2022 UIC Researcher, Scholar and Inventor of the Year awards
The Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Office of Technology Management at the University of Illinois Chicago are pleased to announce the recipients of the 2022 UIC Researcher, Scholar and Inventor of the Year awards. These awards recognize and celebrate the efforts and commitment of individuals who advance knowledge as well as inspire and promote continued excellence in research and scholarship at UIC.
OVCR and OTM would like to thank the campus community for the wealth of compelling nominations submitted for these awards. Our thanks also goes to members of the review panels for their time spent reviewing the applications and convening to select the final awardees.
Researcher and Scholar of the Year
The Distinguished Researcher and Distinguished Scholar awards are given this year to five UIC faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their respective fields of expertise. Seven UIC early career researchers who have shown outstanding promise to become future leaders in their field will receive the Rising Star awards.
The honorees for 2022 are:
Basic Life Sciences
Rising Star: Yu (Tom) Gao, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, College of Pharmacy
Distinguished: Yulia Komarova, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Regenerative Medicine, College of Medicine
Rising Star (tie): Zackery Bulman, PharmD, Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, College of Pharmacy
Rising Star (tie): Afsar Naqvi, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Periodontics, College of Dentistry
Distinguished: Krista Varady, PhD, Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, College of Applied Health Sciences
Natural Sciences and Engineering
Rising Star (tie): Yayue Pan, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, College of Engineering
Rising Star (tie): Ian Tobasco, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Distinguished: Eben Alsberg, PhD, Richard Loan Hill Chair, departments of Biomedical Engineering, Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Pharmacology and Regenerative Medicine, and Orthopaedic Surgery, colleges of Engineering and Medicine
Rising Star: Jennifer A. Jones, PhD, Associate Professor, departments of Sociology and Latin American and Latino Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Distinguished: Alexandra Filindra, PhD, Associate Professor, departments of Political Science and Psychology, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Humanities, Arts, Design and Architecture
Rising Star: Ronak K. Kapadia, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Gender and Women’s Studies, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Distinguished: Mark Canuel, PhD, Professor, Department of English, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Inventor of the Year
The Inventor of the Year Award honors an outstanding inventor or an outstanding team of inventors at University of Illinois Chicago who have contributed to the development of intellectual property that significantly impacts their field and society. The award is given based on the criteria of creativity, novelty and the benefit to society.
2022 Winners: Michael Caffrey, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, College of Medicine, and Igor Paprotny, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
Joanna Groden, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Research
Suseelan Pookote, PhD
Director, Office of Technology Management
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