Patient Care Bio
My translational research projects focus on understanding mechanisms of pathology in common inflammatory conditions of children. In order to ask targeted research questions and develop testable hypotheses, I work closely with the clinical staff and faculty of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Department of Pediatrics. This includes interactions with physicians, nurses, clinical coordinators, basic scientific researchers and biostatisticians. 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, atopy, 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.