Dr.Leila Kheirandish-Gozal completed her undergraduate studies in Tehran, Iran, and then received her medical Diploma from the University of Damascus in Syria. She then immigrated to the USA and completed her postdoctoral research and clinical sleep Fellowship training in 2005 at the Kosair Children’s Hospital Research Institute and the Division of Pediatric Sleep Medicine at the University of Louisville. During her initial training period, she acquired a large array of bench techniques and experience in the laboratory. This highly productive period served to reaffirm her major interest in translational pediatric sleep research. She therefore went on to dedicate the subsequent portion of her training to the application of concepts initially learned in the laboratory to the clinical setting. She joined the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Chicago as an associate professor in 2009. She is currently working as the Director of clinical sleep research at the Section of Pediatric Sleep Medicine. Her current research explores changes in the systemic vasculature that may reflect morbid consequences of sleep disorders in children. She has extensively published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals and has acquired extramural funds from industry through investigator-initiated projects. She has been serving as an Invited Speaker at national and international meetings and has multiple collaborations with other investigators around the world. Her current project is focused on investigating the role of endothelial progenitor cells on the interaction between sleep apnea and endothelial dysfunction in the presence and absence of obesity. She is also conducting randomized double-blind controlled studies on the potential role of anti-inflammatory agents in pediatric sleep apnea.
Biography Updated on 17 March 2011