The PFF Scholars program focuses on engaging early-career investigators in their emerging research in the field of pulmonary fibrosis. With the goal of advancing research that could translate into successful therapies for PF, the PFF Scholars program is designed to support and enable promising researchers to obtain independent funding and continue their cutting- edge research. Scholars will receive up to $50,000 over a two-year period.
Joseph E. Druso, PhD
Title : Joseph E. Druso, PhD
First Name : Joseph
Middle Name : E.
Last Name : Druso, PhD
University : University of Vermont Medical Center
Proposal Title :
Proposal Funder : Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Dr. Joseph E. Druso is a Postdoctoral Associate at The University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, where he studies the contributions of altered redox biology in pulmonary fibrosis under the mentorship of Dr. Yvonne Janssen-Heininger. Joe received his PhD from Cornell University in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Cerione studying the roles of the small GTPase Cdc42 in normal development and breast cancer. Following graduate school, he joined the laboratory of Dr. Claudia Fischbach in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Cornell University, where he studied the design and use of novel engineered cell culture systems to model human disease. Joe is now applying his background in molecular medicine and biomedical engineering to investigate how altered redox states, specifically those determined by protein S-glutathionylation, affect lung cell differentiation and fibrotic tissue remodeling in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.