May 6, 2005

Rong Ma, PhD, received the 2005 Young Investigators Award from the American Physiological Society.

Dr. Ma is an assistant professor of integrative physiology in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of North Texas Health Science Center.

APS selected Dr. Ma for the Lazaro J. Mandel Young Investigator Award, which includes a $7,500 cash prize. According to APS, the award recognizes an individual with outstanding promise in the field of epithelial and renal physiology.

Dr. Maâ??s research focuses on the physiological function and regulating mechanisms of ion channels in kidney cells. He also studies the pathological relevance of the ion channels in certain kidney diseases, such as diabetes and polycystic kidney disease.

â??We are very proud of Dr. Ma for receiving this award,â? said Thomas Yorio, PhD, dean of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. â??We look forward to many years of outstanding research from him.â?

Dr. Ma earned bachelor and master of science degrees in physiology and a medical degree from Anhui Medical University in China and a doctorate in physiology and biophysics sciences from the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

A native of the Peopleâ??s Republic of China, he and his wife currently reside in Keller with their two sons.


Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail

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