Hardik Kalra Dares to Discover

Breaking into the new year with awe-inspiring news!

Hardik Kalra became 1 out of 82 of the University of Iowa’s rising stars of The Dare to Discover campaign!

The University of Iowa undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral researchers and scholars in the Dare to Discover banner campaign are rocking the foundations in fields ranging from astronomy to medicine, public health, education and art. This achievement shows recognition of an outstanding academic achievements!

Congrats Hardik!

“By understanding how we breathe, I develop methods to better help physicians alleviate the suffering respiratory patients experience. Being involved in research has allowed me to implement concepts I learned in class into real life applications, and it has made me think critically about my career path.”

The banners are displayed from January to March 2022 on Washington Street, Clinton Street, Dubuque Street, and Linn Street downtown of Iowa City.

Caylie Sheridan received a scholarship from CoBGRTE

Caylie Sheridan is IPG Laboratory alumnus who received a scholarship from CoBGRTE, an organization that serves to increase the graduation rate from respiratory care programs!

“I have always had an interest in human physiology and, more specifically, respiratory physiology. I graduated from The University of Iowa in May 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Physiology. During my time at Iowa, I was given the opportunity to be a research assistant in the Integrative Pathophysiology and Genetics Laboratory. I studied the effects of chest wall strapping on COPD patients. This is when I was introduced to respiratory therapy and knew I wanted to pursue respiratory care for my graduate education. I am currently a master’s student at Rush University Medical Center in the Respiratory Care Program. After graduating from Rush, I hope to become a registered respiratory therapist and continue my education to obtain a doctorate degree. Ultimately, I want to become a professor teaching respiratory care and a principal investigator. In addition, I have a great interest in critical care medicine and patient education. As a future respiratory therapist and educator, I hope to inspire future generations to pursue a career in respiratory care!”

You have made such an accomplishment and we are so very happy for you!

Caylie Sheridan, BS, MSRC

Joseph McDonell is Ready For a Challenge

Chris Gardner from “The Pursuit of Happyness” stated: “You got a dream, you gotta protect it… If you want something, go get it. Period.” This is basically the definition of perseverance: steady persistence in a course of action, a purpose, a state, especially in spite of difficulties, obstacles, or discouragement. Goosebumps on the skin when you encounter movie characters in real life.

After outstanding defense and graduation with Masters degree, Joseph McDonell is accepting his long-awaited challenge!

“There were times it was negative 50 degrees outside, and my gloves were frozen to my hands,” he says. “And if I can do that, I think I can do this. It’s stressful at times thinking about how I’m going to sort out all these variables—what time is class going to end so I can pick up Eli on time from school and stuff—but I think just falling back on those past situations helps me understand that I can do more.”

We are proud of you, Joe! Wishing you the very best of luck!

Anthony Pamatmat and Hardik Kalra Won the Impact Award at the Hawkeye Startup Accelerator

With the coronavirus pandemic that was continuing to disturb the usual course of life on the campus, the 2020-21 academic year was a challenge. This has been one of the most difficult periods in all of our lives and we have for the most part persevered. Nevertheless, IPG Laboratory members were continuing making major steps towards unexplored frontiers.

Pneumero team has become a winner of the Impact Award at the Hawkeye Startup Accelerator with the innovative lung monitor idea, which positively impacts the lives of patients living with respiratory illness.

Hardik Kalra is a Master Health and Human Physiology Student and Anthony Pamatmat has graduated this spring with a Bachelor Degree in Biomedical Sciences in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

We are very proud to have such outstanding young entrepreneurs among our members!

This award stands alone proudly witnessing your hard work! What an accomplishment!

Welcoming Dr. Dodd’s Laboratory

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Dodd Laboratory has joined the MERF’s 5th floor alliance this summer!

The Dodd lab studies soft-tissue sarcomas, a type of cancer that develops in connective tissue such as muscle, nerves, fat, or tendons. Their research program designs and utilizes powerful in vivo model systems to directly address critical questions in tumor biology.

We are excited to have our new neighbors!!!