Rudolf Lucas

Associate Professor

Rudolf Lucas

Associate Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

The Graduate School

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.

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  • 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

Teaching Interests

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


Selected Recent Publications

  • 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
  • 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

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

    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
  • 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
  • NIH, Special Emphasis Panel SAT 2018 - 2018

    Role: Reviewer, Grant Proposal
  • 2015 - 2016

    Role: Member

Public Service

  • Medical Research Council UK 2016 - Present

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

    Role: Guest Speaker
  • La Caixa Research Foundation 2018 - 2018

    Role: Reviewer