Previous Awardees



  • Tracey Bonfield, PhD Tracey Bonfield, PhD
    American Lung Association Obstructive Lung Disease Scholar
  • Alan P. Fields, Ph.D. Alan P. Fields, Ph.D.
    American Lung Association/LUNGevity Foundation Lung Cancer Discovery Award 2006-2008
  • Ramesh Ganju, PhD Ramesh Ganju, PhD
    American Lung Association Lung Cancer Scholar
  • Elena Goncharova, Phd Elena Goncharova, Phd
    Biomedical Research Grant; Acute Lung Injury Scholar
  • Vera P. Krymskaya, PHD Vera P. Krymskaya, PHD
    American Lung Association/LAM Foundation Career Investigator Award 2005-2008
  • Youngnam Lee, Ph.D. Lee

    Dr. Lee is studying the histoplasma capsulatum fungus to gain a better idea of how the organism causes disease in people with compromised immune systems, such as people with AIDS or cancer. » More

  • Kameswara Rao Badri, Phd Kameswara Rao Badri, Phd
    American Lung Association Interstitial Lung Disease Scholar
  • Kaori Sakamoto, PhD, DVM Sakamoto

    Dr. Sakamoto is studying the mechanism by which the germ that causes TB, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), bypasses the body's frontline immune systems. » More

  • Carlos Serezani, PhD Serezani

    Dr. Serezani is studying the way immune cells called alveolar macrophages (AM) function as a front line of defense against microbes that cause pneumonia. » More

  • Genee Smith, Msph Smith

    Ms. Smith is using medical records to study the links among air pollution, tuberculosis, and smoking. » More

  • Kymberle Sterling, DrPhil MPH Sterling

    Dr. Sterling is using an American Lung Association Social Behavioral Research Grant to study college students’ perceptions of hookah smoking and the effect of hookah advertising on those perceptions. » More

  • Roger Tsien, Ph.D. Tsien

    Dr. Tsien will be focusing on the work of proteases, which are ubiquitous enzymes involved in many biological processes, including the inflammation that underlies asthma. » More

  • Joanne Turner, PhD Turner

    Dr. Turner studied immunological markers that change before a latent tuberculosis infection becomes activate. » More

  • Wladimir Labeikovsky, PhD Wladimir Labeikovsky, PhD
    Lung Diseases of Infants and Children Scholar
  • Lin Zhang, PhD Zhang

    Dr. Zhang identified a novel controller of apoptosis, the method the body uses to selectively remove cells that are dangerous or no longer needed. The controller, called PUMA, is important in apoptosis induced by a variety of anticancer drugs. He found that cells infected with a virus that produces PUMA, called Ad-PUMA, were significantly more sensitive to cancer treatments. Dr. Zhang also developed a new creating method that can be used to distinguish anticancer agents that can induce PUMA from those that cannot. » More


  • Kwok-Kin Wong, MD, PhD Wong
    Lung Cancer Discovery Award: Mouse Model of Lung Cancer Will Add to Knowledge of How Cancer Spreads

    Dr. Wong is using mice to study the processes involved in lung cancer progression and metastasis, with the goal of improving the long-term survival of patients with lung cancer. » More

  • Albert Senft, PhD
    Biomedical Research Grant: How Does RSV Circumvent the Immune System?

    Dr. Senft is studying the way in which Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a respiratory virus that affects the very young and elderly, circumvents the immune system. This research will study the mechanisms by which RSV impairs the immune system, with the hope of developing new therapies. » More

  • Anasuya Sarkar, PhD
    Biomedical Research Grant: Targeting Protein that Causes Death in Lung Lining May Lead to ARDS Treatment

    Dr. Sarkar is researching the role of a protein called caspase-1, which may lead to new therapies for people with acute respiratory distress syndrome, a potentially fatal lung condition. » More

  • Nathan Sandbo, M.D.
    Dalsemer Research Grant: Targeting Cell Signaling Process May Stop Scarring in Pulmonary Fibrosis

    Dr. Sandbo is researching treatments for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a progressive, fatal lung disease, characterized by lung scarring. This research will study the role of a substance shown to trigger scarring, with the hope of developing new treatments. » More

  • Quan Lu
    Biomedical Research Grant: Genetic Tool May Help Explain Why Beta-Agonists Lose Their Effectiveness

