Rudolf Lucas


Rudolf Lucas


Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Vascular Biology Center

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Medicine: Pulmonary

The Graduate School


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.

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

Awards & Honors

  • Distinguished Service Award The Graduate School, 2019

  • Life Saver Award CSRA American Heart Assocation , 2019

  • Distinguished Researcher Award Augusta University Research Institute, 2018

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • BIOM 8033

    Integrated Systems Biol
  • VBIO 8020

    New Frontiers in Vasc Bio
  • VBIO 8010

    Methods in Cardiovascular Rese
  • VBIO 9010

    Seminar in Vascular Bio
  • CURS 3990

    Undergrad Research II

Teaching Interests

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


Selected Recent Publications

  • e-book: Cytokine-Ion Channel Interactions in Pulmonary Inflammation, 2019
    Book, Scholarly-New
  • Listeriolysin O Causes ENaC Dysfunction in Human Airway Epithelial Cells, 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Inhaled AP301 for treatment of pulmonary edema in mechanically ventilated patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome: a phase IIa randomized placebo-controlled trial, 2017
  • Epithelial Sodium Channel-α Mediates the Protective Effect of the TNF-Derived TIP Peptide in Pneumolysin-Induced Endothelial Barrier Dysfunction, 2017
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Obesity-induced vascular dysfunction and arterial stiffening requires endothelial cell arginase 1, 2017

Research Interests

Acute Lung injury, inflammation, endothelial biology, cytokines, nephritis, vascular complications in diabetes and obesity

Department Service

  • Vascular Biology Center Post-doctoral Evaluation Committee 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Comprehensive exam Vascular Biology examination committee 2016 - 2017

    Role: Committee Chair
  • Vascular Biology Program Director 2015 - 2017

    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
  • Graduate Research Day Committee 2019 - 2019

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

    Role: Committee Member

University Service

  • IBC 2018 - Present

    Role: Committee Member
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee 2014 - 2017

    Role: Chairperson

Professional Service

  • NHLBI Special emphasis panels, SAT (2x), Bacterial pathogens, LIRR, RIBT, 2018 - Present

    Role: Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer
  • Frontiers in Immunology 2016 - Present

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

    Role: Chairperson
  • NIH, Special Emphasis Panel SAT 2018 - 2018

    Role: Reviewer, Grant Proposal
  • 2015 - 2016

    Role: Member

Public Service

  • La Caixa Research Foundation 2018 - Present

    Role: Reviewer
  • Medical Research Council UK 2016 - Present

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

    Role: Guest Speaker