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A directory of Genetics and Genomics Section members follows. Email addresses are available in the ATS member directory.

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Mohan Alladi Professor, Sri Venkateswara Institute of Medical Sciences
Country of Origin: Tirupati
Primary ATS assembly: Critical Care
Experimental systems: Human clinical
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Statistical methods, Personalized Medicine
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Statistical methods
Ganiyu Amusa Fellow, Jos University Teaching Hospital
Country of Origin: Nigeria
Primary ATS assembly: Critical Care
Experimental systems: Human clinical
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Statistical methods
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Statistical methods
Wayne Anderson Associate Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology
Experimental systems: Human clinical
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics, Epigenetics/Epigenomics
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Epigenetics/Epigenomics, Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics
Genes of interest: ADRB2, ALOX5
Phenotypes of interest: Asthma, ARDS, COPD
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 19450127: Asthma pharmacogenetic study using finite mixture models to handle drug-response heterogeneity.; 17460547: Pharmacogenetics of the 5-lipoxygenase biosynthetic pathway and variable clinical response to montelukast.; 19910613: Beta2-receptor polymorphisms in patients receiving salmeterol with or without fluticasone propionate.
Yixiao Bao Professor, Xin Hua Hospital, Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine
Country of Origin: China
Primary ATS assembly: Allergy, Immunology & Inflammation
Experimental systems: Human clinical
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Clinical Genetics
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Statistical methods
Genes of interest: Genes associated with childhood asthma
Phenotypes of interest: Childhood asthma
Joann Blessing-Moore Clinical Practice, Stanford University / Lucille Packard Children's Hospital--Adjunct Clinical Faculty
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Allergy, Immunology & Inflammation
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics, Personalized Medicine
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Rare Variants & Exome Sequencing
Brian Cade Postdoctoral fellow, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Sleep and Respiratory Neurobiology
Experimental systems: Human clinical
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Biostatistics/Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics, GWAS, Linkage studies
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Gene expression/miRNA microarrays
Genes of interest: DRD2, HK1
Phenotypes of interest: Sleep apnea, Sleep duration, Sleep spectral power
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 23155414: Association of genetic loci with sleep apnea in European Americans and African-Americans: the Candidate Gene Association Resource (CARe).; 22187276: Sleep disorders, health, and safety in police officers.; 25469926: Novel loci associated with usual sleep duration: the CHARGE Consortium Genome-Wide Association Study.
Michael Cho Assistant Professor, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Clinical Problems
Experimental systems: Human
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: GWAS, Rare Variants & Exome Sequencing
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Epigenetics/Epigenomics, Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics
Phenotypes of interest: COPD
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 24621683: Risk loci for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: a genome-wide association study and meta-analysis.; 24563194: Cluster analysis in the COPDGene study identifies subtypes of smokers with distinct patterns of airway disease and emphysema.
Taylor Cohen Scientist, Medimmune
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Allergy, Immunology & Inflammation
Experimental systems: Human and murine in vitro
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Cellular biology, Immunology, Innate immunity
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Microbiome studies
Phenotypes of interest: Infectious disease
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 25378593: Cutting edge: Genetic variation in TLR1 is associated with Pam3CSK4-induced effector T cell resistance to regulatory T cell suppression.; 22295056: Genome wide association identifies PPFIA1 as a candidate gene for acute lung injury risk following major trauma.; 23478521: Toll-like receptor 1 polymorphisms and associated outcomes in sepsis after traumatic injury: a candidate gene association study.
Laura Crotty Alexander Assistant Professor, UCSD and VA San Diego Healthcare System
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Allergy, Immunology & Inflammation
Experimental systems: Human in vitro, Murine, Bacterial species in vitro and in vivo
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Cellular and molecular immunology
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: RNAseq
Genes of interest: HIF1A, HIF-2alpha/EPAS1, Ppar-gamma/PPARG
Phenotypes of interest: Allergic asthma, Bacterial pneumonia in normal lungs, E-cigarette and cigarette effects on bacteria and human innate immune cells
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 23250618: Myeloid cell HIF-1α regulates asthma airway resistance and eosinophil function.; 24037341: Epidermal deletion of HIF-2α stimulates wound closure.
