Travel Award for Outstanding Young Investigators
This annual award is given to reward meritorious research in the field of microcirculation by supporting the recipient's visits to laboratories abroad. The award is intended for a researcher who is a resident of the United States or Canada, has received a Ph.D. or completed a first M.D. residency within 12 years of the deadline, and is an active member of the MCS. The award consists of a certificate and $5,000 to defray travel costs associated with the trip.
To apply for this award, a letter of nomination describing how the award will benefit the nominee's career and advance their knowledge of microcirculation, a brief tentative itinerary including the laboratories to be visited, and a current Curriculum Vitae should be submitted to the Chair of the Awards Committee, Dr. Matthew Boegehold. Application materials are due prior to December 2nd of the year preceding the award. The recipient is expected to present a brief report of their trip to the MCS membership at the next annual meeting of the MCS.
2018 Recipient: Sanjukta Chakraborty
Dr. Sanjukta Chakraborty is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Physiology of the College of Medicine at Texas A&M University Health Science Center (TAMHSC). She received her Ph.D in Cancer Genetics from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India. More recently, she completed her postdoctoral training as an American Heart Association Postdoctoral fellow from the Lymphatic Biology Division in the TAMHSC College of Medicine. Her current research interests are focused on the role of lymphatic inflammatory mechanisms in the progression of pathologies such as metabolic diseases and cancer metastasis. Over the summer, Dr. Chakraborty plans to use this award to visit premier research laboratories in Europe to gain skills in intravital microscopy, leukocyte trafficking, angiogenesis models and 3D co-culture techniques that will greatly enhance her research in areas of lymphatic and microvascular function. Dr. Chakraborty also believes that this will be an enriching experience as it will enable her to foster global collaborations with leading investigators in the field, while also leveraging their expertise and her own unique strengths to answer some fundamental questions in lymphatic inflammation mediated pathologies. In her laboratory, Dr. Chakraborty is exploring the role of perturbations in the gut microbiome on microvascular and lymphatic function and how this impacts metabolic syndrome and obesity. Another primary research focus in the lab is to determine how the tumor-lymphatic microenvironment contributes to cancer metastasis and progression. Her research utilizes integrative approaches in elucidating a number of inflammatory signaling mechanisms using molecular, cellular, genetic, physiological and biochemical tools and in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo models.
"I am an assistant professor in Pediatrics/Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. I am originally from Houston and received my BA from Univeristy of Texas and MD from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. My pediatrics and critical care medicine training was at the Baylor College of Medicine. I am currently a clinician-scientist interested in the pathophysiology and interplay of microvascular inflammation and thrombosis. I became interested in microvascular research during my critical care fellowship under the mentorship of Rolando Rumbaut, MD PhD. This stemmed from the clinical observation that patients with sepsis may still develop ongoing organ dysfunction despite normal systemic blood pressures. Clearly, the microcirculation was dysfunctional either through inflammation, thrombosis, or both. I then became interested in the interactions between platelets, neutrophils, and endothelium in the development of microvascular inflammation and thrombosis. When not in the laboratory or intensive care unit, I enjoy running, coaching my son's soccer team, and trying new foods. Oh, and writing grants. Who doesn't love writing grants? I plan to visit 2-3 laboratories in Europe in February or March 2018."