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Interested in joining the RCMB Assembly?

Send an email to membership@thoracic.org to join.

   Welcome Message

Irina Petrache, MD
Assembly Chair
Melanie Koenigshoff, MD, PhD, ATSF

Welcome to the ATS Assembly on Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology (RCMB)! The RCMB Assembly is home for MD and PhD researchers as well as trainees from all over the world engaged in basic and translational lung biology research. We strive to provide a unique “grass roots” forum focusing both on cutting edge, high impact research that contributes to the understanding and treatment of lung diseases and on the creation of a supportive and fun community of peers.

The research interests and topics of interest to most RCMB members include fibroblast and epithelial cell phenotypes and function, extracellular matrix biology and tissue remodeling, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. We support and foster research in lung development, chromic lung disease, and aging. Research by RCMB members further is at the forefront of novel technologies and research approaches and methodologies.

The RCMB Assembly serves as a vibrant hub for the intellectual and social interactions that enhance the respiratory science community. We are committed to further increase the national and international engagement and visibility and expand successful RCMB initiatives, through the dissemination of novel information, the education and mentoring of trainees and junior faculty, and the promotion of basic and translational research.

The majority of the activities are channeled through our member-driven committees and workshops outlined below. We invite you to get actively involved, please feel free to reach out to any of these individuals as well as myself at any time and with any idea! Your participation and ideas are important to us!

Melanie Königshoff, MD, PhD, ATSF
(Melanie.Koenigshoff@cuanschutz.edu, https://twitter.com/ATS_RCMB)  

RCMB Program Committee - In charge of getting the best Science from RCMB members on the program at the annual ATS International Conference.
 Enid R. Neptune, MD (eneptune@jhmi.edu) and Jeanine M. D’Armiento, MD, PhD (jmd12@columbia.edu)

RCMB Planning Committee - Sets the long-term strategy of the Assembly through the development and evaluation of specific projects driven by scientific interests of our members.
Jeffrey C. Horowitz, MD, (jchorow@umich.edu) Twitter: (https://twitter.com/ATS_RCMB)

RCMB Website Committee -  Getting the latest news on the website, social media accounts and generating the RCMB Newsletter, Podcasts and Journal Clubs throughout the year!
Brian D. Southern, MD (southeb@ccf.org) Twitter: (https://twitter.com/ATS_RCMB)

RCMB Nominating Committee - Responsible for nominating candidates for key positions within our Assembly.
Irina Petrache, MD (petrachei@njhealth.org) Twitter: (https://twitter.com/ATS_RCMB)

RCMB Early Career Professionals Working GroupSupports and fosters the success of Trainees and Junior Investigators by generating a variety of activities, including the Mentoring Program and Career Development Documents and Sessions.
Jaime Hook, MD (jaime.hook@mssm.edu)

RCMB Innovation and Entrepreneurial Working Group - Enables and supports entrepreneurship in academic pulmonary medicine and research. 
Milica Vukmirovic, PhD (vukmirom@mcmaster.ca) and Louise Hecker, PhD (lhecker@deptofmed.arizona.edu)

PhD and Basic Science Research Working Group  and Science and Innovation Center (SIC) Group (RCMB Representative, David Lagares, PhD (DLAGARES@mgh.harvard.edu)) - Committed to fulfill the needs of PhD and Basic Science Researchers year around and at the Annual ATS Conference, such as participating in the Science and Innovation Center.

Questions or Comments?

Please email us at the RCMB Assembly mailbox at: rcmb@thoracic.org