Wellington V. Cardoso, MD, PhD

Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Wellington Cardoso
72 E. Concord St Housman (R)


My research focuses on the molecular regulation of progenitor cell fate and morphogenesis in the developing lung and the contribution of developmental signals in lung regeneration and repair mechanisms. Over more than a decade my laboratory investigates the role of developmental pathways, including retinoic acid, Fgfs and Notch, in the establishment of cell fate and patterning of the embryonic lung. These studies have provided insights into specific gene regulatory networks that control induction of the lung primordium, airway branching and differentiation. Currently I direct a Program in Lung Developmental Biology at the Pulmonary Center BUSM, which congregates investigators with knowledge in lung morphogenesis, stem cell biology and regenerative medicine. The overall goals of this Program are to elucidate the properties and fates of lung progenitor cells, to develop tools for their characterization, and to understand the genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that control lineage as the lung forms. Interactions with this group have led to exciting collaborations and exchange of ideas and technologies.

Other Positions

  • Adjunct Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


  • Universidade de Brasília, MD
  • Universidade de São Paulo, PhD


  • Published on 12/11/2019

    van Soldt BJ, Cardoso WV. Hippo-Yap/Taz signaling: Complex network interactions and impact in epithelial cell behavior. Wiley Interdiscip Rev Dev Biol. 2020 May; 9(3):e371. PMID: 31828974.

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  • Published on 12/4/2019

    Bailey DD, Zhang Y, van Soldt BJ, Jiang M, Suresh S, Nakagawa H, Rustgi AK, Aceves SS, Cardoso WV, Que J. Use of hPSC-derived 3D organoids and mouse genetics to define the roles of YAP in the development of the esophagus. Development. 2019 12 04; 146(23). PMID: 31748205.

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  • Published on 11/7/2019

    Mori M, Furuhashi K, Danielsson JA, Hirata Y, Kakiuchi M, Lin CS, Ohta M, Riccio P, Takahashi Y, Xu X, Emala CW, Lu C, Nakauchi H, Cardoso WV. Generation of functional lungs via conditional blastocyst complementation using pluripotent stem cells. Nat Med. 2019 11; 25(11):1691-1698. PMID: 31700187.

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  • Published on 10/21/2019

    Stupnikov MR, Yang Y, Mori M, Lu J, Cardoso WV. Jagged and Delta-like ligands control distinct events during airway progenitor cell differentiation. Elife. 2019 10 21; 8. PMID: 31631837.

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  • Published on 8/27/2019

    Lee S, Ahad A, Luu M, Moon S, Caesar J, Cardoso WV, Grant MB, Chaqour B. CCN1-Yes-Associated Protein Feedback Loop Regulates Physiological and Pathological Angiogenesis. Mol Cell Biol. 2019 09 15; 39(18). PMID: 31262999.

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  • Published on 5/1/2019

    van Soldt BJ, Qian J, Li J, Tang N, Lu J, Cardoso WV. Yap and its subcellular localization have distinct compartment-specific roles in the developing lung. Development. 2019 05 01; 146(9). PMID: 30944105.

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  • Published on 11/19/2018

    Mori M, Hazan R, Danielian PS, Mahoney JE, Li H, Lu J, Miller ES, Zhu X, Lees JA, Cardoso WV. Author Correction: Cytoplasmic E2f4 forms organizing centres for initiation of centriole amplification during multiciliogenesis. Nat Commun. 2018 11 19; 9:16157. PMID: 30451964.

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  • Published on 10/30/2018

    Qiu H, Shi S, Yue J, Xin M, Nairn AV, Lin L, Liu X, Li G, Archer-Hartmann SA, Dela Rosa M, Galizzi M, Wang S, Zhang F, Azadi P, van Kuppevelt TH, Cardoso WV, Kimata K, Ai X, Moremen KW, Esko JD, Linhardt RJ, Wang L. A mutant-cell library for systematic analysis of heparan sulfate structure-function relationships. Nat Methods. 2018 11; 15(11):889-899. PMID: 30377379.

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  • Published on 9/20/2018

    Zhang Y, Yang Y, Jiang M, Huang SX, Zhang W, Al Alam D, Danopoulos S, Mori M, Chen YW, Balasubramanian R, Chuva de Sousa Lopes SM, Serra C, Bialecka M, Kim E, Lin S, Toste de Carvalho ALR, Riccio PN, Cardoso WV, Zhang X, Snoeck HW, Que J. 3D Modeling of Esophageal Development using Human PSC-Derived Basal Progenitors Reveals a Critical Role for Notch Signaling. Cell Stem Cell. 2018 10 04; 23(4):516-529.e5. PMID: 30244870.

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  • Published on 6/5/2018

    de Barros Mendes Lopes T, Groth EE, Veras M, Furuya TK, de Souza Xavier Costa N, Ribeiro Júnior G, Lopes FD, de Almeida FM, Cardoso WV, Saldiva PHN, Chammas R, Mauad T. Pre- and postnatal exposure of mice to concentrated urban PM2.5 decreases the number of alveoli and leads to altered lung function at an early stage of life. Environ Pollut. 2018 Oct; 241:511-520. PMID: 29883952.

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