Tracy Baker-Herman, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Comparative Biosciences at the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine, is to be awarded the Giles F. Filley Memorial Award for Excellence in Respiratory Physiology and Medicine. She will receive the award from the American Physiological Society at the Experimental Biology Meeting in San Diego in April 2012.
The Giles F. Filley Memorial Award for Excellence in Respiratory Physiology and Medicine recognizes excellence in respiratory physiology and medicine. The award is given to an investigator who holds an academic rank no higher than assistant professor. The award is presented annually to an individual demonstrating outstanding promise based on his/her research program in respiratory physiology and medicine. The primary focus of the Baker-Herman’s laboratory is to understand mechanisms of plasticity in the respiratory control system.
"I am proud that my former trainee, Dr. Tracy Baker-Herman has been recognized with this prestigious national award,” said Gordon Mitchell, professor and chair of Comparative Biosciences. “Baker-Herman is one of the most creative trainees I have had and is considered a "rising star" by many in the field of respiratory neurobiology! She continues a string of success with this award that should make the school of veterinary medicine proud: she is the fifth former trainee of the school to be awarded the Giles Filley Award for Excellence in Respiratory Physiology and Medicine. Tracy has achieved this success despite interrupting her career for three or four years to raise her three children—an astonishing accomplishment. It is wonderful we were able to bring her back as one of our faculty members."