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School of Medicine Professor to Edit Scientific Journal

Gina Yosten, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology and physiology at Saint Louis University, will become the most junior scientist ever chosen editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology.

Yosten in lab

Yosten will assume the editorship in July 2020, as current editor-in-chief Willis K. Samson, Ph.D., D.Sc., professor of pharmacology and physiology at SLU, completes his second term as journal editor and passes the torch to his mentee, former student and faculty colleague. Yosten previously had been associate editor of the journal. Her selection as editor-in-chief comes after an extensive international search by the American Physiological Society.

“This is an incredible honor for Gina and validation not only of her ascendancy in the discipline, but also the fertile research environment we enjoy here at SLU. She will be the first female editor of the journal in its long history and the most junior scientist to be so selected,” Samson said.

Yosten earned her bachelor’s degree in zoology at the University of Oklahoma, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Golden Key Society. After working for two years at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Yosten entered SLU’s Core Graduate Program in the Biomedical Sciences in 2006. She was awarded her doctorate in pharmacology and physiology in 2010.

Remaining in Samson’s lab, Yosten was first a postdoctoral fellow, then a research track assistant professor before being elevated to the tenure track in 2015. She currently holds two NIH R01 grants and a large private foundation award for her work in the study of diabetes, neuroscience and endocrinology.

Hiring and retaining world-class faculty like Yosten is a key component of the University’s aim of leading the way in expanding the boundaries of knowledge and application of the health sciences, one of the strategic priorities of Accelerating Excellence: The Campaign for Saint Louis University.

The American Journal of Physiology – Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology publishes original investigations that illuminate normal or abnormal regulation and integration of physiology mechanisms at all levels of biological organization, ranging from molecules to humans, including clinical investigations. It is published by the American Physiological Society.