Mineola’s Maria Alicia Carrillo Sepulveda received the John F. Perkins Jr. Research Career Enhancement Award from the American Physiological Society.

Maria Alicia Carrillo Sepulveda, PhD, BSN, Associate Professor of Biomedical Sciences at NYIT in Old Westbury, NY, received the John F. Perkins Jr. Research Career Enhancement Award from the American Physiological Society. The award allows an early-career researcher to acquire special training, or for an established researcher to develop new skills or retrain in an area of ​​developing interest.

This year, Sepulveda, whose research focuses on vascular (blood vessel) biology and health, is one of only four researchers nationwide to receive the honor.

Sepulveda joined NYIT School of Medicine in 2014, and research in her lab is ultimately aimed at translating basic science discoveries into treatments that may one day prevent or halt the progression of vascular complications of diabetes. Her research examines the link between obesity and high blood pressure, how short-term exposure to a common American diet increases the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and other related topics.

In addition to her highly regarded research honors, Sepulveda is an invaluable mentor to the university’s medical students, three of whom received competitive research awards from the American Heart Association while working in her lab.

Sepulveda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of Campinas (UNICAMP, Brazil) and a specialist degree in Cardiology from the Heart Institute of the University of São Paulo (Brazil). After four years of clinical practice, she turned to a scientific career and earned her Ph.D. from the University of São Paulo, where she studied how thyroid hormones regulate blood vessel function. Sepulveda then completed a total of five years of postdoctoral training in hypertension at the Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine at the University of Iowa and the Medical College of Georgia in the field of vascular physiology, where she gained expertise in vascular physiology and pharmacology.

She lives in Mineola, New York

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