The Lung Transplant Research Program in the UF Department of Surgery is composed of a diverse team of clinicians and researcher scientists who are dedicated to helping lung transplant recipients through the advancement of transplant research and training of residents, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate Students. Our program investigates clinically relevant issues in lung transplantation including ischemia-reperfusion injury, primary graft dysfunction, organ preservation, ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP), noninvasive imaging and rejection.
Our research laboratories are located in the Academic Research Building (ARB) on 4th floor (R4-152) and Medical Science Building (4th floor; R4-) at the University of Florida. We utilize human clinical bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) samples from post-lung transplant patients as well as animal lung transplant models (mouse and pig) to investigate scientifically and clinically relevant issues of lung transplantation. Various parameters are investigated in the research labs including organ preservation, ischemia-reperfusion injury, primary graft dysfunction, ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP), acute rejection as well as complimentary therapeutic strategies to prevent post-lung transplant lung injury.