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Awards & Recognition: January 2018

Thomas MichelThomas Michel, HMS professor of medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, was named a co-recipient of the Paul M. Vanhoutte Distinguished Lectureship in Vascular Pharmacology by the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET). He will give a talk titled “Life History of eNOS” during the ASPET Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology 2018 in San Diego, California, on April 24.

Michel, who is also senior physician in cardiovascular medicine at Brigham and Women’s and co-director of the Leder Human Biology and Translational Medicine program, has led studies on the molecular mechanisms controlling the endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), a key enzyme in cardiovascular homeostasis. His laboratory was the first to clone and characterize eNOS. Michel’s research studies have had a broad impact in vascular pharmacology, and they span from cellular imaging approaches to the creation and analysis of informative mouse models.

Named with Virginia Miller of the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, winners of an ASPET 2018 Scientific Achievement Award are recognized for their excellence in the field of pharmacology.


Dunia Abdul-Aziz, HMS clinical fellow in otolaryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear received the 2017 Yellen Young Investigator Award. This endowed award supports a junior scientist studying hearing and will help Abdul-Aziz further her research on the mechanisms of inner ear stem differentiation.