Published June 6, 2017
Mark D. Parker, PhD, assistant professor of physiology and biophysics, has received the 2017 Cell and Molecular Physiology Section (CaMPS) New Investigator Award from the American Physiological Society (APS).
He was presented the award at the Experimental Biology 2017 meeting April 22-26 in Chicago.
“It is a fantastic honor to be recognized. It was especially nice to be presented with the award in front of friends and colleagues, many of whom I have known since I was a postdoctoral researcher,” Parker says.
“It’s great to know that the panel members were suitably impressed by what my lab has achieved at UB over the last three-and-a-half-years, which itself is a testament to the superb research environment at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.”
The award recognizes an outstanding investigator in the early stages of their career.
Candidates need to receive nominations from at least two regular members of the APS and are judged on their publications, how the publications relate to the Cell Section and on evidence for independence and promise.
In 2016, Parker and his team published research in the American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology on a proposed, single unifying model for Slc4a11, an elusive membrane transport protein involved in a rare hereditary condition that results in vision loss.
He received a Carl W. Gottschalk Research Scholar Grant from the American Society of Nephrology (ASN) Foundation for Kidney Research in 2015 to support his research about the cause and consequence of acidosis by the sodium-bicarbonate cotransporter NBCe1.
Parker also serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the American Journal of Physiology - Cell Physiology.