The College of Medicine Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine faculty participate in grant-funded research in the following areas:

Heart and Lungs

  •  Lung cancer screening
  • The evaluation of solitary pulmonary nodules
  • Lung cancer vaccine for the treatment and prevention of recurrent lung cancer in those already diagnosed with low to mid-stage lung cancer
  • Antibody profiling and biomarkers for the detection of lung cancer
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) epidemiology
  • COPD treatment clinical trials
  • The role of TRPV1 receptor in bronchospasm in response to warm air stimulation and role of sex hormones and immunoscence in modulation of induced T regulatory cells and their influence on asthma
  • The development of artificial lung technology and extracorporeal life support
  • Humoral sensitization in lung transplantation
  • Interstitial lung diseases
  • Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO)
  • Heart rate variability

Muscle Dysfunction

  • Muscle dysfunction in the critically ill patient
  • Modulation of muscle dysfunction in patients with respiratory failure in the intensive care unit


  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Sleep and motor vehicle accidents


  • New modalities in the treatment of sepsis


  • Prevention of kidney allograft rejection