Joanna Floros holds a Ph.D. degree. Her current position and title is the Evan Pugh Professor of pediatrics and obstetrics and gynecology. The Evan Pugh title is the highest honor Penn State can bestow on its faculty (currently she is 1 out of only 2 in the College of Medicine). She is the Director of the Center for Host Defense, Inflammation, and Lung Disease (CHILD) Research in the Department of Pediatrics at PSU. Dr. Floros leads a research program focused on the regulation of expression and/or function of pulmonary surfactant proteins, SP-A, and SP-B, and their role in lung health and disease. Her current research studies include molecular mechanisms involved in the regulation of human SP-A and SP-B variants/genes in health and disease, functional differences among the human SP-A variants/genes in the presence or absence of environmental insults, such as ozone exposure or infection, genetic associations of surfactant protein variants and pulmonary disease with emphasis on neonatal respiratory distress syndrome (RDS), and studies where the role of the innate host defense molecule, SP-A, is investigated in various animal infection models. Her expertise includes molecular biology, genetics, and animal models pertaining to surfactant proteins and especially to human surfactant proteins, SP-A1 and SP-A2.
Biography Updated on 15 May 2012