Ilona Jaspers

Mechanisms by which air pollutants enhance susceptibility to and the severity of respiratory virus infections

Institution:  University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Email:  ilona_jaspers@med.unc.edu

Voice:  (919) 966-8657

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Research in my lab focuses on the mechanisms by which exposure to air pollutants can enhance the susceptibility to and the severity of respiratory virus infections. Specifically, we are examining the effects of air pollutants such as diesel exhaust and cigarette smoke on influenza virus infections, using several in vitro models of the respiratory epithelium. In collaboration with physicians from the Department of Pediatrics, we are also translating these studies into humans in vivo.