2019 MCS Election

2019 MCS Council Nominees

Ballots must be submitted by 11:59 pm EDT, January 31, 2019.

Nominations for President (choose one)

Luis Martinez-Lemus, Ph.D.
University of Missouri

Photo of Luis Martinez-Lemus, Ph.D.I first became interested in vascular biology while researching the mechanisms that underlie broiler chickens being highly susceptible to developing pulmonary hypertension. It was then that I realized the importance of the microcirculation and made the Microcirculatory Society my professional home. I have had the privilege of serving our society as Treasurer, as Councilor and as an active member of the Program, Membership and Finance Committees; but more than anything, I have enjoyed and savored my growth and development as scientist while being embraced by the support and camaraderie of my fellow society members. For this reason I have made a commitment to support and serve our Society in any capacity. At this time, if elected, I would be honored to serve you as President and work to keep our society moving forward in these challenging and exciting times.



W. Lee Murfee, Ph.D.
University of Florida

Photo of W. Lee Murfee, Ph.D.The Microcirculatory Society is a home, an environment where interdisciplinary perspectives are shared by engineers, physiologists, computational biologists, and clinicians. The benefits of my participation have been far reaching over the years and my now broad network of colleagues and friends across research areas is evidence of the synergism it promotes. My main objective as president would be to increase opportunities and improve exposure for members. Serving as Councilor, Secretary, and currently as Chair of the Programs and Meetings Committee, I have promoted the exchange of scientific opinions through “Talking Science,” influenced the format of our annual meeting, increased member involvement, and helped increase our scientific footprint at other meetings. I have also increased our society’s interaction with Microcirculation and am currently working on formalizing a relationship that links the journal to a symposium at our annual meeting and provides our society a dedicated special topic issue. As president, I will humbly continue my efforts to increase the opportunities for all members and to be an advocate for the society’s historical strength and future potential.


Nominations for Secretary (choose one)

Pooneh Bagher, Ph.D.
Texas A&M University Health Science Center

Photo of Pooneh Bagher, Ph.D.I have been an MCS Council member for nearly two years now, and have enjoyed contributing to the society. I have also been the Ad Hoc Fundraising Committee Chair and have secured corporate sponsorship to support the society. Oh yea, and I set-up the MCS CafePress shop (https://www.cafepress.com/mcs), where you can buy MCS gear while helping support the society! See, I can’t even have a personal statement without trying to find ways to support the society. So, you should vote for me for MCS Secretary!



Jerry Breslin, Ph.D.
University of South Florida

Photo of Jerry Breslinl, Ph.D.I have been studying the microcirculation for the past twenty years. The MCS was the first scientific society I joined, and has provided so many opportunities for me to expand my knowledge and make many friends who share my interest in discovery and the pursuit of new knowledge. A few years ago I had the pleasure of serving on the MCS Council at a time when the MCS initiated what in my view were several positive changes, including new branding and reforming our activities and events to create a greater vibrancy at our scientific meetings. One change in which I provided direct leadership was the complete redesign of our society’s website. During this transformation, we solved several problems that were plaguing the society at the time, such as poor online journal access, huge fees and liabilities with online credit card billing, and dated processes for communication and recordkeeping. Since implementing these changes, and with the efforts of the current MCS Council and several key members, the society has gained a lot of momentum in terms of producing exciting scientific programs, building its membership, and fostering the careers of its junior members. My vision for the future is that we find ways to add additional value to the MCS, which will be needed to sustain our society as a vibrant hub of communication and innovation for scientists in our field. We already have several web tools and features at our disposal that can potentially help with this goal. However, to make it work we will need to identify what information our members value the most and how they like to receive it, along with additional ways that we can bring more visibility to our society. If chosen as the next Secretary of the MCS, I would work with the Council to make sure we maintain our current momentum with producing exciting and stimulating scientific meetings, along with identifying and implementing practices that will make the MCS a “user-friendly” entity for the next generation of microvascular researchers.


Nominations for Councilors (choose two)

Erika Boerman, Ph.D.
University of Missouri

Photo of Erika Boerman, Ph.D.My involvement in the Microcirculatory Society began at my first Experimental Biology Meeting as a graduate student in 2007. The society has since provided me the opportunity to present posters, give talks, win travel awards, serve on committees, and discuss my research with many incredible scientists. The connections I made through MCS were critical in helping me develop the skills and ideas needed to move my research in to an area independent of my mentors. I am excited for the opportunity to serve the Society in a more meaningful way. My goal is to continue and expand the tradition of fostering the careers of trainee and early career scientists through awards, society activities and participation in the journal. Integrating new groups of researchers will add research depth to MCS and assure its continued success in helping the next generation of young scientists.


