Our faculty, fellows and students are involved in a wide variety of basic science research in labs, and clinical trials funded by the NIH, non-profit foundations, and industry. Our faculty have labs on the Marquam hill campus of OHSU, and at Portland VA Medical Center. We collaborate with other hospitals in the area, and researchers across the country and around the world. We are justifiably proud of our research programs. Areas of active laboratory and/or clinical research include:

  • Acute lung injury
  • Allergic responses in the airways
  • Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency 
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis 
  • Cannabinoid neural signaling
  • COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Environmental pollutants' effects on the lungs
  • Healthcare disparities 
  • Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis 
  • Improving electronic health record use in ICUs
  • Lung cancer
  • Nitric oxide physiology in the lungs and upper airway
  • Outcomes in the critically ill
  • Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension 
  • Respiratory Syncytial Virus 
  • Sepsis 
  • Surfactant biophysics
  • Tuberculosis immunology and vaccine development
  • Viral infections of the lungs

Oregon Tuberculosis Research Lab

OTBRL has brought together investigators in Oregon who share this common purpose. These include Drs. David and Deborah Lewinsohn, Dr. Chris Lancioni, Dr. Georgiana Purdy, Dr. Melanie Harriff, Dr. Kevin Winthrop, Dr. Marielle Gold, and Dr. Luis Burmudez.

In addition, members of the OTBRL, are actively collaborating with groups around the world. These collaborations include: David Sherman (SeattleBiomed); Payam Nahid (UCSF); William Hildebrand (OUHSC); Karen Dobos (CSU), Bill Bishai, (K-RITH), Henry Boom (Case Western Reserve University); Harriet Myanja (Makerere University), Sarah Kiguli (Makerere University), Louis Picker (OHSU) and Avigdor Shafferman (IIBR).