Kaganov Research Initiative Seminars

MEDx hosts the Kaganov Research Initiative in Pulmonary Medicine and Engineering Seminar, which features experts in lung function and disease.

Upcoming Seminars

There are no Kaganov Seminars scheduled at this time. Check back soon!

Past Seminars 

March 26, 2019 | Wellington Cardoso, M.D., Ph.D., Ontogeny and regulation of the airway stem cell pool in the lung

Cardoso is the Director of the Columbia Center for Human Development, as well a professor of both medicine and genetics. His research focuses on the mechanisms that regulate lung development and regeneration-repair of the lung. For nearly two decades his laboratory has been making relevant contributions to the field, providing insights into how developmental signals, such as retinoic acid, Fgf, Tgf beta and Notch control lung progenitor cell development, airway branching and epithelial differentiation. These studies have also contributed to the understanding of mechanisms controlling lung regeneration-repair and of the impact of prenatal fetal exposures in the adult lung function and susceptibility to disease.


March 19, 2019 | Alan Fine, M.D., Ciliated Cell Heterogeneity in the Lung

Fine is a practicing Pulmonologist, bench researcher and bioethicist. For the past 30 years, he has led an NIH funded research program that examines basic biological questions regarding how the lung grows, develops and responds to injury.


March 5, 2019 | James Hagood, M.D., Making or Breaking the LungsL Fibroblasts in Alveolar Development and Fibrosis 

Hagood is a pediatric pulmonologist specialzing in rare lung disease. His “Lung Repair Lab” studies the molecular regulation of fibroblast phenoty[es in pulmonary fibrotic disease and lung alveolarization. He also studies the roles of regulation of Thy-1, a critical modulator of cellular phenotype, and epigenetic/epigenomic alterations in lung development and disease, as well as targeted therapy for diffuse lung diseases. 


December 11, 2018 | Tushar Desai, M.D., Lung stem cells and Wnts in health and fibrosis

Desai is a pulmonary physician-scientist who studies the basic biology of lung alveolar development, maintenance and repair. He investigates how proliferation and differentiation of the alveolar epithelial type II (AT2) stem cell is regulated and how these stem cells can participate in diseases like lung adenocarcinoma and IPF. Dr. Desai is also interested in harnessing the regenerative capacity of lung stem cells for the treatment of diseases like cystic fibrosis and IPF. 


May 29, 2018 | Thomas Peterson, M.D., Ph.D., Exosomes and Tissue Engineering: Developing Novel Therapies for Lung Disease

Petersen is Vice President of Regenerative Medicine and United Therapeutics in Research Triangle Park, N.C. As part of his graduate and postdoctoral work, he developed the first transplantable and functional engineered lung, and the results of this innovative work were published in Science. His work was recognized by TIME magazine as one of the best inventions of 2019 and by CNN as a Top Innovation of 2010. Currently, his team is developing cell- and tissue-based therapies for lung diseases with a particular focus on pulmonary hypertension and bronchopulmonary dysplasia.