Recent ATS abstracts of potential interest to members of the G&G section: Electronic Cigarette Vapor (ECV) Exposure Decreases Staphylococcus Aureus Susceptibility To Macrophage And Neutrophil Killing.Hypoxia Inducible Factor (HIF)-2α In Myeloid Cells Promotes Allergic Inflammatory Airways Disease Pathogenesis In Mice.Cigarette Smoke Exposure Increases Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) Virulence Via Resistance To Antimicrobial Peptides And Oxygen Species Whereas Exposure To E-cigarette Vapor Increases MRSA Virulence Via Alterations In pH
Jeff Curtis Professor, University of Michigan and VA Ann Arbor
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Allergy, Immunology & Inflammation
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: No
Areas of expertise: Gene expression/miRNA microarrays, Microbiome studies
Julie  DeLisa UIC
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Behavioral Science and Health Services Research
Experimental systems: Human clinical
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Biostatistics/Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics, GWAS, Linkage studies, Statistical methods, Proteomics Personalized Medicine
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Epigenetics/Epigenomics, Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics
Zuzana Diamant Associate Professor, Skane University Hospital, Lund, Sweden and QPS-NL, Groningen, The Netherlands
Country of Origin: Netherlands
Primary ATS assembly: Allergy, Immunology & Inflammation
Experimental systems: Human clinical (mainly asthma, allergy)
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Clinical (interventional) trials in asthma, allergy, COPD, biomarkers
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Epigenetics/Epigenomics, Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics
Phenotypes of interest: Allergic asthma, eosinophilic, sometimes different
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 24119772: Inhaled allergen bronchoprovocation tests.; 20601050: Biomarkers in asthma and allergic rhinitis.; 24964348: Setipiprant, a selective CRTH2 antagonist, reduces allergen-induced airway responses in allergic asthmatics.
Joshua Diamond Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Clinical Problems
Experimental systems: Human clinical
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Biostatistics/Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics, Microbiome studies
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Statistical methods
Genes of interest: PTX3
Phenotypes of interest: Primary graft dysfunction
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 24467603: Genetic variation in the prostaglandin E2 pathway is associated with primary graft dysfunction.; 23710539: Gene set enrichment analysis identifies key innate immune pathways in primary graft dysfunction after lung transplantation.; 22822025: Variation in PTX3 is associated with primary graft dysfunction after lung transplantation.
Dani-Louise Dixon Associate Professor, Flinders Medical Centre
Country of Origin: Australia
Primary ATS assembly: Critical Care
Experimental systems: Human clinical, Human in vitro, Rodent (rat, guinea pig, mouse) in vivo, ex vivo, in vitro
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Immunology
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Proteomics
Jose Gomez Instructor, Yale University School of Medicine
Country of Origin: Colombia
Primary ATS assembly: Allergy, Immunology and Inflammation
Experimental systems: Human in vitro
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Asthma, Airway disease, Bioinformatics, Genetics and genomics
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Epigenetics/Epigenomics, Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics
Genes of interest: CHI3L1, microRNAs
Phenotypes of interest: Asthma, COPD
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 25592985: Genetic variation in chitinase 3-like 1 (CHI3L1) contributes to asthma severity and airway expression of YKL-40.; 25763605: Non-invasive Analysis of the Sputum Transcriptome Discriminates Clinical Phenotypes of Asthma.
Recent ATS abstracts of potential interest to members of the G&G section: A5970: Airway Epithelial Histone Deacetylase 9 is Activated in Respiratory Viral Infection, A1057: The rs12141494 Polymorphism in CHI3L1 is Associated with Asthma Severity and Airway Expression of YKL-40
Aaron Hamvas Professor, Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago / Northwestern University
Country of Origin: US
Primary ATS assembly: Pediatrics
Experimental systems: Human clinical
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Childhood ILD, Genetics, Microbiome studies, Neonatology, Newborn lung disease, Rare Variants & Exome Sequencing
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Informatics
Genes of interest: ABCA3, SFTPB, SFTPC, NKX2-1
Phenotypes of interest: Newborn RDS, Childhood ILD
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 25553246: Sequencing of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis-related genes reveals independent single gene associations.; 24871971: Genotype-phenotype correlations for infants and children with ABCA3 deficiency.; 23430038: Heterogeneous pulmonary phenotypes associated with mutations in the thyroid transcription factor gene NKX2-1.
