October 2020 Physio News

2019-20 Faculty Favorites Announced

This past academic year, the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning solicited nominations from students for the UofL faculty member they would like to recognize for making a significant impact on their learning and intellectual development.  Through a link on the Delphi Center website, students submitted 1040 nominations for 444 faculty members. We are delighted so many students took the time to nominate their favorite faculty member because it demonstrates how much they appreciate our faculty’s efforts.

The Department of Physiology would like to congratulate Drs. Robert “Eli” Brainard, Jeff Falcone, Pat Harris, and Cynthia Metz for being nominated as a 2019-20 Faculty Favorites.

The nominated faculty will be honored during the upcoming Celebration of Teaching and Learning, to be held Friday, February 5 in an online format.


COVID-19 Update: New Testing Requirement
In response to a slight uptick of positive COVID-19 cases within our university com- munity, all faculty, staff and students on campus are encouraged to get tested again before fall break. After fall break, testing will be required between Monday, Oct. 5, and Friday, Oct. 23. Testing will be available Monday through Friday on both the Belknap and HSC campuses. For more details on testing locations and times, read the recent university email or see the UofL COVID-19 website's Testing webpage.


Message from the Chairman
Irving G. Joshua, Ph.D.
A famous motivational speaker held up a $50 bill and asked: “Who would like this?” Of course, all the hands went  up. He then proceeded to crumple up the $50 bill, and said: “Who still wants the $50 bill?” All the hands in the room went up again. With that, he then dropped the money on the floor and stood on it. He then asked: “Who wants it now?” Again, every single hand was raised. It didn’t matter how crumpled or dirty the $50 bill got, the value of it never decreased. It was still worth $50.

We need to remember that in life, we will metaphorically be crumpled and stood on by situations, circumstances and people. Why, then, do we  feel entirely worthless and less valuable after this?  It doesn’t matter what happens to us, or how oppressed we may become. We are still valuable, and we still deserve the same love and respect as before. We are all unique and valuable. Never forget that.


Dr. Suresh Tyagi Named “World Expert in Malnutrition,” by Expertscape, in Honor of Malnutrition Month

For more information, please Click Here


Suresh Tyagi Lab Celebrates Visiting Scholar, Dr. Dragana Stanisic’s, Birthday


School of Medicine Basic Grant Program
Purpose: The purpose of the School of Medicine Basic Grant Program is to provide initial support to junior faculty to establish a research program or  to established faculty who would like to pursue new areas of investigation. Funds are limited and priority will be given to junior faculty. Eligibility: Any full-time faculty member of the School of Medicine is eligible to apply. The maximum award is $25,000 and the period of support is one year. The principal criteria  for determination of funding: (a)  scientific merit, (b) the likelihood that the support will lead to extramural funding, and (c) career status of the applicant with highest priority given to junior faculty. Applications (either original or resubmission) are accepted four times per year, and only one application per cycle per applicant may be submitted. The review process and decision on funding will be completed within two months of receipt of the application, according to the following schedule: Submission Dates: August 1st, December 1st, and April 1st. and Funding Dates: October 1st, February 1st, and June 1st.


2020 Annual Leave Adjustment Reminder
This is a reminder that the December 31, 2020 deadline for the annual leave adjustment is quickly approaching. This annual leave adjustment ensures staff do not carry forward more than two times the amount of leave they are currently eligible to accrue. Due to COVID-19 and the disruption of normal work schedules, the deadline was extended from June 30, 2020, to December 31, 2020. We recommend that you review your accrued leave amount and determine if you are nearing or have exceeded the maximum hours allowed for carryover. Please remember your balance will need to be below the maximum accrual amount by December 31, 2020.


“Cardinal Campus Come Together” Memorial Walk Honoring the Life of Breonna Taylor

President Bendapudi encourages all faculty, staff and students to join the Office of the President's Commission on Diversity and Racial Equality this Friday, Oct. 2, for the CODRECardinalCampus ComeTogether-MemorialWalk to honor the life of Breonna Taylor. A tree will be planted on the Belknap and HSC campuses, voter registration tables will be available, and speakers (including President Bendapudi) will present at the green space at Spalding University. Click the link above for more details.


