Announcements2013 Renal Section Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Renal PhysiologyPublished Online:15 Apr 2013https://doi.org/10.1152/ajprenal.00134.2013This is the final version - click for previous versionMoreSectionsPDF (258 KB)Download PDF ToolsExport citationAdd to favoritesGet permissionsTrack citations ShareShare onFacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailWeChat Dr. Alexander Staruschenko is the recipient of the 2013 Young Investigator Award for Excellence in Renal Physiology. This award is presented annually by the Renal Section of the American Physiological Society (APS) in recognition of outstanding accomplishment by a young scientist. Dr. Staruschenko will deliver his award lecture at the Experimental Biology 2013 Meeting in Boston, MA, on Sunday, April 21. Dr. Staruschenko will also participate in the Renal Section's Posters and Professors Reception and will be recognized at the Renal Section Dinner during the Experimental Biology Meeting.Dr. Alexander StaruschenkoDownload figureDownload PowerPointDr. Staruschenko, known to his friends as Sasha, earned a Bachelor of Science with a major in Physiology from the St. Petersburg State University in 1997. He subsequently earned a Master of Science in Physiology from the same institute in 1999 under the supervision of Professor Vladimir Zhuravlev. Sasha continued his education, earning a Doctor of Philosophy in Cell Biology in 2003 from the Institute of Cytology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia. His mentor was Dr. Elena Morachevskaya. Sasha's dissertation work focused on the cell biology and function of mechanosensitive ion channels. Sasha next joined the laboratory of Dr. James D. Stockand in the Department of Physiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio to pursue postdoctoral training in the areas of renal and transport physiology. Here, he rapidly established himself as an outstanding young scientist. As a consequence, his fellowship training was supported by the National Kidney Foundation and yielded several notable publications, including his pioneering work identifying the epithelial Na+ channel (ENaC) as a heterotrimeric ion channel. The trimeric nature of ENaC and related channels was firmly established when the atomic structure of chicken ASIC1a was resolved subsequently by the Gouaux laboratory (Jasti et al., Nature. 2007). Also during his fellowship, Sasha conducted ground-breaking work on ENaC trafficking by small G proteins and regulation of this channel by endogenous cell signaling pathways in native tubules. This work has been instrumental to an understanding of physiological regulation of ENaC and renal sodium excretion.Sasha joined the faculty of the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2007 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physiology and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. Dr. Staruschenko currently directs an internationally recognized research program. He is a contemporary leader in understanding the kidney's role in water and electrolyte homeostasis. His research focus is on mechanisms of ENaC regulation and its impact on kidney disease and blood pressure. As an example, one of his recent studies demonstrates that the lack of epidermal growth factors can drive ENaC-mediated sodium reabsorption to cause salt-sensitive hypertension. Other areas that interest Sasha include understanding how reactive oxygen species and small GTPases are involved in the control of renal sodium excretion and blood pressure, and the role of ion channels in glomerular disease. Dr. Staruschenko is recognized as an important innovator, pioneering the use of cutting-edge methodologies for the study of renal physiology. His laboratory recently established a procedure that enables the recording of TRPC channels in podocytes in freshly isolated glomeruli, and the real-time electrochemical detection of endogenous substances, such as ATP, released by the kidneys. These new tools will be instrumental in identifying the function of renal ion channels, and realizing how native signaling pathways regulate these channels in vivo. Because of the excellence of his science, Dr. Staruschenko's research program has attracted much attention and funding. His studies have been supported by the American Heart Association, National Kidney Foundation, American Society of Nephrology, American Diabetes Association, and the National Institutes of Health.Dr. Staruschenko serves on the American Journal of Physiology-Renal Physiology and American Journal of Physiology-Cell Physiology Editorial Boards, is an Associate editor for the journals Frontiers in Renal and Epithelial Physiology and PPAR Research. Among his many honors, Dr. Staruschenko is a recipient of the Barbara H. Bowman Research Award for Academic Excellence as the best postdoctoral fellow at UTHSCSA; the 2008 Carl W. Gottschalk Award of the American Society of Nephrology; and the 2009 Award for Meritorious Research by a Young Scientist (Renal Section), 2010 New Investigator Award (Renal Section), 2010 Ryuji & Ueno Foundation Award for Ion Channels or Barrier Function Research, and 2011 Lazaro J. Mandel Young Investigator Award presented by the APS. Dr. Staruschenko is an outstanding scientist who continues to make significant contributions to the field of renal physiology, and the Renal Section is happy to recognize him with the Renal Section Young Investigator Award for 2013. The Young Investigator Award selection committee was composed of Heddwen Brooks (Chair of the Renal Section) and David Weiner and Jennifer Pluznick (Joint Program Representatives for the Renal Section).This article has no references to display. Download PDF Previous Back to Top FiguresReferencesRelatedInformation More from this issue > Volume 304Issue 8April 2013Pages F1138-F1138 Copyright & PermissionsCopyright © 2013 the American Physiological Societyhttps://doi.org/10.1152/ajprenal.00134.2013History Published online 15 April 2013 Published in print 15 April 2013 Metrics Downloaded 153 times

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