Dr. Terrence Furey, Associate Professor of Genetics, was one of the awardees of the Center for Environmental Health and Susceptibility (CEHS) Pilot Projects Program.

Terry Furey

His project, “Genomic Influences on Ozone Response in Mice”, submitted for the 2018-2019 CEHS Standard Pilot Projects Program, was approved for funding on April 1, 2018.

His research for this pilot award explores the association of exposure to ambient ozone (O3) with changes in innate immune function in the airways, leading to heightened susceptibility to viral and bacterial infections. This is mediated in part by the effect of O3 on key host defense functions of alveolar macrophages (AMs). However, the extent to which variation in genes important to AM function underlies O3 response is largely unexplored.

More information on the awardees can be found here:

https://sph.unc.edu/files/2018/06/2018-Pilot-Project-Awards2.pdf