Our laboratory utilizes a broad range of technologies and strategies to investigate the molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating the function of inflammatory cells, vascular endothelium and smooth muscle cells in the development of cardiovascular disorders.
Sr. Research Associate
Grant support: AHA Predoctoral Fellowship; 2018-2020
Grant support: NIH F-31 Predoctoral Fellowship; 2019-2020
AHA Predoctoral Fellowship; 2018-2020
Grant support: NIH F31 Predoctoral Fellowship; 2022-2025
Pulmonary Impact of PBK
February 1, 2022
A gene that is overexpressed in some aggressive cancers also appears to be key to the excessive cell proliferation that thickens the walls of pulmonary arteries and ultimately causes the right ventricle of the heart to fail, scientists report.
They have the first evidence that PBK, or PDZ-Binding Kinase, is upregulated in both
animal models and the lung tissue of patients with progressive and deadly pulmonary
hypertension, says Dr. David Fulton, director of the MCG Vascular Biology Center.
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An 'ah-ha' moment links rare lung disease with cancer and a rogue gene
DECEMBER 8, 2021 | THE AUGUSTA CHRONICLE
Cancer researcher Caryn Bird, 29, was walking down the hall at Augusta University with her boss when she found she didn't have the breath to carry on a conversation. She stopped, but it didn't get better, even after reaching his office. Her shortness of breath was getting worse and wasn't responding to asthma treatments.
Bird wondered aloud if it was her heart and not her lungs but the other researcher suggested it might be both. Turns out, he was right. It was pulmonary arterial hypertension. And it was almost too late.
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Award for Excellence in Research by a Postdoctoral Fellow (poster)
JI CHENG MEMORIAL AWARD for Excellence in Research, Graduate Research Day, Augusta University, Augusta, GA
Best Student Presentation Award in Vascular Biology Journal Club, Augusta University, Augusta, GA