Pulmonology

Immunopathology of chronic sinusitis

Faculty Mentor’s Name: Dr. Jennifer Mulligan
Email: jennifer.mulligan@medicine.ufl.edu
Phone Number: (352) 273-8638
Project Category: Translational
International Component or Travel: No

Project Description:
The laboratory of Jennifer Mulligan, PhD, Division of Pulmonary Medicine, in collaboration with Jeb Justice, MD and Brian Lobo, MD, Department of Otolaryngology, welcome medical students interested in conducting translational research related to the immunopathology of chronic sinusitis (CRS). CRS affects up to 16% of the US population with direct costs of nearly $22 billion per year. Its negative impact on quality of life exceeds other chronic conditions, such as heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

In conjunction with senior members of the research team, students will be given the opportunity to develop and execute their own unique project as a part of several ongoing NIH-funded studies. At the completion of the rotation, students will be strongly encouraged to prepare a first author manuscript and present their findings at an upcoming meeting of the American Rhinologic Society (virtual or in person). Potential research topics may include, but are not limited to, airway delivery of vitamin D to improve epithelial cell dysfunction related to CRS, role of epithelial cell complement production in CRS and identification of novel mediators of olfactory dysfunction. Additional information about these projects can be found on NIH Reporter (https://projectreporter.nih.gov/reporter.cfm).