JOHNSON CITY (June 12, 2018) – An assistant professor and researcher in the East Tennessee State University Quillen College of Medicine has received a prestigious national award.
Dr. Aaron Polichnowski of the Department of Biomedical Sciences was recognized by the American Physiological Society as the 2018 Lazaro J. Mandel Young Investigator. The award, established in 1999, is given each year to a member of the organization who shows “outstanding promise” based on his or her physiology research.
The award comes with $10,000 to be used to further Polichnowski’s research, which 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.
“As a renal physiologist by training, I am honored that my research is being recognized and supported by the American Physiological Society,” Polichnowski said. “This society provides a tremendous amount of support to early stage investigators and has played an important role in my scientific training as well as my research program at ETSU.”
Polichnowski, who joined the Quillen faculty in early 2017, is also a member ETSU’s Center of Excellence in Inflammation, Infectious Disease and Immunity.
He is an ETSU alumnus, earning his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the university 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.
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.