Success Story

June 27, 2018

Ver Steeg Fellows 2018 named

CBC community member Susan Quaggin, NU, receives prestigious Ver Steeg Fellowship

Congratulations to Susan Quaggin, NU, a recipient of the 13th annual Dorothy Ann and Clarence L. Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellowship Award. The award is designed “to support the research of a tenured Northwestern faculty member whose research and scholarship are so outstanding as to enhance the reputation of Northwestern, nationally and internationally.” Susan Quaggin, NU, has ties to CBC: in 2014 she was a co-organizer of a CBC Exploratory Workshop dedicated to the field of vascular biology.

Ellen Wartella and Susan Quaggin awarded Ver Steeg Fellowship

Northwestern Now  |  by Erin Karter  |  June 13, 2018

Susan Quaggin, director of the Feinberg Cardiovascular and Renal Research Institute at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and Ellen Wartella, chair of the Department of Communication Studies at the University’s School of Communication, are the recipients of the 13th annual Dorothy Ann and Clarence L. Ver Steeg Distinguished Research Fellowship Award.

The Ver Steeg Fellowship supports research and scholarship by tenured Northwestern professors whose work enhances the national and international reputation of the University and carries an award of $40,000 per award recipient. The Ver Steeg Fellowship Award expanded this year to include two award winners for the first time.

“These two scholars truly encapsulate Northwestern’s commitment to address the most challenging issues of our time through academic inquiry and discovery,” said Provost Jonathan Holloway, whose office bestows the Ver Steeg Fellowship annually. “Both global leaders in their fields, Ellen and Susan have forged new frontiers as scientists while improving quality of human life.”

Susan E. Quaggin, NU

Susan E. Quaggin, NU

Susan E. Quaggin

Quaggin also is the chief of the Division of Nephrology/Hypertension, the Charles Horace Mayo Professor of Medicine and the principal investigator on numerous National Institutes of Health grants.

Quaggin, whose recent work focuses on uncovering the genetic roots of congenital glaucoma, is the senior author on two international scientific collaborations. The studies identified mutations that cause improper drainage and a buildup of ocular pressure leading to one form of congenital glaucoma and identified a path towards future treatments for the disease.

Under Quaggin’s leadership, the institute has seen significant growth, tripling the number of researchers working to improve quality of life of patients through creative basic, translational research and scholarship in the field of vascular medicine.


Adapted (with modifications) from the Northwestern Now, by Erin Karter, published on June 13, 2018.

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Susan E. Quaggin, NU