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Undergraduate Institution: University of Illinois
Research Interest: Investigating lung diseases including Asthma and Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and the associated lung remodeling. The application of transitional medicine while focusing on targets of activated pathways to develop future therapies.
Because of the prestige associated with the program due to the association with Children's Hospital and their almost limitless amount of resources. Also it was my hometown.
The program is very well supported by faculty and current graduate students - creating a welcoming environment to work in, one of the best around. The program also offers a large range of research areas to investigate, while encouraging collaborations across different specialties.
Everyone has been very helpful and friendly. I also enjoy the exposure to talks and lectures from current and visiting faculty and their projects.
Le Cras TD, Acciani TH, Mushaben EM, Kramer EL, Pastura PA, Hardie WD, Korfhagen TR, Sivaprasad U, Ericksen M, Gibson AM, Holtzman MJ, Whitsett JA, Hershey GK. Epithelial EGF receptor signaling mediates airway hyperreactivity and remodeling in a mouse model of chronic asthma. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2011;300(3):L414-21. PMCID: 3064289.
Kramer EL, Mushaben EM, Pastura PA, Acciani TH, Deutsch GH, Khurana Hershey GK, Korfhagen TR, Hardie WD, Whitsett JA, Le Cras TD. Early growth response-1 suppresses epidermal growth factor receptor-mediated airway hyperresponsiveness and lung remodeling in mice. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol. 2009;41(4):415-25. PMCID: 2746988.
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