June 1, 2007
Julio A. Copello, Ph.D., has joined the faculty at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine as an assistant professor of pharmacology. [Note: He has been promoted with tenure to associate professor of pharmacology.]
Copello comes to SIU from Loyola University in Chicago, where he was a research assistant professor of physiology (1999-2005). Previously he was a senior research associate in molecular biology at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn. (1994-99) and a research associate in physiology and biophysics at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston (1989-94).
He earned his doctoral degree at the National University of La Plata in LaPlata, Argentina (1989), where he also earned a degree in biochemistry (1983). He earned his bachelor’s in economics at Jose de San Martin National School in Chacabuco, Argentina (1972).
Copello has received national grant support for his research on muscle physiology and pharmacology. He currently has a five-year grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, one of the National Institutes of Health, to study the way protein molecules of cell membranes communicate with each other to function in synchrony. The grant budget is $1.2 million.
He has been an invited reviewer for several scientific journals. He currently evaluates grants for the Argentinean Fund for Scientific and Technological Research and Association Francaise Contre Les Myopathies. He is a member of the Biophysical Society, Latin American Biophysicists Society, American Heart Association, and American Society for Pharmacology and Therapeutics.
A native of the Buenos Aires Province in Argentina, Copello is married to Susana and has two children.