Congratulations to Dr. Shampa Chatterjee for being the recipient of one of the three Hermann Rahn awards in 2015. Dr. Chatterjee is Assistant Professor of Physiology and is associated with the Institute For Environmental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She was nominated by Dr. Jahar Bhattacharya and Dr. Nilam Mangalmurti for her paper NOX2 in lung inflammation: quantum dot based in situ imaging of NOX2-mediated expression of vascular cell adhesion molecule-1. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2014 Feb;306(3):L260-8, PMID:23475902. In this paper they used VCAM-targeted QDs in a mouse model to show that endothelial NADPH oxidase-2 induces VCAM expression with lung inflammation in vivo. This was the first report to highlight the key role of endothelial NADPH oxidase in the onset of inflammation. In addition, she used a novel method (quantum dots coupled to antibodies against adhesion molecules) for the detection of adhesion molecules to lung endothelial cells.
Sadis Matalon, Ph.D., Sc.Dr. (Hon.)Editor-in-Chief