Abigail Boyd

Graduate Student, Year 2
Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Center for Lung Biology
University of South Alabama College of Medicine

MENTOR
Wito Richter, Ph.D.
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and Center for Lung Biology

RESEARCH FOCUS
I am studying PDE4 in the pulmonary endothelium, specifically the role of PDE4 in Pseudomonas aeruginosa-induced lung injury. The protective role of cAMP in terms of endothelial barrier function is well-studied, but has had limited clinical success. As such, new approaches to increase cAMP as a means to prevent acute lung injury are necessary. To this end, we are examining the mechanism of PDE4 inhibition in the pulmonary endothelium as a potential therapeutic for acute lung injury.

AWARDS

2017: University of South Alabama Environmental Toxicology Travel Scholarship

2017: Graduate Student Activities Enhancement Program Travel Scholarship to attend the 2017 Experimental Biology Conference

2017: University of South Alabama Three-Minute Thesis Competition Winner

2017: American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics Travel Award

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