Faculty Members

Executive Committee

  • Michael R. Blackburn, Ph.D.
    Michael R. Blackburn, Ph.D.
    Professor and Vice Chairman
    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    McGovern Medical School

    Adenosine signaling and the regulation of inflammation in COPD and Pulmonary Fibrosis and Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Richard J. Castriotta, M.D.
    Richard J. Castriotta, M.D.
    Professor and Director
    Division of Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
    Department of Internal Medicine
    McGovern Medical School

    Interstitial lung disease, pulmonary fibrosis, sarcoidosis and sleep-disordered breathing
  • Soma SSK Jyothula, M.D.
    Soma SSK Jyothula, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
    McGovern Medical School
    Center for Advanced Heart Failure
    Memorial Hermann Hospital

    Pulmonary medicine and lung transplantation
  • Bela Patel, M.D.
    Bela Patel, M.D.
    Associate Professor and Director
    Division of Critical Care Medicine
    Department of Internal Medicine
    McGovern Medical School

    Acute and chronic lung injury, Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Harry Karmouty-Quintana, Ph.D.
    Harry Karmouty-Quintana, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    McGovern Medical School

    Novel signaling pathways in regulating remodeling in COPD, Pulmonary Hypertension and IPF
  • Rick A. Wetsel, Ph.D.
    Rick A. Wetsel, Ph.D.
    Professor, Director and Distinguished Chair
    Hans J. Muller-Eberhard & Irma Gigli Research Center for Immunology and Autoimmune Diseases
    The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases

    Immunology of allergic and infectious lung diseases; Stem cell therapeutics for lung injury and surfactant deficiencies

Physician Scientists

  • Giuseppe Colasurdo, M.D.
    Giuseppe Colasurdo, M.D.
    President
    The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

    Pediatric asthma and animal models of lung inflammation and injury
  • James Stark, M.D.
    James Stark, M.D.
    Professor
    Department of Pediatrics
    McGovern Medical School

    Respiratory syncytial virus in lung disease
  • Maureen D. Mayes, M.D.
    Maureen D. Mayes, M.D.
    Professor and Elizabeth Bidgood Chair in Rheumatology
    Department of Internal Medicine
    Director, UTHealth Scleroderma Clinic
    McGovern Medical School

    Interstitial lung disease and pulmonary hypertension in systemic sclerosis
  • Amber Luong, M.D., Ph.D.
    Amber Luong, M.D., Ph.D.
    Associate Professor and Director of Research
    Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery
    McGovern Medical School
    Hans J. Muller-Eberhard & Irma Gigli Research Center for Immunology and Autoimmune Diseases
    The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases

    Clinical immunology of chronic respiratory disease
  • Matthew T. Harting, M.D.
    Matthew T. Harting, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Pediatric Surgery
    McGovern Medical School

    Clinical, translational and basic research on stem cells and the treatment of pulmonary hypertension
  • Bindu Akkanti, M.D.
    Bindu Akkanti, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Internal Medicine
    McGovern Medical School

    Clinical research in Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Shervin Assassi, M.D., M.S.
    Shervin Assassi, M.D., M.S.
    Associate Professor
    Department of Internal Medicine
    McGovern Medical School

    Pathophysiology of scleroderma & biomarkers in scleroderma related interstitial lung diseases

Basic Scientists

  • Richard A. Johnston, Ph.D.
    Richard A. Johnston, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Pediatrics
    McGovern Medical School

    Models of obesity and asthma and the influence of environmental factors on asthma
  • Yang Xia, M.D., Ph.D.
    Yang Xia, M.D., Ph.D.
    Professor
    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    McGovern Medical School

    Lung disease in sickle cell disease and therapy
  • Chinnaswamy Jagannath, Ph.D.
    Chinnaswamy Jagannath, Ph.D.
    Professor
    Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
    McGovern Medical School

    Basic immunology of lung infection and inflammation
  • Ann-Bin Shyu, Ph.D.
    Ann-Bin Shyu, Ph.D.
    Professor and Jesse H. Jones Chair in Molecular Biology
    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    McGovern Medical School

    Molecular biology of mRNA metabolism in allergic airway inflammation
  • Brian R. Davis, Ph.D.
    Brian R. Davis, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor and Director
    C. Harold and Lorine G. Wallace Distinguished University Chair
    Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
    The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases

    Stem cells and lung disease
  • Joseph L. Alcorn, Ph.D.
    Joseph L. Alcorn, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor
    Department of Pediatrics
    McGovern Medical School

    Mechanisms of mRNA regulation in lung epithelial cells
  • Seung-Hee Yoo, Ph.D.
    Seung-Hee Yoo, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    McGovern Medical School

    Circadian biology and lung disease
  • Wa Xian, Ph.D.
    Wa Xian, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine
    The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases

    Adult stem cells and lung disease
  • Dachun Wang, M.D.
    Dachun Wang, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Hans J. Müller-Eberhard and Irma Gigli Center for Immunology and Autoimmune Diseases
    The Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine for the Prevention of Human Diseases

    Lung stem cell biology