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ETSU Alum Hired as Quillen College of Medicine Assistant Professor, Researcher

Dr. Aaron Polichnowski
East Tennessee State University’s Quillen College of Medicine has hired an alumnus of the institution to serve as an assistant professor and researcher in the Department of Biomedical Sciences.
 
Dr. Aaron Polichnowski comes to the medical school from the Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital in Hines, Illinois, where he served as a research scientist since 2011. He also worked as an adjunct assistant professor at Loyola University in Chicago during that time.
 
Polichnowski earned his bachelor’s degree in exercise physiology from ETSU in 1999. He earned a master’s degree in exercise physiology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and obtained a Ph.D. in physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Polichnowski also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Loyola University and Hines VA Hospital.
 
“Bringing Dr. Polichnowski on board will help this department expand research efforts and maintain a strong teaching focus,” said Dr. Theo Hagg, chair of the Department of Biomedical Sciences at ETSU.
 
Polichnowski’s research has focused on hemodynamic mechanisms of injury in various disease states, including acute kidney injury, chronic kidney disease, hypertension, obesity and diabetes. His major research goal is to better understand the mechanisms contributing to the regulation of blood flow during health and disease.
 
Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Polichnowski moved to Kingsport when his father accepted a job at Eastman Chemical Company. He attended high school at Sullivan South High School prior to attending ETSU, where he met his wife, Kristin. The couple has two children.
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