Andy Braun, Ph.D.
University of Calgary

Photo of Andy Braun, Ph.D.As a cardiovascular ion channel biologist, the Microcirculatory Society has provided me with an ideal scientific environment to pursue my cell signaling interests in the context of the vascular wall. Since joining the Society in 2009, I have been largely impressed with the quantitative and detailed work carried out by members of the Society, and the Society’s encouragement and promotion of advanced technologies, such as imaging, network analyses and integrated biology, into the scientific thinking of its members. The Microcirculatory Society has become the premier organization for the study of the microvasculature, and as a council member, I will help the Society maintain and grow its international reputation and relationships with its sister societies. I also strongly believe in the importance of fostering the young, emerging scientists within our midst, and providing strong, effective mentorship to this group. This cohort represents a valuable resource in the Society, and engaging them in constructive activities during their career development will drive not only their success, but also the success of the Society. I have benefited tremendously from the collaborative and welcoming atmosphere of the Society, and am committed to furthering its scientific mandate and career development support of new and established members. Finally, I will also use my experience and perspective as a long-time member of the APS and Biophysical Society to support the initiatives and activities of the Microcirculatory Society.


Carmen Halabi, M.D., Ph.D.
Washington University School of Medicine

Photo of Carmen Halabi, M.D., Ph.D.My graduate studies in Dr. Curt Sigmund's laboratory examining the role of the transcription factor peroxisome proliferator activated receptor gamma (PPARγ) in the regulation of blood pressure and vascular function sparked an interest in vascular biology and vascular disease. This interest was solidified during my postdoctoral fellowship training in Dr. Robert Mecham's laboratory where I studied the role of the vascular extracellular matrix (ECM) in cardiovascular development and disease, specifically hypertension and aneurysms. An exciting observation I made during my postdoctoral work is that mutations in ECM genes affect large elastic arteries differently than resistance arterioles. Based on this observation, the current focus of my lab is to understand differences in large versus small artery development and to determine how ECM gene mutations affect resistance arterioles both structurally and functionally, particularly in hypertensive models, as blood pressure is mainly regulation by the microcirculation. As I began to work on small vessels, I became a member of the Microcirculatory Society, which has helped me form collaborations and further my research. It is evident from the interactions I have had with members of the Society that everyone is supportive and devoted to the field. As I have and continue to learn from members of the Society, I believe that promoting interactions between senior and junior investigators from diverse backgrounds is important for the advancement of the field. In addition, it is imperative to recruit/capture the minds of young scientists, not only to grow the Society, but also to secure the future of the field.


Phoebe Stapleton, Ph.D.
Rutgers University

Photo of Phoebe Stapleton, Ph.D.I was introduced to the microvasculature during my graduate work with Dr. Jefferson Frisbee and was struck by how even small impairments is arteriolar reactivity could have such profound systemic outcomes in the continuum between health and disease. Using this continuum, I moved to Dr. Timothy Nurkiewicz’s lab for postdoctoral training in inhalation toxicology to understand how something inhaled could affect the cardiovascular system – and specifically the microcirculation. It was after a speculative laboratory meeting that I found my current niche centered around how maternal vascular impairments during pregnancy affect fetal development and promote the development of cardiovascular disease in surviving offspring. I presented frequently at Microcirculation meeting as a student, always nervous of faculty approaching me with questions that began, “Good, now what if…”. As I attend and present my work at Microcirculation now, I genuinely look forward to these conversations, with the intent of pushing the science forward. As faculty now, I am very focused on the promotion and inclusion of students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty. As such, I organized and co-chaired scientific symposia focused on “Emerging Topics” at the 2018 FASEB and 2018 World Congress of Microcirculation meetings, leading to the opportunity to serve as a Guest Editor for an upcoming Microcirculation issue focused on the same topic, and I have been consistently involved in the Reception Poster Session at annual meetings. I have been privileged to serve on the Membership and Award committees of Microcirculation and was recently promoted to the Chair position of the Awards Committee. Overall, I have scientifically grown-up in the society and look forward to the opportunity to continue to serve the membership through promotion and engagement.


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Please note - only Regular and Emeritus Members are eligible to vote.