The graduate students in the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology wanted to honor Zofia Zukowska's science, her passion for learning and her energetic, positive approach to life. In the fall of 2014, the students organized the inaguaral Zofia Zukowska Distinquished Lectureship.
Zofia obtained both her M.D. and Ph.D. from the Medical Academy in Warsaw, Poland, and came to the US in 1980 to train as a Fellow and Associate with Dr. Irv Kopin in the Laboratory of Clinical Science, NIHM. In 1985 she took a faculty position in the Department of Physiology & Biophysics at Georgetown University, where she was promoted to full professor in 1995, and went on to become department chair in 2006. Zofia founded the IBP Stress Physiology Center at the U of MN in 2010 where she served as its director until 2012. Zofia’s work centered on neuropeptide Y function in obesity and cardiovascular disease and her studies were well known and highly regarded in context of the unique insights made in stress physiology. Her work was published in the most rigorous peer-reviewed journals and her dynamic laboratory was funded by numerous NIH and foundation grants, including the prestigious NIH MERIT award. Zofia received many notable awards for her work including the Copernicus Award for Excellence in Neuropeptide Research. Zofia’s passion and drive for excellence is the inspiration for this lecture series.