The Graduate Student Association is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2018 Dr. Patricia Sokolove Outstanding Mentor Award: Dr. Katia Kontrogianni-Konstantopoulos, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology of the School of Medicine.

Dr. Kontrogianni-Konstantopoulos joined the department of Biochemistry in 2007. Since that time, she has directly mentored seven graduate students, six post-doctoral fellows, one medical student, eight undergraduate students, four research technicians, and one Research Assistant Professor. Currently, her lab consists of three graduate students and one post-doc.

Her research focuses on elucidating the roles of obscurin, a giant cytoskeletal protein, and its binding partner myosin binding protein-C in cardiac and skeletal muscle health and disease. Her lab also investigates the involvement of obscurin in breast cancer, allowing her to mentor students in diverse fields and program tracks. In addition to the students that she directly mentors, she also teaches in a number of courses in both the graduate and medical schools. Her talent in teaching and dedication to training young scientists has established her as one of the many exceptional mentors at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Congratulations to Dr. Katia Kontrogianni-Konstantopoulos and her lab (pictured above) on this well-deserved achievement!

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