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Irena Levitan, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Pharmacology and Bioengineering

Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy


List Accomplishments/Awards/Honor:
2020 Inaugural Team Research Award for transdisciplinary collaborations at UIC: “spanning the divide between cellular and molecular biology to human vascular physiology

2019 Elected Fellow of American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, AIMBE for contributions to the understanding of lipid-ion channel interactions and membrane biomechanics

2012 Arthur Guyton Distinguished Lectureship for quantitative and biophysical work on cholesterol modulation of ion channels and how this can affect integrated organ function. Association of Chairs of Departments of Physiology

2013-15 Councilor of Great Lake ASPET Chapter

2004    Awardee’s Research Symposium of American Heart Association, New Orleans

2003    Women’s International Science Collaboration (WISC) Award, National Science Foundation

2001-04 Scientist Development Award, American Heart Association, National Center

1994    International Postdoctoral Fellowship, American Heart Association

1985    International Student Exchange Scholarship of German Academy of Science

2020-24 Chartered Member of the NIH Study Sections on Atherosclerosis and Inflammation

2009-13  Chartered Member of the NIH Study Sections on Vascular Cell and Molecular Biology

2007 – present, Ad hoc Member of various NIH Special Emphasis, Academic Research Enhancement Study Sections


PhD Program: Department of Biophysics and Neurobiology, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Postdoctoral Fellowship: Department of Physiology, Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia