Gadiparthi Rao, PhD, one of the leading scientists in the world in the field of cardiovascular biology and distinguished professor in the Department of Physiology in the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), has received the George and Elizabeth Malloy Professorship, which is given to meet the research needs of the College of Medicine.
“The Malloy endowment was given to support the research endeavors of the college and I cannot think of a better way to use this endowment that to award the Malloy Professorship to Dr. Rao,” said David Stern, MD, Robert Kaplan Executive Dean of the College of Medicine.
Dr. Rao received his doctorate degree in life sciences at Gujarat University in India. His research focuses on vascular cell remodeling and injury as it relates to angiogenesis or the forming of new blood vessels from pre-existing blood vessels. His professional involvement includes the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society for Cell Biology, the American Physiological Society, and the American Heart Association.
“Since he has been at UTHSC, Dr. Rao has consistently maintained multiple National Institutes of Health grants, indicating that his peers value his important contributions to the field,” said Christopher Waters, PhD, professor and interim chair of the Department of Physiology in the College of Medicine at UTHSC. “He is an outstanding representative of the department and UTHSC, and naming him as the Malloy Professor allows us to recognize one of our top scientists. This is a well-deserved honor.”