Dayana is a current Vanderbilt undergraduate double majoring in Communications of Science and Technology and in Cinema and Media Arts. She believes that art can create a bridge between the general public and science. She enjoys dabbling in all art mediums but enjoys creating animations and digital art the most.
The Bradley Richmond Lab
The airway epithelium forms a critical line of defense between the lungs and the outside world. Multiple cell types in the airway epithelium function in a coordinated manner to prevent microbial penetration into the lungs while maintaining tolerance to normal airway flora. Alterations in the cellular composition of the airway epithelium are common in diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and may result in breakdown of this mucosal immunobarrier. The Richmond lab utilizes both in vitro and in vivo model systems to understand why epithelial differentiation is altered in COPD and other airway diseases and whether these alterations affect host-microbial interactions in ways that contribute to disease. Dr. Richmond is currently supported by a K08 award from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the NIH.
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