Simon Hart Senior Lecturer, Hull York Medical School
Country of Origin: UK
Primary ATS assembly: Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology
Experimental systems: Human in vitro, Small animal imaging
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Apoptosis, Cell surface phenotyping, Clinical trials, Imaging, Inflammatory cell biology, Fibroblast biology
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Rare Variants & Exome Sequencing
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 21109729: Copy number variation of FCGR3B is associated with susceptibility to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.; 20929558: Association of FcγRIIa R131H polymorphism with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis severity and progression.
Rogene Henderson Retired, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Environmental, Occupational and Population Health
Areas of expertise: Respiratory toxicology
Craig Hersh Assistant Professor, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Clinical Problems
Experimental systems: Human clinical
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Gene expression/miRNA microarrays, GWAS, Linkage studies, Personalized Medicine, Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics, RNAseq
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: RNAseq
Phenotypes of interest: COPD
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 25315895: Genetic control of gene expression at novel and established chronic obstructive pulmonary disease loci.; 25078622: Integrative genomics of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.; 24876173: The clinical and genetic features of COPD-asthma overlap syndrome.
Recent ATS abstracts of potential interest to members of the G&G section: Network analysis of gene expression in severe COPD lung tissue samples
Blanca Himes Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Allergy, Immunology & Inflammation
Experimental systems: Human
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Biostatistics/Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics, Gene expression/miRNA microarrays, GWAS, Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics, RNAseq
Phenotypes of interest: Asthma
Steven Huang Assistant Professor, University of Michigan
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology
Experimental systems: Predominantly human in vitro, but also murine, and a little human clinical
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Epigenetics/Epigenomics, Gene expression/miRNA microarrays
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Epigenetics/Epigenomics, Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics
Genes of interest: CDKN2B
Phenotypes of interest: IPF, Pulmonary fibrosis
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 25215577: Lung fibroblasts from patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis exhibit genome-wide differences in DNA methylation compared to fibroblasts from nonfibrotic lung.; 23640463: Histone modifications are responsible for decreased Fas expression and apoptosis resistance in fibrotic lung fibroblasts.; 22645246: Prostaglandin E₂ increases fibroblast gene-specific and global DNA methylation via increased DNA methyltransferase expression.
Recent ATS abstracts of potential interest to members of the G&G section: DNA Hypermethylation of CDKN2B Contributes to a Pro-fibrotic Phenotype in IPF Fibroblasts
Samir Kelada Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology
Experimental systems: Murine in vitro, Human on occasion
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Gene expression/miRNA microarrays, Gene-environment interactions, Genetically robust mouse models of airway disease
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: GWAS
Phenotypes of interest: Airway inflammation
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 25114278: Genetic regulation of Zfp30, CXCL1, and neutrophilic inflammation in murine lung.; 24693920: Integrative genetic analysis of allergic inflammation in the murine lung.
Brian Keller Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Allergy, Immunology & Inflammation
Experimental systems: Human translational, Murine
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Microbiome studies
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Statistical methods
Phenotypes of interest: Autophagy, Lung transplantation
Recent ATS abstracts of potential interest to members of the G&G section: 1) Metagenomic analysis in lung allograft dysfunction2) Correlation between metagenomics and metabolomics reveals active bacterial metabolism in the lower airways
Lies Lahousse Postdoctoral fellow, Ghent University Hospital
Country of Origin: Belgium
Primary ATS assembly: Environmental, Occupational and Population Health
Experimental systems: Human clinical epidemiology
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: GWAS, Personalized Medicine, Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics, Rare Variants & Exome Sequencing
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Epigenetics/Epigenomics, Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics
Phenotypes of interest: COPD
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 24929828: Genome-wide association analysis identifies six new loci associated with forced vital capacity.; 24993907: Common genes underlying asthma and COPD? Genome-wide analysis on the Dutch hypothesis.; 22837378: Genome-wide association studies identify CHRNA5/3 and HTR4 in the development of airflow obstruction.
