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Developmental Biology and Basic Research

Our research faculty includes developmental biologists, lung researchers, vascular biologists, and neurobiologists who have NIH-funded laboratories. Our senior investigators (Drs. Reddy, Raj, and Chauhan) are leaders in their field who have more than 36 years of independent NIH and VA funded research. Current research focuses on providing new insights into the complex physiology and pathology of childhood and adult diseases, some of which originate in the fetus and newborn. We use preclinical models to develop new therapies and identify biomarkers for devastating lung diseases such as chronic lung disease of infancy and chronic pulmonary hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and traumatic brain injury (TBI). Many ongoing research projects involve collaboration with faculty throughout UIC and beyond.

Exploring the body’s complex processes and translating the research findings to the bedside is a constant source of satisfaction. We’re never done asking questions and discovering why dysfunctions occur and how we can stop them and find ways to repair the process.

Sekhar Reddy, PhD  |  Section Chief

Programs and Projects Heading link

Programs and projects cover the following areas:

  • Neonatal injury repair and remodeling
  • Bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD)
  • Pathogenesis of pulmonary hypertension (PH)
  • Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Alzheimer’s disease (AD)
  • Sickle cell disease (SCD)
  • Development of therapeutic strategies for BPD, PH, TBI, AD, and SCD