Goodbye Si! We will miss you!

Si went back to Shanghai at the beginning of March to finish her PhD thesis and will be doing her residency at the end of 2019! Congrats to her accomplishments and we hope to see you again soon!

Kristi awarded first place award for 3D Human Tissue Models to Assess Respiratory Toxicity

Kristi was awarded $5,000 worth of 3-D tissues from Epithelix!

PETA International Science Consortium Ltd. and Epithelix Sàrl awarded researchers from the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany free three-dimensional (3-D) reconstructed human respiratory tissue models manufactured by Epithelix. After receiving proposals from all around the world, three researchers were chosen based on their proposals’ scientific merit and potential to use the tissues to replace animals in inhalation testing.

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Welcome to the lab Si!

Si Chen is a visiting PhD student from the Second Military Medical University in Shanghai China. She will be here leading a project exposing E-cadherin knockout mice to cigarette smoke and looking at lung impairments. She is also leading exploratory projects on stem cells and injury repair with cigarette smoke. 



Goodbye Mia!

Mia Benavidez joined us this Summer 2017 as part of a Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine internship. She worked on the EGFR localization project making strides in vertical section confocal imaging of cell monolayers and biochemical assays to understand localization of EGFR in the context of cigarette smoke treated cells.

Best of luck in your future endeavors! WE WILL MISS YOU!


With new summer researchers comes new publications! Our most recent paper was just published in American Journal of Physiology - Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology

Check it out!

Cigarette smoke disrupts monolayer integrity by altering epithelial cell-cell adhesion and cortical tension

Kristine Nishida, Kieran A Brune, Nirupama Putcha, Pooja Mandke, Wanda K O'Neal, Danny Shade, Vasudha Srivastava, Menghen Wang, Hong Lam, Steven S An, M. Bradley Drummond, Nadia N Hansel, Douglas N Robinson, Venkataramana K. Sidhaye


Bye Bye Varad

Today was Varad's last day in lab! As a culmination of his research, he gave a presentation to the entire lab. He was only here for a month, but he completed a lot of valuable research and we are very sad to see him go! We wish him the best of luck as he goes back to India to continue medical school.

We'll miss Varad and hope to see you again!

Welcoming back someone old and someone new!

Welcome back to the lab Danny and welcome to the lab Mia!

Danny Shade will be joining the lab for his last summer. We are happy to have him back in the lab for his 5th summer. He has been working in the lab every summer since the summer before he started his undergraduate studies at Hopkins. This will be his last summer, but he will be off to great things pursuing a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Georgia Tech in August. 

Mia Benavidez is new to the lab and will be joining us for two months as part of a Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Intership. She's coming from the University of Texas at Austin. Her research at the lab will culminate in a poster presentation at the end of July.