Faculty Spotlight
Dr. Utpal Sen

Dr. Sen is currently an Associate Professor and recently received a recommendation for promotion to a full Professor of Physiology. His achievements in the physiology profession were unexpected, since he never dreamed of this during his early education. In the late eighties, he finished his schooling in an MST program, and his favorite subjects were Math and Chemistry. He chose Biology as an optional subject in the high school curriculum, to add additional scores in his percent grade. An unexpected turn around in his academic career happened on his school graduation day. His maternal uncle, who was then a Professor of Biology and a Principal in a college in his native town in India, encouraged him to take Zoology as a major (Honors) in the undergraduate curriculum with Chemistry as one of the minors (pass subjects). His uncle assured him and convinced his parents that there are more career opportunities in Biological Science than either Math or Chemistry. Very disappointed with his family’s decision and the path he has to take to build his career, he struggled to like Zoology. In the early courses of his undergraduate curriculum, he wasn’t performing well. At one point, he decided to quit and take Math as a major; however, his parents told him that they would not monetarily support his new scholastic trajectory if he chose to switch. There he abandoned his idea of switching the subject and focused on improving his scores. Eventually, he graduated with Zoology (Hons), and completed a master’s degree in the same subject, with distinction, from the University of Kalyani, Kalyani, India. He then pursued a doctoral degree studying receptor biology and hormone action at the same university. After numerous rejected applications for a postdoctoral position abroad, in 2002, he received an invitation from Dr. Stanley D’Souza, then Associate Professor of Physiology and Biophysics, UofL. In his lab, he studied the signaling mechanism of intercellular adhesion molecules in the atherosclerotic process. Dr. D’Souza’s professional training and writing skills helped him to receive the AHA postdoctoral award in 2003. In fall 2005, Dr. Sen joined Dr. Suresh Tyagi’s group as a Re- search Associate, who was then studying cardiac re- modeling and heart failure. In 2008, Dr. Tyagi supported his first faculty appointment in the Department on two informal conditions: One, he would need to change his field of work so that the mentor and mentee would not be competing for similar resources, and second, Dr. Tyagi could support him only for three years due, to limitation on funding. These contexts were other turning points in his career when Dr. Sen gradually shifted his research interests toward renovascular pathophysiology. Despite the constraints in his early career, Dr. Sen never forgets to acknowledge the courage and constant inspiration he received from Dr. Tyagi, which reinforced his motivation and belief in himself. Dr. Sen would not be here today to tell this story without his support. Last but not least, Dr. Sen also gratefully acknowledges the help that he has received throughout his career in this Department from the Chairman, Dr. Joshua, other faculty members, and staff.

In his personal life, Dr. Sen and wife, Sanchita, have been married since 2000, and they are blessed with two children. Their daughter, Ayushi, is a sophomore at duPont Manual, and son, Sohan, is an eighth-grader at Meyzeek Middle School. They have also adopted a Yorkipoo puppy in the spring of 2018, and the teens named him “Mafia.”


Blood Drive
October 7, 2020
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
University of Louisville HSC
Cardiovascular Innovation Institute
302 E. Muhammad Ali Blvd.

There aren’t enough people donating blood to help patients in need. Your blood donation is essential to ensuring the health of those in our community.

Do you know someone who has never donated before? Please encourage them to make an appointment with you.

To manage the flow of donors appropriately in alignment with social distancing guidelines, all donors should make an appointment in advance.

Schedule your appointment at www.redcrossblood.org

using sponsor code: uoflhsc


Town Hall Meeting

Department Faculty and trainees are invited to participate in the American Physiological Society's (APS) next town hall meeting on October 29 at 2 p.m. EDT on Zoom.

This is a challenging, but exciting, time to be part of APS. We are moving quickly to build a more dynamic, responsive, diverse and relevant organization that is committed to scientific excellence and member service. Tune in to hear about our new Strategic Plan, the launch of Function and what's in store for 2021.

To register and submit your question, please visit:


Submit your question by October 22 to guide the conversation. We will be accepting question submissions during the live presentation, but we ask that you send your questions in advance to help identify topics of interest and establish priorities.


2020 Staff Excellence Awards

The UofL School of Medicine is comprised of over 1000 employees who work hard every day to further the mission and goals of every single department, division and unit within our school.

Dean Ganzel is proud to announce the 2020 STAFF EXCELLENCE AWARDS!

This year’s award categories are:

UofL School of Medicine - Employee of the Year Award [$500.00 Award]

UofL School of Medicine - Team of the Year Award [$500.00 Award]

UofL School of Medicine - Dean’s Lifetime Achievement Award [$500.00 Award]

UofL School of Medicine – Multicultural Engagement Award [$500.00 Award]

UofL School of Medicine - Heart of the School Award [$300.00 Award]

Performance Excellence Awards [Awards of $300.00 for each category]

  • UofL SOM Staff Award for Performance Excellence in an Administrative Office
  • UofL SOM Staff Award for Performance Excellence in a Basic Science Department
  • UofL School of Medicine Academic Staff Award for Performance Excellence in a Clinical Department
  • ULP Clinical Staff Award for Performance Excellence in a Clinical Department

For more information on eligibility or to submit a nomination, please visit: https://louisville.edu/medicine/dean/deans-appreciation-reception

The nomination period will close at 5:00pm, Friday, October 9th.

Winners will be announced on November 24 on Microsoft Teams. Additional information will be sent prior to the presentation.

Open Enrollment Starts Wednesday, October 21

The Benefits team would like to remind you that Open Enrollment for 2021 benefits begins Wednesday, October 21, 2020. Open Enrollment is your once-a-year opportunity to make changes to your benefit elections. The Benefits team will be holding a Microsoft Teams Open Enrollment information session every Thursday in October beginning October 8th. For times and registration, go to the Benefits Open Enrollment  webpage. Enrollment ends November 4, 2020, with changes to benefits effective January 1, 2021.


Healthy Halloween Pasta Salad

  • 1 box whole wheat penne pasta (or other pasta)
  • Natural purple food coloring (or red + blue)
    *If you don't want to die the pasta, use black bean pasta
  • 1 cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 head of broccoli, chopped
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (I have used parmesan or cheddar)
  • Your favorite Italian salad dressing, to taste

Boil the pasta as directed on the box until al dente. Drain and run cold water over the noodles. Meanwhile, use a knife to cut out jack-o-lantern faces in the cucumber slices. Add about 1/4 cup water to a large Ziploc bag and squeeze in about 10 drops of purple food coloring. Add pasta to the bag and toss to coat. Let sit a couple minutes, drain, and rinse with cold water. Transfer pasta to a large bowl and add the rest of the ingredients. Toss to coat and refrigerate a couple hours or overnight. Add a bit more dressing before serving.