Christina Pabelick serves currently as an Associate Professor of anesthesiology and physiology in the Department of Anesthesiology and Physiology at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester. She combines two careers as a practicing pediatric anesthesiologist as well as an active, NIH-funded biomedical researcher. In regard to her clinical practice, she is currently the program director for the pediatric anesthesia fellowship. Her research interest is among the regulation of airway smooth muscle in health and disease (e.g., asthma and inflammation) with a particular interest in caveolae. As part of this focus, she studies intracellular calcium regulation in airway smooth muscle cells using fluorescence imaging techniques. One of her other goals has always been to combine the clinical interest in pediatric anesthesia with the research interest. This goal has become real through the American Academy of Pediatrics Richmond Center of Excellence and Flight Attendants Medical Research Institute national program project grant. This grant investigates the effects of hyperoxia and secondhand smoke exposure on calcium regulation. Her laboratory (Airway Cell Biology Laboratory) is in the Department of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic Rochester. They currently have a number of technicians, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows working in teams to pursue multiple bench-based research studies.
Biography Updated on 18 September 2012