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2017 ATS Abstract Scholarship Award Recipients

These Abstract Scholarship Awards have been funded by the American Thoracic Society

Ryan LaCanna, BS
Lewis Katz School of Medicine Temple University
Abstract Title: Yap/Taz Is Essential for Alveolar Epithelial Regeneration Following Bacterial Pneumonia

Margaret M. Parker, MHS, PhD
Brigham and Women's Hospital
Abstract Title: Multi-Omic Integrative Analysis of Emphysema Patterns Identifies Functional Regulatory Variants for TGFB2 in Fibroblasts

Ting Xie, MD, PhD
Department of Medicine, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Women?s Guild Lung Institute
Abstract Title: Role of Tbx4 in Epithelial Stem Cell Niche

Rui Xiao, PhD
Columbia University
Abstract Title: Cigarette Smoke Dysregulates Gut Microbiome in Multiple Strains of Mice Correlating with Inflammation in the Lung

Alexandra Cristina Mc Quattie-Pimentel, MD
Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine
Abstract Title: Macrophage Heterogeneity as a Driver of the Age-Related Susceptibility to Influenza A Infection

Meritxell Tort Tarres,, MSc.
Hannover Medical School
Abstract Title: Role of Dendritic Cells in Pulmonary Fibrosis in Mice

Jamie Everman, PhD
National Jewish Health
Abstract Title: Functional Exploration of the CDHR3 Asthma Risk Gene by CRISPR-Cas9 Gene Knockout in Primary Airway Epithelium

Ksenija Bernau, DPhil
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Abstract Title: Lung Mesenchymal Cell-Specific Deletion of Serum Response Factor Is Associated with Improved Survival in Bleomycin-Induced Pulmonary Fibrosis

Daniel Beisang, MD, PhD
University of Minnesota
Abstract Title: Search for Fibrogenic Mesenchymal Progenitor Cells in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Through Single-Cell RNA-Seq

Ana Vazquez Armendariz, MSc
University of Giessen and Marburg Lung Center, Justus Liebig University, part of the German Lung Center (DZL)
Abstract Title: Establishment of a Murine 3D In Vitro Lung Organoid Model to Study Epithelial Generation And Regeneration

Elizabeth J. Becker, BA
Boston University
Abstract Title: A Bronchial Airway Gene Expression Signature of Lung Function Decline

Zi Chen, MD
Yale University School of Medicine
Abstract Title: SHP-1 Is a Critical Regulator of Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) in Pulmonary Fibrosis

Thomas Morrison, BSc(Hons), PhD
Queen's University Belfast
Abstract Title: Mesenchymal Stromal Cells Use Extracellular Vesicle-Mediated Mitochondrial Transfer to Modulate Human Macrophage Phenotype Through Enhancement of Oxidative Phosphorylation in the In Vitro and In Vivo Models of the Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Lauren M. Doolittle, BSc
The Ohio State University
Abstract Title: Acutely Lethal H1N1 Influenza A Virus Infection Impacts Alveolar Type II Cell Mitochondrial Structure and Function in Mice

Jonathan A. Roussey, PhD
Department of Veterans Affairs and University of Michigan
Abstract Title: Pulmonary Fibrosis Following Targeted Type II Alveolar Epithelial Cell Injury Requires the Somatomedin B Binding Function of Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1 but Not Vitronectin

Killian J. Hurley, MD PhD
Boston University
Abstract Title: Human Alveolar Epithelial Cells Derived from Gene-Edited Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Lung Disease Modelling

Cheol Hwangbo, PhD
Yale University
Abstract Title: TLR4-Mediated Epigenetic and Senescence Mechanisms in COPD

Michelle A. Yu, MD, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
Abstract Title: Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator (CFTR) Dysfunction in Platelets Drives Lung Inflammation and Injury Through Transient Receptor Potential Channel 6 (TRPC6)

Yi Zhang, PhD
Yale University
Abstract Title: Resolution of Hyperoxia Induced Acute Lung Injury Is Dependent Upon TLR4

Simon D. Pouwels, MSc.
University Medical Center Groningen
Abstract Title: Genetic Variance Associates with Susceptibility for Cigarette Smoke-Induced DAMP Release in Mice

Joseph Kaserman, MD
Boston Medical Center/Boston University
Abstract Title: Modeling ZAAT-Driven Proteotoxicity Using CRISPR-Edited Syngeneic Patient-iPSCs

Esma Ucisik-Akkaya, PhD
Weill Cornell Medical College
Abstract Title: Human HIV1-Infection Is Associated with Reprogramming of Alveolar Macrophages Despite Systemic Control of Infection with Anti-Retroviral Therapy

Giovanni Ligresti, PhD
Mayo Clinic
Abstract Title: CBX5/G9a-Mediated Epigenetic Silencing in Lung Fibroblast Activation

Silvia E. Smith, PhD
University of Utah
Abstract Title: Pathway Analysis in IPF: Untangling the Relationships Among Key Cell-Signaling Molecules Involved in IPF Pathogenesis

Last Reviewed: June 2017