Julie Ledford Instructor, Duke University
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Allergy, Immunology & Inflammation
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Gene expression/miRNA microarrays
Genes of interest: SP-A/SFTPA1
Phenotypes of interest: Asthma
Lennart Lundblad Assistant Professor, University of Vermont
Country of Origin: Sweden
Primary ATS assembly: Respiratory Structure & Function
Experimental systems: Human, Murine
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Pharmacology, Physiology
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Gene expression/miRNA microarrays
Phenotypes of interest: Asthma, Bronchoconstriction, Epithelial expression, Hyperresponsiveness, Mast cell expansion
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 24285269: Antigen-induced mast cell expansion and bronchoconstriction in a mouse model of asthma.
Manoj Mammen Assistant Professor, University at Buffalo
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Clinical Problems
Experimental systems: Human clinical, in vitro (site leader in phase I, IV trials and interested in doing more)
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Microbiome studies, Proteomics
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: GWAS
Phenotypes of interest: Asthma, COPD, Critically ill patients
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 24188068: Large-scale, ion-current-based proteomics investigation of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients.
Nuala Meyer Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Critical Care
Experimental systems: Human clinical
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Biostatistics/Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics, GWAS, Personalized Medicine, Smaller scale protein analysis (ELISA, immunoblot)
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Epigenetics/Epigenomics, Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics
Genes of interest: ABO, ANGPT2, IL1RN, TOLLIP
Phenotypes of interest: AKI, ARDS, Sepsis
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 25089931: A functional synonymous coding variant in the IL1RN gene is associated with survival in septic shock.; 21257790: ANGPT2 genetic variant is associated with trauma-associated acute lung injury and altered plasma angiopoietin-2 isoform ratio.; 24385226: ABO blood type A is associated with increased risk of ARDS in whites following both major trauma and severe sepsis.
Recent ATS abstracts of potential interest to members of the G&G section: ABO Blood Type is Associated with an Evoked Phenotype of Soluble Intracellular Adhesion Molecule – 1 (sICAM-1) in Severe Sepsis and Septic Shock
Uday Nanavaty Clinical Practice, Laurel Regional Hospital
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Behavioral Science and Health Services Research
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Biostatistics/Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics, Personalized Medicine
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Metabolomics
William Nichols Professor, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Pulmonary Circulation
Experimental systems: Human, Murine
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: GWAS, Linkage studies, Rare Variants & Exome Sequencing,
Phenotypes of interest: Pulmonary arterial hypertension
Umesh Chandra Ojha Specialist. Pulmonary medicine, Esic Hospital Basaidarspur New Delhi
Country of Origin: India
Primary ATS assembly: Critical Care
Areas of expertise: Respiratory diseases
Jonathan Phillips Principal Scientist, Amgen
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Allergy, Immunology & Inflammation
Experimental systems: Human, Murine
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Biostatistics/Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics, Gene expression/miRNA microarrays
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Metabolomics
Genes of interest: AQP5, SCNN1B, SLC26A4
Phenotypes of interest: Asthma, COPD, IPF
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 23565148: Bleomycin induces molecular changes directly relevant to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: a model for "active" disease.; 22990623: Double-stranded RNA induces molecular and inflammatory signatures that are directly relevant to COPD.
Recent ATS abstracts of potential interest to members of the G&G section: Pendrin knockout mice have increased respiratory resistance
Hesham Raafat Assistant Professor, Ain Shams University
Country of Origin: Egypt
Primary ATS assembly: Clinical Problems
Experimental systems: Human clinical
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Linkage studies, Microbiome studies, Personalized Medicine
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Epigenetics/Epigenomics, Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics
Tayyab Rehman Clinical Practice, Delta Regional Medical Center
Country of Origin: Pakistan
Primary ATS assembly: Thoracic Oncology
Experimental systems: Human microbiome and its role in asthma
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Microbiome studies
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Statistical methods
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 23017185: Role of the gut microbiota in age-related chronic inflammation.; 22948594: Bronchoscopy for refractory asthma.
