(December 2007) - Dr. Xabier Arzuaga, a postdoctoral scholar in Dr. Bernhard Hennig's lab, was among four students who received honorable mentions at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine's First Annual Postdoctoral Poster Session, held on December 12. As Dr. Anthony Sinai, chair of the Postdoc Committee, stated, "This was a very lively event where postdoctoral scientists and faculty judges learned a great deal from each other and where high level science was the topic of every discussion."
Born in Puerto Rico, Dr. Arzuaga attended the Universidad de Puerto Rico before coming to the University of Kentucky as a doctoral student. He joined Dr. Hennig's laboratory as a postdoctoral scholar in 2004. Dr. Arzuaga is interested in the biochemical and molecular effects of environmental contaminants, such as PCBs, in the pathology of vascular diseases. Specifically, he is studying cellular signaling pathways activated by these pollutants and how nutrition can influence the exposure outcome in cell culture models and genetically modified mice, with a long-term interest in impacts on human populations.