Travel Award for Outstanding Young Investigators


Congratulations to W. Lee Murfee

Dr. Murfee is currently an associate professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Tulane University. Prior to Tulane, Dr. Murfee received his Ph.D. from the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Virginia in the laboratory of Dr. Thomas Skalak and was a postdoctoral fellow in the Microcirculatory Laboratory with Dr. Geert Schmid-Schönbein in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, San Diego.  His research interests include the patterning coordination between blood and lymphatic vessels, the role of pericytes during angiogenesis, and the microvascular patterning alterations associated with age-related diseases. Dr. Murfee’s laboratory has recently developed a new tissue culture model to investigate the multi-cell dynamics involved in angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis. During the upcoming summer, Dr. Murfee plans to visit the Walter Brendel Centre of Experimental Medicine (WBex) at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München. WBex is a premier cardiovascular research center and an ideal choice because his research interests overlap with multiple laboratories. Dr. Murfee envisions that gaining experience with intravital microscopy, real time imaging, angiogenesis models and isolated vessel preparations will benefit his research, help generate new research questions, and spark collaborations. Specifically, Dr. Murfee’s goal will be to leverage the expertise of investigators at WBex and the capabilities of his laboratory’s model to create real-time movies of cell (blood endothelial cell, lymphatic endothelial cell, pericyte, smooth muscle cell, and immune cell) trafficking during adult microvascular network growth. Such a dynamic view does not exist and has the potential to offer new insights and discoveries for advancing how we think about the way microvascular networks grow and remodel. While in Germany, Dr. Murfee also plans to visit Berlin and Dr. Axel Pries in the Center for Cardiovascular Research at Charité – Universitätsmedizin.
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.