RESEARCH INTERESTS


Dr. Mora’s research is focused in the understanding of the pathogenesis of idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), a fatal and progressive lung disease, characterized by progressive scarring of the lung. IPF prevalence dramatically increases with age, and aging is a known risk factor for IPF. However, there is limited understanding in the mechanisms involved in the increased vulnerability of the aging lung to develop lung fibrosis. Our research utilizes a combination of novel animal models with genetically altered mice and ¬†samples from human subjects. Our published findings were pioneered to identify alterations in mitochondrial homeostasis in the aging type alveolar epithelial cell (AECII) as a critical component of the pathogenesis of IPF. ¬†Currently, our studies are extending to other diseases characterized by abnormal tissue repair and exaggerated remodeling, including pulmonary hypertension (PH).

 

See also:  Small Animal Hemodynamic Core