The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Lung Center has been awarded a National of Institutes of Health Training Grant in Comparative Lung Biology and Medicine. The Program is designed to provide opportunities for pre-doctoral and postdoctoral trainees to become independent investigators in lung biomedical-related research.

This training depends on a strong, in-depth program in a conventional discipline (i.e., biochemistry, molecular biology, cell and developmental biology, pathology, physiology, toxicology, epidemiology, etc.) coupled with a broad base in the other disciplines. Because the respiratory system is one of the most complex organ systems in the body, regardless of the perspective, all training is organized to ensure a broad, multidisciplinary base which will promote an understanding of the basic cellular and molecular mechanisms of disease and the physiological and pathobiologic basis of disease processes and the translation of research findings into applicable therapeutic approaches.

Program Directors

Program Director
Nicholas Kenyon, M.D., M.A.S.
Professor of Medicine, UC Davis Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine


Co-Program Director
Elena Goncharova, Ph.D.
Professor, UC Davis Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine

Mentors' Areas of Research


Alan Buckpitt, Ph.D. - Lung Toxicology and Metabolism
Nicole Baumgarth, Ph.D. - Viral Infection and Lung Immunology
Charles Bevins, M.D., Ph.D. - Antimicrobial Activity and Defensins
Carroll E. Cross, M.D. - Lung Oxidative and Nitrosative Biology and Medicine
Michelle V. Fanucchi, Ph.D. - Developmental Lung Biology and Toxicology
Elena Goncharova, Ph.D., A.T.S.F. - Pulmonary Vascular Smooth Muscle Biology and Disease
Richart W. Harper, M.D. - Lung Cell Biology and Oxidative Biology
Dallas M. Hyde, Ph.D. - Comparative Lung Cell Biology and Inflammation
Jesse P. Joad, M.D. - Airway Pathobiology and Lung Nerves
Marc P. Kaufman, Ph.D. - Exercise Physiology and Lung Mediators
Nicholas J. Kenyon, M.D. - Airway Inflammation and Fibrosis; Lung Physiology; Environmental Effects on Lung function; The Role of Nitric Oxide in Airway Diseases; Asthma; COPD; Lung Injury
Jerold A. Last, Ph.D. - Lung Toxicology and Connective Tissue Biology
Fu-Tong Liu, M.D., Ph.D. - Allergic Inflammation, Glycobiology and Mast Cell Biology
K. C. Kent Lloyd, D.V.M., Ph.D. - Integrative Physiology, Murine Transgenics and ES Cell Biology
Leslie A. Lyons, Ph.D. - Genomics and Genetic Susceptibility
Lisa Miller, Ph.D. - Lung Immunology and Neonatal Immunity
Kent E. Pinkerton, Ph.D. - Inhalation Lung Toxicology and Injury/Repair
Charles G. Plopper, Ph.D. - Comparative Lung Biology and Remodeling
Edward S. Schelegle, Ph.D. - Lung Pathophysiology and Airway Hypersensitivity
Scott I. Simon, Ph.D. - Inflammation: Focus on Leukocyte-Endothelial Interactions 
Alice Tarantal, Ph.D. - Translational Research Focusing on Stem Cells and Gene Therapy
Laura S. Van Winkle, Ph.D. - Lung Cell Biology, Toxicology and Remodeling
Jonathan Widdicombe, Ph.D. - Lung Cell Biology and Ion Transport
Reen Wu, Ph.D. (PI) - Lung Cell Biology, Regenerative Airway Epithelium, and Molecular Biology

Eligibility, Submission Process and Important Dates

Pre and postdoctoral candidates with U.S. citizenship or with permanent resident status interested in pursuing an academic career in pulmonary research are eligible to apply.

Submit a cover letter, CV and sponsor statement to Chue Xiong, UC Davis Lung Center, Genome and Biomedical Sciences Facility, Suite 6510, or

The annual deadline for submissions is May 31. Award announcements will be made annually on June 7.