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Ravi S. Misra, Ph.D.

(Pronouns: he/him/his)

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Office: (585) 276-3607

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Professional Background

As I was growing up in the Boston area, I became infatuated with the fledgling Biotechnology Industry. I obtained my Bachelor Degree in Biotechnology with a Concentration in Biochemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. I then attended the University of Vermont and earned my Ph.D. in Cell and Molecular Biology. In my thesis work, I studied the intersection of T cell receptor and Death Receptor signaling in CD4+ T cells. I was fortunate to have been supported by a slot on an Institutional T32 grant where I gained experience in the the field of Lung Biology. I then began my Postdoctoral training at the Trudeau Institute studying the immune system of mouse models of Influenza A virus infection and in a spontaneous model of autoimmunity due to deletion of a G coupled protein receptor subunit. During my first Postdoctoral training period, I moved to the University of Rochester with the lab group. I then began a second Postdoc studying the immunophenotype of peripheral blood from infants with lung disease who were born preterm. I then transitioned into a full time faculty member and have served a prominent role in the processing of primary human lung tissue as a co-Investigator on the Lung Molecular Atlas of Lung Development Program (LungMAP) and Program Manager for The Human Lung BioMolecular Multi-Scale Atlas Program (HuBMAP-Lung) project.


I am a highly collaborative Cell and Molecular Biologist who aims to develop a better understanding of diseases that affect the respiratory and immune systems in infants who are born prematurely. I work closely with physicians, nurses, clinical coordinators, basic scientific researchers, and biostatisticians within the URMC Division of Neonatology in the Department of Pediatrics as well as with many external collaborators. By studying how the immune system and lung development are altered in children born prematurely, we will begin to understand how alterations in these systems contribute to specific diseases, such as Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia, viral respiratory infections, and asthma-like morbidities. It may be possible to develop therapeutic interventions that target the inflammatory process to correct these problems. This understanding will have implications in vaccine responses, infectious diseases, and inflammatory lung diseases. Through this work, I am able to integrate my expertise in the fields of Immunology and Lung Biology while using cutting edge methodologies in a rigorous manner that will allow for reproducible results.



BS | Worcester Polytech Inst

PhD | University of Vermont
Cell and Molecular Biology

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

11/2011 - 06/2014
Postdoctoral Research Associate with Dr. Gloria Pryhuber- University of Rochester Medical Center: Department of Pediatrics.

08/2008 - 10/2011
Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Frances Lund- University of Rochester Medical Center: Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology.

04/2006 - 08/2008
Postdoctoral Researcher with Dr. Frances Lund-Trudeau Institute.

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2022 - Present
Guest Editor. Frontiers in Immunology Reserach Topic. Global Excellence in Inflammatory diseases: North America 2021.

2021 - Present
Associate Editor Frontiers in Immunology.Autoimmune and Autoinflammatory Disorders Section.

2021 - Present
Review Editor: Frontiers in Pharmacology. Respiratory Pharmacology Section.

Member of the URMC Translational Immunology and Infectious Diseases Institute (TIIDI) Faculty

2020 - 2021
Associate Guest Editor: Frontiers in Immunology. Autoimmunity and Chronic Inflammation in Early Life.

2016 - Present
Peer Reviewer
Sponsor: American Lung Association
Location: Chicago, IL

2015 - 2016
Assessing RNA expression patterns in CD4+ T cells from preterm infants at the time of discharge from the Neonatal Intensive Care
Sponsor: Strong Children's Research Center

Recipient of Strong Star Award

2014 - Present
Respiratory Pathogens Research Center Innovation Award.
Sponsor: NIAID

2014 - Present
Steering Committee Member of the LungMAP program.

Work noted by the Journal of the American Medical Association

Work noted by the University of Rochester
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2009 - 2010
Postdoctoral Research Fellow (University of Rochester)

2008 - 2010
Examining a role for G alpha q in preventing autoimmune disease (Individual award F32AI080104).
Sponsor: NIAID

2007 - 2008
Institutional Research Training in Immunology and Infectious Diseases (Trudeau Institute T32AI049823).
Sponsor: NIAID

Graduate Student Advisory Counsel Travel Award.
Sponsor: UVM

2002 - 2006
Environmental Pathology and Cell Signaling Institutional Training Grant (UVM T32ES007122).

Tau Beta Pi Honors Society (WPI).

Provost's Award (WPI).

Salisbury Prize (WPI).

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Journal Articles

Groves AM, Misra R, Clair G, Hernady E, Olson H, Orton D, Finkelstein J, Marples B, Johnston CJ. "Influence of the irradiated pulmonary microenvironment on macrophage and T cell dynamics." Radiotherapy and oncology : journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology.. 2023 Feb 20; :109543. Epub 2023 Feb 20.

Gaddis N, Fortriede J, Guo M, Bardes EE, Kouril M, Tabar S, Burns K, Ardini-Poleske ME, Loos S, Schnell D, Jin K, Iyer B, Du Y, Huo BX, Bhattacharjee A, Korte J, Munshi R, Smith V, Herbst A, Kitzmiller JA, Clair GC, Carson JP, Adkins J, Morrisey EE, Pryhuber GS, Misra R, Whitsett JA, Sun X, Heathorn T, Paten B, Prasath VBS, Xu Y, Tickle T, Aronow BJ, Salomonis N, . "LungMAP Portal Ecosystem: Systems-Level Exploration of the Lung." American journal of respiratory cell and molecular biology.. 2022 Nov 22; Epub 2022 Nov 22.

Lukowski JK, Olson H, Velickovic M, Wang J, Kyle JE, Kim YM, Williams SM, Zhu Y, Huyck HL, McGraw MD, Poole C, Rogers L, Misra R, Alexandrov T, Ansong C, Pryhuber GS, Clair G, Adkins JN, Carson JP, Anderton CR. "An optimized approach and inflation media for obtaining complimentary mass spectrometry-based omics data from human lung tissue." Frontiers in molecular biosciences.. 2022 9:1022775. Epub 2022 Nov 16.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Initiating Multiomics Approach to Understand Neonatal Chronic Lung Disease: the LungMAP Experience.
Book Title: Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia
Author List: Mary-Anne E. Ardini-Poleske, Thomas J. Mariani, Ravi S. Misra, and The LungMAP Consortium.
Published By: Elsevier 2019