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We are focused on understanding the causes of and working towards new molecular and cell-based treatments for lung diseases like cancer, pulmonary fibrosis, and COPD. We focus on lung stem cells and the molecular signals that regulate their activity to repair and regenerate lung tissue after injury. 

Desai lab members

Current News

November 2023

October 2023

  • Congratulations to Matt on his award presentation at the 19th Annual Respiratory Disease Young Investigators’ Forum!
  • Congratulations to Josh on his JCB paper!

August 2023

  • We wish May well as she leaves to begin osteopathic medical school!

July 2023

  • Nick’s manuscript on lepidic lung cancer is out!
  • Congratulations to Jung-Ki for successfully defending his thesis!

We apply state of the art biotechnology to reveal how lungs are maintained during aging and repaired after injury, what goes wrong in disease, and how we can therapeutically intervene to restore health.

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