Exploring the frontiers of nasal, sinus, and upper airway biology


The laboratory includes basic science and translational research with two main areas of interest:

  • understanding the nasal epithelium in health and disease, and
  • promoting upper airway mucosal regeneration in response to injury from surgery, chemicals, and toxins in human and animal model systems.

Our research also includes understanding nasal immune system dysfunction in patients with chronic diseases such as cystic fibrosis and rhinosinusitis.

The ultimate goal of our efforts is to more effectively treat debilitating inflammatory sinus disorders, particularly with regard to empty nose syndrome (ENS) and to create functional respiratory mucosal tissue grafts/lining material to address upper (nasal) and lower (pulmonary) airway diseases.

Research Foci

Immunology : Immune Systems and Immunity
Stem Cell Biology and Upper Airway Diseases
Empty Nose Syndrome and Upper Airway Physiology
Clinical / Translational Research