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02-17-2017

Damien Samways Receives Tenure & Promotion to Associate Professor at Clarkson University

Clarkson University President Tony Collins has announced that Damien Samways has been granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of biology in the School of Arts & Sciences.

Damien SamwaysSamways' expertise is primarily in the area of cell biology, with a special focus on the structure and function of "ion channels." Ion channels are proteins found on the surfaces of cells that regulate the movement of ions, such as sodium, calcium and potassium, into and out of the cell interior. The movement of these ions is, in turn, critical to the regulation of numerous cellular processes including proliferation, migration and the secretion of biological molecules such as neurotransmitters.

Since arriving at Clarkson, Samways has been engaged in a number of collaborations with colleagues from the departments of Biology and Chemistry & Biomolecular Science with the shared theme of developing new methods to enhance chemotherapeutic drug transport across biological membranes.

Samways was the recipient of a Young International Scientist Award from the Chinese Academy of Science, which funded a collaborative study of P2X ion channels and allowed him to visit and conduct research with a faculty colleague at the Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health.

Samways has co-authored 22 peer-reviewed original research articles, three reviews, two book chapters, and presented his work at numerous scientific conferences. He is currently a member of the Biophysical Society and the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Samways received his bachelor of science degree in physiology with pharmacology from the University of Southampton and his Ph.D. in pharmacology from the University of Bristol. Both universities are in the United Kingdom. He went on to complete his postdoctoral training and served as an assistant research professor within the School of Medicine at Saint Louis University, Missouri.

Clarkson University educates the leaders of the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as an owner, CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. With its main campus located in Potsdam, New York, and additional graduate program and research facilities in the Capital Region and Beacon, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university with signature areas of academic excellence and research directed toward the world's pressing issues. Through more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, education, sciences and the health professions, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo and connect discovery and innovation with enterprise.

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[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or aharrison@clarkson.edu.]

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