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Assembly on Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology Carol Basbaum Award

2021 Winner - Joshua A. Englert, MD


Dr. Joshua Englert is a physician-scientist and Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Internal Medicine residency training at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  He completed his clinical and research fellowship training in the Harvard Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine program. In his clinical practice he cares for patients in the intensive care unit and his laboratory focuses on developing molecularly targeted therapies to prevent ventilator-induced lung injury in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). His laboratory uses in vitro models of ventilator-induced lung injury to examine the how lung cells sense and transduce injurious forces into molecular signals during mechanical ventilation. 


The RCMB has established the Carol B. Basbaum Award in recognition of outstanding scientific achievement, mentorship, and leadership potential to a junior investigator in the field of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology. 

This award was created in memory of Dr. Carol B. Basbaum, a brilliant scientist who had an international reputation in the area of airway biology and inflammation who passed away in 2005, in the prime of her career. She made seminal findings in airway pathobiology and was considered the preeminent scientist in the field. She was the first to describe the plasticity of airway epithelial cells and describe the role of several new molecules in the lung.  This award also celebrates the leadership and mentoring role that Carol displayed throughout her career and her selfless contributions to her trainees and colleagues.

The award will be presented at the annual RCMB Membership Meeting during the ATS International Conference.


  • The nominee must be:
    • a senior Fellow or Assistant Professor (or equivalent)
    • a member of the RCMB assembly.  Priority will be given to primary RCMB members
    • able to attend the ATS International Conference
  • The nominee cannot receive any other Travel Grant or Award within the ATS that includes Travel to the Conference.

Guidelines for Submitting a Nomination:

  • Send the nominee’s current NIH-style Biosketch
  • Send a letter of recommendation for your nominee outlining his or her qualifications.
  • No more than three supporting letters will be considered.
Letter of recommendation should address each of the following criteria:
  • Scientific Achievement
  • Mentoring
  • Leadership potential
  • Involvement with ATS and RCMB Assembly

Nomination for the RCMB Carol Basbaum Award will also mean automatic entry into the Science Innovation Center’s Rising Stars of Research Program. The two runners up to the Award (who have research in the area of basic/translational science) will be chosen for this program. Previous awardees are not eligible for the same award.

The two candidates will showcase their research by giving a 15-minute talk in one of two sessions featuring “Rising Stars”. Winners of the Rising Stars of Research Program from, AII, PI-TB, RCMB, and RSF will present their work at the Science and Innovation Center during the ATS International Conference this May. Certificates will also be awarded during the session.

Past Recipients of the Assembly on Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology Carol Basbaum Award:

2020 - Benjamin Singer, MD, ATSF
2019 - Jonathan Kropski, MD
2018 - Darcy E. Wagner, PhD
2017 - Amy L. Firth, PhD
2016 - Steven K. Huang, MD
2015 - Kevin K. Kim
2014 - Mauricio Rojas, MD & Claude Jourdan Le Saux, MD, PhD
2013 - David A. Stoltz, MD, PhD
2012 - Michael B. Fessler, MD
2011 - Cara J. Gottardi, PhD
2010 - Anne-Karina T. Perl, PhD
2009 - Eric S. White, MD
2008 - Carol Feghali-Bostwick,PhD
2007 - Sorachai Srisuma, MD, PhD