The two students, also husband and wife, are Xiaosun Zhou, mentored by Dr. Curtis Kost, and Jin Song, mentored by Dr. Douglas Martin. They each received "Cardiovascular Section Research Recognition Awards" at a recognition banquet hosted by the APS in San Francisco in early April, where they were informed that although hundreds applied for the awards, only nine students in the nation were selected for the honor.
Zhou's research details how an inorganic gas, nitric oxide, is involved in counteracting the bad effects caused by the hormone aldosterone. Song's research shows how the hormone androgen contributes to high blood pressure by augmenting the vasoconstriction, or narrowing of blood vessels.
Zhou said that the quality of educational opportunities at USD, along with the many helpful staff and faculty members, has helped both him and his wife achieve their academic goals.
"We both benefit a lot from the training at the school of medicine and the great mentoring from our advisors," Zhou said.
After graduation, they plan to engage in further research and become post-doctoral fellows.
The Cardiovascular Section Research Recognition Awards include $500 plus reimbursement of the advance registration fee, are designed to entice submission of abstracts to the Experimental Biology meetings from junior investigators (doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows) and to aid them in their travel expenses.