Saleh_LA resized.jpgLina Abou Saleh

Graduate Student, Year 3
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Center for Lung Biology
University of South Alabama College of Medicine


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

My research explores the role of cAMP signaling in the settings of inflammatory lung diseases such as Cystic Fibrosis and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). Specifically, I explore the role of Type 4 phosphodiesterases as potential therapeutic target for inflammatory lung diseases.

12/17-present        NIH Predoctoral Training Grant (T32) in Cell Signaling and Lung Pathobiology-NHLBI 5T32HL076125-14

04/18-03/19           CFF Student Traineeship Award, SALEH18H0

July, 2018: Baskar G, Boyd A, Abou Saleh L, Boudreaux T, Diamond F, Phuan P, Verkman A, Richter R. SMALL-MOLECULE PDE4 ACTIVATORS LIMIT ISOPROTERENOL-INDUCED HYPERTROPHY IN RAT NEONATAL CARDIOMYOCYTES. Basic Cardiovascular Sciences Research Conference, San Antonio, Texas

Oct, 2018: Saleh LA, Koloteva A, Boyd A, Baskar G, Richter, W. GENETIC ABLATION OF PDE4 SUBTYPES PROTECTS FROM P. AERUGINOSA-INDUCED LUNG INJURY IN MICE, North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Denver, CO

Oct, 2018: Rodriguez Y, Lin S, Blanchard E, Abou Saleh L, Baskar G, Boyd A, Zlock L, Finkbeiner W, Richter, W. NON-SELECTIVE, BUT NOT SUBTYPE-SELECTIVE PDE4 INHIBITORS INDUCE EXPRESSION OF THE PRO-INFLAMMATORY PDE4 VARIANT PDE4B2., North American Cystic Fibrosis Conference, Denver, CO

2011-2015           Temple University Dean's List

2011-2015           Temple University Edna Tuttleman Scholarship for excellent academic performance

2013                    The Kramer Memorial Award for the excellent academic performance in biochemistry

2015                    The American Institute of Chemists Award for outstanding seniors majoring in (bio)chemistry for demonstrated leadership, character, scholastic achievement and professional promise

2013-2015           Abraham & Ruth Clearfield Scholarship for excellent academic performance in the physical sciences

2015                    Summa Cum Laude, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

2015                    Distinction in Major, Dept. of Biology, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

2017                    Edwin Hughes Memorial Award for outstanding academic performance, Basic Medical Sciences Graduate Program

2018                    Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Student Trainee-ship Award

2013                    Temple University Development Office, TEDxTempleU, volunteer

2015-present       Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, member by invitation 

2016                    Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS) Workshop, volunteer 

2016-present       Basic Medical Sciences Student Organization, member 

2017                    Alabama Academy of Science 94th Annual Meeting, volunteer  

2017                    Science in Motion workshop, Alabama Math, Science and Technology Initiative, volunteer

2017-2018           University of South Alabama Development Delegate to promote USA education and research in publications and among alumni and donors at public and special events     

2017-2018           Basic Medical Sciences Student Organization, treasurer & secretary  


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