Rudolf Lucas

Associate Professor

Rudolf Lucas

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

The Graduate School
Department of Graduate Studies

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Medicine: Pulmonary


Educated as an engineer in Biotechnology from the University of Brussels, Belgium, I took postdoctoral positions at the University Medical Center, Geneva, Switzerland and the Weizmann Institute for Science, Israel. Before becoming Associate Professor at MCG in 2007, I worked as vice chair Biochemical pharmacology at the University of Konstanz, Germany and as professor Medical Biotechnology at the university of Applied Sciences, Krems, Austria.

  • (706) 721-9470
  • (706) 721-9799
  • CB 3213B


  • Ph.D., Biotechnology. Vrije Universiteit Brussels, 1993

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • BIOM 8033

    Integrated Systems Biol
  • PHRM 9020

    Seminar in Pharmacology
  • COGS 8120

    Cardiovas Physio & Pharma
  • COGS 8040

    Intro to Faculty Research
  • PHRM 8042

    Pharmacology & Therapeutics I
  • VBIO 9010

    Seminar in Vascular Bio
  • VBIO 9210

    Investigation of a Prob
  • VBIO 9300

    Research in Vascular Bio

Teaching Interests

Cytokines, Signaling, Acute Lung Injury, Lung physiology, Pharmacogenomics, Drug Discovery, Inflammation, Infectious Diseases, Diabetes, Pneumonia, Glomerulonephritis


Selected Recent Publications

  • Arginase and Microbial Pathogenesis in the Lungs, 2017
    Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New
  • Restoration of Epithelial Sodium Channel Function by Synthetic Peptides in Pseudohypoaldosteronism Type 1B Mutants. , 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Solnatide demonstrates profound therapeutic activity in a rat model of high altitude pulmonary edema induced by acute hypobaric hypoxia and exercise. , 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • RhoA S-nitrosylation as a regulatory mechanism influencing endothelial barrier function in response to G+-bacterial toxins. , 2017
  • Treatment with polyamine oxidase inhibitor reduces microglial activation and limits vascular injury in ischemic retinopathy., 2016
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

Acute Lung injury, inflammation, endothelial biology, cytokines, nephritis, diabetic complications

Department Service

  • Comprehensive exam Vascular Biology examination committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • VBIO8130 course Director 2016 - 2016

    Role: Other
  • Vascular Biology Graduate Program Director 2015 - 2016

    Role: Other

College Service

  • GRD poster presentation committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Other
  • GRD oral presentation committee 2016 - Present

    Role: Other
  • RAC Committee Graduate School 2015 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Dept of Pharmacology Judge Annual Graduate Research Symposium 2015 - 2017

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • Institutional Biosafety Committee 2014 - Present

    Role: Chairperson

Professional Service

  • Frontiers in Immunology 2016 - Present

    Role: Editor, Associate Editor
  • American Heart Association 2015 - 2018

    Role: Chairperson
  • 2015 - 2016

    Role: Member

Public Service

  • Medical Research Council UK 2016 - Present

    Role: Grant Proposal Reviewer, External
  • Student Outreach 2015 - Present

    Role: Guest Speaker