The recommendation to the Regents for promotion described her accomplishments.
“Professor Dus is a world leader in the study of the cellular, genetic, and epigenetic changes that occur in the animal nervous system in response to high dietary sugar. She has established a well-funded research program that is internationally recognized and is poised to make additional discoveries in nutritional genetics/physiology. She is a passionate and innovative educator and has an impressive record of mentoring trainees from diverse backgrounds. She is a valued citizen of her home department, the university, and the research community.
“There is no doubt that her laboratory is on an upward trajectory and is poised to make sustained and continued impact on the field,” said one reviewer in support of her promotion.
The recommendation to the Regents outlined her expertise:
Professor Stockbridge is a molecular biologist who combines structural biology, biophysics, and physiology to study membrane transporters that allow bacterial cells to remove harmful chemicals. She is a world expert in the study of Flux/Fluoride (F-) channels, which selectively allow the passage of F- across the membrane, allowing bacteria to export this toxic compound.
“Professor Stockbridge is a world leader in the study of small membrane proteins that transport charged molecules across biological membranes. Her well-funded research program has made and will continue to make fundamental advances about the structural and biophysical properties of membrane transporters/channels. She is a dedicated and innovative teacher, contributing to both undergraduate and graduate education. Her record of service is also exemplary, at the departmental, university, and national/international level.
Small membrane bound proteins are notoriously difficult to study at the atomic level, and she has developed several methodologies to facilitate solving the structure of these proteins Her broad, multi-disciplinary approach to studying membrane transporters/channels puts her at the forefront of this important field.
“[Professor Stockbridge’s] research program is ambitious, fearless, interesting, creative, and timely. Not only is it a research program with great potential to bring about fundamental discoveries that will deepen our understanding of transport mechanisms…but also she is generating tools and approaches that are likely to be extremely useful in the membrane protein field,” according to one reviewer.