Faculty

Zea Borok, MD

Zea Borok, MD

Director
Dr. Borok’s clinical interests include acute lung injury and intensive care. Her research interests include transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of alveolar epithelial cell differentiation/plasticity, modulation of alveolar epithelial cell phenotype and recovery following lung injury and role of alveolar epithelium in pulmonary fibrosis. Read More

Chen, Ya-Wen, PHD

Ya-Wen Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Currently, the only way to replace lung tissue is to perform lung transplantation, which is an complicate procedure that achieves only 10 to 20% survival at 10 years and is hampered by a severe shortage of donor organs. The ability to reconstruct lung tissue from hPSCs would fundamentally change the outlook of pulmonary medicine.  In vitro generated lung tissue could be used for regenerative purposes.   Read More

Edward Crandall, MD, PhD

Edward Crandall, MD, PhD

Hastings Professor
Dr. Crandall’s research is focused on the following topics: markers of alveolar epithelial cell development and differentiation, regulation of pulmonary epithelial cell differentiation, acute and chronic lung injury and the factors that influence recovery, transport properties of pulmonary alveolar epithelium. Read More

Amy Firth, PhD

Amy Firth, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Dr. Ryan completed her PhD at the University of Bath in the Department of Pharmacology focusing of pulmonary physiology and electrophysiology before moving to the USC to join Dr Jason Yuan’s laboratory at UCSD, CA where she focused on the roles of in channels and stem cells in the pathogenesis of pulmonary arterial hypertension.
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Zea Borok, MD

Frank D. Gilliland, MD, PhD

Hastings Professor
Dr. Gilliland is an established leading investigator in air pollution research, respiratory health and cancer epidemiology, and gene-environment interactions, and he has been the principal investigator for many epidemiological investigations. Read More

Parviz Minoo, PhD

Parviz Minoo, PhD

Hastings Professor
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