Environmental Health; Toxicants; Obesity; OCT; asthma; COPD
Experiences & Accomplishments
My overall area of research interest is the structure-function relationship of pulmonary airways and vessels, and how they relate to reactive airway disease. Current research interests include High-Resolution Computed Tomography of the pulmonary airways and vessels in vivo. We are studying: 1) the regional differences in airways constriction in response to a variety of differential bronchoconstrictors; 2) the location and mechanism of inhalational-induced bronchodilation; 3) pulmonary vasculature and airway interaction following various physiologic stimuli; and 4) 3-D reconstruction of the airway tree; 5) the application of Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging to airway wall structures in vivo to elucidate the pathophysiology of airway disease states; and 6) the effect of the mobilization of environmental toxicants in the morbidly obese following bariatric surgery.