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Irfan Rahman, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 275-6911

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Biography

Research

Oxidant and cigarette smoke-mediated lung inflammation.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by airflow limitation that is not fully reversible. It is a disabling condition associated with progressive breathlessness. COPD will account for over 6 million deaths per year in 2020 (3rd major cause of death), and move from the sixth- to the third-leading cause of death worldwide. In America, COPD affects 9% of residents aged 60 years and above and it ranked fourth in the recent morbidity survey of the elderly population. It is estimated that approximately 23.4 million people in the US have COPD and the health burden is $36.1 billions per year. At present, there is no effective treatment exists to halt the decline in lung function in response to smoking. This in turn reflects a lack of understanding of the specific cellular and molecular pathways triggered in the lung by tobacco smoke/oxidants.

Our laboratory is interested in understanding the redox signaling, mechanism of proinflammatory gene expression by studying the chromatin remodeling-epigenetic changes (histone acetylation/deacetylation) on pro-inflammatory genes, involvement of anti-inflammatory and anti-aging proteins sirtuins, and steroid resistance in chronic inflammatory diseases/COPD. Recent research includes in understanding the role of sirtuins in aging and accelerated decline in lung function and regulation of circadian genes. Our long-term goal is to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms involved in pathogenesis of COPD, and the potential benefit of therapeutic interventions in this debilitating disease.

Credentials

Faculty Appointments

Education

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PhD |
Biochemistry

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MS |
Biochemistry

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BS |
Biology and Chemistry

Awards

2006
Senior Investigator Award: The Oxygen Club of California

Publications

Journal Articles

2/13/2018
Eddingsaas N, Pagano T, Cummings C, Rahman I, Robinson R, Hensel E. "Qualitative Analysis of E-Liquid Emissions as a Function of Flavor Additives Using Two Aerosol Capture Methods." International journal of environmental research and public health.. 2018 Feb 13; 15(2)Epub 2018 Feb 13.

2/2018
Khan NA, Sundar IK, Rahman I. "Strain- and sex-dependent pulmonary toxicity of waterpipe smoke in mouse." Physiological reports.. 2018 Feb 0; 6(3)

12/9/2017
Javed F, Kellesarian SV, Abduljabbar T, Abduljabbar AT, Akram Z, Vohra F, Rahman I, Romanos GE. "Influence of involuntary cigarette smoke inhalation on osseointegration: a systematic review and meta-analysis of preclinical studies." International journal of oral and maxillofacial surgery.. 2017 Dec 9; Epub 2017 Dec 09.

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