Bradley Richmond Fellow, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Country of Origin: United States
Primary ATS assembly: Allergy, Immunology & Inflammation
Experimental systems: Human in vitro, Murine
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Microbiome studies
Genes of interest: PIGR
Phenotypes of interest: Airway and parenchymal remodeling, Inflammation, Susceptibility to infection
Chris Rider Postdoctoral fellow, University of Calgary
Country of Origin: UK/Canada
Primary ATS assembly: Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology
Experimental systems: Human clinical, in vitro
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Biostatistics/Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics, Gene expression/miRNA microarrays, Statistical methods
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: RNAseq
Genes of interest: Many
Phenotypes of interest: Asthma, COPD
Alizaman Sadigov Head of Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Medical University Baku City
Country of Origin: Azerbaijan
Primary ATS assembly: Clinical Problems, Allergy and Immunology
Experimental systems: Human clinical
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Asthma, Bronchiectasis, COPD, Interstitial Lung Diseases, Pulmonary Hypertension, Sleep Medicine
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: GWAS
Genes of interest: SERPINA1, SERPINB1
Eniko Sajti Assistant Professor, UCSD
Country of Origin: Hungary
Primary ATS assembly: Allergy, Immunology & Inflammation
Experimental systems: Murine
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Epigenetics/Epigenomics, RNAseq
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Epigenetics/Epigenomics, Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics
Elizabeth Skinner Postdoctoral fellow, Western Health
Country of Origin: Australia
Primary ATS assembly: Critical Care
Experimental systems: Human clinical
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Gene expression/miRNA microarrays
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Epigenetics/Epigenomics, Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics
Genes of interest: Genes regulating muscle mass
Katrina Steiling Assistant Professor, Boston University School of Medicine / Boston Medical Center
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Thoracic Oncology
Experimental systems: Human clinical
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Gene expression/miRNA microarrays, Personalized Medicine, RNAseq, Statistical methods
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: GWAS
Genes of interest:  
Phenotypes of interest: Cigarette smoking, COPD, Lung cancer
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 23471465: A dynamic bronchial airway gene expression signature of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung function impairment.; 23925644: Airway gene expression in COPD is dynamic with inhaled corticosteroid treatment and reflects biological pathways associated with disease activity.; 19357784: Comparison of proteomic and transcriptomic profiles in the bronchial airway epithelium of current and never smokers.
Isaac Sundar Research Assistant Professor, University of Rochester Medical Center
Country of Origin: India
Primary ATS assembly: Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology
Experimental systems: Human in vitro, Murine in vitro and in vivo, primary cells
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Animal models of COPD, Epigenetics/Epigenomics, Gene expression/miRNA microarrays
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Proteomics, Pyrosequencing analysis for DNA methylation samples (mouse and human), Bioinformatics analysis for DNA methylation data available from existing samples
Genes of interest: HDAC2, SIRT1, Ku70/XRCC6, p16/CDKN2A, p21/CDKN1A
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 24283195: Cigarette smoke induces distinct histone modifications in lung cells: implications for the pathogenesis of COPD and lung cancer.; 24025728: Circadian clock function is disrupted by environmental tobacco/cigarette smoke, leading to lung inflammation and injury via a SIRT1-BMAL1 pathway.; 22312446: Mitogen- and stress-activated kinase 1 (MSK1) regulates cigarette smoke-induced histone modifications on NF-κB-dependent genes.
Stanley Szefler Professor, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Pediatrics
Experimental systems: Human clinical - asthma in children
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Clinical pharmacology, Personalized Medicine, Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Epigenetics/Epigenomics, Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics
Phenotypes of interest: Severe asthma
Arthur Torre Associate Professor, Rutgers NJ Medical School
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Allergy, Immunology & Inflammation
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: No
Christine Vohwinkel Assistant Professor, UC Denver
Country of Origin: Germany
Primary ATS assembly: Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Gene expression/miRNA microarrays, Metabolomics
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Proteomics
Genes of interest: LDH, PFKFB3
Phenotypes of interest: ARDS
Elaine Wang Director, BIPI
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Allergy, Immunology & Inflammation
Experimental systems: Human clinical
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Biostatistics/Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics, Personalized Medicine
Phenotypes of interest: IPF
Mark Windt Clinical Practice, Center for asthma allergy and respiratory disease
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Pulmonary Rehabilitation
Experimental systems: Human clinical
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Microbiome studies
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Microbiome studies
Mark Wurfel Associate Professor, University of Washington
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Allergy, Immunology & Inflammation
Experimental systems: Human clinical, in vitro
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Biostatistics/Genetic Epidemiology and Bioinformatics, Gene expression/miRNA microarrays, GWAS
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Statistical methods
Phenotypes of interest: ARDS, Sepsis
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 25378593: Cutting edge: Genetic variation in TLR1 is associated with Pam3CSK4-induced effector T cell resistance to regulatory T cell suppression.; 22295056: Genome wide association identifies PPFIA1 as a candidate gene for acute lung injury risk following major trauma.; 23478521: Toll-like receptor 1 polymorphisms and associated outcomes in sepsis after traumatic injury: a candidate gene association study.
