium

A University of Kentucky expert in cardiovascular health is being honored for his role in leading one of the American Heart Association's journals.

Undergraduates selected for the 2023 Commonwealth Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Fellowship program

The University of Kentucky Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) is honored to announce that 20 undergraduates have been selected for the 2023 Commonwealth Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Fellowship program.

Donald Frazier and students in the UK Science Outreach Center, holding a human brain, spinal cord, lungs and heart.

Don Frazier is so passionate about physiology that he has been spreading his love of science through education outreach for much of his life.

Originally Published April 14, 2023: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10565-023-09806-9

Diana Zajac holding a cake that says "Congratulations Dr Zajac!"

On Tuesday, April 4, 2023 Diana Zajac successfully defended her dissertation and earned her doctoral degree in physiology. Congratulations Dr. Zajac!




Graphic describing the experimental method
Graphic describing the experimental method

W Brad Hubbard, Hemendra J Vekaria, Olivia J Kalimon, 

Alliance research initiative - researchers collaborating

Nearly three years ago, the University of Kentucky College of Medicine launched the Alliance Research Initiative to promote collaboration and mentorship through interdisciplinary research teams. With members spanning across UK departments and colleges, these teams were established to address Kentucky’s most urgent health needs.

Congrats graphic

The University of Kentucky College of Medicine is pleased to announce the faculty, staff, and learners who were winners of the annual Mission, Vision, Pillar, and Enabler Awards.

Mice with RAI have impaired phagocytic ability of phagocytes in sepsis. SR-BIfl/fl mice and SF1creSR-BIfl/fl mice were treated with CLP (25G, full ligation) for 17 h and then injected with 109 CFU/ml BODIPY-conjugated E. coli via i.p. After 1 hour, the mean fluorescence intensity (MFI) of E. coli in CD11b+ cells (A), macrophages (B) and neutrophils (C) in peritoneal fluids was analyzed with flow cytometry. n = 2-4. Data are means ± SE. Control represents mice without CLP and E. coli treatment.
Two women working in a laboratory, looking through a microscope.

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