Research Instructor in Medicine, Medicine

Hometown
Walnut Ridge, AR
Previous Role/Title
Research Instructor in Medicine

Education

PhD - University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
BS/BA Biology/Chemistry – Arkansas State University, Jonesboro, AR

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Postgraduate Training

Fellowship
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Clinical Interest

Research Keywords

<div><font color=black>COPD, small airway disease, airway epithelium </font></div>

Research Description
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common and often fatal lung disease that is closely associated with long-term exposure to cigarette smoke and other inhaled irritants. Although a variety of medications are available to treat COPD, none have been shown to extend the lives of patients suffering with the disease. Prior research has shown that the cells lining the smallest airways in the lung are abnormal in patients with COPD and these abnormalities contribute to the symptoms of COPD in a variety of ways. My research centers on understanding abnormal cell biology in these small airways and exploring potential mechanisms contributing to epithelial dysfunction with the goal of identifying targets for future therapeutics.