I am a pulmonary and critical care clinician-scientist with a long-standing focus on regenerative medicine and stem cell biology. My goal is to advance understanding of and treatment for genetic causes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and the most common genetic cause of COPD, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency (AATD). To accomplish this goal, I have established an integrated clinical and research program here at BU and BMC that includes the following components: 1) The Alpha-1 Center which I direct and co-founded with Dr. Darrell Kotton has become a nationally recognized center of excellence for the care of AATD patients and their families; 2) Patient stem cell repositories: I have overseen the creation of and direct two large stem cell repositories, housed at the CReM. First, we house the world’s largest AATD patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) repository, comprised of iPSCs and reprogrammable blood samples from over 100 AATD patients linked to phenotypic data including imaging, pulmonary function, and liver biopsy results. Second, in collaboration with the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) and Vasan Ramachandran, the CReM now houses the FHS iPSC Repository that includes iPSCs and reprogrammable blood samples from >6500 highly phenotyped participants in the FHS; 3) Clinical-epidemological AATD Research: Under my direction as site PI, BU is one three sites in the country funded by the Alpha-1 Foundation to recruit 100 AATD subjects to undergo liver biopsy, detailed phenotyping, and 5 years of follow-up to define the prevalence of, risk factors for, and non-invasive biomarkers associated with AATD-associated liver disease; 4) Translational bench research: my lab in the CReM is focused on the application of patient-derived iPSCs to study AATD and COPD.
The 4 core areas of my research are: I) to confirm the clinical significance of the iPSC platform to model in vivo patient biology and demonstrate its potential for testing potential therapeutic agents; II) to better understand the genetic factors and mechanistic drivers that predispose subsets of AATD patients to develop clinical disease; III) to elucidate the mechanistic contribution of putative COPD susceptibility genes to lung disease pathogenesis; and IV) to develop gene or cell-based therapies for AATD.
Research interests include:
-Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
-Pluripotent stem cells
Clinical interests include:
-Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency
- Investigator, Framingham Heart Study
- Member, Pulmonary Center, Boston University
- Member, Center for Regenerative Medicine, Boston University
- Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
- Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, MD
- Williams College, BA
- Published on 1/30/2020
Hurley K, Ding J, Villacorta-Martin C, Herriges MJ, Jacob A, Vedaie M, Alysandratos KD, Sun YL, Lin C, Werder RB, Huang J, Wilson AA, Mithal A, Mostoslavsky G, Oglesby I, Caballero IS, Guttentag SH, Ahangari F, Kaminski N, Rodriguez-Fraticelli A, Camargo F, Bar-Joseph Z, Kotton DN. Reconstructed Single-Cell Fate Trajectories Define Lineage Plasticity Windows during Differentiation of Human PSC-Derived Distal Lung Progenitors. Cell Stem Cell. 2020 Apr 02; 26(4):593-608.e8. PMID: 32004478.
- Published on 2/22/2019
Reeves EP, Dunlea DM, McQuillan K, O'Dwyer CA, Carroll TP, Saldova R, Akepati PR, Wormald MR, McElvaney OJ, Shutchaidat V, Henry M, Meleady P, Keenan J, Liberti DC, Kotton DN, Rudd PM, Wilson AA, McElvaney NG. Circulating Truncated Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Glycoprotein in Patient Plasma Retains Anti-Inflammatory Capacity. J Immunol. 2019 04 15; 202(8):2240-2253. PMID: 30796179.
- Published on 10/15/2018
Reeves EP, O'Dwyer CA, Dunlea DM, Wormald MR, Hawkins P, Alfares M, Kotton DN, Rowe SM, Wilson AA, McElvaney NG. Ataluren, a New Therapeutic for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin-Deficient Individuals with Nonsense Mutations. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2018 10 15; 198(8):1099-1102. PMID: 30011228.
- Published on 9/15/2018
Kaserman JE, Wilson AA. Patient-Derived Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Disease Modeling and Therapeutic Discovery. Chronic Obstr Pulm Dis. 2018 Sep 15; 5(4):258-266. PMID: 30723783.
- Published on 7/21/2018
Giadone RM, Rosarda JD, Akepati PR, Thomas AC, Boldbaatar B, James MF, Wilson AA, Sanchorawala V, Connors LH, Berk JL, Wiseman RL, Murphy GJ. A library of ATTR amyloidosis patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells for disease modelling and in vitro testing of novel therapeutics. Amyloid. 2018 Sep; 25(3):148-155. PMID: 30032658.
- Published on 6/5/2018
Segeritz CP, Rashid ST, de Brito MC, Serra MP, Ordonez A, Morell CM, Kaserman JE, Madrigal P, Hannan NRF, Gatto L, Tan L, Wilson AA, Lilley K, Marciniak SJ, Gooptu B, Lomas DA, Vallier L. hiPSC hepatocyte model demonstrates the role of unfolded protein response and inflammatory networks in a1-antitrypsin deficiency. J Hepatol. 2018 Oct; 69(4):851-860. PMID: 29879455.
- Published on 8/15/2017
Coleman FT, Blahna MT, Kamata H, Yamamoto K, Zabinski MC, Kramnik I, Wilson AA, Kotton DN, Quinton LJ, Jones MR, Pelton SI, Mizgerd JP. Capacity of Pneumococci to Activate Macrophage Nuclear Factor ?B: Influence on Necroptosis and Pneumonia Severity. J Infect Dis. 2017 Aug 15; 216(4):425-435. PMID: 28368460.
- Published on 4/10/2017
Pastore N, Attanasio S, Granese B, Castello R, Teckman J, Wilson AA, Ballabio A, Brunetti-Pierri N. Activation of the c-Jun N-terminal kinase pathway aggravates proteotoxicity of hepatic mutant Z alpha1-antitrypsin. Hepatology. 2017 Jun; 65(6):1865-1874. PMID: 28073160.
- Published on 1/1/2017
Kaserman JE, Wilson AA. Protocol for Directed Differentiation of Human Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) to a Hepatic Lineage. Methods Mol Biol. 2017; 1639:151-160. PMID: 28752455.
- Published on 6/29/2016
Payne JG, Takahashi A, Higgins MI, Porter EL, Suki B, Balazs A, Wilson AA. Multilineage transduction of resident lung cells in vivo by AAV2/8 for a1-antitrypsin gene therapy. Mol Ther Methods Clin Dev. 2016; 3:16042. PMID: 27408904.
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