Perschbacher receives Honorable Mention in Graduate College 2017 "3 Minute Thesis" completition

Katherine (Katie) Perschbacher, a graduate student in the Molecular Medicine graduate program, is completing her thesis work in the laboratory of Justin Grobe within the Department of Biology.  Her work implicates the suppression of Regulator of G-Protein Signaling-2 (RGS2) within the placenta in the pathogenesis of the pregnancy-related cardiovascular disorder, preeclampsia.  Katie recently competed in a “3 minute thesis” competition held by the University of Iowa Graduate College, which challenged senior graduate students to present their work for a general audience in 3 minutes or less.  Katie made it to the final round of competition, and was chosen among the top three presenters.  Her presentation can be viewed on YouTube:

2017 Arthur C. Guyton Award

Justin L. Grobe, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Department of Pharmacology, was named as the 2017 recipient of the Arthur C. Guyton Award from the American Physiological Society.  Dr. Guyton was a physiologist at the University of Mississippi Medical School.  He made numerous contributions to the fields of integrative cardiovascular control and mathematical modeling of cardiovascular systems, and he was best known for his “Textbook of Medical Physiology” which has remained the world’s best-selling physiology textbook for decades.  The award named in Dr. Guyton’s honor is intended to support an independent investigator who holds an academic rank no higher than Assistant Professor and is pursuing research that utilizes quantitative and integrative approaches and feedback control system theory for the study of physiological functions.   Dr. Grobe will receive the award, including an associated research grant for his laboratory, at the April 2017 Experimental Biology conference in Chicago.

2015 American Heart Association Harry Goldblatt Award

Justin Grobe has been selected to receive the 2015 Harry Goldblatt Award from the American Heart Association Council on Hypertension.

2015 Dietary sodium and weight gain

High salt prevents weight gain in mice on a high-fat diet. Dietary sodium suppresses digestive efficiency, limiting fat absorption.

2015 American Heart Association Strategically Focused Network on Hypertension established at the UI

The University of Iowa has been working for years to find a cure for preeclampsia. That ongoing research has led the university to a spot in a four-center Strategically Focused Network on Hypertension created by the American Heart Association (AHA).

2015 Preeclampsia Diagnostic—UI researchers find early predictor for preeclampsia

University of Iowa researchers have discovered a biomarker that could give expecting mothers and their doctors the first simple blood test to reliably predict that a pregnant woman may develop preeclampsia, at least as early as 6 weeks into the pregnancy.

2014 Faculty Focus interview: Justin Grobe, PhD

Learn more about Justin Grobe, PhD