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Co-Director, Perinatal Institute

Section Chief, Division of Neonatology, Perinatal and Pulmonary Biology

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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Biography & Affiliation

Biography

Dr. Whitsett's laboratory discovered surfactant proteins B and C, cloned the genes encoding the surfactant proteins A, B, C, and D, Scgb1a1, TTF-1 and others and utilized transgenic mouse models to delete and mutate these genes in transgenic mice. They identified transcriptional networks regulating lung morphogenesis and perinatal lung maturation contributing to the understanding of the roles of TTF-1, CEBPα, SOX2, SOX17, FOXA1, FOXA2, FOXA3, SPDEF, KLF5, CDC42 and others using both in vitro and in vivo methods. They identified multiple transcription factors regulating goblet cell differentiation airway epithelial cells including critical role of SPDEF, FOXA3 and airway goblet cells controlling innate immunity. They produced transgenic mouse models for conditional deletion and expression of genes involved in lung development, disease, and repair. They have generated transgenic models of pulmonary adenocarcinoma and explored the role of transcription factors mediating pulmonary adenocarcinoma in vivo and in vitro. They utilized RNA-Seq, microarray, Chip-Seq in the application of Nex-Gen sequencing and bioinformatics to identify and understand networks involved in the regulation of lung development and disease using clinical sample, as well as in vitro and in vivo models.

Dr. Whitsett has a long interest in training both in the clinical setting in “Neonatology” and in “Pulmonary Biology” and has contributed to the direct training of more than 80 graduate or post-graduate students in his laboratory. The scope of his work is represented in several recent reviews. Initial discoveries from his laboratory provided early insights into the genes and proteins critical for surfactant function including ABCA3, SFTPC, SFTPB, SFTPA, SFTPD.

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Clinical Interests

Neonatology

Research Interests

Lung development

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Departments

Neonatology, Perinatal Biology, Pulmonary Biology, Developmental Biology, Fibrosis

Education

MD: Columbia University, New York, NY, 1973.

Residency: Pediatrics, Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York City, 1974 to 1976.

Fellowship: Neonatology, Children's Hospital Medical Center, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 1976 to 1977.

Publications

Selected Publication

Postnatal alveologenesis depends on FOXF1 signaling in c-KIT1 endothelial progenitor cells. Ren, X; Ustiyan, V; Guo, M; Wang, G; Bolte, C; Zhang, Y; Xu, Y; Whitsett, JA; Kalin, TV; Kalinichenko, VV. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2019; 200:1164-1176.

The S52F FOXF1 mutation inhibits STAT3 signaling and causes alveolar capillary dysplasia. Pradhan, A; Dunn, A; Ustiyan, V; Bolte, C; Wang, G; Whitsett, JA; Zhang, Y; Porollo, A; Hu, YC; Xiao, R; et al. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2019; 200:1045-1056.

Integration of transcriptomic and proteomic data identifies biological functions in cell populations from human infant lung. Du, Y; Clair, GC; Al Alam, D; Danopoulos, S; Schnell, D; Kitzmiller, JA; Misra, RS; Bhattacharya, S; Warburton, D; Mariani, TJ; et al. American Journal of Physiology: Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology. 2019; 317:L347-L360.

Dosing and formulation of antenatal corticosteroids for fetal lung maturation and gene expression in rhesus macaques. Schmidt, AF; Kannan, PS; Bridges, JP; Filuta, A; Lipps, D; Kemp, M; Miller, LA; Kallapur, SG; Xu, Y; Whitsett, JA; et al. Scientific Reports. 2019; 9.

Bronchopulmonary dysplasia. Thébaud, B; Goss, KN; Laughon, M; Whitsett, JA; Abman, SH; Steinhorn, RH; Aschner, JL; Davis, PG; McGrath-Morrow, SA; Soll, RF; et al. Nature Reviews Disease Primers. 2019; 5.

Complete tracheal ring deformity a translational genomics approach to pathogenesis. Sinner, DI; Carey, B; Zgherea, D; Kaufman, KM; Leesman, L; Wood, RE; Rutter, MJ; De Alarcon, A; Elluru, RG; Harley, JB; et al. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2019; 200:1267-1281.

Identification of the Lymphangioleiomyomatosis Cell and Its Uterine Origin. Guo, M; Yu, JJ; Perl, AK; Wikenheiser-Brokamp, KA; Riccetti, M; Zhang, EY; Sudha, P; Adam, M; Potter, A; Kopras, EJ; et al. 2019.

The Pediatric Cell Atlas: Defining the Growth Phase of Human Development at Single-Cell Resolution. Taylor, DM; Aronow, BJ; Tan, K; Bernt, K; Salomonis, N; Greene, CS; Frolova, A; Henrickson, SE; Wells, A; Pei, L; et al. Developmental Cell. 2019; 49:10-29.

Neonatal Lung Disease Associated with TBX4 Mutations. Suhrie, K; Pajor, NM; Ahlfeld, SK; Dawson, DB; Dufendach, KR; Kitzmiller, JA; Leino, D; Lombardo, RC; Smolarek, TA; Rathbun, PA; et al. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2019; 206:286-292.e1.

Single cell RNA analysis identifies cellular heterogeneity and adaptive responses of the lung at birth. Guo, M; Du, Y; Gokey, JJ; Ray, S; Bell, SM; Adam, M; Sudha, P; Perl, AK; Deshmukh, H; Potter, SS; et al. Nature Communications. 2019; 10:37-37.