Lung Biology Research

 

Louisiana is one of the states in the U. S. which has high prevalence of pulmonary diseases, such as pneumonia, asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD). These diseases have high mortality, morbidity and health care costs. Therefore, improved treatment and/or prevention strategies are warranted. Identification of mechanisms underlying these diseases is a prerequisite for the development of new treatment and/or prevention strategies. The Lung Biology laboratories seek to identify the novel mechanisms of lung inflammation and host defense, and explore how these mechanisms may be exploited to develop novel treatment and prevention strategies. The scientific focus of the members working in Lung Biology range from innate immunity, adaptive immunity and immunotherapy. The Lung Biology group in the Schol of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) uses vertically integrated experimental cutting edge methodologies aimed at dissecting lung inflammation and host defense with expertise ranging from cell culture to animal (in vivo) models. Their combined research is supported by more than $8 million in grant funds.  We are interested in enthusiastic undergraduate students, summer scholars, graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Please contact faculty members for potential openings in lung biology laboratories.

 

Faculty 

Samithamby Jeyaseelan (Jey), DVM, PhD, molecular and cellular mechanisms responsible for neutrophil recruitment, priming and activation in the lungs

 

Ingeborg Langohr, DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP. Associate Professor. Host response to microbial infections. 

 

Smriti Mehra, PhD, Assistant Professor (Research), Using a nonhuman primate model of TB in rhesus macaques via infecting Mycobacterium tuberculosis aerosols to investigate pathogenesis in the lung.

 

Shanshan Cai, PhD, Assistant Professor (Research), Role of inflammasomes in second-hand smoke-induced inflammation using mouse models and human samples with regard to COPD.