Dr. Korkmaz, can you please tell us about the new award you received?
My work studying the acute response to lower respiratory infection was recently funded as an F32 postdoctoral fellowship by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the NIH. This provides me the opportunity to delve into the previously unknown role of the scavenger receptor, LOX-1, during pneumonia and in the lung in general. Using cell-type specific genetic manipulation and techniques such as flow cytometry and RNA-sequencing we will characterize how LOX-1 modulates lung inflammation during pneumonia, expanding on previous data using pharmacological inhibition of LOX-1. Furthermore, obtaining a postdoctoral scholarship will allow me to attend more conferences and workshops where I can make connections with interdisciplinary researchers to enhance my scientific and career endeavors.