2017 MCS Nominees

Ballots must be submitted by 11:59 pm EDT, March 24 2017.

Nominations for Secretary (choose one)

Amanda Jo LeBlanc, Ph.D.
University of Louisville

I feel very fortunate to have had a supportive Microcirculatory Society that nurtured me as a young scientist. Throughout the years where I’ve grown as an investigator and broadened my research interests and professional network into other fields, I’ve always felt as though the Microcirculatory Society and its members are my “home base” and where I feel most comfortable talking about my science. I’ve previously served on the Membership Committee and I’m currently on the Editorial Board for Microcirculation. I feel as though this is a critical time for the growth and future of our Society and I want to be an active member in ensuring that we not only persist, but thrive going forward. As Secretary, I will work with the President and Committee Chairs to help broaden the appeal of the Microcirculatory Society to other scientists in lateral research fields to increase collaborations and our scientific footprint, as well as strengthen existing member relations.



Karen Stokes, Ph.D.
LSU Health Sciences Center

One of my first conferences in the USA was the Microcirculatory Society meeting at EB. I have attended nearly every one since. The sense of community in our society is one of its strengths, and I have been honored to contribute back in various capacities over the years. I am delighted to be nominated for position of secretary for the MCS. If elected, I will embrace the chance to work closely with the executive committee to help nurture the growth of our society, and continue the current efforts to increase our membership and retain our members as they transition to faculty and can, in turn, give back to an even healthier, stronger society.


Nominations for Councilors (choose two)

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

I first became a member of the Microcirculatory Society (MCS) as postdoctoral fellow with Steven Segal, Ph.D. at the University of Missouri. I have been very fortunate throughout the years to have received travel awards from the MCS, and to have been invited to speak in various MCS sessions, and as such, I feel that the MCS has played a crucial role in my academic development. I remained a member of the MCS during my time abroad in the United Kingdom, where I had the opportunity to interact with numerous British Microcirculation Society members. In March 2016, I started a faculty position at Texas A&M University Health Science Center, and am finally at a point where I can give back to a society that has supported me throughout my career. My group studies blood flow regulation mechanisms, and have focused on resistance arteries and arterioles. Having lived and worked in both the US and the UK, I hope to bring this unique insight and experience to the MCS Council. I strongly believe in supporting trainees and guiding them as they pursue their own research ambitions, and as a junior faculty member, I believe I can represent the concerns of both trainees and faculty. In light of my longstanding commitment to the MCS, and my dedication to training the next generation of investigators, I hope to be given the opportunity to contribute to the MCS Council.


Khalid Matrougui, Ph.D.
Eastern Virginia Medical School

My background includes more than 20 years of experience in micro-vascular physiology and pathology in diabetes and hypertension. We are focusing on the role of the immune system and vascular complication in hypertension and diabetes. I received my PhD at the University Paris VII. I did my first post-doc in Denmark with Dr. Michael Mulvany. After I moved to the Birmingham Alabama for another postdoc with Dr. Pamela Lucchesi. Then I moved to LSU-HSC in New Orleans as Research Assistant Professor. After Hurricane Katrina, I moved to Tulane University as Assistant Professor, and two year later I was promoted to Tenured Associate Professor. Actually I am at Eastern Virginia Medical School as Tenured Associate Professor.


John C. Chappell, Ph.D.
Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

The Microcirculatory Society has been a tremendous resource for me in making connections with trainees and other investigators who are deeply invested in improving our understanding of the microcirculation. These connections have led to fruitful scientific and career-oriented discussions as well as ongoing collaborations that have been invaluable to me as a relatively new investigator. The MCS has a long history of supporting trainees and seeking collaborative opportunities with other vascular-focused organizations such as NAVBO, and I would be excited to work with the MCS leadership to expand that support for new scientists as well as develop new opportunities for networking and forming strong collaborative relationships.


Binu Tharakan, Ph.D.
Texas A&M Health Science Center

I have been working in the field of microcirculation/vascular permeability for eleven to twelve years and the support that I received from the Microcirculatory Society for my research program has been invaluable. As a member of the Microcirculatory Society, I have regularly attended its annual meetings, world congresses for microcirculation where the society plays an important role, and was able to make great friends and collaborators. The outstanding young investigator travel award that I received from the society has immensely helped me to visit various labs and establish research collaborations internationally and I would consider it as an excellent opportunity for early career scientists. As a member of the membership committee and the awards committee, I have really enjoyed getting more involved in the activities of the society and got an opportunity to learn and understand the needs and future directions of the society and was able to work closely with young and senior scientists from our society. I believe it is important to continue the society’s efforts to encourage the young scientists and support the established scientists in such way that this interaction will lead to greater scientific productivity, growth of our society and quality of our journal. Also, I consider it as important to continue and expand the current collaborations with other societies nationally and internationally.

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