Suellen DArc Dos Santos Oliveira

    Email Address: suelleno@uic.edu
    College: Medicine Department: Anesthesiology
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: MSB E713 Phone: (312)4131895
    Webpage: https://vascularimmunobiology.com
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Pulmonary Vascular Diseases, especially Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH), have been the focus of our research effort. PAH is a life-threatening disease with no cure, characterized by hyperproliferation of vascular cells, including endothelial cells. The hyperproliferation of vascular cells eventually obstructs the lung vasculature leading to irreversible lesions that collectively drive up the pulmonary pressure to life-threatening levels. Although the primary cause of non-infectious PAH is not fully understood, several studies indicate it results from chronic pulmonary inflammation. Curiously, infection by the parasite Schistosoma mansoni recapitulates aspects of widespread pulmonary inflammation that lead to PAH, providing a unique model where molecular alterations leading to vascular cell hyperproliferation can be unraveled and hopefully leveraged for the development of clinical solutions for PAH.

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 10

    Qualifications of a Student:

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    We expect proactivity, motivation to learn and share their knowledge, organization, dedication, and responsibility to conduct research experiments and analyze data. The student will work with the principal investigator to learn basic laboratory skills and develop a specific portion of a research project within the lab. The student will attend and present data at different laboratory meetings within the College of Medicine and scientific events inside and outside the University (including virtual).

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