    Quan Lu, Ph.D., is searching for genes that are involved in the degradation of beta2-adrenergic receptors (b2AR) in the lung, a process that causes asthma medications to become less effective over time. » More

  • Evelina Guirado, PhD
    Senior Research Training Fellowship: Enzymes that Make Sugar Coating in TB Bacteria May be Target for Drug Therapy

    Dr. Guirado is studying the interaction between the tuberculosis bacteria and an immune cell called the macrophage, with the goal of enhancing knowledge of TB infection and identifying new TB therapy targets. » More

  • Estelle Cormet-Boyaka, PhD Comet-Boyaka
    Biomedical Research Grant: Finding How Cadmium Accumulation in the Lungs Leads to Lung Disease

    Dr. Cormet-Boyaka is investigating the link between cadmium, a toxic heavy metal found in diesel exhaust and cigarette smoke, and lung cancer and COPD. » More

  • Denise Al Alam, PhD
    Senior Research Training Fellowship: Studying Embryonic Lung Development May Lead to Treatment for Breathing Problems

    Dr. Al Alam is studying the molecular pathways of embryonic lung development with the hope of developing treatments for premature infants who suffer from breathing problems because of underdeveloped lungs. » More


  • Michael Tainsky, PhD Michael Tainsky
    American Lung Association Scholar: Lung Cancer

    Michael Tainsky, PhD, is developing a noninvasive blood test designed to detect early stage lung cancer. He is focusing on a type of lung cancer called adenocarcinoma in women. » More

  • Carlos Serezani, PhD Carlos Serezani
    American Lung Association Scholar: Other Lung Infections

    Immune cells called alveolar macrophages (AM) are on the front line of defense against microbes that cause pneumonia. These cells are responsible for recognizing and killing infectious-causing agents. Carlos Serezani, PhD at University of Michigan is studying how these cells work, with the hope that the results will lead to better treatments for pneumonia. » More

  • Anne-Karina Perl, PhD Anne-Karina Perl
    American Lung Association Scholar: The Immune System, Inflammation and Lung Scarring

    Anne-Karina Perl, PhD, is investigating how airways regenerate after acute and chronic injury and what causes airway wall thickening, which leads to airway obstruction in COPD. » More

  • Pushpa Jayaraman, PhD Pushpa Jayaraman
    American Lung Association Scholar: Tuberculosis

    Pushpa Jayaraman, PhD, is studying a novel mechanism to kill Mycobacterium tuberculosis, which causes pulmonary tuberculosis. Her research is centered on immune system cells called macrophages that are the first line of defense against airborne pathogens. » More

  • Jean-Francois Jasmin, PhD Jean-Francois Jasmin
    American Lung Association Scholar: Disorders of the Lung’s Blood Vessels and Acute Lung Injury

    Jean-Francois Jasmin, PhD, wants to improve survival rates for people with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), a disease of high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs. PAH is progressive and life-threatening because the pressure in a patient’s pulmonary arteries rises to dangerously high levels, putting a strain on the heart. » More

  • Alejandro P. Heuck, PhD Alejandro Heuck
    American Lung Association Scholar: Diseases of Infants and Children

    While people with cystic fibrosis live longer today than in years past, they still succumb to a deadly lung infection, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, because of its antibiotic resistance. By studying how P. aeruginosa works in the lung, Alejandro Heuck, PhD, hopes to develop a way to block the infection in people with CF. » More

  • Lin-Feng Chen, PhD Lin-Feng Chen
    American Lung Association Scholar: Asthma

    Lin-Feng Chen, PhD, is studying a protein called NF-kappa B, which controls genes that cause inflammation. » More

  • Cynthia Brown, MD Cynthia Brown
    American Lung Association Scholar: Breathing Mechanics, Control of Breathing, and Sleep Disordered Breathing

    A survey by the American Lung Association revealed that half of all COPD patients say their condition limits their ability to sleep. But the reason that COPD affects sleep is unknown. Cynthia Brown, MD, says it is frustrating not to be able to offer her COPD patients an effective solution to their sleep difficulties. » More

  • Carolyn Baglole, PhD Carolyn Baglole
    American Lung Association Scholar: COPD, Smoking, and Air Pollution

    Dr. Baglole is using an American Lung Association Biomedical Research Grant to help her understand the molecular basis of how cells regulate damage caused by cigarette smoke. The findings may one day lead to a better treatment for patients with COPD. » More