Pulmonary and Critical Care

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The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care strives to advance our knowledge of lung health and disease through a combination of education and research.

We have in recent years expanded our research programs, established advanced pulmonary disease subspecialty clinics and successfully opened a lung transplantation program at Northwestern.”

– Scott Budinger, MD

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What We Do

Faculty: Meet the Team

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Meet our faculty

Cara J Gottardi

Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Cell and Developmental Biology

Cell-cell adhesion in health and disease

Clara J Schroedl

Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Medical Education

My clinic interests include general pulmonary disease, smoking related lung disease, and smoking cessation.

Peter H Sporn

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care), Cell and Developmental Biology and Medical Education

Clinical Interests: asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), interstitial lung disease, SARCOIDOSIS. Research Interests: airway inflammation and remodeling in asthma and COPD; effects of hypercapnia (elevated levels of CO2) on innate immunity and host defense in the lung.

Navdeep S Chandel

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Historically, reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been thought to be cellular damaging agents, lacking a physiological function. Accumulation of ROS and oxidative damage have been linked to multiple pathologies, including neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, cancer, and premature aging. This guilt by association relationship left a picture of ROS as a necessary evil of oxidative metabolism, a product of an imperfect system. Yet few biological systems possess such flagrant imperfections, thanks to the persistent optimization of evolution, and it appears that oxidative metabolism is no different...

YouYang Zhao

Professor of Pediatrics (Critical Care), Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Pharmacology

Youyang Zhao, Ph.D., is William G. Swartchild, Jr. Distinguished Research Professor and Director of the Program for Lung and Vascular Biology at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine), and Pharmacology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and member of the Feinberg Cardiovascular Research Institute. Dr. Zhao joined Lurie Children’s in July 2017 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he started with Assistant Professor in ...

Robert A Cohen

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

Dr. Robert Cohen is Professor of Medicine and Director of Occupational Lung Disease.Dr. Cohen has practiced clinical pulmonary medicine for more than 30 years and is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Critical Care Medicine, and has been a Certified NIOSH B-Reader since 1998. Dr. Cohen has a broad background in public health, occupational lung disease and has been an investigator in the area of respiratory disease in populations of occupationally exposed workers.

Peng Gao

Research Assistant Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

PhD - Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC); Post-doctoral scholar - Proteomics & Mass Spectrometry Center at MUSC; Staff Scientist - Proteomics Center of Excellence at Northwestern University; Operation Director - Metabolomics Core Facility of RHLCCC at Northwestern University

Karen M Ridge

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Cell and Developmental Biology

My research interests focus on the intermediate filaments (IFs), which are cytoskeletal structures that are crucial for maintaining the structural integrity of cells and tissues. In general, my lab focuses on the non-mechanical roles for the IF cytoskeleton such as how IFs regulate cell migration and cell survival, and the mechanisms by which IFs are a scaffold for stress-activated kinases and adaptor proteins. We investigated whether micromechanical forces, such as shear stress and stretch, had an effect on the keratin intermediate filament (IF) network in alveolar epithelial cells. We demons...

David Kamp

Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care) and Cell and Developmental Biology

1. Clinical interests: • interstitial lung disease • copd / asthma • dyspnea • drug-induced lung disease 2. Research interests • Mechanism of alveolar epithelial cell injury: role of iron-derived free radicals, mitochondrial dysfunction and mitochondrial DNA damage • Asbestos and airborne particulate matter

Laura Dada

Research Associate Professor of Medicine (Pulmonary and Critical Care)

The major goal of our research is to study the role of the Na,K-ATPase subunits in the regulation of alveolar epithelial function in normal and hypoxic conditions. We will shift the emphasis from the transport function of the Na,K-ATPase to its important role in stabilizing intercellular junctions and hence in alveolar epithelial integrity. Hypoxemia and injury of the alveolar-capillary barrier might result not only in a decrease in Na,K-ATPase activity but also in weakening interactions between the Na,K-ATPase ß1 subunits in neighboring cells. We will determine the molecular mechanisms regula...

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