Xiaobo Zhou Assistant Professor, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Country of Origin: China
Primary ATS assembly: Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology
Experimental systems: Human cells, Murine disease models
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Functional investigations on genetic variants and genes identified from GWAS
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Epigenetics/Epigenomics, Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics
Genes of interest: HHIP
Phenotypes of interest: COPD, Emphysema
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 22140090: Identification of a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease genetic determinant that regulates HHIP.; 24934276: A genome-wide survey of CD4(+) lymphocyte regulatory genetic variants identifies novel asthma genes.
Gernot Zissel Associate Professor, Medical Centre - University of Freiburg, Centre for Medicine, Dept. of Pneumology
Country of Origin: Germany
Primary ATS assembly: Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology
Experimental systems: Human in vitro: established cell lines/primary cell lines/isolated primary cells, Animals: rat and mouse cell lines/animal models (rare)
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Cell biology, Gene expression/miRNA microarrays, Immunology, Personalized Medicine
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Gene expression/miRNA microarrays
Genes of interest: OS9, MARCH9, RAB23
Phenotypes of interest: Sarcoidosis
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 22936702: Genome-wide association analysis reveals 12q13.3-q14.1 as new risk locus for sarcoidosis.
Gerard Koppelman Professor, University Medical Center Groningen
Country of Origin: Netherlands
Primary ATS assembly: Pediatrics
Experimental systems: Human Clinical
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Epigenetics/Epigenomics, GWAS, Linkage studies, Personalized Medicine, Statistical methods
Genes of interest: PCDH1, IL33, IL1RL1
Phenotypes of interest: Asthma, Allergic disease, Childhood wheeze
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 19729670: Identification of PCDH1 as a novel susceptibility gene for bronchial hyperresponsiveness.; 24568840: Association of IL33-IL-1 receptor-like 1 (IL1RL1) pathway polymorphisms with wheezing phenotypes and asthma in childhood.; 24249636: Genome-wide protein QTL mapping identifies human plasma kallikrein as a post-translational regulator of serum uPAR levels.
Yingze Zhang Associate Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology
Experimental Systems: Human cohorts
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Gene expression/miRNA microarrays, GWAS, Personalized Medicine, Rare Variants & Exome Sequencing
Potential collaboration expertise south within the ATS: RNAseq (all varieties)
Phenotypes of interest: COPD, IPF
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 23695349: Association between the MUC5B promoter polymorphism and survival in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.; 22268124: Allele-specific transactivation of matrix metalloproteinase 7 by FOXA2 and correlation with plasma levels in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.; 21506748: A variant in the promoter of MUC5B and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Justin Oldham Assistant Professor, University of California at Davis
Country of Origin: USA
Primary ATS assembly: Clinical Problems
Experimental systems: Human Clinical
Interested in collaborating with other ATS members: Yes
Areas of expertise: Clinical Genetics, Pharmacogenetics
Potential collaboration expertise sought within the ATS: Epigenetics/Epigenomics, Pharmacogenetics/Pharmacogenomics
Phenotypes of interest: CTD-ILD, IPF
Representative PubMed IDs of potential interest to G&G members: 26331942: TOLLIP, MUC5B, and the Response to N-Acetylcysteine among Individuals with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis.; 26589497: A functional genomic model for predicting prognosis in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
Last Reviewed: November 2016