Graduate Student Profile
My research focuses on understanding the mechanism by which environmental and occupational exposure to crystalline silica leads to pulmonary inflammation and eventually to Silicosis, a lung disease characterized by progressive inflammation and Fibrosis. I am also interested in the identification of potential therapeutic agents that can lessen pulmonary inflammation and the progression of lung injury. Human exposure to silica can be due to environmental or occupational reasons. There are certain occupations where there is a high risk of silica exposure such as mining, tunneling, sand blasting, rock drilling and farming. Silica is the second most abundant mineral found on the earth’s surface next to carbon and is the basic component of soil, sand and most types of rocks.