Dr. Michael R. Blackburn
The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
McGovern Medical School
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Chronic lung diseases are the third leading cause of death in the United States and there are currently no effective therapies for these disorders. Examples of chronic lung disease include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pulmonary fibrosis, asthma and pulmonary hypertension. My laboratory focuses on uncovering novel signaling pathways that control the excessive remodeling that is seen in these diseases with the goal of developing novel treatment options. Graduate students in my laboratory will use tissues and cells from patients with chronic lung disease as well as sophisticated genetically modified mice to conduct basic and translational research on in this area.