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Associate Professor

Specialty Areas:

Regulation of mucin secretion in lung diseases. Delivery of therapeutic oligonucleotides to the lung. Targeting of therapeutic molecules to the airway epithelium.

Research Focus:

Dr. Kreda’s research focuses on identifying signaling molecules/pathways that regulate airway mucin secretion. The main goal is to uncover potential targets of clinical interest to control abnormal luminal mucus accumulation in lung diseases. Her lab has developed and optimized in vitro and in vivo models of lung diseases with excessive mucus production and quantitative assays for therapeutic drug testing and evaluation of mucin production in airway epithelia.

Dr. Kreda’s lab also studies mechanisms of delivery of therapeutic molecules in the lung. The main goal is to develop novel and efficacious delivery strategies of therapeutic nucleic acids in obstructive lung diseases. The Kreda lab is currently involved in designing an efficacious oligonucleotide-based therapeutic approach to correct cystic fibrosis mutations in patients resilient to modulator therapies (Press release June 2021). The lab uses state-of-the art technologies and patient-oriented models for precision medicine approaches.

Funding sources for Dr. Kreda’s lab include Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, National Institutes of Health (NIH), NCTraCS (the NIH CTSA at UNC-CH), Initos Pharmaceuticals, AstraZeneca, and Forest Research Institute (now AstraZeneca). Her lab has successful collaborations with scientists from academic and pharmaceutical institutions to develop and test novel drugs for their potential therapeutic use in obstructive lung diseases. For more information contact .


  • Silvia M. Kreda is a faculty member of the Marsico Lung Institute/Cystic Fibrosis Center; an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine and the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics.
  • 1994 IRTA fellow at NIEHS, RTP NC
  • 1992 Post Doctorate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • 1992 Ph.D., University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1987 M.S., University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1986 Pharm D., R.Ph., University of Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • 1984 B.S., University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Selected Publications:

For further publications, please click here: My Bibliography

  1. Dang Y, van Heusden C, Nickerson V, Chung F, Wang Y, Quinney NL, Gentzsch M, Randell SH, Moulton HM, Kole R, Ni A, Juliano RL, Kreda SM. Enhanced delivery of peptide-morpholino oligonucleotides with a small molecule to correct splicing defects in the lung. Nucleic Acids Res. 2021 Jun 21;49(11):6100-6113. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkab488. PMID: 34107015; PMCID: PMC8216463.
  2. Jaramillo, AM; Piccotti, L; Velasco, WV; Delgado, ASH; Azzegagh, Z; Chung, F; Nazeer, U; Farooq, J; Brenner, J; Parker-Thornburg, J; Scott, BL; Evans, CM; Adachi, R; Burns, AR; Kreda, SM; Tuvim, MJ; Dickey, BF. Different Munc18 proteins mediate baseline and stimulated airway mucin secretion. JCI Insight.2019 Mar 21;4(6):e124815. PMID: 30721150; PMCID: PMC6483006.
  3. Wang, L; Ariyarathna, Y; Ming, X; Yang, B; James, LI; Kreda, SM; Porter, M; Janzen, W; Juliano, RL. A novel family of small molecules that enhance the intracellular delivery and pharmacological effectiveness of antisense and splice switching oligonucleotides. ACS Chem Biol. 2017 Aug 18;12(8):1999-2007. PMID: 28703575; PMCID: PMC5662188
  4. Blackmon, RL; Kreda, SM; Sears, PR; Chapman, BS; Hill, DB; Tracy, JB; Ostrowski, LE; Oldenburg, AL. Direct monitoring of pulmonary disease treatment biomarkers using plasmonic gold nanorods with diffusion-sensitive OCT. Nanoscale. 2017 Apr 13;9(15):4907-4917. PMID: 28358158; PMCID: PMC5473168
  5. Jones, L; Moussa, L; Fulcher, L; Yunxiang, Z; Hudson, E; O’Neal, WK; Randell, SH; Lazarowski, ER; Boucher RC; Kreda, SM. VAMP8 is the vesicle SNARE in mucin secretion in airway goblet cells. J Physiol. 2012 Feb 1;590(3):545-62. PMID: 22144578; PMCID: PMC3379700
  6. Kreda, SM; Davis, CW; Rose, MC. CFTR, mucins, and mucus obstruction in cystic fibrosis. Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med. 2012 Sep 1;2(9):a009589. doi: 10.1101/cshperspect.a009589. Review. PMID: 22951447; PMCID: PMC3426818
  7. Kreda, SM; Vidal-Seminario, L; van Heusden, CA; O’Neal, WK; Jones, L; Boucher, RC; Lazarowski, ER. Receptor-promoted exocytosis of airway epithelial mucin granules containing a spectrum of adenine nucleotides. J Physiol. 2010 Jun 15;588(Pt 12):2255-67. PMID: 20421285; PMCID: PMC2911224
  8. Kreda, SM; Okada, SF; van Heusden, CA; O’neal, W; Gabriel, S; Abdullah, L; Davis, CW; Boucher, RC; Lazarowski, ER. Coordinated release of nucleotides and mucin from human airway epithelial Calu-3 cells. J Physiol. 2007 Oct 1;584(Pt 1):245-59. PMID: 17656429; PMCID: PMC2277076
  9. Kreda, SM; Mall, M; Mengos, A; Rochelle, L; Yankaskas, J; Riordan, JR; Boucher, RC. Characterization of wild-type and ΔF508 cystic fibrosis transmembrane regulator in human respiratory epithelia. Mol Biol Cell. 2005 May;16(5):2154-67. PMID: 15716351; PMCID: PMC1087225
  10. Kreda, SM; Pickles, RJ; Lazarowski, E; Boucher, RC. G-protein-coupled-receptors as targets for gene transfer vectors using natural small-molecule-ligands. Nat Biotechnol. 2000 Jun;18(6):635-40. PMID: 10835601.


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Members of Dr. Kreda’s lab:

Yan Dang, PhD
Yan Dang, PhD (lab member 2018-present)
Catja van Heusden
Catharina (Catja) van Heusden (collaborator and lab member 2003-present)
Veronica O’Kelly Nickerson
Veronica O’Kelly Nickerson (ex alumna 2019-2020)
Deanna Clemmer
Deanna Clemmer (ex alumna 2019)
The lab team (2016, clockwise from left): Felicity Chung (ex alumna 2013-2017), Kate Patton (ex alumna 2016-2018), Catja van Heusden (Lazarowski’s Lab), Elisabeth Burnor (ex alumna 2016-2017), Silvia M. Kreda
Silvia (front, kneeling) walking with her certified therapy dog, Whiskey, and CF Center colleagues during the annual Chapel Hill Great Strides walk to raise awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis research.

Silvia (front, kneeling) walking with her certified therapy dog, Whiskey, and CF Center colleagues during the annual Chapel Hill Great Strides walk to raise awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis research.

The Kreda lab strives to reflect the diversity of the human community and to create a work environment that respects, asserts, and embraces the individual differences of all its members.

We respectfully acknowledge the Elders and Traditional Owners of the land on which our campus stands, which is the traditional territory of the Lumbee, Eno, Shakori, and Skaruhreh/Tuscarora tribes.

We respectfully acknowledge the African-American men and women who built our campus in the absence of personal freedom.

Silvia Kreda