Dr. Maria Burnatowska-Hledin of the Hope College faculty has received one of only six "Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards" presented nationwide for 1999 to professors in the chemical sciences by the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation.
The "Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Awards" program
supports young faculty early in their careers in
undergraduate education, recognizing them for their
teaching, mentorship, and accomplishments in research and
teaching. Burnatowska-Hledin is a professor of biology and
chemistry at Hope.
The $60,000 award is supporting students and a
full-time technician as they conduct research in
Burnatowska-Hledin's laboratory. She works with an average
of five student researchers each semester, as well as with
approximately four to eight students each summer.
Her research concerns molecular activity affecting
water reabsorption in the kidney and blood pressure. She is
studying VACM-1, a "receptor" in cell membranes that serves
as a trigger for certain types of cellular activity. She is
seeking to understand how the receptor interacts with the
hormone vasopressin, which plays a role in the maintenance
of body fluid levels. Her hope is that the results of her
research may lead to development of strategies for
correcting water imbalance and blood pressure disorders.
Burnatowska-Hledin joined the Hope faculty in
1992. She was previously an assistant professor in the
department of physiology at Michigan State University.
She has received a variety of grants in support of
her work, including a multi-year, $503,303 award from the
National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1994. She has had
articles published in scientific journals including the
"American Journal of Physiology," the "American Journal of
Kidney Diseases," "Toxicology" and the "Journal of Clinical
Burnatowska-Hledin holds a bachelor of science
degree, with a major in biochemistry, from McGill University
in Montreal in Quebec, Canada. She also holds a master of
science and doctor of philosophy from McGill University.
She did post-doctoral work in the departments of medicine
and physiology at Michigan State University.
The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation was
established in 1946 and is a memorial to Camille and Henry
Dreyfus, two brothers who made major contributions in the
research of materials used in the manufacture of
photographic films and artificial silk. The foundation
supports advancement in the chemical sciences, including
The foundation presents a variety of grants and
awards each year, including teacher-scholar awards named for
each of the two brothers. In addition to Burnatowska-
Hledin, recipients of the 1999 Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar
Awards come from Connecticut College, Fort Lewis College,
Pomona College, The College of William and Mary, and Wake